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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – May 30th, 2016

by newsdigest on June 11, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Book Review

Sting claims political pressure in Gujarat riots (May 28, 2016, Indian Express)

Officials of the then Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government alleged political pressure in connection with the 2002 riots and the various alleged fake encounters in the state. They made these claims in a sting operation by former Tehelka journalist Rana Ayyub who has self-published what she calls excerpts from these purported conversations in “Gujarat Files – Anatomy of a cover up”.…

Ayyub, who has said that she recorded Modi, too, at his Gandhinagar residence – wearing a camera in her watch – did not release the sting tapes saying she would give them to investigating agencies if they asked for it.… Ayyub alleged that Tehelka, which had sent her on the assignment, refused to publish the story later citing “political pressure”.…

Ayyub claims in the book that she asked Ashok Narayan, who was additional chief secretary (home) in 2002: “You must have gone red in the face when the CM asked you to go slow (while controlling the riots).” She claimed that Narayan purportedly replied: “He would never do that. He would also never write anything on paper. He had his people and through them the VHP and then through them (it would) trickle down through informal channels to the lower-rung police inspectors.”…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/sting-claims-political-pressure-in-gujarat-riots-narendra-modi-govt-2822765/

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Modi “decided” to bring dead bodies from Godhra to Ahmedabad, triggering 2002 riots: Gujarat bureaucrat (May 25, 2016, Counterview)

A book by a well-known investigative journalist has claimed that a top Gujarat bureaucrat had told her during a sting operation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as Gujarat chief minister, had made the “decision” of bringing 58 dead bodies, charred to death in the S-6 Sabarmati Express coach, from Godhra to Ahmedabad on February 27, 2002, triggering the riots in which at least 1,000 people died.

Pointing out that this gave the immediate reason for the riots to spread, the bureaucrat told journalist Rana Ayyub, who posed as Maithili Tyagi from the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles for the sting: “See, bringing the bodies to Ahmedabad flared up the whole thing but he was the one who took the decision”.

The sensational revelation has been made in “Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover-Up”, already being described as “a racy memoir of reporting undercover in Modi’s Gujarat.”… Ayyub reveals, through twitter, that “very few editors in this country can deny that they refused to publish the transcripts, citing political pressure”, adding, ‘Gujarat Files’ has been “self-published by me after topmost publishers eased out citing political pressure.”…

http://www.counterview.net/2016/05/modi-decided-to-bring-dead-bodies-from.html

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Scribe’s Book ‘Validates Cbi’s Evidence’ In Guj Fake Encounters (May 28, 2016, Mumbai Mirror)

Independent journalist Rana Ayyub’s new book on Gujarat fake encounters once again validates the CBI’s evidence against cops linked to the shootings, including the operation in which Mumbra’s Ishrat Jahan was killed, noted lawyer Indira Jaisingh said on Friday.

Jaisingh, who was the CBI’s counsel in the cases from 2009 to 2014, said the agency had gathered strong evidence, including phone records, against many Gujarat police officers involved in the encounters of Jahan, Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsi Prajapati. Some of the cops were let off, while others are currently out on bail.

Jaisingh made the comments at the launch of Ayyub’s book, Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up, in a small but packed basement hall of Delhi’s India Habitat Centre on Friday. Five publications had reportedly rejected the book, which also touches on the events of the 2002 Gujarat riots, prompting Ayyub to self-publish it four days ago.…

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/mumbai/others/Scribes-book-validates-CBIs-evidence-in-Guj-fake-encounters/articleshow/52472990.cms

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AAP minister alleges RSS members threatened street artists in Delhi (May 26, 2016, Hindustan Times)

Delhi culture minister Kapil Mishra has complained to the Delhi Police commissioner that members of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) allegedly intimidated an artist commissioned by the government.

On May 20, Akhlaq Ahmad was commissioned by the Delhi government to paint the walls along with French artist Swen Simon at the DJB office on GT Road in Shahdara.

“Suddenly a mob of over a hundred people gathered around the artists and intimidated them because they were writing in Urdu. These people who were led by several Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) members and leaders forced the artists to paint ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’ over the text they had been working on. They were shouting slogans of Jai Shri Ram and Narendra Modi and called the artists Lahoris,” Mishra alleged in a letter to commissioner Alok Verma.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi/aap-minister-alleges-rss-members-threatened-street-artists-in-delhi/story-2kChtke76HWMdONc2v1KcP.html

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Tripura textbook omits Indian history of freedom-fighting; gives way to Hitler, Marx (May 27, 2016, Business Standard)

After former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was dropped from Class 8 social science textbooks in BJP-ruled Rajasthan, Government schools run by the Tripura Left front state government will teach Class 9 students the history of Hitler, the Nazis, and the French and Russian revolutions in their history books, while omitting the Indian history of freedom-fighting.

The only national icon that figures in the book is Mahatma Gandhi, not for his contribution to India’s freedom movement but for his views on cricket.

