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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 10th, 2017

by newsdigest on July 25, 2017

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

Communal Harmony

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Communal Harmony

Muslim doctor, Hindu compounder spread message of peace in violence-hit Basirhat (Jul 10, 2017, Hindustan Times)

Patients coming out of doctor Kaseed Ali’s chamber in violence-hit Trimohini area of Basirhat town are carrying, apart from the medical prescription, advice on communal harmony. Ali and his compounder Deboprasad Boiragi are working together for nearly 35 years. Ali has made it a point to tell each of his patients that Boiragi has been no less than a family member and any loss to him would have been a personal loss to the Ali family.

“Over the last five days, I was always tense about his family’s security. I told the local leaders from my community to ensure his safety. Fortunately, since I have been practising here for the past 45 years, the leaders took my advice seriously and Debu’s family is safe,” Ali said. … Boiragi said a doctor’s chamber is the right place to spread the message of communal harmony.…

Close to his chamber is a medicine shop run by Benoy Krishna Pal, who was horrified by the violence at Trimohini. He even planned on leaving the town with his family, until a Muslim friend, Gazi, asked him not to. However, Gazi refused to take any credit. “I did not do anything special to be thanked for. Anybody would have done the same to save a childhood friend. We are like brothers,” he said.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/muslim-doctor-hindu-compounder-spread-message-of-peace-in-violence-hit-basirhat/story-BNTKd8qVhqRyeNneGVAJMM.html

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‘Hindu’ LeT militant arrested from UP planned attacks on army, Kashmir police (Jul 11, 2017, Hindustan Times)

The Jammu and Kashmir police said on Monday they arrested an Uttar Pradesh man who allegedly helped Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) attack army convoys, snatch weapons and loot lakhs of rupees.…

Police said Sandeep Kumar Sharma moved to Kashmir in 2012 for work and would travel to Punjab during the winter for alternative employment. But he returned in January with plans to rob ATMs, and made contact with LeT militants through local informants and allegedly became an associate of notorious LeT militant Bashir Lashkari, police added.

He allegedly planned at least five cases of ATM loot worth lakhs of rupees earlier this year. He was also allegedly a part of LeT teams that attacked an army convoy in Qazigund, snatched weapons in Anantnag and attacked a police party at Achabal in which six cops including a station house officer (SHO), were killed, J&K police chief Muneer Khan said.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/hindu-lashkar-militant-arrested-from-up-planned-atm-loots-attacks-on-army-and-kashmir-police/story-uom0HRqkZoRmFQp8liFPSJ.html

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West Bengal communal clashes: BJP MLA Raja Singh asks Hindus to respond like they did in Gujarat (Jul 9, 2017, Indian Express)

With West Bengal’s Baduria and Basirhat on the boil, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA H Raja Singh urged members of the Hindu community in the state to “respond in the same way” as Hindus in Gujarat did in 2002.

In a video message posted on Twitter, the MLA from Hyderabad can be heard seen saying, “Today, Hindus are not safe in the West Bengal state. Hindus in Bengal should respond to people involved in communal violence as Hindus in Gujarat did. Otherwise, soon Bengal will turn into Bangladesh.” He also asks “Bengal Tigers” to awake and unite in order to protect themselves.…

Earlier in April, the Hyderabad MLA had said that he would behead those opposing the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. “Some people are saying that they will create ruckus if Ram Mandir is built in Ayodhya. I welcome the ones who are warning of dire consequences. We have been waiting for years to behead such traitors,” he said.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/west-bengal-communal-clashes-mamta-banerjee-bjp-mla-raja-singh-asks-hindus-to-respond-similar-to-2002-gujarat-riots-4742537/

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Communal tension grips Uttarakhand town after ‘offensive’ FB post on Kedarnath (Jul 9, 2017, Hindustan Times)

Communal tension gripped an Uttarakhand town on Sunday as activists of Bajrang Dal and other right-wing organisations vandalised a vegetable shop belonging to family of a minor boy who allegedly posted an ‘offensive’ picture of the Kedarnath shrine on Facebook.…

According to an eyewitness account, several right-wing activists swooped on the shop and burnt the vegetable boxes kept there while shouting pro-Hindu slogans. “They were also searching for the vegetable vendor who had fled the shop,” said Pawan Negi, an eyewitness.

A Bajrang Dal worker in a video, filmed by an eyewitness, said they will continue the protest unless the culprit is arrested. Satpuli, a quaint town some 150kms from the state capital Dehradun has no history of communal tension in the past. “Four to five Muslim families have been living in the town for long without any incident of communal violence,” the SP said.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/communal-tension-grips-uttarakhand-town-after-offensive-facebook-post-on-kedarnath/story-Tuxf7OyeLqtu7WkTj4D7ZN.html

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Ballabhgarh lynching: Junaid’s family demands death penalty for accused (Jul 9, 2017, Hindustan Times)

The family of Junaid Khan, who was lynched on a train in Ballabhgarh from New Delhi, demanded death penalty for the accused on Sunday.

