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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – December 1st, 2014

by newsdigest on December 2, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

Communal Harmony

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Communal Harmony

National Communal Harmony week concludes (Nov 26, 2014, The Hindu)

The National Communal Harmony week culminated on Tuesday with children from various schools participating in a daylong cultural event that was lined up with various competitions such as patriotic songs, debate and elocution.

Over 150 children from about 20 schools participated in the programme that was organised at Dr. Deen Shaadi Khana in the Old Town area by the National Foundation of Communal Harmony (NFCH) under the aegis of the Andhra Pradesh State Minorities Finance Corporation. …

On the occasion, Yuva Bharati Force also organised a rally in the Old Town area from the Old Post building. A good number of school children participated in the rally. According to Mohammed Sadiq of Yuva Bharati Force, the rally was organised to create awareness among school children and others on communal harmony and peace.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/national-communal-harmony-week-concludes/article6633578.ece

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‘Jafri was last seen being dragged by accused’ (Nov 29, 2014, Indian Express)

Recounting the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre, the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) lawyer told a specially designated court in Ahmedabad that former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri “was last seen being dragged by some accused out of his house… his body was never recovered…”

The trial began before the fourth judge, on the directions of and following a deadline set by the apex court, on Friday. Nowhere in the 45-odd minutes of narration did the special public prosecutor defending SIT, R C Kodekar, say that Jafri opened fire on the mob, a premise that has been stated by investigators as having provoked the mob to kill Jafri and 68 others that day.…

Kodekar said on February, 28, 2002, the tension escalated in certain localities in the Meghaninagar area. He began by describing “…some shops were torched by an unruly mob, but not here at Gulberg Society. However, tension mounted further and mob of some 20,000 to 22,000 gathered near Gulberg Society.” Kodekar wrapped up the case by saying, “39 persons were burnt alive while 30 persons went missing. Seven years later, they were declared dead. In all, 69 persons were killed in the incident. Jafri was last seen being dragged by some accused, but his body was not found.”

The SIT did not mention the closure report it filed on the preliminary inquiry into the petition by Jafri’s widow, Zakia, who has accused the then chief minister and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 61 others for their failure to contain the riots. The special court may hear next week a plea filed by victims seeking to arraign four retired IPS officers in the case.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/jafri-was-last-seen-being-dragged-by-accused/

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Ishrat Case: Vanzara Tells Court He Only Followed Orders (Nov 28, 2014, New Indian Express)

In a fresh attempt to get bail before the CBI judge K R Upadhyaya, Gujarat IPS officer D G Vanzara has taken a stand that he simply followed his superiors’ orders while executing the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter and questioned why the CBI has not made the then police commissioner K R Kaushik and IB officials as accused in the case.

Vanzara’s counsel V Gajjar argued on Friday that he was not aware about IB’s inputs and he only acted for the operation on the orders of his superior Kaushik, but the CBI, instead of booking the latter too, made him a witness thereby selectively sparing him while booking the subordinate officers.

He also argued that CBI did not make four IB officials linked to the case viz. Rajendra Kumar, Tarun Mittal, M K Sinha and Rajiv Wankhede as accused giving reason that CBI did not receive sanction from the Union Home Ministry – as required under Section 197 of CrPC for prosecution against the IB officers – where as CBI did not opt for any such permission before naming Vanzara or any other senior Gujarat Police officer in the charge sheet.…

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2014/11/28/Ishrat-Case-Vanzara-Tells-Court-He-Only-Followed-Orders/article2545485.ece

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‘Madrasas not breeding grounds for terrorism’ (Nov 30, 2014, The Hindu)

Retaliating against the West Bengal government for allegedly branding madrasas as ‘breeding grounds for terrorist activities’ after the accidental blast at Khagragarh in the Bardhaman district, Islamist organisation Jamiat Ulama i Hind leaders demanded at a public meeting here on Saturday that the secular nature of the Indian Constitution must be upheld.

Stating that terrorist activities and madrasas were two different entities, State secretary of the Jamiat Ulama i Hind Siddiqullah Chowdhury said madrasas and terror activities were separate. … “Madrasas are not centres where terrorist activities are taught. We feel insulted comments that blame Islamists for terrorist activities in the State. This is driving a wedge between the Hindus and Muslims,” Mr. Chowdhury said.

“There is no place for terror in Islam. India is our country and we will sacrifice our lives for this nation, like our predecessors have,” said Jamiat i Ulama Hind general secretary Mahmood Madani. “Those who label us as terrorists are spreading terror, not us. There is no place for terror in Islam. At a time when there is terror all around the world, why are Indian Muslims not engaging in it? It is because these madrasas have prevented them from taking the wrong path. There are terrorist forces which are trying to taint us and force us into treading the wrong path,” Mr. Madani said.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kolkata/madrasas-not-breeding-grounds-for-terrorism/article6648491.ece

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Hindu Radicals Attack Indian Pentecostal Church, Eight Injured and Pastor Arrested (Nov 24, 2014, Christian Daily)

A group of Hindu radicals have attacked a Pentecostal church in Karnataka, India leaving eight injured, adding to the numerous attacks that have taken place in India this year against Christian communities. The attack took place during a prayer service at the Calvary Apostolic Church where Hindu radicals interrupted the service and attacked worshippers, Asia News reports. Among the eight that were injured, two were reported with broken legs from the incident.

Rev. D’Souza, a pastor in the community, was brought to the local police station for questioning after police investigated the incident. The Global Council of Indian Christians’s (GCIC’s) president, Sajan George, told Asia News that the police “did not stop the aggressors” when they arrived at the scene of the incident.

George condemned the latest attack, saying that “religious fundamentalists are a threat to the rule of law.” “The violations of public law and order by Hindu radicals endanger religious freedom and threaten the lives and property of Christians in Karnataka” George said to Asia News on behalf of the GCIC.…

http://www.christiandaily.com/article/hindu.radicals.attack.indian.pentecostal.church.eight.injured.and.pastor.arrested/49441.htm

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Ramzada vs haramzada: Outrage over Union Minister Sadhvi’s remark (Dec 2, 2014, Indian Express)

Launching the BJP’s campaign in Delhi, Union Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti told voters here on Monday that they must choose between ‘Ramzadon’ (those born of Ram) and ‘haramzadon’ (illegitimately born). Meanwhile, another Union Minister of State, Giriraj Singh, compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Ram.