The book penned by Kalyan Chaudhuri, former head of history department in Kolkata’s Maharaja Manindra Chandra College, features the Russian and French revolutions. It also devotes pages to the birth of cricket in England and IPL, Nazism and the rise of Adolf Hitler, and the history of agriculture.…

http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/tripura-textbook-omits-indian-history-of-freedom-fighting-gives-way-to-hitler-marx-116052700540_1.html

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After 23 years in jail, I am free but what you see now is a living corpse, says Nisar (May 30, 2016, Indian Express)

He could not walk, he could not sleep. That’s what 23 years in prison had done when they came to an end 17 days ago, in a Jaipur prison late in the evening. Nisar-ud-din Ahmad says when he stepped out, he saw his brother, two years older than him, Zaheer-ud-din Ahmad, waiting. “I felt a terrible heaviness in my legs. I froze. For a moment, I had forgotten I was free,” said Nisar.

Nisar was among three men who walked out from Jaipur jail after the Supreme Court acquitted them of all charges, setting aside their life sentence and ordering their immediate release on May 11. They were booked for five blasts onboard trains – on the first anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition – that killed two passengers and injured eight.

By the time they were acquitted, their families had been left shattered by the fight to prove their innocence. “I have clocked 8,150 days of the prime of my life inside the jail. For me, life is over. What you are seeing is a living corpse.”…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/babri-masjid-demolition-train-blast-tada-supreme-court-acquitted-in-babri-anniversary-train-blasts-case-nisar-2824883/

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Ayodhya: Bajrang Dal leader arrested over holding weapons training camp (May 26, 2016, Indian Express)

Days after a video purportedly showing Bajrang Dal volunteers receiving weapons training in Ayodhya went viral, Faizabad police Wednesday arrested Mahesh Mishra, convenor of the outfit’s Faizabad and Ayodhya units. Mishra has been charged with hurting religious sentiments of Muslims and spreading communal hatred.

The arrest comes after an FIR against unidentified Bajrang Dal workers was lodged at Ayodhya police station late on Tuesday night. On May 14, a ‘self-defence’ camp was organised at Karsevakpuram, the VHP workshop in Ayodhya. In the video that went viral Monday, volunteers wearing skull caps were reportedly seen brandishing firearm, swords and lathis.…

The complainant in the case is sub-inspector Shri Niwas Pandey, in-charge of Naya Ghat police outpost in Ayodhya police station area. The FIR has been filed at Ayodhya police station under IPC section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony).…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/mahesh-mishra-faizabad-bajrang-dal-chief-held-over-holding-weapons-training-camp-2819283/

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Christian pastor arrested by Hindu extremists for alleged forceful conversion in India (May 29, 2016, Christian Times)

A Christian pastor and two Christian women were put behind bars on Sunday, May 22, in Madhya Pradesh in Central India by a group of Hindu extremists on charges of forceful conversion and violations of a religious Indian Penal Code. Pastor V A Antony of the Brethren Church in Aber village, his wife Prabha, church member Praveen Choudhary, and the latter’s four-year-old son Paarth, were driving in the pastor’s car after the Sunday service when they were blocked by an SUV driven by four plain clothes policemen who asked the pastor to step out of his car, according to Barnabas Fund.

“They stopped me after we had traveled about 5 kilometres, slapped me and then asked me to leave for Satna,” Antony told Barnabas Fund. Antony recalled that he had met two of the four policemen seated in the car that same morning together with three Hindu extremists who accused him of forcing people to convert. He said the men told him “not to conduct Church service in the village, as there are no Christians here.” The men only left when policemen intervened after they started shouting at him in “the vilest language.”

The SUV kept tailing Antony’s car until they were joined by another car full of activists who belong to the Bajrang Dal and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a right-wing, Hindu nationalist, paramilitary, volunteer organization. The three Hindu extremists who met Antony that morning were also in the car.…

http://www.christiantimes.com/article/christian-pastor-in-india-arrested-by-hindu-extremists-for-alleged-forceful-conversion/56132.htm

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After communal clash, Petlad remains on edge (May 26, 2016, Times of India)

Four days after a communal clash, Petlad town of Anand district turned tense on Wednesday again after members of the minority community complained of police atrocities on some of the accused arrested for Sunday’s violence.

Police arrested 15 accused from both the communities in connection to the communal clash that had left seven persons including three cops injured. The clash had erupted in the town on Sunday evening after two groups of people from two communities came face to face over a petty issue.…

On Wednesday, the situation turned tense again when the cops were taking the accused to Anjanawada to identify other accused involved in the crime. The locals alleged that the cops had paraded the accused and even beat them while parading them bare foot. Soon, all the shops in the locality shut down their businesses while members of the minority community entered into heated arguments with the cops.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/52442664.cms

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Govt of India “blocking” international Dalit network to freely associate with UN for eight long years: NGO letter (May 26, 2016, Counterview)

More than 230 NGOs have called on members of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to reform the practice of the Committee of NGOs that prevents certain human rights organisations, including the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN), from associating freely with the United Nations (UN).

IDSN, posting a statement on its website, said, “This practice has turned the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs from a largely administrative body into a stumbling block for NGO access to the UN.”

