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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – February 8th, 2016

by newsdigest on February 24, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

Communal Harmony

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Communal Harmony

J&K: Muslims perform last rites of 84-year-old Kashmiri Pandit in Kulgam (Feb 2, 2016, IBN)

In a heart-warming example of Kashmiriyat, Muslims of a village in Kulgam district of south Kashmir performed the last rites of a Kashmiri Pandit, who clung to his roots and refused to leave the valley when all others in his family fled under threat from terrorists. Janki Nath (84), a resident of Malvan in Kulgam, died on Saturday.

In the absence of family member or Kashmiri Pandit, the local Muslims organised the last rites of the deceased and mourned his death as one of their own. Nath, who was the only member of his community living among the 5,000 Muslims in Malvan, had decided to stay back when Kashmiri Pandits fled the valley in 1990.…

He was not keeping well for the past five years and Muslim neighbors were taking care of him. As the news of his death broke, locals were inconsolable. “We feel we have lost one of our own. He was just like my elder brother and I used to take suggestions from him before taking any step”, Gull Mohammad Alai, a local, said.… The locals said Janki Nath had no regrets about his decision to stay back in the valley.

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/india/jk-muslims-perform-last-rites-of-84-year-old-kashmiri-pandit-in-kulgam-1198259.html

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Gujarat BJP on cheap land to CM’s kin: Price fixed in 2011 after district, state penals, Modi Cabinet “cleared” it (Feb 6, 2016, Counterview)

Is BJP high command losing faith in Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel? It would seem so, if looks into how it fielded Gujarat BJP spokesperson IK Jadeja, a small fry, to “deny” a top media report, which pointed to a “scam” in which business group associated with her daughter was allocated 250 acres of prime land off Gir lions sanctuary at the rate of just Rs 15 per square metre. The denial, in a Gujarati language press note, came even as political circles in the state were abuzz with speculation as to who is behind the effort to “dislodge” Anandiben Patel.…

Congress leader Anand Sharma termed the revelations “shocking”, and they showed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as Chief Minister of Gujarat, “allowed nepotism, conflict of interest and brazen plundering of public land to promote commercial and business interests of entities close to the daughter of the then Revenue Minister present chief minister Anandiben Patel.” Sharma said, “Allotment of 250 acres of government land next to the Gir lion sanctuary without any valuation or price determination for a pittance was in gross violation of all known procedures and regulations governing allocation of public land in eco sensitive zones.”

“The land was allotted to Wildwoods Resorts & Realties for setting up a resort. The promoters of this firm are close business associates of Anar Patel, the daughter of the current Gujarat CM”, he said, adding, “The estimated market price of this land was to the tune of Rs.50 lakh per acre i.e. a total of Rs 125 crore for 250 acres, but the total amount paid was just Rs 1.25 crore.” Even even AAP and Congress went public, twitterati criticized the land allocation. Arun Nambiar said, “Hema Malini and Anandiben now in massive Land Scams!”, and Vinod Mehta said, “Adani paid Re1 per Sqm for thousands of acres Land by Modi. Anandiben’s daughter paid Rs15 per metres. Some improvement!”…

http://www.counterview.net/2016/02/gujarat-bjp-on-cheap-land-to-cms-kin.html

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2008 Malegaon blasts: NIA under fire from former prosecutor as it seeks to drop MCOCA charges (Feb 4, 2016, Scroll.in)

“It is a political move,” former special counsel for National Investigation Agency, Rohini Salian said, when asked for a response to the NIA informing a special court that it intended to drop charges under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act against the 11 accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts. The NIA requested the court on Tuesday that the framing of charges against the accused, including Lt Col Srikant Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, be deferred until it receives an opinion from the Attorney General whether charges under MCOCA could be dropped.

“How can they ask the Attorney General? How is he concerned with the case? The matter is sub judice (pending in court) and the case is at framing of charges. The court should decide the charges now. This is all politics. I have disassociated myself from the case now. They are cheating everyone (the society),” Salian said.

Salian, however, added that even if the stringent MCOCA charges were to be dropped, the case will not collapse and will stand on the basis of witnesses who have spoken of various conspiracy meetings. Salian had charged last year that she had been under pressure from the NIA to go “soft” in the case since “the new government came to power” in May 2014.…

http://scroll.in/article/802937/2008-malegaon-blasts-nia-under-fire-from-former-prosecutor-as-it-seeks-to-drop-mcoca-charges

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2002 riots displaced demand amenities (Feb 5, 2016, Times of India)

Fourteen years after losing their homes from the communal riots of 2002, internally displaced persons staged a demonstration on Thursday before the district collectorate, to protest the absence of even basic amenities in rehabilitation colonies. They demanded improved conditions in such camps and the inclusion of these in the state’s development policies.