Addressing a rally in West Delhi’s Shyam Nagar area, Jyoti, the BJP MP from Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh, said, “Aapko tay karna hai ki Dilli mein sarkar Ramzadon ki banegi ya haramzadon ki. Yeh aapka faisla hai (You must decide whether you want a government of those born of Ram or of those born illegitimately).”…

Reacting sharply to Jyoti’s comments, former Delhi Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia said, “The BJP clearly wants to vitiate the atmosphere. Comments like these from senior ministers show that their concept of elections is divisive and based on hooliganism.” Former Congress minister Haroon Yusuf said, “This is what the BJP has been doing in Delhi for the past few months. They have been trying to polarise Delhi on the basis of religion, this is what they did in Trilokpuri and Bawana. This politics of religious polarisation is very dangerous and spreads hatred. But Delhi won’t accept this.”…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/union-minister-spells-out-choice-in-delhi-ramzada-vs-haramzada/99/

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Smriti Irani interfering, assertive, says UGC member M M Ansari (Nov 27, 2014, Indian Express)

University Grants Commission (UGC) member M M Ansari has slammed HRD Minister Smriti Irani for her “excessive interference” in the functioning of the commission and for taking “arbitrary and abrupt” decisions, while depending entirely on a “well-planted bureaucracy” and the RSS for running the ministry.

The first such attack on the minister by a serving UGC member comes at a time when she is in the eye of a storm for her ministry’s decision to scrap German as a third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas. …

The former CIC termed Irani’s decisions as being “very arbitrary” and “abrupt” and claimed she was “too assertive”. Ansari, who has been a UGC member since 2012, also questioned Irani’s capabilities to lead the crucial education sector.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/irani-interfering-assertive-says-ugc-member-ansari/

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AMU Vice Chancellor slams BJP, says can’t celebrate every donor’s birth anniversary (Nov 28, 2014, IBN)

A fresh controversy is brewing in the Aligarh Muslim University where the varsity authorities and Bharatiya Janata Party have got into a war of words over a piece of land. The Vice Chancellor Zameeruddin Shah responding to the controversy said, “I don’t oppose the celebrations and we ourselves had offered to celebrate Raja Mahendra Pratap’s at a pre-decided venue.”

BJP had asked the university to celebrate the birth anniversary of Raja Mahendra Pratap, a freedom fighter, who according to them had donated land to AMU. A meeting between the AMU V-C and the leaders of BJP and student wing ABVP took place on Thursday in this concern. “There are hundreds of donors, we can’t go on celebrating days of donors,” the V-C said.

The AMU has rejected the claims made by BJP and had approached the Union HRD Ministry to prevent politics from trickling into the matter.…

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/amu-vice-chancellor-slams-bjp-says-cant-celebrate-every-donors-birth-anniversary/515415-3-242.html

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Why is liberal Hindu majority silent, asks Kuldip Nayar (Dec 1, 2014, India Tomorrow)

While the socio-political situation in the country is fast getting saffronized, but liberal Hindus are silent, lamented veteran journalist and author Kuldip Nayar.

“Today liberal voice of Hindus has gone low. See the newspapers. I do not say they all have become communal, but very few of them are taking on the challenges of communal politics,” said Nayar at the launch of a book on eminent Muslim leader Jawed Habeeb on Friday. Habeeb, founder-member of the Babri Masjid Action Committee, passed away in October 2012.

“I feel that even those who took part in the freedom movement have turned silent or they have got tired. No doubt, Hindus are majority, but this country is ruled by Constitution which gives equal rights to all whether they are Hindu or Muslim,” said eminent columnist Nayar. He was talking about the changed political situation in the country following the May 2014 election.…

http://www.indiatomorrow.net/eng/why-is-liberal-hindu-majority-silent-asks-kuldip-nayar

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Muzaffarnagar riots: Charges framed against 6 accused in murder case (Dec 2, 2014, Indian Express)

Charges have been framed against six accused by the district court in Muzaffarnagar in connection with the killing of a villager during the communal clashes last year.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Jitender Kumar has framed charges under Sections 302 (murder), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon) and 149 and 153a (promoting enmity between different groups and carrying out acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of IPC against the accused, identified as Karan Bhgoda, Bablu, Bittu, Niraj, Ashok and Amit here yesterday.

The court fixed Dec. 18 as the date for the prosecution to present its evidence in the case. According to the prosecution, the victim, identified as one Sagir of Kharad village of the district, was murdered while several houses were burnt by rioters on September 8, 2013.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/uttar-pradesh/muzaffarnagar-riots-charges-framed-against-6-accused-in-murder-case/

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Owaisi seeks SC status for all minorities, govt says no (Nov 28, 2014, Times of India)

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) headAsaduddin Owaisi on Thursday dubbed the Presidential order of 1950 limiting Scheduled Caste status to Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists as “communal”, and sought that dalit status be opened to other religious minorities, only to see the government turn down the demand.

Seizing the opportunity offered by an innocuous legislation for inclusion of new communities in Sikkim in the SC list, Owaisi asked how SC status could be limited to three religions. “This is violation of the right to equality… This is discrimination against Muslims and Christians. The Presidential order (defining SCs) is a communal order,” he said.

Demanding SC status for other minorities, Owaisi said the Rangnath Misra Commission had recommended that dalit category should be made religion-neutral. The MIM chief lamented that the Centre had over eight years refused to file an affidavit spelling out its stand on the issue in the Supreme Court which is hearing a related petition. “The government should file a reply in the apex court,” he said.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/45302718.cms

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Opinions and Editorials

A Conspiracy to Erase the Gory Memory of the Gujarat Riots – By Archana Prasad (Nov 30, 2014, Peoples Democracy)

The Gujarat government appointed Nanavati Commission has finally submitted its final report on the Godhra incident and the post-Godhra carnage, 2002. Media reports state that the Commission has found no reason to summon the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in order to probe the responsibility and role of the state government in the riots.