It added, “One of the most extreme examples of obstruction is IDSN’s application for consultative status with ECOSOC. It has been effectively blocked for the past eight years by India, which has asked more than 70 questions in order to delay the process”.…

http://www.counterview.net/2016/05/govt-of-india-blocking-international.html

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Opinions and Editorials

#Modiversary: Harsh Mander on why he worries about the next three years of Modi government – By Harsh Mander (May 29, 2016, Scroll.in)

This blistering summer of 2016, two years have passed since Prime Minister Narendra Modi triumphantly assumed office, heading the first Bharatiya Janata Party-led national government with a comfortable majority in Parliament. Today the country he leads is even more bitterly divided than it was two years earlier, and ordinary people are visibly wearied with the unceasing bluster of false claims accompanied by little real improvement in the conditions of their hard lives.…

I believe that when this government is remembered in later years, it will be above all remembered as a “republic of lies”. It seems that people in the leadership of this government believe that simple-minded ordinary people would be convinced that the government is working for their welfare not by tangible evidence of improvement in the conditions of their lives, but instead by unceasing aggressive campaign-mode hectoring by the prime minister and massive expenditures on government advertising.…

I worry intensely about the three years ahead of Mr Modi’s continued stewardship of the country. I am convinced that a government like his that fails to deliver outcomes of a better life to the poor masses will be elected out of power eventually. But before it leaves, I agonise about how permanent and entrenched will be its assaults on the age-old traditions of peaceful coexistence that have been the civilisational hallmark and greatest cultural strength of this ancient unequal land.

http://scroll.in/article/808908/modiversary-harsh-mander-on-why-he-worries-about-the-next-three-years-of-modi-government

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On Eve of PM Modi US Visit Senators Express “Deep” Worry About Religious Intolerance in India – By Natasha Singh (May 26, 2016, The Citizen)

It is not going to be a cakewalk for Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will be in the United States for a second bilateral for a ‘working visit’ with US President Barack Obama. The Prime Minister was denied a state visit, despite considerable effort by the Indian Foreign Office, and had to finally settle for a working dialogue that will focus on hard issues and not be diverted by atmospherics and chemistry.

A major issue of concern before the US State Department is religious bigotry and intolerance in India. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal was quizzed at length less than two days ago by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Several Senators expressed deep concern about rising religious intolerance in India, and sought an assurance that the US State Department that it was taking this up with the Modi government.

Biswal repeatedly assured the Senators that the Obama Administration was well aware of these issues, was as concerned, and had been taking them at the highest level with India. “We are always looking for new ways to partner with India to advance human rights, strengthen democratic institutions, and support societies that are more inclusive, secular, and tolerant,” she said. This is unusual on the eve of a Prime Ministerial visit,…

http://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/OldNewsPage/?Id=7802&On/Eve/of/PM/Modi/US/Visit/Senators/Express/

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‘Gujarat Files’ review: Rana Ayyub’s book must be read by both sides of the political divide – By Pradeep Menon (May 29, 2016, First Post)

…In 2010, an independent filmmaker (and more important, an upper caste Hindu girl from the American Film Institute Conservatory in LA) interviewed a number of people, many of them high profile members of the law-and-order machinery of Gujarat in 2002, during research for a film about the state. That girl happened to be Rana Ayyub, undercover. Ayyub, who was with Tehelka at that time, clandestinely managed to record videos of her conversations over months, excerpts from which form the core of the book.…

Then-CM Narendra Modi’s alleged complicity in fanning the flames of the 2002 Gujarat riots has been hotly debated for nearly a decade and a half now, so talking about that would be akin to flogging the hypothetical dead puppy that (hopefully never) came under Modi’s car.

While the Godhra train burning and subsequent communal riots, remain a ghastly blot on the nation’s conscience, it would be unwise to look at these events in isolation. One of the things you’re reminded of while reading the book, as you assimilate the words of former top cops – those entrusted with the safety of citizens – is that Gujarat has always been a troubled, uneasy state vis-à-vis communalism. Multiple riots over decades festered a strained atmosphere, making the state a communal tinder box. All one needed to do, really, was strike a match.…

http://www.firstpost.com/politics/gujarat-files-review-rana-ayyubs-book-must-be-read-by-both-sides-of-the-political-divide-2804126.html

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When I Went Into Times Now TV Studio as a Journalist And Came Out Branded an Extremist! – By Asad Ashraf (May 27, 2016, The Citizen)

…Initially, when I got an invitation to join him on the debate on Batla House-ISIS, I was reluctant and said no to the desk coordinator of Times Now. But on her insistence and assurance that I will be given a fair chance to put across my points, I finally agreed, knowing little about how shallow this promise is going to turn out to be.

However, I was very clear about the consequences of my presence over there considering the fact that I am no bigwig of the industry and recalling what the same man had done to JNU student Umar Khalid and his comrades recently. But in the other side of my head, there was something else going on, something that has kept me disturbed since the last 8 years, an incident which caused me sleepless nights for weeks. This incident was none other than the Batla house encounter itself.…

As for the ISIS, I strongly oppose any such ideology that engages in mindless violence. But why should I be asked to condemn it? Surely like all sane Indian citizens my condemnation of such extremism and terror should be taken for granted. I do not ask Goswami and his ilk to stand up and condemn the violence in Gujarat by his co-religionists. Or the Christians to condemn Hitler just because he came from that religion? So why now as a Muslim am I being held responsible for all crimes of terror and extremism, to the point where I am being branded as one also?…

http://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/OldNewsPage/?Id=7809&When%20I%20Went%20Into%20Times%20Now%20%20TV%20Studio%20as%20a%20Journalist%20And%20Came%20Out%20Branded%20an%20Extremist!