Hundreds gathered under the aegis of Visthapit Ladat Samiti and demonstrated in protest at the government’s apathy towards 83 rehabilitation colonies in 12 districts. More than 3,000 families lives in these colonies. They demanded that basic amenities – water connections and sewerage lines – be provided to residents of these rehabilitation colonies.

They have also been demanding ownership of the houses they have been occupying for more than 13 years now. “These houses were constructed by NGOs, but ownership is not given to the beneficiaries. As the property is not in our names, we cannot even get credit or other benefits. We even face problems in establishing proof of residence,” said a protester, Samir Sodawala from Halol in Panchmahal.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/50861081.cms

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History textbooks being changed to convert India into a Hindu nation, alleges Pawar (Feb 5, 2016, First Post)

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday alleged that attempts were being made to convert India into a “Hindu Rashtra” distorting history in school textbooks and implored historians to come together and “pen the truth” for the sake of generation next.

“Some people are working with an intention of converting India into a Hindu Rashtra by distorting history in school textbooks. This will prove to be dangerous as this will harm the secular fabric of the country,” Pawar said while addressing a seminar at YB Chavan in Mumbai.

He said that an awareness needs to be created among the youth that some people are trying to “corrupt” their minds to spread poison in the society. “Articles need to be written, discussions should take place on this issue as it is a grave matter,” he said.…

http://www.firstpost.com/politics/history-textbooks-being-changed-to-convert-india-into-a-hindu-nation-alleges-pawar-2614460.html

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At last, justice for custodial death victim’s family (Feb 1, 2016, The Hindu)

Judge Shridhar Bhosale at the City Civil Court and Sessions Court on Saturday convicted four police constables charged with the murder of 20-year-old Aniket Khicchi, the son of vegetable vendor parents, to seven years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 each. This is the first successful conviction in a custodial death case in Maharashtra.

On October 26, 2013, Aniket Khicchi, was out with his friends to watch a movie when the Vanrai police picked him up and charged him with robbery for allegedly stealing a laptop from Goregaon Sports Complex. A day later, Aniket died, allegedly after being assaulted by police constables. His post mortem report showed head injuries and congestion in the lungs.

The Bombay High Court had recently observed that as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Maharashtra recorded 354 custodial deaths from 1999 to 2014, the highest in the country. Of these, 106 were police custody deaths, while the rest (248) happened in judicial custody (jail). Shockingly, in 15 years, only 13 First Information Reports (FIRs) were filed. Only five policemen were charge-sheeted, and there were zero convictions.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/at-last-justice-for-custodial-death-victims-family/article8176826.ece

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Deoband bypoll: If I get elected, they will feel our terror, says BJP leader Rampal Singh (Feb 6, 2016, Indian Express)

When Muzaffarnagar faced riots in 2013, the neighbouring Deoband, another Muslim-dominated area with the seat of the seminary Dar-ul-Uloom, remained quiet. Deoband does not see communal clashes, but BJP believes that the February 13 byelection here is a fight “between Hindus and Muslims”.

The party candidate, former RSS Pracharak Rampal Singh Pundhir, asserts his agenda: restoration of Hindu pride vis-a-vis Muslims. Pundhir says that if he gets elected, “Ek bhay hoga unke andar. Hamara terror hoga unke upar, unke gundon par (Muslims will feel scared. They and their hooligans will feel our terror)”.…

“Threat to Hindus? Who said? May be due to elections, some people are spreading lies,” says Praveen Kumar of Praveen Jewellers. Curiously, an election pamphlet of Pundhir is pasted at Kumar’s shop. He’s a BJP voter, not a member though.” “I am here for 35 years. Muslims and Hindus live here in harmony,” says Rajiv Kumar of Rajiv Medical Store. The BJP doesn’t believe this.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/deoband-bypoll-if-i-get-elected-they-will-feel-our-terror-says-bjp-leader-rampal-singh/

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Muslim personal law founded on Quran, SC can’t question it: Jamiat (Feb 6, 2016, Times of India)

Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind, the powerful body of Muslim clerics, has said that Muslim personal law flows from the Holy Quran and cannot be subjected to any scrutiny by the Supreme Court based on principles of the Constitution.

“Mohammedan law is founded essentially on the Holy Quran and this cannot fall within the purview of the expression ‘laws in force’ as mentioned in Article 13 of the Constitution, and hence its validity cannot be tested on a challenge based on Part-III of the Constitution (guaranteeing fundamental rights, including right to equality),” the JUH application filed through advocate Ejaz Maqbool said. …

Last year, while entertaining a petition, a two-judge bench of Justices A R Dave and Adarsh Goel had directed registration of a separate PIL to consider the rights of Muslim women as there was no safeguard against arbitrary divorce (triple talaq) and second marriage by Muslim men during subsistence of their first marriage. The court had issued notice to the attorney general and National Legal Services Authority (Nalsa).