This reported conclusion contradicts the evidence provided to different committees and commissions set up in the last decade to investigate the pre-planned character of the riots. It also explicitly contradicts the significant observations made in the Naroda Patiya case where a then minister of the state government was convicted for her role in the riots.

Thus the apparent conclusion of the Nanavati Commission appears to be an attempt to succumb to political pressure and contribute to the project of erasure of memory of 2002 Gujarat Carnage. This is a politically important exercise as it establishes the false reputation of Modi as a secular leader who is interested only in development. In this context, keeping the memory of Gujarat and the struggle for justice of its victims alive is itself a politically crucial task.…

http://peoplesdemocracy.in/2014/1130_pd/conspiracy-erase-gory-memory-gujarat-riots

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Ink On Your Hands – By Sharat Pradhan, Pavithra S. Rangan (Dec 8, 2014, Outlook)

When Congress nominee Ajay Rai moved an election petition against PM Narendra Modi before the Allahabad High Court in June this year, it was treated as one of the many routine election petitions filed by losing candidates. Modi had won the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat in an exciting multi-cornered election in May 2014 with a margin of 3,71,784 votes. His closest contender, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal, polled 2,09,238 votes but had not only showered allegations of irregularities on ‘Team Modi’ but had also accused the Election Commission of taking sides. Ajay Rai had polled 75,614 votes.

But a seemingly innocuous revelation made by the EC appears to have lent some credibility to Rai and Kejriwal’s concerns now. In ordinary times, the astounding news of 6,40,000 duplicate voters identified in a VVIP constituency, one whose MP is now the prime minister, would have hit headlines and hogged prime-time air space and sparked off much furious debate. (To talk of a precedent, back in 1975, when the election of a sitting prime minister was set aside for corrupt electoral practices, Indira Gandhi declared a state of Emergency.)

However, these are extraordinary times. The news of duplicate voters in such large numbers has elicited little response, leave alone outrage, from the national and electronic media. The news first broke on the Navbharat Times website and was followed by a report in Dainik Jagran. The initial figure of 3,00,000 reported by both has since then increased to 6,47,000 duplicate voters, confirmed district officials.…

http://www.outlookindia.com/article/Ink-On-Your-Hands/292748

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The Moditva model of inclusiveness – By Amitabha Pande (Nov 26, 2014, The Hindu Businessline)

Those waiting for Narendra Modi to show his true khaki/ saffron colours must be hugely disappointed. Instead of articulating muscular Hindutva, he sounds like a Congressman making noises about ‘inclusive’ vikas, democracy, pluralism, non-violence and Swaccha Bharat. He showers praise on Indian Muslims for their commitment to the idea of India.

The Sangh Parivar icons – Savarkar, Hedgewar and Golwalkar – are replaced by Gandhi, Patel and Nehru. He junks his oldest partner in Project Hindutva, the Shiv Sena and allows Sharad Pawar to cosy up to him! So, what the hell is going on?

It is generally believed that anyone who has ever been through the ideological mills of the Sangh Parivar is committed to the Hindu Rashtra agenda unflinchingly and that once the initial liberal antics are over, the remote control from Nagpur will ensure that the ‘real’ agenda comes back into focus.…

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/the-moditva-model-of-inclusiveness/article6636772.ece

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Saffronising The Green – By Irfan Khan (Nov 30, 2014, Outlook)

It could well be called an “extraneous noise”, using a recently coined phrase, when Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leaders claim that without the generous donation of land by Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alumnus Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, the university’s existence would have been impossible. For it is well known that AMU was established much before Raja Mahendra Pratap’s birth. The land, given on a lease of Rs 2 per year by Raja Mahendra Pratap, undoubtedly proved to be a big help in the extension and expansion of the varsity. AMU has a long list of donors and illustrious alumni who have generously contributed to the cause of setting up a University at Aligarh. However, it is not possible to commemorate all of their birthdays, as their number figures in thousands.

The latest controversy created by the local BJP unit in the name of Jat leader Raja Mahendra Pratap or Peter Peer Pratap is unfounded and baseless. This time RSS and BJP have not done their home work well. In a hurry to create a controversy at AMU, they have wrongly selected a very secular and left-leaning leader who always advocated the doctrine of communal harmony and peace, something that seems to be diametrically opposite to the world view propounded by the saffron outfits.

AMU has never been a platform for political clashes as we see now. It has always promoted the feeling of universal brotherhood and development of the nation. The root of this well-orchestrated drama lies somewhere else. Such politically immature efforts by communally extremist forces to demolish the secular fabric of this great seat of learning and education would have larger ramifications, and may lead to student unrest.…

http://www.outlookindia.com/article/Saffronising-The-Green/292752

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RSS’ grand saffron plan for education hits a stumbling block: A reluctant Modi sarkar – By Sandip Roy (Nov 25, 2014, First Post)

The RSS played a big part in being the wind beneath Narendra Modi’s wings in his rise to the top. But once he became PM, pundits wondered whether he would clip the RSS’ wings. Modi is not known to be a man who likes to share power or be dictated to. The popular wisdom was Modi would be fine giving the RSS free rein in areas such as education and culture as long as it kept its nose out of areas like economy and foreign policy and defence.

And that’s exactly what it seems to have done according to an in-depth feature story by Shyamlal Yadav in the Indian Express – Sangham: How the RSS is charting out changes in education. On 30th October delegates from 11 RSS-affiliated outfits spent six hours with Union HRD minister Smriti Irani, her sixth meeting with RSS leaders in six months.

Now she has as Minister of State, former RSS pracharak Ram Shankar Katheria. Watch for more “recommendations” coming out of the RSS-affiliated meet in Ujjain on December 13-14. Education will be a big part of the three-day RSS meeting in Ahmedabad. But if you read between the lines, the story seems to more about sound and fury, signifying as of yet, not so much.…

http://www.firstpost.com/politics/rss-grand-saffron-plan-for-education-hits-a-stumbling-block-a-reluctant-modi-sarkar-1818977.html

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Burdwan Blast: That House In Burdwan – By Ajit Sahi (Dec 8, 2014, Outlook)

Dead men tell no tales. But those they leave behind can, and do. In the case of Karim Sheikh, the tale his family has to tell blasts a cannonball through investigators’ claims about the provenance of an explosion in a house in Burdwan town of West Bengal on October 2. Indeed, the family’s claims, made to Outlook in videographed interviews, threaten to upend the narrative—of Bangladesh-based Islamic terrorism waiting to rip apart West Bengal—offered by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the centre’s terror investigator. The family’s testimony puts a big question mark over the integrity of the NIA’s probe.