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Beef it is, but what about the guardians of culture, Dadri killers? – By Lalita Panicker (May 31, 2016, Hindustan Times)

…Instead of focusing on apprehending the criminals who not only killed Aklaq but also grievously injured his son Danish, the whole debate shifted to whether the meat in question was actually beef. Could the poor man have actually been done in even though he was storing meat other than beef, asked breathless television channels. For heaven’s sake, the man has every right to store whatever meat he wants in his own fridge in his own house for his own consumption without some self-righteous upholder of bovine rights barging in and attacking him.…

Then we were told that the poor man lost his life for no reason at all, the meat in question was mutton. Now, the meat in question is apparently beef. The clever bit of interchangeability could well work in justifying the heinous crime. But the real question is why it was necessary in the first place to devote so much attention to the meat. Has anyone any right to dictate what you can store in your fridge? If it was the meat of an endangered species, maybe the wildlife authorities could confiscate it.

The issue at hand is that under the guise of some misplaced religious zeal and cow protection, vigilante groups are taking the law into their own hands. The fact that these people can enter homes to examine the contents of one’s fridge is only a step away from them entering our personal lives and dictating our preferences not just in food but in our very lifestyles.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/opinion-beef-it-is-but-what-about-the-guardians-of-culture-dadri-killers/story-dm6tMhNQ2ibWYibx6cBsgK.html

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History revisited: Was Veer Savarkar really all that brave? – By Aijaz Ashraf (May 28, 2016, Scroll.in)

…Savarkar died in 1966. During his 83 years, he was involved in the political murder of three British officials. From the nationalist perspective, these murders have been cited as examples of Savarkar’s revolutionary zeal to violently uproot British rule, unmindful of the consequences.

Savarkar was also chargesheeted in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi but was subsequently exonerated, largely because no corroborative evidence of his involvement was furnished. It has helped perpetuate the myth of Savarkar the brave.

But this myth has been shattered because of the new evidence gathered over the years. He manipulated his followers to assassinate British officials, yet took care to conceal his links to the crimes he conceived. He did not hesitate to betray his acolytes, as he did Nathuram Godse, the man who assassinated Gandhi. His famed fortitude was rarely on display during his years of imprisonment in the Andamans. He tendered craven apologies to the British, willing to bargain for his own freedom, not the country’s.…

http://scroll.in/article/808709/the-hollow-myth-of-veer-savarkar

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Book Review

Gujarat FIles: Anatomy of a Cover Up

Author: Rana Ayyub
Reviewed by: Somi Das
Available at: Self published, Pages: 204; Price: Rs 295. https://www.amazon.com
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Rana Ayyub’s book Gujarat Files is a tale of gritty journalism, with a heart (May 27, 2016, Catch News)

Investigative journalist Rana Ayyub’s book, Gujarat Files: An Anatomy of a cover up, has created a storm online.… Given Ayyub’s earlier work on fake encounters in Gujarat, the book was bound to create a buzz. And so it has. Just that much of this online buzz borders on abuse. Earlier, Catch had reported on how a whopping 410 reviewers on Amazon gave her book a rating of one star without even reading the book. The low rating was accompanied by abusive comments.

Ayyub tweeted about how she self-published braving several attempts at censorship. The book indeed deals with a very controversial subject: fake encounters in Gujarat under the watch of the then chief minister Narendra Modi. What makes it even more explosive is Ayyub’s goosebumps-inducing interviews with some of the most prominent and important figures who were in the thick of things in the state at that time.

Maya Kodnani, GL Singhal, Geeta Johri are among several others who speak to an undercover Ayyub. The result? Candid interviews divulging details of how things function in the highest echelons of power, where bureaucracy merely becomes a puppet in the hands of political masters, where the caste of an IPS officer decides his assignment and where religious bigotry drives administrative decisions.…

http://www.catchnews.com/narendra-modi/quickreview-rana-ayyub-s-book-gujarat-files-is-a-tale-of-gritty-journalism-with-a-heart-1464338163.html

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – February 1st, 2016

by newsdigest on February 16, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

News Headlines

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Book Review

Information on Modi’s, Anandiben Patel’s educational qualifications not in “public interest”: Gujarat CM office (Feb 1, 2016, Counterview)

The Gujarat government is learnt to have turned down a right to information (RTI) plea seeking proof of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s and chief minister Anandiben Patel’s educational qualifications, saying this information cannot be made available because it does not concern “public interest.” The RTI applicant, Yogesh B Dave, had reportedly made the application to the Gujarat chief minister’s office (CMO) seeking the information.