“I appeal the government to announce death penalty for the accused and arrest the remaining involved in this case. Such incidents are happening everyday in every parts of the nation. We are living in fear,” Junaid’s father Jalaluddin told ANI.

Junaid’s brother Shakir, who was also attacked during the incident said, that the family appreciates the work done by the police to arrest the main accused. “I appreciate and want to thank police for their efforts to arrest the main accused and others involved in this case. The whole nation is in an atmosphere of fear due to lynching of any caste or religion,” Shakir said.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/ballabhgarh-lynching-junaid-s-family-demands-death-penalty-for-accused/story-yfhnkE1xRI6GwaOFNX486K.html

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‘Not In My Name’ protest swells up in Mumbai (Jul 4, 2017, Indian Express)

The ‘Not In My Name’ protests that were held in over 10 cities across the country on June 28 received a boost in Mumbai as hundreds of residents descended on the Veer Kotwal Udyan in Dadar West a little after 4 pm Monday.

The earlier events were marked by a largely silent protest against the recent lynching incidents and other violent acts by alleged cow vigilantes. The latest protest witnessed the coming together of several political organisations like the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh, Students’ Federation of India, All India Democratic Women’s Association, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Democratic Youth Federation of India, All India Students Federation, Students Islamic Organisation of India, and the Aam Aadmi Party.

The protesters gathered at the park to sing, raise slogans and march against cow-related violence, and especially the Central government’s “indifference” towards these crimes. They were joined by Sarva Shramik Sangh, Bharatiya Mahila Federation, All India Trade Union Congress, Indian Muslims For Secular Democracy, Forum Against Oppression of Women, and many other grassroot organisations.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/not-in-my-name-protest-swells-up-in-mumbai/

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BJP, RSS join hands to sell beef in Kerala: Deshabhimani report (Jul 4, 2017, National Herald)

In a major embarrassment to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been showcasing its cow protection agenda in several parts of the country, its unit in Thrissur district of Kerala, in association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has started a cooperative society to sell beef among other varieties of meat.

The society, according to a report published by Malayalam daily Deshabhimani on Tuesday, has been framed under the stewardship of BJP district president A Nagesh and secretary TS Ullas Babu.…

Even though India continues to be one of the biggest exporters of beef, despite BJP coming into power, vigilantism in the name of cow protection has triggered a cycle of mob lynchings of Dalits and Muslims in several BJP-ruled states. BJP, however, has always maintained double standards when it comes to states where beef is widely consumed, especially in the Christian-majority northeastern states.…

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/national/bjp-rss-join-hands-to-sell-beef-in-kerala-deshabhimani-report

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Gujarat 2002 riot compensation: Judge pulls up Collector over relief documents (Jul 4, 2017, Indian Express)

The judge of a specially-designated court, which is hearing the Naroda Gam riot case, on Monday pulled up the Ahmedabad collector for submitting photocopies of the records of compensation given to the victims of 2002 post-Godhra riots, and ordered him to submit the original ones by Wednesday. Coming down heavily on the collector, special judge PB Desai termed it as “a contempt” of court and warned him of action if he fails to produce the record.

“This is a gross violation of court’s order that amounts to contempt,” the judge said. During the last hearing, the defence lawyers had sought records showing bifurcation of the figures of the compensation, given to the victims, including Hindus whose properties were damaged during the riots. The court had ordered the collector to produce the original records.

On Monday, defence witness K K Menat, who is an officer at the collector office, didn’t bring the original record and instead brought unverified photocopies. In this case, 82 accused are facing trials, including former BJP minister Maya Kodnani.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/gujarat-2002-riot-compensation-judge-pulls-up-collector-over-relief-documents-4734283/

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Cabbie says he was hit by bikers ‘for being Muslim’ (Jul 4, 2017, Times of India)

A cab driver with an aggregator service has lodged a complaint with Manpada police alleging that he was assaulted by two unidentified bike-borne youths in Dombivli early Sunday morning “for being a Muslim.”

Hafiz Zihauddin Siddiqui, who earlier worked as a maulvi, has alleged that the youths objected to his having parked his vehicle along the side of the road and started beating him up. “And when I screamed ‘Ya Allah yeh kya ho raha hai (What is happening, Allah?)’ during the assault, I was thrashed further and an attempt made to target my private parts,” he said.

The youths fled when they saw a car coming up from behind, he added. He also said that the Manpada police station registered only a non-cognisable offence (NC) in the matter on Sunday. But when TOI asked senior inspector at the station Abhay Kabdule on Monday, he said they would file an FIR in the case and would carry out a detailed probe.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/59432731.cms

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Maharashtra BJP leader arrested after video of him forcibly kissing woman on bus goes viral (Jul 5, 2017, Hindustan Times)

A Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli was arrested on Tuesday after a 20-year-old woman filed a case of rape against him and alleged he promised to marry her and also get her a job, police said on Wednesday.

According to reports, the woman lodged the complaint after a video clip of the Ravindra Bawanthade, a school teacher and BJP’s Gadchiroli district general secretary, kissing her in a moving luxury bus went viral across the state on Tuesday.