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/50873733.cms

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‘The policemen hit us with all they had’: PhD student claims Delhi Police brutally beat students and tore their clothes during Rohith Vemula protest (Feb 1, 2016, Daily Mail)

Shweta Raj, a PhD student from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), had never seen such brutality. Shweta was among the hundreds of protestors who were allegedly assaulted by Delhi Police personnel on January 30. Recalling the incident, she said: “From lathis to boots, the policemen hit us with all they had. Forget gender, they treated each one of us in the most inhuman manner.”

A video clip that went viral on Monday shows how Delhi police personnel, along with few ‘unknown’ men in plain clothes, attacked the protesters outside the RSS office in Jhandewalan. Students from various varsities across Delhi were agitating against the alleged delay in justice for Rohith Vemula, the 26-year-old Hyderabad university research scholar who committed suicide last month.

Shweta pointed out the absence of female police officers in the crackdown on protestors. “No female police officers were present there. This is not the first time that we have protested, but we have never witnessed such brutality. There is a way to deal with protestors. Policemen have become goons,” Shweta said. Shweta said the police atrocity was far worse than what was captured in the video clip.… Protesters have alleged that some RSS members first joined the protest and then attacked students along with the police. The RSS has, however, denied the allegations.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-3427052/The-policemen-hit-PhD-student-claims-Delhi-Police-brutally-beat-students-tore-clothes-Rohith-Vemula-protest.html

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Caste came up in 3 suicide probes at Hyderabad University (Feb 8, 2016, Indian Express)

The University of Hyderabad had all the warning it needed before Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide last month. Three red flags, in the form of three suicides by Dalit students within six years. And three probes that arrived at the same conclusion: this was no campus for the marginalised.

The HRD Ministry wants a judicial commission to probe the events that led to the suicide on January 17 of Vemula, who was among five Dalits suspended by the university for allegedly assaulting an ABVP leader. But the findings of the three committees that probed the three suicides on campus between 2008 and 2014 were clear: the Dalit students faced a “sense of alienation” and “institutional discrimination” owing to “caste consideration”.

One of those committees, headed by retired Supreme Court judge Justice K Ramaswamy, stated in its report: “Because of the insensitivity towards problems faced by the students belonging to the aforesaid social groups, frequent occurrences of suicides are taking place.”…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/caste-came-up-in-3-suicide-probes-at-hyderabad-university/

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Dalit Rights: Bureaucracy Treated me Like an Untouchable, Says Ex-IAS Officer Sivakami (Feb 4, 2016, New Indian Express)

As the suicide of Rohith Vemula puts the focus back on the contentious issue of Dalit rights, former IAS officer and author P. Sivakami says that the community is denied even the minimum human rights. The critically acclaimed author and former bureaucrat said she quit in 2008 after being treated like an untouchable.

Sivakami, who was in the Indian Administrative Service for 28 years, told IANS that her decision was fuelled by the realisation that Dalits have no place in nation-building. With more than eight books to her credit, Sivakami is among India’s most prominent Dalit writers. Her first book, “In The Grip of Change”, had created a stir as it questions patriarchy in the Dalit movement.

“Both the political class and bureaucracy work together against the Dalits. During my service, though my position was next to the minister in the state I was serving in, I had to struggle for basic rights for tribals. I was dubbed as a person who belongs to the community when I was working for their welfare. It amounted to untouchability. I realised that there was an unwritten law against people from the lower community,” said Sivakami, whose last posting was secretary of the Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department in Tamil Nadu.…

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Dalit-Rights-Bureaucracy-Treated-me-Like-an-Untouchable-Says-Ex-IAS-Officer-Sivakami/2016/02/04/article3260866.ece

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Opinions and Editorials

Dear Mr Doval, we need to talk about Hindutva terror – By Ajaz Ashraf (Feb 4, 2016, Scroll.in)

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has won accolades for his patriotism manifest in the many risky missions…. His experience is precisely why we would want to know from him, or the Intelligence Bureau he once headed, whether or not the violence that mushrooming militant Hindu groups indulge in imperils the nation’s security.… It is, therefore, surprising that we haven’t had the Intelligence Bureau brief the media on the security threat posed to the nation by the saffron or Hindutva or Hindu terror, regardless of whichever term is appropriate. Its silence on Hindutva terror and vigilantism appear puzzling.…

There is no denying that Hindutva has become increasingly menacing. There hasn’t been a week in the last 18 months when a story on one or the other Hindu militant groups resorting to violence somewhere in the country has not featured in the media. Some of these groups are freshly minted. True, they don’t toss grenades or fire bullets, but they aim to terrorise people who more often than not happen to be religious minorities and marginalised groups.…

It is possible that the Intelligence Bureau perceives Hindu radicals as benign because they don’t target the state but the people. But a state found wanting in protecting its citizens ultimately undermines its own foundation. This is why Ajit Doval must provide the nation with his perspective on the security challenges that extremist Hindus pose, because, frankly speaking, a good many people believe they have had enough of them.

http://scroll.in/article/802972/dear-mr-doval-we-need-to-talk-about-hindutva-terror

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Ishrat Jahan & Ruling Class Pseudo Nationalism – By Archana Prasad (Feb 21, 2016, Peoples Democracy)

Jingo patriotism and pseudo right wing RSS nationalists have found a suitable partner in CIA double agent David Coleman Headley who has been given clemency in return for turning ‘approver’ in the 26/11 case. This cover for Headley has given him the license to make claims that are politically suitable for the ruling regime and that help it to wipe out the taint that Modi accumulated as chief minister of Gujarat.