In his reply, the official responsible for replying to RTI affairs in the CMO said, “You’ve asked for the photo copies of educational qualifications of the former chief minister of Gujarat and the current CM. As per the RTI act 2005 8(1), this information is related to personal life of both the post holders.” The reply added, “This information is not related to any public interest. Therefore, this information cannot be provided without the prior permission of both.”

This is not for the first time that an RTI application was made seeking details of the educational qualifications of Modi, who has claimed he has completed his masters’ degree. In September, the Gujarat University rejected an RTI request on Modi’s Masters’ degree in just one line, without citing any reason or quoting any provision of the RTI Act for it. The one-line reply said, “Under RTI Act of 2005, this information can’t be made public.”…

http://www.counterview.net/2016/01/information-on-modis-anandiben-patels.html

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President’s rule in Arunachal: Murder of democracy, Emergency-like situation, says Oppn (Jan 26, 2016, Indian Express)

Congress, JD-U and AAP today attacked imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh as “murder” of democracy and federalism and accused the BJP-led government at the Centre of “insulting” the highest court of the country that is right now hearing the matter.…

“This is murder of democracy…The matter is sub-judice and government has acted in haste. It is a clear-cut insult to the highest court of the land. Democracy has been murdered,” Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal compared the imposition of President’s rule to an Emergency like condition. “Prez rule in Arunachal Advaniji was right in saying that there are Emergency-like conditions in the country,” he tweeted. Attacking the decision, outgoing Arunachal chief minister Nabam Tuki said they will approach the court as matter is sub-judice.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/presidents-rule-in-arunachal-murder-of-democracy-emergency-like-situation-says-oppn/

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Centre sends back anti-terror bill to Gujarat government (Jan 29, 2016, Hindustan Times)

The Narendra Modi government has sent Gujarat’s controversial anti-terror legislation – the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill – back to the state government after President Pranab Mukherjee kept it pending for nearly four months.

The GCTOC Bill cleared last year was patterned on the anti-terror law Modi first piloted through the assembly in 2003. But the Rashtrapati Bhavan rejected the bill on two occasions, the first in 2004. As CM, Modi often called the then Congress-led central government’s refusal to clear the bill a reflection of its feeble resolve to fight terrorism.

Government sources told HT that the home ministry sent the bill to the President for his assent last year. But the Rashtrapati Bhavan is learnt to have had reservations and decided to hold back its approval, quite the same way as presidents in the past sat on home ministry recommendations to reject mercy pleas. A government official said the Centre saw the writing on the wall, withdrew the bill from the President and sent it to the Gujarat government with some queries.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/centre-sends-back-anti-terror-bill-to-gujarat-government/story-ZqmeLWv35k6X6ZafItDv4M.html

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U.P. police destroyed papers on Hashimpura massacre (Feb 2, 2016, The Hindu)

The Uttar Pradesh police destroyed documents that could have helped to prove the involvement of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel in the Hashimpura massacre of 1987, even while the trial is still pending, it has now emerged.

Last year, a Delhi court acquitted 16 PAC men, who were among the 19 charged with abducting 42 members of the minority community in May 1987 during the riots in Meerut. The victims were picked up from the Hashimpura Mohalla in a truck, and taken to a nearby canal, where they were gunned down, according to the prosecution.

The 29-year-old Hashimpura massacre case collapsed due to “insufficient evidence”. Three of the 19 PAC men died in the course of the trial. A letter written by the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Meerut, a copy of which is with The Hindu, shows the documents were “weeded out” on April 1, 2006. In the letter to the Crime Branch of the State Crime Investigation Department (CID), the SSP said it was now impossible to make available documents related to the deployment of the PAC personnel on the day that the massacre was allegedly carried out. The matter was being heard in a Tis Hazari court at time the documents were destroyed.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/hashimpura-massacre-up-police-destroyed-papers-on-massacre/article8180328.ece

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“Why doesn’t anybody talk about Sangh leaders’s threats of creating private army of 15,000 Hindus” (Jan 30, 2016, Muslim Mirror)

AIP president independent MLA engineer A Rasheed has asked BJP leadership not to be under the impression that Sangh Parivaar can infiltrate into political scenario of Kashmir by hiring proxies.

While addressing party workers at Town Hall in Shopian today, he said, “There is no justification to the threats made by a senior Sangh Parivaar leader in UP few days back that Hindus of India have already lived under slavery of Muslim rulers for 1000 years and to defeat their designs and to prevent them further we are making a private army of 15000 Hindu militants.

He said nobody spoke even a word about this extreme provocation of RSS in India. Besides, RSS has been demanding introduction of Hindi instead of Persian and Arabic in Madrasas, which unfolds the threat to Muslims in coming days. The recent revelations made by President Pranab Mukherjee over Babri Masjid in his book are ample reason for any secular Hindu or a Muslim to not even think of aligning with BJP, one way or the other.…

http://muslimmirror.com/eng/why-doesnt-anybody-about-threats-of-sangh-leaders-to-create-a-private-army-of-15000-hindus/

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Imphal encounter: Cop’s murder admission; SP denies he ordered it, Centre seeks a report (Jan 28, 2016, Yahoo)

The Centre sought a report from the Manipur government on The Indian Express report Wednesday in which a Manipur Police head constable, under suspension over an alleged fake encounter in Imphal in July 2009, admitted he shot Chungkham Sanjit Meitei, a suspected member of the insurgent group People’s Liberation Army (PLA), who was “not armed” when he was killed.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said: “We have asked for a report from the state government on the matter, and appropriate action will be taken after studying the report.” The CBI declined comment. A spokesperson for the agency said: “CBI has already filed a chargesheet in the case in an Imphal court and the trial is on. The matter is sub-judice.”