Bawanthade was also the party in-charge of Armori assembly constituency in the district during the 2014 state elections.… Bawanthade was arrested by the Nagbhid Police at Bramhapuri on Tuesday morning and taken into police custody until July 6 for further interrogation, reports said. The police booked the BJP leader under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 376 for the offence of rape.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/maharashtra-bjp-leader-arrested-for-forcibly-kissing-woman-on-bus-after-video-goes-viral/story-YINqqK6DNkG35qReXfAoqK.html

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Jailing Dalit activists will come to haunt Adityanath in 2019 (Jul 4, 2017, Dailyo.in)

Saharanpur clashes, the fallout of the arrest of Chandrashekhar Azad of Bhim Army and most recently the unwarranted detention of Dalit activists in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow may not augur well for the BJP in general and CM Yogi Adityanath in particular, especially when the party is eyeing the 2019 general elections and banking heavily on the state of UP.

On Monday, some Dalit activists, including former IPS officer SR Darapuri, along with eight others, were arrested for defying prohibitory orders. The group was in the state capital to protest against the forced deboarding and detention of 45 Gujarat Dalit activists from a train in Jhansi.

The activists were carrying a 125kg soap bar with the intent of handing it over to Yogi Adityanath. The move was viewed as a retaliatory step by the activists against the alleged distribution of soap and shampoo by officials to some Dalits in Kushinagar, just a day before the CM’s visit there.…

http://www.dailyo.in/politics/dalit-politics-up-saharanpur-riots-bhim-army-yogi-adityanath-soap-2019-poll-bjp/story/1/18166.html

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Opinions and Editorials

Hindutva Terrorism in India – By Sudha Ramachandran (Jul 10, 2017, The Diplomat)

In the name of protecting cows, members of extremist outfits affiliated to India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are attacking Muslims. On June 29, a mob beat up and killed Asgar Ansari, a 45-year-old Muslim trader in the eastern state of Jharkhand, for allegedly carrying beef in his car. Three days earlier, a Muslim dairy owner, Usman Ansari, was beaten up and his house set on fire; a cow carcass was reportedly found near his house.

The two incidents are the latest in a string of attacks carried out by activists belonging to outfits like the Bharatiya Gau Raksha Dal (BGRD) and its regional units as well as organizations like the Bajrang Dal and the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) that are part of the Sangh Parivar, a family of Hindu right-wing organizations of which the BJP is a part.

The attacks, which are illegal and being described as cow vigilantism, have surged in recent years. According to an analysis by IndiaSpend, a public interest journalism website, 63 incidents of “violence centered on bovine issues” were reported between 2010 and 2017; 97 percent of these occurred after the BJP came to power in May 2014. Twenty-five of these incidents were reported in 2016 alone, the most so far in a single year. However, 2017 seems poised to break this record as around 20 cow vigilante attacks have been reported in the first six months this year, with the violence showing no signs of abating.…

http://thediplomat.com/2017/07/hindutva-terrorism-in-india/

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How BJP organised riots in Bengal – By Amaresh Misra (Jul 8, 2017, Caravan Daily)

Communal clashes in Bengal’s North 24 Pargana district has left people dumbfounded. Right from what actually happened to the shockingly partisan role of the Governor appointed by the BJP Central Govt, the entire chain of events leaves behind a murky trail. A top BJP leader gave a Press statement on Thursday that Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi was a soldier of the ‘Modi Vahini’ : https://www.google.co.in/…/bengal-governor-dedicated-soldie…… How can Keshri Nath Tripathi continue as Governor of Bengal after being called a follower of ‘Modi Vahini’?… The CPM… has taken the official position that North 24 Pargana events reek of a conspiracy by the BJP-RSS to derail a constitutionally elected Government.…

Just a few days back, RSS leaders told me in Lucknow that after the success of #NotInMyName protests, they were looking for an issue to divert attention–and that Bengal has a non-BJP Govt where Mamata was ‘appeasing’ Muslims. The logic being that BJP would be free from blame if a riot took place in Bengal! If you look carefully, BJP has been trying to stir trouble since Eid. Just after the Muslim festival, an article in right leaning ‘Dainik Jugsankho’ repeatedly mentioned spotting of ‘Pakistani flags’ on the houses of Muslims in several areas of Bengal.…

Newspapers did not report that the dead man’s relatives, as per the version given to me, kept emphasizing the non-Bengali origin of the killers. As things stand today, Rupa Ganguly of BJP, Congress and CPM leaders have been stopped from visiting Basirhat. Internet services are down. Curfew like situation prevails… Things are far from normal. The sad part is that though political leaders are speaking about a conspiracy, there is no concerted effort by secular forces to build a counter-narrative to BJP’s version of what happened in Baduria and Basirhat.

http://caravandaily.com/portal/how-bjp-organized-riots-in-bengal-amaresh-misra/

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When TV Anchors Become BJP Spokespersons To Spread Fake News – By Mahua Moitra (Jul 9, 2017, NDTV)

The Goebbels doctrine – “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth” – is also known to psychologists as “the illusion of truth”. Under test conditions, people were more likely to rate statements as true when these statements were more familiar. Welcome to the BJP’s nation-wide test lab, where the illusion of truth is crafted by swayamsevaks and amplified by eager bhakts aided by a veritable army of highly paid cyber propaganda warriors and rabidly biased news anchors who comprise the newest breed of BJP spokespersons. They are uniformly ill-informed, under-qualified, and disgustingly loud in their fervour to win the race for that much-coveted Rajya Sabha seat.