In the NIA’s telling, Karim was one of the five people inside an apartment in Khagragarh, a low-income, largely Muslim locality of Burdwan town, 110 km northwest of Calcutta, when a bomb went off in it shortly before noon on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary. When the local police arrived and broke into the room of the explosion, they found a man blown to pieces, a youth critically wounded, and another man badly injured. The youth would die at the hospital within three hours of reaching there. A month and ten days later, the NIA said his name was Karim Sheikh.

On November 12, a Burdwan police officer named Gautam Halder wrote to the government hospital, where the youth’s body had lain at the morgue since the post-mortem on October 3, that the “deceased has been identified as Karim Sk s/o Jamshed” and that the “dead body has been identified by Jamshed Sk” and, therefore, “the dead body of Karim Sk may kindly be handed over to Jamshed….” Later that day, a grief-stricken Jamshed, a roadside vegetable seller in a small town named Kirnahar 60 km north of Burdwan, brought his dead son home and buried him.

But there’s a hitch: Jamshed says he did not identify the body as his son’s. “The body had rotted,” Jamshed told Outlook this week. “Nobody in the village could recognise it.” Incredibly, Jamshed says he told the NIA officials he couldn’t identify the body. So why did he accept it?…

http://www.outlookindia.com/article/That-House-In-Burdwan/292735

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 1st, 2014

by newsdigest on September 2, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

Communal Harmony

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Book Review

Communal Harmony

Gujarat model of harmony: Water thicker than blood (Aug 23, 2014, Bangalore Mirror)

The water in the cistern at Futi Masjid in Dariapur has not tasted sweeter in over 500 years of its existence. Had it not been for AMC’s decision to cut off water supply to Central and North Zones for two days – due to ongoing work to merge water supply lines in the area – such exemplary display of communal harmony may not have been witnessed by the city on Friday.

At one end of the cistern, Muslim men performed the vazu (washing hands and feet before offering the namaz), and at the other, Hindu women queued up to fill buckets, visibly overwhelmed by the largeheartedness of people they had never known before.

The 14th century masjid is surrounded by Hindu localities namely Lodhwad, Rupapara, Ambedkar vaas, Vankar vaas and Mena vaas. Not a single Muslim family lives in these localities. The Muslims who visit the masjid to offer namaz come from Naginapole, Limbdi, Dabhgarwad, Mastan mohalla and other places.

Since the Hindu residents learnt about AMC’s decision to cut water supply only on Friday morning through the newspapers, they could not stock up on water the previous day. The masjid trustees, who realised how difficult it would be for the residents to go without water for two days, offered to provide them water from the masjid’s vazukhana between 2 and 5 pm. They also put up a board outside the masjid in the morning, announcing the same.

This came as a huge respite to the Hindus in the area who were worried how they would go about with their daily chores without water. Carrying buckets in hand, the sari-clad women entered the masjid’s compound for the first time with prayers of gratitude on their lips. By the time the namaz began at 5.30 pm, more than 2,000 women had carried home several thousand gallons of water in their buckets. …

http://www.bangaloremirror.com/articleshow/40811766.cms

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Concerned over delay in Gujarat riots cases: SC (Aug 27, 2014, Indian Express)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed concern over prolonged incarceration of accused in the 2002 Gujarat riots cases without being held guilty due to delay in decisions.

A Bench led by Justice H L Dattu said the court had been receiving letters from some of them, questioning how long they were supposed to languish behind the bars though they had not been convicted.

“They say they have been languishing for over 10 years now. They cannot even come out on bail as the High Court says we cannot do anything. We want to be able to tell them that you remain inside or that you can come out. Trials have to be completed,” observed the bench.

The bench was taking stock of the status of the trials of nine riot cases that were investigated by the Special Investigation Team. While judgments have been delivered in six of them, the trials still await the final word. In one such pending case that relates to the killing of three British nationals in post-Godhra riots, the Bench directed the trial court to conclude trials and deliver verdict within three months.

In Gulberg Society case where former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was among the 69 killed, the Bench noted that a stay was operating against pronouncement of judgment by the apex court. It asked SIT and amicus curiae Harish Salve to move an application so that the stay order could be modified. It would take up the matter next on September 16 for passing necessary orders.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/concerned-over-delay-in-gujarat-riots-cases-sc/

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‘Reinstatement of Cops accused of fake encounters is clear indication that administration is helping them’ (Aug 31, 2014, Twocircles.net)

“On availing the bail, the respective applicants shall not directly or indirectly make an inducement, threat or promise to any person acquainted with the facts of the case so as to dissuade him to disclose such facts to the Court or to any other authority”, said Bombay High Court while granting bail to IPS officer Abhay Chudasama and two others in the 2005 fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin. The order was pronounced on 28th April 2014 by Bombay High Court Justice A R Joshi.

Such caution by the high court in Chudasama’s case was not exception but the usual practice of court of law forewarning accused granted bail by the court with the intention that although court is releasing accused from prison but allegations against him still hold till judged ultimately by the trial court. Because of this after releasing on bail he must remain away from everything which comes under the domain of evidence against him so that ‘his personal liberty’ granted by court should not influence or tamper any material evidence of the case nor even because of his simple physical presence. …

While G L Singhal has been reinstated to the position of Group Commandant in the State Reserve Police (SRP) on 28th May 2014, Abhay Chudasma has been made the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Vigilance Squad in the DGP’s office, Gandhinagar with the notification issued on the night of 14th Aug 2014. This means that Chudasama will have special powers with his posting to conduct raids anywhere in Gujarat state to curb crimes.

Both these officers were earlier suspended by Gujarat government following their arrests but their reinstatement soon after the grant of bail raises a few unanswered questions for the Anandi Ben led BJP government in Gujarat.