Manipur policeman Thounaojam Herojit Singh, a gallantry award recipient, told The Indian Express he shot the “unarmed” 22-year-old on July 23, 2009. “Yes, I shot him. I shot Sanjit Meitei. No, he was not armed. I felt no remorse, no sympathy after I killed Sanjit. I felt nothing. It was an order and I had to simply carry it out,” he said. Herojit Singh alleged he was told by then Additional SP, Imphal West, Dr Akoijam Jhalajit Singh – he is now SP of the same district – to “finish him off”.…

https://in.news.yahoo.com/imphal-encounter-cop-murder-admission-023500607.html

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NDA govt thrusting Hindutva on country, will oppose it: Muslim body (Feb 2, 2016, Hindustan Times)

All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Maulana Sajjad Nomani on Monday accused the BJP-led NDA government of “thrusting” the “Hindutva” on citizens. “Compulsion of doing Yoga and Suryanamskar, making singing of Vande Mataram compulsory etc. are directed towards thrusting Hindu culture on the country,” Nomani told reporters at a press conference in Mumbra.

He said a two-day meet on “Save faith save Constitution” will be held in Mumbra on February 24 and 25 as a part of the AIMPLB’s nationwide mass awareness programme. Nomani also demanded that ‘namaz’ should be taught to students of schools and government employees if the BJP government is bent on making “Hindu practices” like yoga and suryanamaskar compulsory for them.

“Yoga is part of Hindu religion. We are not against doing Yogasanas (postures). But if you make school students and government employees to practice yoga, then teach them ‘namaz’ as well,” he said in response to a query. Nomani alleged that the Centre was doing everything against Constitution.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/nda-govt-thrusting-hindutva-on-country-will-oppose-it-muslim-body/story-BpoDoQuMupVj1Mlud3F9aP.html

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Modi Govt targets Muslim educational institutes in the name of national security (Feb 1, 2016, Twocircles.net)

National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Language and National Security in the same sentence may appear awkward to many; but for the Union Home Ministry, NCPUL is the new archery bow to take arrows of the purported ‘war on terror’ for its desired target, the Muslim run educational institutes.

In the month of January, hundreds of NCPUL study centers, mainly madrassas and other Muslim run institutes affiliated to its different diploma programmes, across the country received a rather murky message from Union Home Ministry, disguised as NCPUL notice asking ‘to detect and counter radicalization efforts.’…

Asked if it was proper to drag in madrassas in national Security process, he replied, “We acted on the direction received from the Central Government.” He said that the NCPUL received the circular from the Central Government asking them to implement recommendations of the Task Force on national security one month back. Later an inner departmental circular was issued to all NCPUL departments to implement the same, thus the notice was issued to study centers.…

http://twocircles.net/2015feb01/1422769747.html

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Police brutality: Delhi cops beat up students, including girls, protesting over Rohith Vemula’s death (Feb 1, 2016, First Post)

In a shocking two-day old video released by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which has now gone viral, policemen in Delhi are seen brutally beating up students, who were protesting against the death of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula. The policemen, some of whom were in plain clothes, even assaulted some of the female protesters outside the RSS office in Jhandewalan, according to IBNLive.…

The police brutality reportedly took place after the students protesting near the RSS office began marching towards the RSS office. The police also formed a barricade outside the RSS office and soon unexpectedly began beating up the student protesters there. The protesters have said that they were protesting peacefully and did nothing which justified the lathicharge.…

“Boys were pulled by their hair. Cops in plain clothes refused to show their ID,” CNN-IBN quoted a woman protester as saying. “Few RSS workers also thrashed us along with cops,” she also said. According to NDTV, the police also attacked the media and some of the cameras belonging to mediapersons were also broken.…

http://www.firstpost.com/india/police-brutality-in-delhi-cops-beat-up-students-including-girls-protesting-over-rohith-vemulas-death-2606576.html

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60 Dalit students from Bihar threaten suicide (Feb 1, 2016, Times of India)

Sixty Dalit students from Bihar studying at Rajdhani Engineering College (REC), Bhubaneswar, were forced to leave the college and their respective hostels on January 8 after the Bihar government allegedly failed to pay their stipend despite repeated requests by the college administration. These second-year students have threatened to commit suicide if the government failed to come to their rescue.

The 60 dalit students – 18 from East Champaran and 42 from West Champaran – secured admission in the college in 2014 under the state government’s Dalit Stipend Scheme. They alleged that the Bihar government had last paid the stipend to the college one-and-a-half-year ago.