Their latest “alternative fact” is that “minority appeasement by the Trinamool government is to blame for the breakdown of law and order in Bengal”. This may seem ridiculous, but it is still necessary to once and for all disprove the inherent falsehood of both the blatant lies in this statement.…

To guard against the pernicious “illusion of truth”, we must stop repeating falsehoods. Facts matter. They must matter. We must stand guard to protect them. Every re-post, re-tweet, story, datum passed on, without checking if it is true, is another step towards a world where lies and truth are confused. But Goebbels didn’t finally succeed. And ultimately, nor will the BJP’s lying machine. Satyamev Jayate.

http://www.ndtv.com/opinion/dear-bjp-do-facts-matter-at-all-to-you-in-bengal-1722447

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Amarnath killings: Hardliners must desist from communalising terror attacks – Editorial (Jul 11, 2017, Hindustan Times)

The terror attack that killed seven Amarnath shrine pilgrims is a deadly reminder of how fragile peace is in Kashmir. The attack is also a blow to the state’s syncretic traditions that bind Hindus and Muslims. The cave-shrine was discovered by a Muslim shepherd in 1850 and his family and Hindu priests together were its custodians for decades till the state government set up a board to regulate the yatra in 2000. The yatra, in fact, is incomplete without both communities and local logistics are all provided for by the Muslims.…

The most-heartening signals of Kashmiriyat not taking a beating in the face of extreme provocation are coming from the state’s common citizens. In an important signalling, a fresh batch of 3,000 yatris left Jammu a day after the terror attack. Kashmiris, too, are deeply disturbed by the killing of the pilgrims.…

As the state braces for testing times ahead and as the bodies of the pilgrims reach their homes in Gujarat and Maharashtra, political hardliners must desist from communalising the killings.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/editorials/amarnath-killings-hardliners-must-desist-from-communalising-terror-attacks/story-u8aRXLMqlQuBTuWlaS1uBI.html

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Muslim Organisations Demand Ban on the Arrival of Stones in Ayodhya for Ram Mandir – By Arshad Afzaal Khan (Jul 7, 2017, The Wire)

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, concerned over the arrival of stones in Ayodhya for the construction of the disputed Ram temple, will lodge a protest before the government and the Supreme Court.

A series of the arrivals of stones to be used in the construction of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) proposed Ram temple structure has made Muslim organisations restless. The organisations see the arrival of stones in Ayodhya as the open contempt and dishonour of the Supreme Court.

Muslim leaders and clerics are also of the opinion that the activities that have started in Ayodhya recently may disturb the communal harmony and peace and that these activities must be banned at once. Talking to The Wire, Sayed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, senior member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said, “We will lodge a complaint in the Supreme Court over the arrival of stones as it is contempt of the apex court. The matter is subjudice before the court and the VHP is gathering stones in Ayodhya for the construction of Ram temple. We will demand a ban on these activities.”…

https://thewire.in/155157/muslim-organisations-demand-ban-stones-ayodhya-ram-mandir/

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Hindutva for Zionism – Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel was historic in every sense – By Manini Chatterjee (Jul 10, 2017, The Telegraph)

…In light of Europe’s long history of anti-Semitism that culminated in Hitler’s horrific Final Solution in the last century, the desire of the Jewish people to have a safe homeland gained much sympathy after the Second World War – not least from the guilt-ridden Western world that had failed to prevent the Holocaust.

But much before Hitler came on the scene, V.D. Savarkar – in an echo of the Zionist creed – declared that Hindus alone were the legitimate people of India because their pitrabhoomi (fatherland) was the same as their punyabhoomi (holy land). In his book Hindutva, first published in 1923, Savarkar wrote: “… no people in the world can more justly claim to get recognized as a racial unit than the Hindus and perhaps the Jews.”…

Imbued with great pride in their ancient roots and their holy lands, and fed by centuries of real and perceived persecution, both Hindutva and strong strands within Zionism today seek to champion a muscular militarized nationalism that is exclusionary to the core and has no place for the un-chosen Other.…

https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170710/jsp/opinion/story_160996.jsp

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 10th, 2016

by newsdigest on October 20, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

Communal Harmony

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Communal Harmony

Communal Harmony Awakening Camp (Oct 5, 2016, The Tribune)

Keeping in view the necessity of unity and harmony for protection of the nation, Jan Kalayan Sangathan and Veer Abhimanyu Gurukul Sanstha organised a special programme on “Communal Harmony Awakening”.

