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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 29th, 2014

by newsdigest on September 30, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

Communal Harmony

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Book Review

Communal Harmony

‘Walk for harmony and love’ organized in Delhi on International peace day (Sep 23, 2014, Twocircles.net)

Khudai KhIdmatgar and Sadhbhav Mission organized a ‘Walk for Harmony and love’ on 21 September, the International Peace Day in the national capital. The walk started from the Sacred Heart Church, reached the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and then to Moti Masjid and finally ended at the Hanuman Mandir.

Various Social Activist and Gandhians like Veena Behan, Khudai Khidmatgar leader Faisal Khan, Prof VK Tripathi from Sadhbhav Mission, Prof Sanat Mohantee from IIT Delhi, Ram Mohan Rai from Gandhi Global Family, Faizan Arish from Jamia Millia Islamia, Praveen Kumar, Hemant Sharma from Asha Parivar, Rizwan Ahmed, Tabish Bhatti from Khudai Khidmatgar, Poonam Kaushaik and others participated in the walk.

Ram Mohan Rai of Gandhi Global Family said that the need of the hour is that we all should come forward and fight against communalism. Khudai Khidmatgar leader Faisal Khan said that unfortunately most religious places have been captured by communal people and we need to expose them and propagate the real messages of peace, harmony and love, taught by all faiths.

http://twocircles.net/2014sep23/1411487979.html

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Congressmen urge Obama to discuss religious tolerance with Modi (Sep 29, 2014, The Hindu)

Eleven members of the U.S. Congress have urged President Barack Obama to inject a discussion about religious tolerance and the protection of minorities into his bilateral summit with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and Tuesday.

In a formal letter to the President, the bipartisan Congressional group said, “Your meeting with [Mr.] Modi… provides an opportunity to discuss religious inclusion and the protection of religious minorities in India,” adding that the Indian Prime Minister’s visit could open a dialogue about the “positive steps his government can take in preventing oppression and encouraging religious inclusion.”

A twelfth lawmaker, Mike Honda from California, wrote an individual letter to Mr. Obama along similar lines, urging him to reinforce human rights and religious freedoms through increased attention and dialogue, but also underscoring that the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s 2014 Annual Report noted that “in the past year, reports of incidents of communal and religiously-motivated violence in India increased.”…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/congressmen-urge-obama-to-discuss-religious-tolerance-with-modi/article6458435.ece

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Narendra Modi fans beat up TV anchor Rajdeep Sardesai at Madison Square Garden event (Sep 30, 2014, Financial Express)

Leading TV anchor Rajdeep Sardesai was today roughed up apparently by pro-Modi supporters outside the Madison Square Garden, shortly before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address. The news created quite a buzz on social networking site Twitter after @JFK_America posted, “Mob of people attacking an Indian journalist for being critical of Narendra Modi on the past. Accused if being a traitor”.

Rajdeep Sardesai, who quit as the editor-in-chief of IBN 18 Network in July, tweeted, “Great crowd at Modison square garden! except a few idiots who still believe abuse is a way of proving their machismo!”

He added, “Glad we caught the idiots on cam. Only way to shame the mob is to show them”. Sardesai also posted, “Great publicity for my book. All those who took selfies have promised to buy it!”

http://www.financialexpress.com/news/promodi-supporters-beat-up-tv-anchor-rajdeep-sardesai-outside-madison-square-garden/1293852

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Jail official asked me to cut beard, terror accused tells court, seeks compensation (Sep 24, 2014, Indian Express)

A 33-year-old terror accused has filed a complaint against the superintendent of Arthur Road jail for allegedly ordering him to cut his beard. Abdul Latif alias Guddu, accused of plotting strikes at ONGC headquarters and two markets in the city in 2010, has demanded Rs 10 lakh as compensation and strict action, including suspension, to be taken against the jail authority for “hurting his religious sentiments”.