“We have decided to commit suicide because our future is at stake due to the negligence of SC/ST welfare department of the Bihar government,” said one of the students, adding that the college principal has asked them to return only when all their dues are cleared.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/50812194.cms

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Opinions and Editorials

Gujarat must give up terror bill – Editorial (Feb 1, 2016, The Hindu)

Gujarat should give up its persistent efforts to get the controversial Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Bill, 2015, approved by the President. First moved by Narendra Modi in 2003 when he was Chief Minister of the State, the Bill has been facing objections on the ground that it contains some draconian provisions. The Centre refused to clear the Bill three times when the United Progressive Alliance was in power.…

India’s repeated experiments with anti-terrorism laws have been, by and large, unsuccessful. The Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, 1985, a law considered as draconian as the Rowlatt Act of the colonial era, and its latter-day version, the Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2003, had been allowed to lapse after it was found that they were prone to persistent misuse.…

There is really no need for more State-level laws of such a nature. Police investigators need better resources and training to combat organised crime and terror, and not laws that abridge and modify conventional criminal procedure to the detriment of human rights.

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/gujarat-must-give-up-terror-bill/article8175731.ece

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How Narendra Modi honed his media “management” skills during his almost 13 years of rule in Gujarat – By RK Misra (Feb 1, 2016, Counterview)

…Narendra Modi’s advent on the scene as Prime Minister has marked a surgical departure in the manner of government news coverage. In the past whenever governments changed at the Centre, including the BJP-led NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, there were at best some recalibrations: If the BJP came to power, veterans of the beat were moved to centre-stage while the specialists covering the outgoing party were shifted to the sidelines.

Modi, however, has ensured a tectonic shift. Now it is not media, which is deciding how the government is to be covered. It is Modi who has laid the ground rules as to how it (media) shall cover the government. The capital’s bloated population of know-alls who possessed the legendary reputation of worming their way into the most stubborn woodworks now find themselves reduced to peripheral players with access to news sources within the government severely restricted. The invisible line carefully etched by Prime Minister Modi is holding firm, keeping the ‘creepy crawlies’ out. Like it or not, that’s how most in the political power structure look at journalists – an avoidable nuisance.

Modi’s concentration of power in his own hands has ensured steamroller domination of governance by the Prime Minister’s Office. This has been further reinforced by the appointment of his old team of tried and tested officers from Gujarat in a variety of key positions in various ministries, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Intelligence, CBI, even SPG .By last count there are around 40 officers – serving or retired – from Gujarat doing duty at the Centre. Modi’s control thus is complete. In fact, immediately after he took over as the Prime Minister, there was a complete ban on mediapersons’ access to the PMO, leading to panic buttons being pressed in newspapers and TV channels.…

http://www.counterview.net/2016/02/how-narendra-modi-honed-his-media.html

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The basics for free speech – By Suhrith Parthasarathy (Jan 30, 2016, The Hindu)

Through a most pernicious act of judicial fiat, in a judgment delivered on December 23, 2015, Justice A.B. Chaudhari, sitting on the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court, issued notice to the Booker Prize-winning writer Arundhati Roy for committing what he believed constituted a clear case of criminal contempt of court. The decision was rendered on an application for bail by the Delhi University professor, G.N. Saibaba.

Not only did the court reject Dr. Saibaba’s plea, in spite of his substantial disabilities, it also hauled Ms. Roy up for writing in support of the professor, and in criticism of the Indian state, including the country’s judiciary. In initiating contempt proceedings, Justice Chaudhari’s judgment has exemplified the state of the right to free speech in India – a liberty fractured by colonial vestiges such as the law on contempt, which we have embarrassingly embraced as a supposed necessity to uphold the majesty of our courts.

The conventional defences adopted in favour of the judiciary retaining powers to punish acts of contempt invariably point to the Constitution. Article 19(1)(a) no doubt grants to the country’s citizens a right to freedom of speech and expression. But the ensuing clause, Article 19(2), limits this freedom, and accords the state the express authority to make laws that establish reasonable restrictions on speech, on various grounds, including contempt of court.…

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/arundhati-roy-and-hc-hearing-the-basics-for-free-speech/article8168835.ece

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Mithun Stir-Fry Sizzler – By Tongam Rina (Feb 8, 2016, Outlook)

The events in remote Arunachal Pradesh are threatening to snowball into the year’s first major political confrontation. A conflict built around the classic theme of Centre-state relations, reminiscent of the ’80s-90s, also means an inevitable impact on Parliament when it reconvenes for the budget session in February-end.

A constitutional bench of the Supreme Court will decide on the role of the governor and who should be in power, but with the President already giving his assent to governor’s rule, the crisis brought into national focus an ugly power struggle—a rebellion within the Congress, fuelled by an enthusiastic BJP—in a state that normally does not hit the headlines.

While many in Arunachal will welcome some sort of an end to the political uncertainty, the touch of burlesque that accompanied it could not mask deeper, institutional questions. The events of the past few months have left people wondering at the role of the judiciary, the Union government and the central leaderships of both the BJP and the Congress.…

http://www.outlookindia.com/article/mithun-stirfry-sizzler/296541

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“Yes I shot him dead. I shot Sanjit Meitei. He was not armed” – By Peters Chongom (Jan 30, 2016, The Sangai Express)

The fake encounter issue in Manipur is again in the news. This time, it is no more confined in the local news but published/telecast on the National media. A few days back, the leading news channel CNN-IBN aired the galling revelation of one head constable of Manipur police who revealed to the media that he was in fact the man who shot Sanjit Meitei, a suspected member of an insurgent group, dead.