As part of this exercise, the public prosecutor claims that Headley has given evidence to suggest that Ishrat Jahan was a Lashkar ‘suicide bomber’. Using this statement, the BJP has said that the Modi government stands vindicated and that it is now proved that the encounter killing Ishrat Jahan was not fake. This reliance on the so-called testimony of a double agent and a participant in planning the 26/11 attacks speaks volumes for ‘the nationalist position’ of the Hindu Right.

The fact that the Hindu Right gives more credibility to Headley and less to the CBI and a magisterial enquiry of the government shows that they have scant respect for the law. Hence it is important to remind ourselves about the nature of the case and the facts that had come out of the magisterial enquiry.…

http://peoplesdemocracy.in/2016/0221_pd/ishrat-jahan-ruling-class-pseudo-nationalism

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What Is So Smart About The City You Live In? – By Deepti Sreeram (Feb 16, 2016, Tehelka)

…When urbanisation gradually spread its wings over prime cities, it came as no surprise that the cities would have an ‘old city’ as a counterpart to its relatively smarter ‘other’. In Delhi, for instance, ‘old Delhi’, formerly known as Shahjahanabad, is a relic of its illustrious past and a home to most of the city’s historical attractions. Until recently, the vocabulary to explain a city rested upon this binary of the old/new. But now, if the recent list is to be believed, at least some cities are going to be rechristened as ‘smarter’ versions come up.

Carrying a tagline of a ‘Modified Gujarat’, the picture was used as a token to represent the urban development that was underway in the state. However, within days, the photograph showing a well-lit BRTS flanked by wide lanes was found to be a picture of China’s BRTS . Yet despite such efforts at eye-washing, the writing on the wall was clear. When the results were declared, the ‘Rurban’ model of Gujarat was set to replace the UPA’s ten-year old scheme of Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas (PURA).

The seeds of the ‘smart city mission’ were thus laid once the Gujarat model of development became a rallying point for the BJP. Soon after victory, the Modi government announced the ‘100 Smart Cities Plan’ by promising to allocate a whopping 70.6 billion rupees to it.…

http://www.tehelka.com/2016/02/what-is-so-smart-about-the-city-you-live-in/

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The Scream Of Lotus Buds – By Uttam Sengupta, Ushinor Majumdar (Feb 8, 2016, Outlook)

In the last month and a half, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has been responsible, directly or indirectly, for the suicide of research scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad, for the abandonment of a symposium on ‘Democracy, Media and Freedom of Exression’ in Allahabad and for the termination of services of IIT-BHU guest faculty and Magasaysay awardee Sandeep Pandey in Varanasi. The student body of the RSS-BJP has been on an overdrive since the NDA government took charge in May 2014.

It has taken on critics of the Modi government, often calling them anti-national, as, on one pretext or the other, it intervened to stop plays, films, seminars, festivals and lectures that challenged its views. Violence or threat of violence has been used with increasing frequency, but the police has generally looked the other way.…

AISA vice-president Farhan Ahmad echoes the sentiment, alleging that the ABVP is thriving on “money and muscle power”. But while the prime minister, BJP chief Amit Shah and HRD minister Smriti Irani pose for photographs with ABVP leaders and hold discussions with them, none of them has spared a word to rein it in or condemn its irresponsible behaviour, as in Allahabad.…

http://www.outlookindia.com/article/the-scream-of-lotus-buds/296540

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Rule of the lathi – Editorial (Feb 3, 2016, Indian Express)

The brutality of the police action on students who gathered outside the RSS headquarters in New Delhi to protest Rohith Vemula’s death on January 30 raises questions about the manner in which public protests are dealt with by law enforcers.

A video of the agitation – instrumental in the incident receiving widespread attention – shows lathi-wielding policemen raining blows on unarmed students. Some civilians – Delhi Police has clarified they were not policemen in plain clothes – too joined the policemen in beating up the students.…

The rule is that minimum force must be used to disperse a crowd. This calls for skillful leadership and a force trained to be discreet about the use of violence. By all accounts, that’s rarely the case in India, across states and political dispensations.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/editorials/rule-of-the-lathi/

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Rohith’s Living Legacy – Editorial (Feb 6, 2016, EPW)

Students have played a vital role in the politics of modern India, shaping its destiny at crucial moments, both during the freedom struggle as well as in the seven decades since independence. The countrywide movement which has emerged in the wake of the tragic death of Rohith Vemula in the University of Hyderabad is perhaps one such movement which will alter the nature of India’s polity for the better.