The foremost and utmost important question having legal implications is that reinstating such tainted officers, who have not yet been cleared from criminal charges, to an elite post in the state police force offering wide range of powers of summoning any person in the state or sanctioning prosecution against any accused person in the state can certainly influence the witnesses – many of whom are their subordinate police personnel. Who will assure that the witnesses against them in their own criminal cases will not be influenced or that prosecution evidences against them will not be hampered in any way due to their reinstatement? …

http://twocircles.net/2014aug31/1409463006.html

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Caught on camera: BJP MP asks supporters to ‘convert 100 Muslim girls for 1 Hindu girl’ (Aug 27, 2014, Deccan Chronicle)

BJP MP Yogi Adityanath triggered a massive row after an undated video surfaced, in which he is caught on

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asking his supporters to marry girls of another community to set the records straight. In the video, Yogi Adityanath is seen addressing his supporters and saying, “We have decided that if they convert one Hindu girl, we will convert 100 Muslim girls.”

However, on Wednesday he said that his remark on ‘love jihad’ is not authentic and blamed the media for showing unauthentic news. This is not the first time when Yogi Adityanath has stirred controversy.

Earlier, while addressing the Parliament on the issue of Communal Violence Bill, he accused the opposition Congress of working at the behest of Pakistan. Adityanath is currently facing charges of inciting communal tension in Gorakhpur in 2007.

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/140827/nation-current-affairs/article/caught-camera-bjp-mp-asks-supporters-%E2%80%98convert-100-muslim-girls

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22 absconding Muzaffarnagar riots accused: Cops announce cash reward (Aug 26, 2014, Times of India)

Police have announced a cash REWARD of Rs 2,500 for providing information about 22 accused absconding in connection with six gang-rape cases in Phugana and Lank villages of the district during riots last year. “A reward of Rs 2,500 would be given to those providing information about any of the 22 gang rape accused who have been absconding since the incident,” SSP HN Singh said.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the riots had identified 25 accused in six gang-rape cases during the riots last year. Six women had complained that they were gang-raped during riots and their houses were burnt.

According to SIT inspector, Mala Yadav, “Only three accused identified as Vedpal, Rockey and Maheshvir have been arrested and remaining 22 accused are absconding.” Court had also initiated attachment proceedings against the absconding accused. …

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/40902085.cms

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India trapped in communal cauldron; Uttar Pradesh atop five worst-hit states (Aug 27, 2014, Hindustan Times)

Repeated communal flare-ups have put the heat on the Uttar Pradesh government and the Centre, but data available with Parliament show such incidents are not new. UP leads the table of five worst-hit states between 2009 and 2013. In these five years, UP, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat have witnessed 2,389 cases of communal flare-ups. …

Data show UP averaged 12 communal incidents per month on an average during this period. Official statistics from answers to questions raised in Parliament also show that in this five-year period, as many as 39 communal incidents occurred on an average in these five states each month, killing 9 people and injuring 114.

Communal unrest in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, came under the spotlight amid talk of polarisation of voters. Incidents of communal violence have been reported after the NDA government came to power, but numbers do not back the perception that they have risen sharply.

Statistics available for May and June, the first half of Modi’s rule, show 113 incidents of communal violence took place across the country, claiming 15 lives. On extrapolation this comes to 678 incidents in a year, which is below the annual average of 706 cases for the years 2009-2013.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/1257124.aspx

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Riot-accused BJP MLA gets ‘Z’ security, opposition slams govt (Aug 27, 2014, Times of India)

BJP MLA Sangeet Som, accused of instigating last year’s Muzaffarnagar riots in UP, has been accorded ‘Z’ category security, just a notch lower than the highest protection extended to a threatened VIP. It was approved by the home ministry after intelligence inputs warned of a threat to his life from alleged extremist elements.

Som, who represents the Sardhana assembly seat in western UP, is likely to be protected by CRPF commandos. “We have received a letter from the Centre regarding upgrade of Som’s security (from Y category) to Z category,” UP’s IG (Law and Order) Amrendra Singh Sengar was quoted by PTI as saying. The letter has been forwarded to the agency concerned, he said.

The move to grant ‘Z’ security cover to the riot-accused legislator was slammed by opposition parties, including the Congress, SP and JD(U), which called it “a joke on the victims of Muzaffarnagar riots”. But the BJP defended the government’s decision as based on “independent assessment” of the threat perception by the intelligence agencies. …

However, the Congress minced no words in criticizing the move. “It’s a weird thing. It’s a strange government. Those who are victims of riots are running from pillar to post and those who are riot-accused are getting Z category security … nothing can be a bigger irony, a bigger joke with those whose houses were burnt and those who suffered huge losses,” remarked Congress leader Manish Tewari.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/40947489.cms

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Cong, SP slam Adityanath for blaming Muslims for riots (Aug 31, 2014, Hindustan Times)

BJP leader Yogi Adityanath on Sunday came under attack from the Congress and other Opposition parties for his controversial remarks on Muslims. “He always makes statements which can lead to disputes. It is very unfortunate to talk such things about a particular community,” Congress leader Rashid Alvi said a day after the firebrand BJP leader said riots happen in Uttar Pradesh where Muslims are more than 20% in numbers.

CPI leader D Raja termed as “absurd” the Gorakhpur MP’s remarks. “It also shows a rabid communal interpretation of the situation that since Muslims are some 20% or more, that causes communal strife.” he said. …

The BJP MP has already been under attack in recent days after two CDs surfaced in which he is shown making inflammatory speeches against minorities.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/1258470.aspx

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Meerut Commissioner’s report too indicts BJP MP (Aug 27, 2014, The Hindu)

The Meerut Commissioner in his report on last month’s riots in Saharanpur has reportedly blamed the local MP Raghav Lakhanpal for fanning tension besides indicting district authorities for failing to assess the situation and control the rioting mob.

Notably, the report of Meerut Commissioner Bhupendra Singh is almost identical to the “findings” of a committee set up by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and headed by senior Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav. It had also blamed the local MP and BJP workers for their negative role in the riots that left three dead and hundreds of shops gutted.