What is more disturbing in his allegation is that he was instructed by the then Additional SP, Imphal West, Dr. Akoijam Jhalajit Singh to ‘finish off’ Sanjit. He further stated that even the CM and the then DGP of that time is also in the know of the incident.

He in fact clearly stated that the killing was directed by these individuals, who are in the higher-rung of the Government. The head constable also said that Jhalajit gave the assurance that he would be protected and would not come under the radar of suspicion and inspection regarding this killing.…

http://www.thesangaiexpress.com/64166-2/

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Could the Dalit students’ agitation be Modi’s Mandal moment? – By Chaitanya Mallapur (Jan 28, 2016, Scroll.in)

The suicide of Rohith Vemula, a Dalit research scholar of University of Hyderabad, has attracted national outrage and international attention. All across India, on campuses and elsewhere, Dalit students are spontaneously agitating to demand justice for Vemula, although the heart of the struggle remains a corner of the University of Hyderabad campus.

I was there at that epicentre recently, and what struck me were the similarities between what is unfolding today and the student agitation against VP Singh government’s decision to implement Mandal Commission’s recommendations in 1990.…

The Dalit students’ agitation, like the Mandal protests of 1990, threatens to divide the country’s academic campuses again on caste lines and that can seriously limit Modi’s support among the aspiring youths and students. As VP Singh was reduced to the “messiah of Mandal politics”, Modi faces the same danger of being bracketed and losing his appeal among students and youths. Modi took five days just to speak up on the issue. The time to act on it is running out fast.

http://scroll.in/article/802419/could-the-dalit-students-agitation-be-modis-mandal-moment

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Book Review

India’s 2014 Elections: A Modi-led BJP Sweep

Author: Ed. Paul Wallace
Reviewed by: Abdul Gaffar
Available at: SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd, B 1/I-1 Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi 110 044, India, 2015; pp xx+ 427, Rs 1,250.. http://www.amazon.in/
Review:
Modi Wave and Congress Debacle (Jan 30, 2016, EPW)

The book, India’s 2014 Elections: A Modi-led BJP Sweep, edited by Paul Wallace furnishes a holistic overview of the 16th Lok Sabha elections and looks into the varied factors that catapulted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into power, while also attempting to examine the reasons behind the decline of the grand old Congress Party. It emphasises the end of coalition politics, with a single party coming into power with a clear majority.…

The BJP’s landslide election victory in 2014 is a great example of how to prepare and successfully execute a marketing and branding campaign. Modi’s image and in-your-face messaging overshadowed all other rivals, even within his own party. However, the volume is hesitant to discuss Modi’s authoritarian and communal campaign. One key BJP leader, Giriraj Singh, said that the critics of Modi had a “place in Pakistan and not in India.” Another religious zealot, Pravin Togadia, who is currently the president of the Vishva Hindu Parishad, said that Muslim households should be “evicted” from Hindu areas. The “communal peace” that has supposedly prevailed in Gujarat since the 2002 pogrom has been at a tremendous cost to the minorities. The volume does not focus on the radicalisation and polarisation of society, a weapon that has been used by the BJP to win these elections.

The comprehensive volume does not dissect Modi’s vision of economic development and his promotion of crony capitalism. Many states in India have a better growth rate than Gujarat, and as economists have pointed out the state’s human development indicators are weak. Moreover, Gujarat was declared the most polluted state in 2010. The book does not discuss the amount of money that was spent on Narendra Modi’s campaign, estimated to be more than Rs 5,000 crore. Finally, it does not speak against the rising tide of intolerance whipped up by Modi’s allies – the Hindu extremist groups who have forced books to be banned, intimidated journalists and threatened people for criticising their leaders. Despite these shortcomings, the book is a good read with lots of empirical and quantitative data for scholars and policymakers.

http://www.epw.in/journal/2016/5/book-reviews/modi-wave-and-congress-debacle.html

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – January 25th, 2016

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – November 9th, 2015

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 26th, 2015

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 24th, 2015

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 27th, 2015

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In this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Irony of ironies: Judge afraid for her life after convicting Modi’s minister in Gujarat riots! Teesta Setalvad accuses Modi govt of ‘vendetta’ to silence her 1500 ‘encounter’ deaths under glare Will perpetrators of Babri masjid demolition be hanged too, asks Owaisi India Sees a Sharp Rise in […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 8th, 2015

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In this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Naroda Gam post-Godhra riots case: Court seeks SIT officer’s reply on missing CD Ishrat Jahan Fake Encounter: Centre Denies Permission To Prosecute IB Officials Muslim leaders oppose Yoga, say Suryanamaskar against the basic teaching of Islam Aam Aadmi Party report blames ML Khattar’s rally for Ballabhgarh riot […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – May 25th, 2015

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