The programme was presided over by social activist Prof Swaraj Grover and Ranbir Singh. Anjana Seth, Principal, Holy Heart School, was the chief guest on the occasion. In his address he took up the issue of terrorism while discussing peace and communal harmony.…

Grover said, “United we stand, divided we fall. Humanity should be the only religion. Everyone should be allowed to worship in his/her own way instead of dividing in the name of religion. One must unite.”… Members also took an oath to live with unity and co-operation, besides induce others to act accordingly.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/amritsar/communal-harmony-awakening-camp/304673.html

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Watch how Kashmiri youth rescued an army jawan trapped inside a mangled vehicle (Oct 9, 2016, India Today)

For over past two months, clashes between locals and security forces have dominated the reports coming from Kashmir Valley. But, on Sunday, a video emerged which showed Kashmiri youth rescuing an army jawan, who was trapped inside a mangled vehicle.

According to police an army vehicle met an accident on Srinagar Bypass road near Lasjan area of the city. The army truck veered off the road after the driver lost control and hit a tree, a police official said.

The police official said that one soldier was trapped inside the badly damaged vehicle and efforts of other army men to evacuate him did not fructify. “Local Kashmiri youth rushed to the spot and managed to bring the injured army jawan out by placing a truck next to the damaged army vehicle,” the official said.…

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/kashmiri-youth-rescue-trapped-army-jawan-srinagar-unrest/1/783817.html

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Delhi: Heavy police deployment in Trilokpuri as communal tensions rises after stone pelting (Oct 9, 2016, Indian Express)

Heavy police force was deployed in Trilokpuri area of east Delhi after a scuffle between two groups of teenagers from different community led to stone pelting during a game of cricket.

The incident occurred around 9 pm last night and the area was tense afterward but the situation has improved now and police force remain deployed to prevent any trouble, Rishi Pal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East), said.…

Police said the scuffle among the boys, from two different communities, occurred at a local MCD school ground where they were playing cricket around 3.30 PM yesterday.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/delhi-heavy-police-deployment-in-trilokpuri-as-communal-tensions-rises-after-stone-pelting-3074102/

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Dadri accused’s body draped in tricolour sends out aggressive message to Muslims (Oct 8, 2016, First Post)

Media reports of a tricolour draping the body of Ravi, an accused in the Dadri lynching case, should worry us. The crudeness of the gesture is tantamount to an act of disrespect towards the family of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was killed when a mob attacked his house last November. The acquiescent silence on part of district administrators, allowing the tricolour to be placed on the coffin, further reinforces our cause for concern.

Apparently, the act of honouring Ravi as someone who died serving the nation – usually, coffins of armed forces personnel come draped in tricolour – is no doubt designed to send an aggressive message to the Muslim community.… That the police whose job it is to ensure law and order, allowed such a bizarre action to go uncontested puts a question mark over their will to take action against members of the majority community.…

In itself, such majoritarian pandering is not a startling revelation. Neither are such incidents a recent phenomenon which has started playing out only after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power. Yet, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, moments like this have tended to occur with greater frequency. Moreover, such situations seem to be deliberately created to deepen a sense of anxiety among minority communities.…

http://www.firstpost.com/india/dadri-accuseds-body-draped-in-tricolour-sends-out-aggressive-message-to-muslims-3041006.html

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2 hurt as cow vigilantes strike in Rajasthan (Oct 6, 2016, The Hindu)

In yet another instance of cow vigilante groups taking law into their own hands, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena workers allegedly attacked a group of Banjara tribals at Relmagra in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan late on Monday night when they were returning to their village with half-a-dozen bulls purchased in a cattle fair. Three of the tribals were seriously injured in the attack.

The self-styled activists reportedly stopped a mini-truck carrying the bulls and demanded money from the accompanying tribals. When the latter refused, they allegedly broke the windscreen and headlights of the vehicle and thrashed the cattle owners.

According to the victims, there were about 15 attackers, who were constantly hurling abuses at the tribals. Two of the cattle rearers sustained fractures. One of them was injured by a sharp-edged weapon and forcibly taken away by the attackers. He was later rescued by villagers.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/2-hurt-as-cow-vigilantes-strike-in-rajasthan/article9189348.ece

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India tv reporter forced to please Modi by fabricating original news, writes to PM (Oct 11, 2016, Siasat)

A senior correspondent with India TV has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi complaining that his seniors had forced him to fabricate reports many a times, in order to please ‘The PM’.

Imran Shaikh, said that the seniors in his channel owned by Rajat Sharma, have on many occasions asked him to fabricate reports to please the prime minister, Narendra Modi.

“Being journalist many a times I have been told to fabricate stories and also present them in fabricated manner in front of the common public which I have denied to do so. But it was explained by my seniors that they have to put some fabricated and favourable stories just to please our honourable prime minister as this news channel is bread and butter for them, which I personally feel it was just a false statement made by my seniors and didn’t believe them,” Imran wrote.…

http://www.siasat.com/news/india-tv-reporter-forced-please-modi-fabricating-original-news-writes-pm-1039096/

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Allahabad: VHP leader in burqa caught ‘molesting’ women at Majlis (Oct 10, 2016, Hindustan Times)

A Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader was thrashed and handed over to police after he was allegedly caught molesting women at a Muharram Majlis late on Saturday night while wearing a burqa (veil).