The Commissioner’s report states that despite requests from local officials, Mr. Lakhanpal and some other BJP leaders failed to cooperate with them and moved around in the city in their vehicles, thus fanning tension. Senior State government officials confirmed that the Commissioner’s report has been submitted to the government, but refused to share the details.

Armed with the two reports, the government was now planning to take action against those named in the report, government sources said. However, due to by-elections, the government might postpone taking penal action, they added.…

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/meerut-commissioners-report-too-indicts-bjp-mp/article6354788.ece

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Media trial: SC expresses concern, may frame norms (Aug 30, 2014, Indian Express)

Concerned over trial by media, which is often supplied with crucial facts on evidence by investigating agencies and prosecuting officers, the Supreme Court Thursday set about to consider framing guidelines for media over covering criminal cases and briefing by investigating agencies.

A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India R M Lodha described the issue as “very serious” and said the court would consider some guidelines to be put in place for balancing the rights and interests of all the stakeholders.

The bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton F Nariman, noted that the apex court needed to delve into the issue in the wake of growing instances of trials by media and public condemnation of accused on the basis of information provided by police and prosecutors although the trial remains to conclude. …

The bench is also set to examine the guidelines to ensure investigation into cases of fake encounters, as placed on record by PUCL, NHRC and the Bombay High Court.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/media-trial-sc-expresses-concern-may-frame-norms/

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Delhi: Priest held for rape on Janmashtami (Aug 30, 2014, Hindustan Times)

Two minor girls, aged seven and eight, were raped in a south Delhi temple by a 70-year-old priest on Janmashtami day, at a time when celebrations were on in full swing. Baba Vishvabandhu, who is also accused of molesting the girls for over a week, was arrested that very day (August 18) after the girls’ parents lodged a complaint at Mehrauli police station.

The incident, which took place in a village near Mehrauli, came to light after the eight-year-old girl complained to her mother of pain in her lower abdomen and difficulty passing urine before finally breaking down in tears and revealing the truth. The mother went to the house of her daughter’s friend, where she too narrated the same story.

The girls told their parents the priest would molest them and put his fingers in their private parts every time they went to the temple to play or to eat ‘prasad’ over the past week. He would threaten them and also offer money and food to buy their silence.

Family members and villagers surrounded the temple, dragged out the priest – a well-known figure in the area – and beat him up before going to the police. The children were taken to AIIMs where a medical test confirmed rape.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/1258046.aspx

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Opinions and Editorials

A Latter-day Fascism? – By Radhika Desai (Aug 30, 2014, EPW)

History never repeats itself exactly. So, though the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – a creation of India’s own fascist movement, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) – won a majority in the 2014 elections, though its leader is more an RSS product than any other leader hitherto, and though he was backed by the capitalist class with a unity and enthusiasm unprecedented in history, it would be inaccurate to say that a fascist government has taken office in New Delhi. It is not that 2010s India is not 1930s Germany or 1920s Italy, nor that concepts can be stretched to meaninglessness. We just do not know as yet.

If, as Nicos Poulantzas pointed out, a fascist state is, like a Bonapartist one or a military dictatorship, an exceptional form of capitalist state, what distinguishes it from the other two is that it is able to supplement state power with its own autonomous political force – such as the fascist or Nazi movements or the RSS – in the service of bourgeois interests. Whether the Modi government crosses the bounds of constitutionality or the norms of bourgeois rule – which in India, with its everyday police brutality, judicial malfeasance and executive and legislative corruption, are admittedly rather wide in any case – to become an exceptional state, and whether it supplants or supplements state force with Sangh parivar goons, and does so in ways that assert their autonomy from its capitalist backers remains to be seen.

Events may (is one being too hopeful?) unfold in ways that sidestep these possibilities. That the new government contains these possibilities is not in doubt. Its character and path to power evince similarities to fascism strong enough that it would be a dereliction of intellectual duty not to consider them in trying to determine what it means and portends.

Not only is the BJP part of the cadre-based Hindu-supremacist Sangh parivar which also has a mass base; cults of personality and “decisionism” surround Modi. RSS cadres have campaigned for Modi on a scale and with zeal they never showed any other BJP leader.4 Moreover, as Ian Kershaw reminds us, a fascist movement or party “can gain power only if the traditional elites prove incapable of controlling the mechanisms of rule, and if they are ultimately prepared to help engineer a fascist takeover and collaborate in fascist rule”.…

http://www.epw.in/system/files/pdf/2014_49/35/A_Latterday_Fascism.pdf

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Arrest And Prosecute Yogi Adityanath – By N.D.Pancholi (Aug 31, 2014, Countercurrents)

Citizens For Democracy strongly condemns the communal sensitive remarks made by Yogi Adityanath in a programme ‘Aap ki Adalat’ on ‘India TV’ on Saturday the 30th August, 2014. In that programme which is reported in various newspapers, he has publicly blamed the Muslim community for being responsible for instigating the riots. He has publicly declared that where there are more than 35 percent Muslims, there is no place for non-Muslims. He has publicly justified his provocative speeches in the past in which he said that if ‘a Hindu is killed, 10 Muslims will be killed in retaliation’.

He has publicly said that if he has a ‘mala’ (rosary) in one hand, he also carries a ‘bhala’ (javelin) in the other and that as a ‘Sanyasi’ he has no qualm in punishing the evil elements. He has publically charged that ‘love jihad’ is a part of the strategy to turn India into a Muslim country. He has publically said, casting aspersions on the loyalty and integrity of the Muslim community as well as giving a veiled threat to it, “if you want to live here, you will have to respect Indian culture and traditions. You cannot have your body here but mind in Pakistan.”