In his complaint submitted to a sessions court on September 19, Latif alleged that on September 18, during a “weekly round”, superintendent Ahir Rao questioned him regarding his beard. According to the complaint, Latif responded by saying, “main Musalmaan hoon, aur mere dharam ke hisaab se rakha hoon. (I am a Muslim, and have kept a beard in accordance with my religion)” “Jail main koi Musalmaan nahin rehta. Daadhi rakhe toh aur sadega jail me. Main kuch nahin jaanta, mujhe yeh daadi kati hui chahiye (Nobody is a Muslim in jail. If you keep a beard, you’ll rot longer in jail. I want this beard cut),” Rao is alleged to have instructed, according to the complaint copy. “Yeh mere dharam ke khilaaf hai (This is against my religion),” Latif objected.

In his complaint, Latif alleged that Rao had directed the jailor to ensure that his orders were complied with. “On the same day, the complainant prepared this application addressed to the superintendent to roll back the said unconstitutional order, which was handed over to Jailor Ade, but he refused to accept it and insisted that Latif cut his beard. Ade further turned down to give any acknowledgment on the application,” the complaint read. Latif, through his complaint, prayed for the suspension of Rao for “illegal, unconstitutional, inhumane, anti-religious remarks.” He further urged Additional Director General (Prison) Meera Borwankar to initiate a departmental inquiry against the superintendent.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/jail-official-asked-me-to-cut-beard-terror-accused-tells-court-seeks-compensation/

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Supreme Court issues elaborate guidelines on encounter death cases, makes FIR and probe mandatory (Sep 23, 2014, Indian Express)

Issuing elaborate guidelines on deaths in police encounter, the Supreme Court ruled that in all cases of encounter deaths there shall be mandatory registration of FIRs and investigation by CID or any other independent agency.

A bench led by Chief Justice R M Lodha also said that no officer shall be given out of turn promotion or a gallantry award for encounter operations till the inquiry is completed on its genuineness.

The court said that the magisterial inquiry should be completed expeditiously and of a police officer is found guilty of involvement in a fake encounter, he should be proceeded against legally and departmentally.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/supreme-court-issues-elaborate-guidelines-on-encounter-death-cases-makes-fir-and-probe-mandatory/

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Hardline Indian Hindu Group Warns Muslims, Christians From Festival (Sep 25, 2014, Voice of America)

A prominent right-wing Hindu group in India warned Muslims and Christians on Thursday not to join in a lively Hindu religious festival this month, in the latest bid by activists to step up segregation in the multi-faith country.

Emboldened by the May election victory of Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hardliners in his party and affiliated Hindu groups have been stirring up sentiment against India’s religious minorities in recent months.

“We are warning Muslims and Christians that they should stay away from all our festivals. The Navratri festival is for Hindus only,” Surendra Jain, spokesman for a Hindu group called the Vishwa Hindu Parishad [VHP], told Reuters.…

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-hardline-indian-hindu-group-warns-muslims-christians-from-festival/2462231.html

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Tripura CM blames RSS for communal clashes (Sep 23, 2014, The Hindu)

Various parts of the country have witnessed serious communal clashes ever since the Narendra Modi government took charge in the Centre and these incidents were the fallout of a vicious campaign let loose by the RSS that India should be converted into a Hindu Rashtra, said Manik Sarkar, Tripura Chief Minister, here on Monday.

About 35 communal clashes have been reported in the last three-and-a-half months in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Assam etc and the minorities have been the target everywhere. The Sangh Parivar has created a very complicated and dangerous situation in the country, he said while addressing the valedictory session of the three-day State conference of the All India Democratic Women’s Association.

Without RSS nod, the Modi government will not implement any programme. The communalization of the political structure should be stopped with immediate effect, failing which it will lead to disaster, he warned.…

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/tripura-cm-blames-rss-for-communal-clashes/article6437132.ece

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Five cops suspended for death of three undertrials in U.P (Sep 28, 2014, The Hindu)

Five policemen were suspended for dereliction of duty in Agra on Saturday following the death of three undertrials in the District Jail. The three deceased – a man and his two sons – were allegedly poisoned by their relatives when they had gone for a hearing at an Agra court on Friday. The five cops had accompanied the undertrials.

The deceased were locked in a property dispute with their close relatives. While one undertrial died late on Friday night, two others died on Saturday.