Police have registered a case against VHP district secretary Abhishek Yadav, who is the husband of BJP zila panchayat member Shipra Yadav. Abhishek was reportedly accompanied by another burqa-clad youth who managed to flee from the scene.

As per reports, a Muharram Majlis was organised at Mani Umarpur village on Saturday night. A few women at the Majlis became suspicious of two burqa-clad ‘women’ and forced them to lift their veils. It was then allegedly revealed that Abhishek and his accomplice had disguised themselves as women and entered the Majilis.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/allahabad-vhp-leader-in-burqa-caught-molesting-women-at-majlis/story-OVsI0PKyP9XzcZhY1ZCefK.html

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Minorities Commission calls for ‘re-drafting’ of new education policy to make it more ‘secular and inclusive’ (Oct 5, 2016, Times of India)

The State Minorities Commission expressed apprehensions over the draft new education policy (DNEP) and called for its “re-drafting” claiming that the document should be “secular and inclusive in nature”.

In a letter sent to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) recently, the minorities panel expressed alarm at Article 29, which provides for the protection of minorities, and Article 30, which gives minorities the right to establish and administer educational institutions – of the Constitution being threatened in the document.

“The constitutional guarantee given to minorities under Article 29 and 30 are at stake as the DNEP suggests inclusion of aided institutions into the purview of RTE Act 2009, whereas the full bench of the Supreme Court already delivered its judgement barring the government from doing so (sic)”, an excerpt from the letter reads. The commission urged the Centre to “honour” these constitutional provisions.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/54687229.cms

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Valiullah Quadri demands curb on Hindutva terrorism (Oct 5, 2016, Siasat)

Efforts to preserve secular identity of the country rankle Hindutva forces. Viewing it an obstacle in promoting Hindutva ideology, Hindutva forces are attacking left. These views were expressed by National Secretary All India Students’ Federation (AISF) Mr. Syed Valiullah Quadri.

He strongly condemned attack of ABVP and RSS activists in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. National Conference of Indian People’s Theatres Association was in progress at Indore when activists of saffron parties made an attack. A large number of noted poets, freedom fighters, writers and artists became the victim of the attack.…

Mr. Valiullah Quadri described the attack as a cowardly act. He held Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for the attack. The attack was possible due to backing of top leaders, he asserted. He also declared attacked on freedom fighters as attack on democracy.…

http://www.siasat.com/news/valiullah-quadri-demands-curb-hindutva-terrorism-1035113/

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Ishrat cop basks in Modi success (Oct 10, 2016, The Telegraph)

Former IPS officer D.G. Vanzara, accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Ishrat Jahan fake encounter cases, today claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi owed his life and success to Gujarat police’s skill at eliminating terrorists.

“If Gujarat police had not carried out encounters, Gujarat would have become another Kashmir and Modi would have not been where he is today,” the retired deputy inspector-general, released on bail in 2015 after eight years in jail, told reporters.

Vanzara’s comments come three years after he had excoriated Modi’s “acts of betrayal and treachery” in a letter from jail. It said Vanzara once “adored” the then Gujarat chief minister “like a God” before he came under the “evil influence” of his home minister, Amit Shah.…

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1161010/jsp/nation/story_112808.jsp

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Tamil Nadu man found dead in police custody in Kerala (Oct 9, 2016, Indian Express)

A 48-year-old man, who was arrested in connection with a theft case, was on Saturday found dead in police custody. Kalimuthu, who hailed from Salem in Tamil Nadu, along with another man was handed over to police by locals two days ago. There are reports that he was beaten up by police in custody following which he died.

Waynad SP K Karthick, who is in charge of the case, said an enquiry is on. Demanding judicial probe into the man’s death, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said there has been a “serious lapse of rules and regulations and human rights violation”.

“The man was taken into custody 48 hours ago and the police failed to follow rules and he was not produced in court also,” he alleged.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/tamil-nadu-man-found-dead-in-police-custody-in-kerala-3073644/

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Woman accuses MP cops of forcing her into fornicating with her son (Oct 7, 2016, Siasat)

In a horrific incident, a Muslim woman in Madhya Pradesh alleged that police forced her to perform unnatural sex with her son and made them drink each other’s urine in the custody. The unpleasant incident happened in Sehore, the home district of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

According to News18 reports, the victim Shabnam (name changed), 40, a resident of Singerchauri, said that her daughter-in-law went missing from home. Her brother filed a missing and a habeas corpus complaint in Siddiqganj police.