As EPW has noted earlier (“Death by Discrimination,” 23 January 2016), Rohith’s suicide was triggered in conditions where the university, as an institution, bared itself as a political partisan punishing Dalit students by using the methods of social discrimination. There was already a student agitation in the university against this partisanship which had united all organisations other than the Hindutva fundamentalists.…

Yet what has emerged in the weeks since he took his final, mortal step has been an unprecedented blossoming of rebellion against discrimination on India’s campuses. Unheralded by any particular organisation, this movement has brought students across castes and other social and political divides together to demand an end to discrimination in institutions of higher learning.…

http://www.epw.in/journal/2016/6/editorials/rohiths-living-legacy.html

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 29th, 2015

by newsdigest on June 30, 2015

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

Communal Harmony

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Communal Harmony

Communal harmony over iftar at Delhi’s Jama Masjid (Jun 24, 2015, Twocircles.net)

…Last Saturday, I went to cover the Ramadan preparations in Old Delhi. After shooting for over an hour at the adjoining markets, I went inside the 17th century grand Mughal era mosque to capture some Ramadan moments with my camera as iftar time was drawing nearer.…

A woman with sindoor in the middle-parting of her hair (this along with her next question makes me believe that she was not Muslim) was asking a Muslim woman, “Kya mai bhi roza walon ke saath baith sakti hun? (Am I allowed to join these people who are waiting to break their fast?)”.

The other woman asked her to confirm it with a person who was offering prayers nearby. The non-Muslim lady went to the man and asked for his permission, the man replied, “Aray app bilkul baith sakti hain; rukiye,” he said, then asked a young man, “Arhey beta inko dastarkhwan pe iftar ke lie baitha do,” (“You are most welcome to join us in breaking the fast,” and ordered some persons who were serving Iftar to make her sit on the dining spread (Dastarkhwan).” The Lady with her two sons joined the rozadars and desisted from eating until azaan (call for prayer) announced the breaking of fast.

http://twocircles.net/2015jun24/1435158259.html

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US report: Gujarat govt moved against top activist Teesta Setalvad after she sought to indict Modi in 2002 riots (Jun 26, 2015, Counterview)

The latest US government’s “India 2014 Human Rights Report” has criticized Gujarat government for filing a misappropriation case against well-known human rights activist Teesta Setalvad. This, it notes, was done “after a December 2013 decision by a Gujarat lower court rejecting a protest petition “to force the state to file criminal charges against then-Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and other officials for allegedly failing to stop Hindu reprisals in Gujarat in 2002.”

The report states, “On January 5, Gujarat police filed a petition against human rights activists Teesta Setalvad, Javad Anand, Salim Sandhi, Feroz Gulzar Mohammed Pathan, and Tanvir Jafri for allegedly misappropriating funds donated to construct a memorial to the 2002 riots. The petition was filed after residents of the Gulberg Society, a housing complex, claimed that Setalvad misused 1.5 million rupees ($24,000) collected to build a memorial to the 69 persons killed during the 2002 riots.”

Pointing out that Setalvad, one of the accused, is the founder of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), “a Mumbai-based organization responsible for numerous cases against alleged perpetrators of the 2002 Gujarat violence”, the report points to how, throughout 2014, the state government “opposed activists’ anticipatory bail applications submitted to Gujarat and Mumbai courts in addition to the Indian Supreme Court.”…

http://www.counterview.net/2015/06/us-report-gujarat-govt-moved-against.html

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Since this new govt came, I have been told to go soft on accused (Hindu extremists): Special Public Prosecutor (Jun 25, 2015, Indian Express)

Rohini Salian, Special Public Prosecutor in the case related to the Malegaon 2008 blasts in which four Muslims were killed during Ramzan and in which Hindu extremists are the accused, has said that over the past one year, since “the new government came to power,” she has been under pressure from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to go “soft” in the case.

Soon after the NDA government came to power last year, she said, she got a call from one of the officers of the NIA – the agency investigating all the alleged Hindu extremist cases – asking to come over to speak with her. “He didn’t want to talk over the phone. He came and said to me that there is a message that I should go soft,” Salian told The Indian Express.

Matters came to a head this month, on June 12, she said, when just before one of the regular hearings in the case in the Sessions Court, she was told by the same NIA officer that “higher-ups” did not want her to appear in the court for the State of Maharashtra and that another advocate would attend the proceedings.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/since-this-new-govt-came-i-have-been-told-to-go-soft-on-accused-hindu-extremists-special-public-prosecutor/

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Ramveer held for threatening to trigger blast at PM Mathura rally (Jun 24, 2015, Webindia123.com)

After month-long investigation, Uttar Pradesh police managed to arrest a youth for threatening to trigger a blast at the May 25 public meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi held on the completion of one year of the Central government.