A spokesman of the Director General of Police office here said that the three undertrials, Dinesh Chandra Soni, 55 years, and his two sons – Yogesh (26) and Vishal (24) – were taken from the District Jail to the Sessions Court for a hearing on Friday.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/five-cops-suspended-for-death-of-three-undertrials-in-up/article6454437.ece

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Veteran journalist lashes out at law enforcement, media for injustice towards Muslim youth (Sep 24, 2014, The Hindu)

Stating that the law enforcement agencies have meted out gross injustice against the innocent Muslims by falsely implicating them in terror charges, veteran Delhi-based journalist, Ajit Sahi has regretted that even a large section of media has remained part of this injustice by not presenting the facts, and only harping on untrue news.

Speaking after inaugurating the seminar of ‘Politics of terror, myths and reality’ organised by Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) on Tuesday evening here, he accused the media of filing all sorts of stories against arrested Muslims youths without verifying the facts.

“The media suddenly swings into action when they get the news of Muslim youth arrested on terror charges. We began reading and watching strange stories about these men. But a few years later, when the same men are released by the court when nothing against them is proved, the media hardly tries to investigate to find out why they were arrested when no charge was proved”, Mr. Sahi said.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/veteran-journalist-lashes-out-at-law-enforcement-media-for-injustice-towards-muslim-youth/article6442131.ece

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Top India politician Jayalalitha jailed for corruption (Sep 27, 2014, BBC)

One of India’s most colourful and controversial politicians, Jayaram Jayalalitha, has been sentenced to jail for four years on corruption charges in a case that has lasted for 18 years. The chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu was found guilty of amassing wealth of more than $10m (£6.1m) which was unaccounted for.

She has to pay a 1bn rupee ($16m; £10m) fine and resign as chief minister. A former actress, her life has been marked by a series of high and lows. The verdict was delivered by a special court in Bangalore amid tight security.

Along with three others, Jayalalitha was sentenced to an immediate jail term, and was due to be sent to Parappana Agrahara prison in Bangalore. But she complained on chest pains and giddiness after the verdict was delivered, the Times of India reported, and was sent to the prison hospital for assessment.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29390682

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Punjab police gives electric shocks to 2 women inside police station (Sep 24, 2014, Daily Bhaskar)

 

http://daily.bhaskar.com/news-ht/NAT-TOP-punjab-police-gives-electric-shocks-to-2-women-inside-police-station-4755374-NOR.html

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Opinions and Editorials

‘Like never before, I the Muslim am seen as the root cause of nation’s problems’ – By Abdul Khaliq (Sep 27, 2014, Indian Express)

The by-election results in Bihar and UP are being viewed as a vindication of the deep-rooted and strong secular credentials of the nation. As heartening to the secular devotees is the Prime Minister’s statement that Indian Muslims would live and die for the country. However, the fact that the PM has thought it necessary to underline the patriotism of Muslims is in itself deeply disturbing. Implicit in the statement is the frightening reality of how the Muslim is viewed in today’s India.

I am an Indian but the fact that I am a Muslim has endangered my claim to equal citizenship. I say this not because of our laws which are unexceptionable but because of the mind-numbing environment of hostility and prejudice, the inexorable growth of sheer distrust and hatred for the Muslim and all that he represents.

Although the Muslims are near the bottom of the socio-economic ladder and at par with the Dalits in almost every human development index, the public discourse today is not about the economic and educational backwardness of this beleaguered community but about the huge affliction they are in the nation’s social fabric. The plight of the ordinary Muslim is getting progressively worse. Living on the margins of society, he has always been up against it in the field of education, in the job market, even when looking for accommodation. He is also burdened with the stigma of being in tacit collusion with terrorists. But hitherto, the discrimination and the distrust of the Muslim were covert. Now the gloves are off and the hatred is in-your-face. Like never before, the Muslim is viewed not just as “the other” but as the root cause of the nation’s problems. …

It is high time that the media seriously introspected on how it projects such nation-threatening issues. Significantly, those who are working to create a permanent rift between communities and isolate the Muslims are actually executing the pernicious plot of the separatists and other enemies of the state who thrive on social discord. It is foolhardy to believe that the nation can progress by banishing 150 million Indians into ghettoes and isolation. Our Prime Minister has, in that most compelling slogan “Sabke saath sabka vikas”, nailed the panacea for the nation’s problems. This slogan needs to become a reality or else we face the deluge.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/like-never-before-i-the-muslim-am-seen-as-the-root-cause-of-nations-problems/99/