All the aforesaid statements made by Yogi Adityanath are criminal offences amounting to generate hatred and enmity against the Muslim community. He is straight away liable to be prosecuted under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code which provides punishment of imprisonment which may extend to 3 years or with fine or with both to anyone who by words, either spoken or written promotes or attempts to promote , on grounds of religion, race or community or any other ground whatsoever, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or caste or communities, and who commits any act which is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different communities and which disturbs and is likely to disturb the public tranquility. …

It is obvious that Yogi Adityanath is trying to polarize communities for electoral gains in view of the forthcoming elections in UP to serve narrow political interest for his party that is BJP. Citizens For democracy hopes that Shri Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister, will rise above the narrow sectarian political interests, and will prove true to the oath he has taken to uphold the values and principles of the Indian Constitution; and therefore appeals to him to take immediate action against Yogi Adityanath by arresting and prosecuting him as per law in the interest of maintenance of peace and communal harmony in the country.

http://www.countercurrents.org/pancholi310814.htm

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Ruined by riots, Muzaffarnagar holds warning to India – Editorial (Aug 28, 2014, Hindustan Times)

If anyone wants to document the slow death of a bustling town thanks to sectarian politics, she should pay a visit to Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. The once industrial capital of western UP, located only 128 kilometres from Delhi, is today a pale shadow of itself following the 2013 August-September communal strife in the area. The social fabric of the town is in tatters with Hindus and Muslims marking out their own territories, areas that are no-go zones for the ‘other’ community.

Business is down with out-of-town Muslim labourers refusing to come back to the riot-hit town, women are afraid to go out and school/college-going girls have to be chaperoned every time they go out of their homes. There are also reports that Muslims are selling their property under duress and fleeing to safer areas and there are still thousands of riot victims who are yet to be compensated. The atmosphere is tense and stifling and any spark, however small, is enough to set off another inferno. …

There are several reasons for such unending rounds of conflagrations but if one has to single out the main ones, it would be the weak State response to the riots and to those who have been affected by it and lack of closure of pending cases, which is being perceived, correctly so, as a denial of justice. In other words, in one year’s time, nothing has changed, only the wounds have been allowed to fester. This uneasiness and fear can spread to other parts of the country as well, leading to riots. To say that UP — and possibly India — is on its way to becoming a communal tinderbox would not be wide of the mark.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/1257627.aspx

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Offensive oxymoron – Editorial (Aug 27, 2014, DNA India)

Love jihad. That particularly offensive oxymoron that seeks to put a communal stamp on not just Hindu girl-Muslim boy relationships but also individual acts of crime is the ominous buzzword of these polarised times. Not merely an ugly combination of words but a calibrated move to further deepen rifts that has been given a fillip by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders fanning the flames of distrust in volatile Uttar Pradesh.

The term, coined by Hindu groups for what they allege are cases of Muslim boys trapping Hindu girls and forcing them to convert, entered India’s communal lexicon several years ago. But it is back — and with more aggression than before, sending ripples of unrest across the state and beyond. …

Can any society be divided such, excluding women of all communities except for one? As more than one concerned citizen has pointed out, treating incidents of individual crimes as crimes of a community will have disastrous consequences. Criminals belong to every community. The trauma of rape cannot be divided along lines of religion.

Truisms all. Obvious societal facts that need not be stated. But we have to. Because this talk comes not just from a radical fringe but from members of the country’s ruling party, including someone like Bajpayi who represents the party in India’s largest state. The onus is on the government to ensure that responsible behaviour not hate campaigns are the hallmark of its rule.

http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/editorial-dnaedit-offensive-oxymoron-2013893

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Hindi, Hindu whatever: Please give us a respite from this frivolous debate – By Akshaya Mishra (Aug 31, 2014, First Post)

‘Hindi’, ‘Hindu’, ‘Indu’ whatever – does this country need a debate like this in the first place? What’s wrong with ‘India’ or the good old ‘Bharat’? If at all we are so desperate to calling ourselves something different, why not make it, say, ‘Abracadabra’. Admitted, it’s a bit odd, but trust our intellectuals to come up with creative prose, circuitous logic and malicious reading of history to justify such a name. They never give up, even if they appear a tad foolish. Who knows after repeated mention in unending media debates we may even begin liking the name.

Come on guys, let’s grow up. We certainly have better things to do than work ourselves up over a name. That we allow such a debate to be foisted upon us shows us in poor light. We live in dumbed down times alright but do we need to get sucked into every dumb discussion that happens around us? Our complex past throws up enough confusing information to trigger a thousand arguments, conflicts and ideological skirmishes. There will be groups ready to make capital – political or otherwise – of every note of dissonance in the narrative of our history. It does not make sense for us to dignify each conflict by a reaction. They keep laying traps for us and we never fail to walk into those. Can we say ‘stop this nonsense’? …

Bringing the word ‘Hindu’ to the name of India serves the ideological concept of continuity of the Hindu civilization across centuries. This is something close to the revisionist vision of the right wing groups. It is possible their next move would be to blank out the 65-odd years after Independence, calling it an aberration in the continuity theme. If right wing historians have their way they might call this period the Dark Age, the only bright spot being the six-year rule of the NDA government. Maybe we are stretching the point too far here, but the point is the majoritarian agenda often works out in this fashion. And the traits are visible already after the BJP-RSS victory in the general elections. If anybody has cared to notice, over the last three months the activities of the Hindutva groups have been attracting more attention than those of the government in power. This is just the beginning.

Coming back to the original point, the name of the country is not an unsettled existential question for the country. In any case, changing it amounts to nothing more than ideological point-scoring. The 21st century India should be discussing issues more serious and contemporary in nature. Narendra Modi came to power promising fresh thinking and new ideas for the future. He should not allow the frivolous agenda of others to cloud his vision. While he is at it the countrymen can manage without being called Hindus. Abracadabra would be as fine with them.

http://www.firstpost.com/india/hindi-hindu-whatever-please-give-us-a-respite-from-this-frivolous-debate-1689561.html

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The experiment succeeds – Editorial (Aug 26, 2014, The Hindu)

The latest round of by-elections to Assembly seats will be remembered for the success of a political experiment in Bihar involving the coming together of three parties against the Bharatiya Janata Party. The results significantly moderate the idea that the BJP is at an electorally invulnerable point in its history. The Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Janata Dal (United) and the Congress have together won six of the 10 seats that saw by-polls. The BJP with its allies had swept Bihar in the recent Lok Sabha election, bagging 31 of the 40 seats. It is not in itself a surprise that parties gain from tactical tie-ups that give them the arithmetical heft that their individual stature may not fetch.