Police sources today said the accused identified as Ramveer was arrested yesterday. Police said the youth’s mental condition was not stable as he fell ill and was admitted to a hospital immediate after his arrest.

The accused had sent a SMS to the authorities for threatening to trigger a blast at the public rally of the Prim Minister at Nagla Chandrabhan, the birth place of BJP’s ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhaya.

http://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20150624/2625720.html

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Muslim youth killed in police detention in Vellore (Jun 29, 2015, Twocircles.net)

Tension prevailed in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district on Saturday evening after report of death of a youth from Ambur town in the district in hospital. Youth named Shameel Ahamed was allegedly taken to police station for investigation on June 15. He was allegedly kept in an unidentified location for four days and brutally attacked by Pallikonda Police Inspector Martin Premraj. On June 26, Ahamed who was admitted at Chennai Rajeev Gandhi Hospital, died.

This news created tension in Ambur as angry mob pelted stones at the police station and torched vehicles. Earlier also there has been reports of death of youth detained by police. Tameem Ansari, 14 year boy from Vettuvanggeni was taken to police station for investigation but was allegedly shot at by Chennai Neelankarai Police Inspector. Similarly, in SP Patinam of Ramanathapuram District, a youth named Syed Muhammed was taken by police for investigation but was allegedly shot and killed by Sub Inspector police Kalidass.

In Pernambut of Vellore District, Police took a boy named Riswan and had beaten him so badly that he too died at the police station. Incidentally Police Inspector Martin Premraj has been accused of killing Ahmed also. Women from Muthupettai, who went to police to lodge complain were also allegedly attacked by Traffic Sub Inspector Pitchai Muthu Kannan at Pattukottai Police Station.…

http://twocircles.net/2015jun29/1435525931.html

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Religious violence still a concern: report (Jun 26, 2015, The Hindu)

Religion-based violence in Indian society “continued to be a concern,” during the first year of Narendra Modi’s rule as Prime Minister, according to a report on worldwide human rights abuses released by the U.S. State Department.

In its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices unveiled on Thursday the Department said that the most significant human rights problems were police and security force abuses, including extrajudicial killings, torture, and rape; widespread corruption that contributed to ineffective responses to crime, including those against women and members of scheduled castes or tribes; and societal violence based on gender, religious affiliation, and caste or tribe.…

More broadly, other human rights problems of India that found mention in the report include disappearances, hazardous prison conditions, arbitrary arrest and detention, and lengthy pre-trial detention, all exacerbated by a judiciary that “remained backlogged, leading to lengthy delays and the denial of due process.”

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/religious-violence-still-a-concern-report/article7355498.ece

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Modi govt is correcting ‘errors’ in NCERT history textbooks (Jun 24, 2015, Hindustan Times)

The NDA government has set the ball rolling to correct the “errors” in NCERT history textbooks introduced by the UPA. Historians from the Indian Council of Historical Research and elsewhere perused the textbooks from classes 8 to 12 in a review meeting held by the NCERT recently.

Some recommendations that were made include adding Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s role in history and omitting a picture of a Frenchman smoking a cigar on page 44 of the Class 10 book. There were concerns over Class 9 book giving ‘greater prominence’ to cricket than the French Revolution. The NCERT will take a call on the numerous recommendations made by the participants, who divided themselves on the basis of their specializations in ancient, medieval and modern history.

The present textbooks replaced the ones introduced by the Vajpayee government. BJP’s ideological fountainhead RSS sees rewriting of history as crucial, as ideologies legitimize their present on the basis of the past. They believe that Marxists and other “secular” historians had written histories in ways that denied Hindus pride in their past.… Critics, however, say the Hindutva agenda is to communalise history and to seek to bolster the cultural pride of Hindus through exaggerated accounts.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/highschool/historians-to-correct-errors-in-ncert-textbooks/article1-1362127.aspx

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Report on Maria-Lalit Modi meet submitted, Congress slams top cop (Jun 23, 2015, Indian Express)

Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary K P Bakshi on Tuesday submitted his report on Mumbai Police chief Rakesh Maria’s meeting with tainted ex-IPL boss Lalit Modi to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, based on which the government is soon expected to take a decision.…

Meanwhile, opposition Congress accused Maria of “inappropriate conduct” in meeting Lalit Modi, who is facing charges of financial irregularities and is currently under ED scanner. Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who has earlier said he was not briefed by Maria of the meeting which happened during his tenure, said the senior IPS officer was guilty of “inappropriate conduct”.…

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil of Congress said: “Maria should quit his post or be suspended from service”. “It was saddening to hear Maria saying he had informed late R R Patil, who was the Home Minister then. Patil is no more. This does not behove well for a top ranking police officer as it is an administrative matter.”…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/report-on-maria-lalit-modi-meet-submitted-congress-slams-top-cop/99/