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Why The Dual Track Policy In Governance? An Open Letter To Modi ji – By George Abraham (Sep 28, 2014, Countercurrents)

For many of us who are keen observers of the rise of Shri. Narendra Modi to the highest echelons of power in India as its prime Minister, a picture is slowly emerging on the style and substance of his governance and its impact not only on its citizens but also on the Diaspora that lives around the globe. While it has created a lot of excitement in some quarters, it is also accompanied by an element of confusion for the general public as well as fear and anxiety among the minority communities. …

His surrogates headed by Amit Shah, the current BJP President, whipped up the communal frenzy and polarized the communities especially in U.P to gain an elephant share of Lok Sabha seats that provided BJP with the majority it needed to avoid the pitfalls of coalition politics that the UPA had to content with. It should also be noted that with the largest share of the Lok Sabha seats won, BJP was only able to garner 31% of the vote share, a clear indication that the division among the secular parties has greatly benefited the BJP’s grand strategy and their execution of it.

It appears that there is a continuance of the same two-pronged strategy by the Prime Minister who appears to stay above the fray of communal politics and dirty tricks but has quietly unleashed his surrogates to do whatever it takes to consolidate power and implement the Hindutva agenda that the RSS, the parent organization of BJP, has long advocated . The designation of Yogi Adityanath who is known for his virulent and vitriolic rhetoric against minorities, as the lead campaigner in UP for the just concluded election, is the latest in a series of examples of such a long-term strategy. However, the election results indeed proved that the people of UP and other states have rejected such politics of hate and polarization. …

http://www.countercurrents.org/abraham280914.htm

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Ignorance, lies pose as truth in RSS’ history books – By Sitaram Yechury (Sep 23, 2014, Hindustan Times)

The latest incident of the dismissal of 11 Dalit students from a BJP state government-run school in Bikaner, Jaipur, on the grounds that they were drinking water from an earthen pot earmarked for an upper caste teacher once again highlights the continuing caste and social oppression in our country.

It is indeed the irony of our times that on the same day the RSS chief released three books authored by a BJP spokesperson, carrying forewords by three top RSS leaders attributing the genesis of Dalits, tribals and many other oppressed groups to “Muslim invasion in medieval times”. RSS leaders claim that these castes had come into existence due to atrocities by foreign invaders and did not exist in Hindu religion earlier (The Hindustan Times, September 22).

The RSS emboldened by the central government under its political arm, the BJP, has intensified its efforts, to validate a common Hindu thread to unify all groups under one Hindu identity. For this, it is essential that the history of the lands constituting our great country today is rewritten according to their narrative. This is essential for carrying forward the RSS ideological project of converting the modern secular democratic Indian republic into their conception of a ‘Hindu rashtra’.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/1267636.aspx

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Milking the Stereotype – By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam (Sep 23, 2014, Twocircles.net)

It has been a long open session on Muslims. For weeks together we have heard and read a concentrated demonising propaganda against Muslims. According to it, the Muslims are running a well-funded “love jihad” campaign to trap Hindu women and covert them to Islam.

This love jihad has been said to be an “international” campaign involving not only Indian Muslims, but their Mid-Eastern coreligionists as well. Bigoted men like Yogi Adityanath and others have put all the venom and hate into their anti-love jihad campaign.…

The steam has gone out of the “love” in the “jihad” and the jihad has gone back to the dirty tricks suit case of the RSS. Instead they have brought out and polished other weapons, including animal slaughter and Muslim Personal Law. Consider how they have expanded the scope of their old anti-cow slaughter campaign to a generic “animal slaughter” issue.…

http://twocircles.net/2014sep23/1411484407.html

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Bypolls message for BJP: the Hindu voter is secular – By Karan Thapar (Sep 20, 2014, Hindustan Times)

Do you know what I find most heartening about the recent by-election results? It’s the loud, clear and firm message from India’s Hindu voters. My bet is it will resonate across our political firmament for a while to come. India’s Hindu voters – and I use that description deliberately – have refused to accept the BJP’s accusation of love jihad. They’ve rejected the claim 99.99% of those accused of rape are Muslims. They do not believe madrasas are a training ground for terrorists.