However, the three parties seemed to have done some strategic thinking in bringing together their combined vote base drawn from among Yadavs, other backward classes, Dalits and Muslims and successfully presented a ‘grand secular alliance’. It has given room for these parties to claim it as a victory over ‘divisive forces’. The takeaway from the combine’s performance is that doubts whether it would work on the ground have been dispelled. These doubts arose because of the long history of political rivalry between JD(U) leader and former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD president Lalu Prasad.

The BJP’s State leadership has accepted responsibility for winning only four seats, lest it be seen as a reflection on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s performance at the Centre. At the same time, it cannot be denied that the BJP had beaten alliance arithmetic in the four seats it has won. The results indicate how the battle lines will be drawn when Assembly elections are held in Bihar in 2015. …

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-the-experiment-succeeds/article6350847.ece

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Book Review

Taking Sides: Reservation Quotas and Minority Rights in India

Author: Rudolph C Heredia
Reviewed by: Ram Puniyani
Available at: Penguin Books India, 7th Floor, Infinity Tower – C, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon 122002, Haryana, 2012; pp 383, Rs 499. http://www.amazon.in/
Review:
Affirmative Action, Reservation or Appeasement (Aug 30, 2014, EPW)

The political scenario in India is heavily dominated by quota and reservation politics. The implementation of the Mandal Commission report by V P Singh in 1990 totally changed the political scenario and continues to affect it. Reservation for women in panchayats sailed through but reservation in Parliament is mired in innumerable problems. Based on the findings of the Sachar Committee and Ranganath Mishra Commission there have been demands for reservation for Muslim minorities in some states, but the proposal has met with such hostile opposition that it is practically impossible that such a step can be contemplated for implementation. Besides, with the change of regime in May 2014 and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government coming to power at the centre, such issues will be relegated to the past. It is against this background that this path breaking book written with deep insights into the Indian social reality and the unevenness in all sections of society needs to be given serious consideration and debated in different social and academic forums.

Rudolf Heredia, whose previous intervention, Changing Gods engaged with the issue of conversions which have been the bone of contention and the axis around which the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) constructed its politics for decades was again deeply rooted in Indian reality. It demonstrated the genesis of the issue and the need to understand “why conversion” rather than raising temperatures on this phenomenon. In Taking Sides Heredia takes pains to go into the lack of proper process of secularisation-democratisation which led to the present morass where multiple sectors of society suffer from the disadvantages due to their caste, religion or gender. His premise is very humane, for him the central concern is justice, “A ‘just society’ involves our understanding of justice as much as it does our understanding of society” (p x). Justice must be done and seen to be done and not just debated. There is a need for practical action beyond the debating rooms. This again requires the consent of the governed for different actions leading towards justice in society. The limits of our actions in this direction are guided by consensus and legitimacy and how far they can be stretched. This book sets out to explore those outside limits of action.

The author points out that the notion of justice which revolves around a majoritarian understanding articulated in the public sphere and the society is unjust. This is what leads the author to the central concern of his contribution, “an inclusively just society”. That is, the striving towards equality and freedom of the individual: groups are the foundations and the justice mechanism has to be structurally incorporated into the system. He points out that despite more than six decades of independence we continue to be ambiguous about the socially excluded and our vulnerable minorities continue to exist in deprivation. The author makes a crucial point that these structural inequalities show us the unfinished business of our freedom struggle and so the effort of the magnitude of the “second freedom struggle” is needed to overcome these inequalities. …

The book engages with the diverse dimension of the issues involved and the need to overcome them through affirmative action, reservation or positive discrimination. Its strength lies in its treatment of a comprehensive relationship between different inequalities and exclusions. It is a valuable intervention in the ongoing debate of reservations for religious minorities, disadvantaged castes and women.

http://www.epw.in/book-reviews/affirmative-action-reservation-or-appeasement.html

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 28th, 2014

July 30, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Hadapsar sees Hindu-Muslim unity News Headlines United Nations body recalls Gujarat riots, insists on enacting “dropped” communal violence bill Sena MP ‘force-feeds’ fasting Muslim staffer at Maharashtra Sadan Sangh sets up panel to push ‘saffronisation’ of education Rape the activist: RSS man posts on facebook UP: 3 […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 14th, 2014

July 15, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines UK fights for Britons killed in Gujarat riots Cop accused by CBI of firing at Ishrat is back at work Why give a top post to murder accused: Congress Home Ministry has destroyed over 1.5 lakh files: CPM Babri demolition case: Non-bailable warrants against 2 BJP MPs […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – May 19th, 2014

May 20, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Mukul Sinha’s demise a loss for justice and accountability say Indian Americans News Headlines Supreme Court pulls up Gujarat police, orders release of Akshardham convicts ‘Modi’s remarks fuelled violence in Assam’ Bail plea of three riot accused rejected MBT demands registration of murder cases against police for firing […]

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Mukul Sinha’s demise a loss for justice and accountability say Indian Americans

May 14, 2014

Renowned activist will always be remembered for his tireless struggle to bring to justice the perpetrators of the Gujarat pogroms and fake encounter killings. May 14, 2014 Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has expressed grief and a profound sense of loss over the […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – January 27th, 2014

January 28, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony National communal harmony award for CSSS News Headlines 2002 Gujarat riots: Zakia Jafri to move HC against clean chit to Modi CBI may soon file charges against IB officers in Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case Samjhauta blasts: Aseemanand, three others charged with sedition, murder ATS chief […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – December 30th, 2013

December 31, 2013

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Lower court goes along with dirty SIT’s clean chit to Modi News Headlines Criminal Charges against Modi and 59 others ‘Shaken to the core’ but Modi does not offer apology Gujarat riots: Nanavati Commission gets 21 extension till June 30 to submit report Snoopgate went on even […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – November 18th, 2013

November 19, 2013

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony The unsung heroes of Muzaffarnagar – an untold story News Headlines Gujarat riots return to haunt Modi as US writers brand him ‘the poster child of India’s failure to punish the violent’ US Republicans deny they invited Modi to address party Congressional leaders Snooping charges leveled […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 7th, 2013

October 8, 2013

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Youth in UP bridging harmony News Headlines Modi vs CBI: Is the saffron fold jittery about law catching up their own ‘the one’ leader? Mystery of Modi’s silence: Some of his key associates may get disqualified People who razed Babri mosque talking about toilets: Azam Khan […]

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