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‘Muslims must withdraw claim over Ayodhya, Kashi’: VHP (Jun 25, 2015, Deccan Herald)

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has asked the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) to withdraw its claim over Ram Janambhoomi in Ayodhya, Srikrishna Janambhoomi in Mathura and Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi if it wants to “live in peace and harmony” with their Hindu brethren in the country.…

“There have been enough fights; there is now a need to rewrite history. The AIMPLB can make new history by withdrawing its claims on these places,” the VHP leader said. “Hindus and Muslims can live in harmony in the country only when the latter hand over these three places to Hindus,” Singhal added.…

“The Ayodhya issue is currently pending in court and we will abide by the court’s judgement,” said AIMPLB member Zafaryab Jilani. The oldest litigant in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits Hashim Ansari also rejected the VHP’s demand, saying that Muslims will accept the court’s verdict in the matter. There have been attempts by a section of Hindu seers in Ayodhya to arrive at an out-of-court settlement but they have not yielded any result.

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/485664/muslims-must-withdraw-claim-over.html

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“Arrest Raja for ‘purdah’ remark” (Jun 28, 2015, The Hindu)

Hitting out at Bharatiya Janata Party leader H. Raja for his reported comments on Muslim students wearing ‘purdah’ while going to school, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi leader and MLA M. H. Jawahirullah demanded his arrest under National Security Act (NSA).

In a statement issued here on Saturday, he said that the BJP leader had demanded that Muslims should be prohibited from wearing ‘purdah’ as they “misused” it for copying during examinations.

Condemning the remarks, he said that girl students wore ‘purdah’ as a fundamental religious duty and it was ridiculous on the part of Mr. Raja to make the disparaging comment. The students enjoyed the Constitutional right to wear ‘purdah’ and skull cap and the BJP leader should know that no Muslim student was caught copying with ‘purdah.’ As Mr. Raja was making such derogatory and provocative remarks, the State government should detain him under the NSA, he said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/arrest-raja-for-purdah-remark/article7363064.ece

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BJP worker allegedly molested by party leader in UP (Jun 29, 2015, Hindustan Times)

A BJP worker was allegedly molested by a party leader and his four associates, police said on Sunday. The woman in her complaint alleged that BJP leader Anup Tiwari molested her on June 20 in his car on the pretext of dropping her home, Station Incharge of Railbazar police station Shravan Yadav said.

The woman complained about the incident to local party authorities and the next day Anup and his four associates reached party office and molested the complainant and tried to strip her too, he said. She again reported both incidents to local party leaders and then to state leadership but when no action was taken by them, she approached Senior Superintendent of Police Shalabh Mathur. Following the SSP’s order an FIR was registered on Friday night against the accused, he said.

An investigation is on in the case, the Station Incharge said, adding that soon the accused would be arrested. Meanwhile, a local BJP leader, requesting anonymity, said that its an internal matter of the party and an investigation report over the issue would be sent to state leadership.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/bjp-worker-allegedly-molested-by-party-leader-in-up/article1-1363902.aspx

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Opinions and Editorials

The main reason the BJP is afraid of saffron terror probes: they seem to point to the RSS – By Ipsita Chakravarty (Jun 26, 2015, Scroll.in)

Rohini Salian, special public prosecutor in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, has blown the cover on an open secret – the state’s reluctance to prosecute saffron terror. In an interview to The Indian Express, Salian said that, soon after the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government came to power last year, she was instructed by the National Investigation Agency to “go soft” on Hindu extremists accused in the case. This month, just as the case was to come up for a regular hearing before the Supreme Court, she was reportedly told another advocate would appear for the proceedings. The message, Salian says, was that state agencies did not want “favourable orders”.

In a raft of terror cases that emerged in the 2000s and implicated Hindu extremists, state responses followed a familiar pattern, of denial, cover-up and delay. As they swung into action after each blast, state agencies seemed to operate on the assumption that terror, by definition, has a Muslim face, is propelled by jihadist agendas and must be “anti-national”. Malegaon, 2006, Samjhauta Express, 2007, Mecca Masjid, 2007, Ajmer Sharif, 2007, and again Malegaon, 2008, all tell the same story – Muslims rounded up and arrested in a reflex reaction, fingers pointed at terror outfits like the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, and then the appearance of an amended list of suspects, mostly Hindu.

The institutional resistance to proceed against Hindutva terror suspects, in a police force and among intelligence agencies that have few Muslim personnel, did not stop there. In the 2006 blast in Nanded, which killed two people suspected of making bombs for a Hindutva terror network, the Central Bureau of Investigations diluted the charges, initially framed under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, and the terror trail went cold as initial leads were allegedly not followed up.…

http://scroll.in/article/736886/the-main-reason-the-bjp-is-afraid-of-saffron-terror-probes-they-lead-to-the-rss

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Unholy nexus – By Venkitesh Ramakrishnan (Jul 10, 2015, Frontline)

…The Sunday Times report had deep and widespread reverberations in India, giving rise to the first major and concrete crisis for the Modi government. There were several components to this crisis. To start with, it raised serious questions about the continuance in positions of power of two senior BJP leaders, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. Both of them were seen to have misused their powers to facilitate the operations of controversial cricket organiser Lalit Modi, a fugitive from due process under Indian law.