Following the complaint, Shabnam’s family (including her, her husband, son and four other minor children) was detained by Siddiqganj police in Ashta for 15 days and were allegedly tortured at the police station. In a bid to force them to confess to the ‘murder’ of their missing daughter-in-law, they made all of them to drink each other’s urine.…

http://www.siasat.com/news/woman-accuses-mp-cops-forcing-her-fornicating-her-son-1036874/

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Opinions and Editorials

Not NHRC’s finest hour – By Harsh Mander (Oct 5, 2016, Indian Express)

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is India’s highest statutory body constituted for the defence of the human rights of vulnerable people. Since it was created by a statute of Parliament in 1993, it has had a mixed and chequered record in the performance of duties that are critical in a country of such vast historical inequalities and embedded systems of oppression. Its finest hour was in the aftermath of the Gujarat communal riots in 2002, when it actively held the state government to account for relief, reparations and justice for the survivors.…

However, a recent report by the NHRC, for the first time, opens it up to grave criticism not just of inaction, but of actively contributing to a majoritarian, communally-charged discourse. Its team visited the Muslim-majority township of Kairana in western Uttar Pradesh in which some Muslim survivors of the communal violence in 2013 had migrated after being uprooted because their homes and families had been attacked and they felt it was unsafe to return.

The report, in effect, regards these Muslim migrants not as victims deserving the defence of the NHRC but as people responsible for contributing to raised levels of crime and the harassment of women which resulted in the “exodus” of law-abiding Hindu residents from Kairana.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/muzaffarnagar-communal-riots-victims-up-national-human-rights-commission-3065627/

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Jharkhand: Barkagaon Police Firing Lays Bare Barbaric Designs of BJP Govt – By Prakash Viplav (Oct 16, 2016, Peoples Democracy)

The Barkagaon police firing incident, in which four persons including two minor students were killed, lays bare the barbaric designs of the BJP-AJSU government in Jharkhand and its intentions of serving the interests of the corporates at the cost of the toiling masses of the state.

On October 1, police resorted to unprovoked firing on the agitating peasants who were demanding proper compensation for their lands that were acquired for mining operations to supply coal to NTPC power plants. The peasants had been on ‘kafan satyagraha’ under the leadership of local MLA Nirmala Devi for 16 days. Police arrested Nirmala Devi from the venue of the dharna in the early hours of October 1. As the villagers resisted her arrest, police opened indiscriminate firing on the villagers without warning, killing four persons and injuring more than 50, 12 of whom were still critical.…

The Jharkhand High Court has taken up the case of police firing suo motu and asked the DGP and the Chief Secretary of the state to submit their reports before it. The Barkagaon incident has increased resentment against the BJP rule in the state and the Left has to channelise the resentment to intensify struggles against the attacks unleashed by the government on peasants and the toiling masses.

http://peoplesdemocracy.in/2016/1016_pd/jharkhand-barkagaon-police-firing-lays-bare-barbaric-designs-bjp-govt

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Lynched and framed – By T.K. Rajalakshmi (Oct 28, 2016, Frontline)

A year ago, on the night of September 28, a murder catapulted Bisahra, a nondescript village in Dadri in Gautam Buddha Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh, to notoriety. According to the first information report (FIR) filed that night, a mob of 10 to 15 persons, armed with scythes, sticks and metal rods, broke into the house of Mohammad Akhlaq, an ironsmith, and lynched him on suspicion of slaughtering a cow and storing its meat in the refrigerator.…

The incident sent shockwaves across the nation and the world and drew widespread condemnation. Several writers returned the awards given to them by the government and expressed their anguish over the growing atmosphere of intolerance. The battle of and over ideas had come out in the open. Statements made then by Culture and Civil Aviation Minister Mahesh Sharma that the incident was an “accident” drew widespread opprobrium. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saw a conspiracy in these widespread protests by authors and eminent public personalities as the Assembly elections in Bihar were approaching.…

The story of Akhlaq’s lynching and the identification of the meat keep on changing. The only element of truth is that 50-year-old Akhlaq was murdered brutally on the night of September 28, 2015, leaving behind a scarred family. It is apparent that the FIR, filed as an afterthought, is being used as a tool to pressure the family into withdrawing the case and, more importantly, to keep the emotional quotient around the cow-slaughter issue alive until the Assembly elections are over.

http://www.frontline.in/the-nation/lynched-and-framed/article9202198.ece

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The Fake Nationalism of Make in India – By Prabir Purkayastha (Oct 16, 2016, Peoples Democracy)

Fake nationalism of the Hindutva variety is not limited to only the national movement, where the RSS was conspicuous by its absence. It is also manifest in Modi’s Make in India, which is an offer to global capital to exploit India’s cheap labour, along with various tax breaks and subsidised land. This is in contrast to how self reliance and development was seen in the national movement.

It saw developing knowledge as integral to the process of developing the country and its people. This was the difference between Made in India and its indigenisation vision, as opposed to inviting global capital under Make in India to make “India great again”.

The difference between the vision of the national movement and the Hindutvadis about development stems from how it looks at nationalism. In the inclusive view of nationalism that grew out of the anti-colonial, national movement, the nation is its people. In the Hindutva’s exclusionary view of nationalism, it is the land that is the nation; it is the land that is pure: the punya-bhumi and pitri-bhumi. All those who do not regard India as sacred land, are therefore not fully Indian.…

http://peoplesdemocracy.in/2016/1016_pd/fake-nationalism-make-india

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Just junk it – Editorial (Oct 7, 2016, Indian Express)

The report of the commission set up by the HRD ministry to inquire into the facts and circumstances leading to Rohith Vemula’s death reads like an unabashed attempt to blame the victim and to absolve the establishment that stands accused of hounding him. A.K. Roopanwal, a retired judge of the Allahabad High Court, has accused Rohith’s mother, Radhika, of “branding” herself as Dalit and claims that the university’s action to expel him from the hostel was a “most reasonable decision”.