It also emerged that the leaders and their family members had familial ties with Lalit Modi that led to allegations of conflict of interest and that some of them had got into questionable financial dealings with him. The emergence of these questions also unravelled other unseemly goings-on in which many top leaders of the BJP were involved and continue to be so.…

It is feared that all this might impact the BJP’s chances in the forthcoming Bihar Assembly elections. Amidst all this, the RSS is seeking ways and means, rather agitatedly, to maintain the balance of power in its political arm. Modi’s free-flowing articulation has been replaced by dead silence. Clearly, the carefully groomed sheen around the supreme leader and his government is getting corroded fast.

http://www.frontline.in/cover-story/unholy-nexus/article7345594.ece

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Indian Government Snooping On Citizens – By Amit Bhardwaj (Jul 4, 2015, Tehelka)

Do you stay in Delhi? If so, it’s time to recall all the mobile phone conversations you had with friends, family and associates. It’s time to recall the private messages and pictures you shared on WhatsApp and other social networking sites.

It’s time to remember the sensitive data meant for your close associates, your lawyer or chartered accountant. If you believe that the secrets you share electronically remain between you and your partner, you are probably wrong! All this while, shadowy figures have been tracking each and every detail you shared, and they work for agencies of the Government of India itself.

Taking a cue from the United States National Investigation Agency (NSA) clandestine surveillance project PRISM, the central government has developed a Central Monitoring System (CMS) in India. The project is designed for ‘lawful interception and monitoring communication’ over phone and internet.…

http://www.tehelka.com/they-know-what-you-did-this-summer/

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Is Modi’s India Safe for Muslims? – By James Traub (Jun 26, 2015, Foreign Policy)

This past March, a group of community activists in Aurangabad, an industrial city in central India, convened a morcha – a demonstration – to protest a series of blatantly anti-Muslim measures taken by the state government in Mumbai, which is controlled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).…

The leaders of the demonstration then walked up a long driveway to formally present their demands to the district commissioner, who promised to relay them to the Maharashtra state authorities. The humble folk stayed back in the tent so as not to block traffic. Quite a few of them were qureish – cattle butchers – who had lost their jobs when the government had banned the consumption of beef the week before.…

India has survived, and thrived, as a multiconfessional, multicultural nation because of a shared faith in secular principles enshrined in the country’s constitution. But India’s Muslims, who have worn that secular identity as a suit of armor in Hindu India, now feel more vulnerable than they have in many years.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/06/26/narendra-modi-india-safe-for-muslims-hindu-nationalism-bjp-rss/

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India Owes You An Apology, Vice President Ansari – By Ramesh Ramachandran (Jul 4, 2015, Tehelka)

The past week and more has not been a good advertisement for either India or the United States, the largest and the oldest democracy, respectively. On 17 June, a white supremacist killed nine people at a church in the US. The victims were all African-American. Four days later, on 21 June, a few Hindu supremacists called into question the credentials of the Vice President of India.

The victim in this case was a Muslim by the name of Mohammad Hamid Ansari, who holds the second highest constitutional office in the country. Though dissimilar, the two events highlight how pernicious race and religion could be for multicultural, multi-ethnic and multireligious societies such as the US and India.…

The unsavoury episode is a hark back to 2002 when Modi, as the chief minister of Gujarat, targeted the then Chief Election Commissioner, James Michael Lyngdoh, for delaying Assembly election in the state. It had earned Modi the opprobrium of the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who censured him for making indecorous insinuations at Lyngdoh’s religion, Christianity.…

http://www.tehelka.com/india-owes-you-an-apology-vice-president-ansari/

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Saffron script – By Anupama Katakam (Jul 10, 2015, Frontline)

It is becoming more and more apparent that the Central government under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is determined to paint every government institution in the country saffron. The latest victim is the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. Gajendra Singh Chauhan, who played Yudhistir in the television serial Mahabharat, has been appointed president of the FTII and chairman of its governing council.

FTII students have gone on strike in protest against the ad hoc selection of governing council members. The post of the chairperson lay vacant for six months after the previous incumbent Saeed Mirza’s term was over, but the students are not prepared to accept Chauhan.

Vikas Urs, a final-year student and member of the FTII’s student association, explained why Chauhan’s appointment was unacceptable: “He does not have the credentials to run a place like this. Putting aside that he is a supporter of a right-wing party that has proved it has little respect for freedom of expression, Chauhan has absolutely no experience other than acting in television shows and some very ordinary films.”…

http://www.frontline.in/the-nation/saffron-script/article7345862.ece

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