Personal frustration, it says, not discrimination, drove Rohith to kill himself and that Union ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya were only discharging their duties as public servants. It clears university authorities of any role in the suicide. The claims made in the report are poorly sourced and are at odds with the facts of the case that are already in the public sphere. The government must discard this report if it does not wish to court further embarrassment on this issue.…

Ever since his death, Rohith has become a symbol of a new political narrative of equality and justice that has the potential and promise to transcend old forms of identity politics. The probe report appears to be blind not just to the circumstances that led to Rohith’s suicide but also to the new political conversation that has emerged since.

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/editorials/dalit-rohith-vemula-suicide-hrd-hyderabad-university-mother-fake-dalit-3069320/

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Misusing Armed Forces for Hindutva Ends – Editorial (Oct 16, 2016, Peoples Democracy)

Usually, Vijayadashami day has seen two addresses by the Hindutva forces – one by the RSS chief in Nagpur and the other by the Shiv Sena chief in Mumbai. This year there was a third pole – the speech by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a Ramleela gathering in Lucknow. This is what has made the politics associated with Dussehra distinctive this year.…

Both the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat… dismissed the terror unleashed by the cow vigilantes against the Muslims and the dalits. Such a pronouncement from the RSS chief, after the series of lynch mob attacks in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gujarat and other places, was a clear signal that the RSS outfits will continue their violence and intimidation against Muslims and dalits on the pretext of cow slaughter and eating beef. As for Narendra Modi’s foray into Lucknow, the obvious motive is the forthcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.…

The warning bells are loud and clear. Under the BJP-RSS dispensation, no institution of the State, including the armed forces, are immune from the Hindutva subversion. This should be a matter of serious concern for every citizen of the country. All those who wish to protect the secular democratic character of the Republic should raise their voice to tell the BJP and RSS – “Hands off the armed forces”.

http://peoplesdemocracy.in/2016/1016_pd/misusing-armed-forces-hindutva-ends

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – April 8th, 2013

April 9, 2013

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Godhra mosque opens doors to Hindus for a day News Headlines Dipda Darwaja massacre: SIT moves HC against acquittals Don’t want Modi to do in India what he did in 2002: Tewari Death penalty for 3 cops, life term for 5 in Gonda fake encounter case […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – January 28th, 2013

January 29, 2013

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Indian Americans across the US commemorate India’s 64th Republic Day Communal Harmony FANS selected for communal harmony award News Headlines RSS offices used to plan terror attacks: NIA 10 accused in blast cases have RSS links: R.K. Singh Probe all blasts since 1992: Asaduddin Owaisi High Court […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – December 31st, 2012

January 1, 2013

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines RSS member in NIA net for 2006 Malegaon blast Two ‘saffron terror’ hideouts identified in Indore; NIA in action Communal elements in the IB, Home Ministry and Police should be purged: Mushawarat One-third of Gujarat MLAs face criminal cases, including rape Ishrat encounter: HC pulls up […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – February 20th, 2012

February 19, 2012

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Around empty Gulberg, Muslims, Hindus find a way to co-exist British Muslims in state to study communal harmony News Headlines ’02 riots: Ex-judge puts Modi in dock HC notice to Modi govt over plea for relief by riots victims Saffron brigade halts Muslim realty deals in […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – November 21st, 2011

November 21, 2011

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Measure in place to observe communal harmony week News Headlines Hindu radicals disguised as Muslims planted Malegaon bombs? Justice is yet to be fully delivered in the post-Godhra riots Gujarat riots: SIT concealing evidences to protect politicians, say victims There’s threat to life, but it’s not […]

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IAMC Urges Central Government to Ban Terror Outfits Sanatan Sanstha and Abhinav Bharat

October 1, 2011

Saturday, October 1st, 2011 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – http://www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has called upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to act on the request of the Maharashtra State Government to ban right-wing terrorist organization Sanatan Sanstha. In a letter to the Prime Minister, IAMC […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 5th, 2011

September 5, 2011

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony School students take out national integration rally NIC meet to discuss communal harmony, terrorism News Headlines Modi involved in my brother’s killing, claims Haren’s sister Tulsiram killed Haren, not Asgar Ali: Sanjiv Bhatt CBI questions Chudasama in Tulsiram encounter case Why Narendra Modi is on the […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 1st, 2011

August 1, 2011

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Indian Americans Express Alarm at Breivik’s Hindutva Nexus Spread the Word and Spread the Tweet .. IAMC Updates Available Via Twitter Communal Harmony Muslim Sanskrit academic bags harmony award News Headlines Narendra Modi under cloud again as amicus differs with SIT, SC to take final call Narendra […]

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