The list of BJP leaders who tried to mislead the Hindu voter is long. It includes BJP UP president Laxmikant Bajpai, Union minister Kalraj Mishra, MPs Yogi Adityanath and Sakshi Maharaj and UP MLA Sangeet Singh Som. The bunkum they spouted – and I’m being deliberately euphemistic – was hateful. Both the campaign and its advocates were unequivocally rejected.

The core content was simple: Muslims have launched a love jihad to lure innocent Hindu girls into marriage and convert them to Islam. The BJP thought it could prise apart India’s Hindu and Muslim communities by spreading this canard. They clearly thought such mischief could provoke suspicion of Muslims. So the message from the Hindu voter is he is secular. Indeed, India is a secular country because its Hindus are committed to this principle. Once upon a time this was something the BJP repeatedly said. I’m amazed they forgot it.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/1266585.aspx

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A Hundred Days Closer to Ecological and Social Suicide – By Ashish Kothari (Sep 27, 2014,EPW)

The first 100 days of the Narendra Modi government which have been celebrated by the mainstream media saw what can only be called a widespread and large-scale assault on rules, laws and institutions meant to protect the environment, and more is on the cards. Side by side, the central as also state governments of various hues have moved against non-governmental organisations raising social and environmental issues. But resistance to corporate-driven growth continues and alternatives continue to be explored.

This is one prediction I did not want to come true. In April this year I wrote an article called “Could Modi Be a Development Disaster?” in which I said: The UPAs record is not particularly positive, with nearly 2.5 lakh hectares of forest land having been diverted in just a decade…and continued forcible acquisition of lands resulting in dispossession of farmers, adivasis, fisherfolk and others. Communities, people’s movements, and NGOs are up in arms over the rapidity with which the Union Environment minister, Mr Moily, has given environmental and forest clearances to mining, industrial and infrastructural projects. But even this vast scale of social and ecological disruption could be overshadowed if Modinomics is given free rein….

Modi ….will instruct the Ministry of Environment and Forests to carry on Mr Moily’s good work of clearing every project that comes its way; and if some of the environmental laws that people fought to get in the 1980s and 1990s seem to be in the way, he will initiate measures to dilute them….

http://www.epw.in/commentary/hundred-days-closer-ecological-and-social-suicide.html

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Book Review

Poverty amidst Prosperity: Essays on the Trajectory of Development in Gujarat

Author: Atul Sood, Ed.
Reviewed by: Anita K Dixit
Available at: Aakar Books, 28-E, Pocket-IV, Mayur Vihar Phase-I, Delhi-110 091, India; 2012; pp 283, Rs 595.. http://aakarbooks.com/
Review:
A Balanced Critique of the Gujarat Growth Model (Sep 27, 2014,EPW)

The Gujarat development model has been analysed intensively by both its supporters and detractors. The main argument in favour of the model is that the state has one of the fastest rates of economic growth in the country. Industry and infrastructure have done remarkably well, and the state presents an overall picture of prosperity. Moreover, on the face of it, the state appears to be largely immune to economic downturns faced by the country as a whole. The main arguments against the model are in terms of the distributional aspects of this economic growth, and figures relating to poverty, inequality, and human development are weapons in this line of argument. Neither side has yet managed to score a point, speaking, as they do, on two mutually opposed theoretical premises: whether trickle-down economics works, and whether a fast rate of growth translates, or has the potential to translate, into widespread prosperity because of it.

Yet a specialised book on the subject is always welcome, since one looks forward to detailed analysis of each of the components of the development model. That, indeed, is what one finds in Atul Sood’s edited volume. The book, in 10 chapters, deals with the issue quite at depth. One also looks forward to some fresh insight, which will enable us to move beyond speculating on the effectiveness of trickle-down economics; and that is where the book somewhat disappoints.

What is different about this book is that it attempts to conduct the analysis from both angles – growth and distribution. The book starts with an introductory chapter by Sood, making the important point that Gujarat’s growth story is not recent. It has historical roots that might be linked not just to the entrepreneurial skills of its people (as has been argued in many places, including in publications of the Gujarat government), but also to the spirit of Gandhian socialism, cooperativism, and social reform. This is entirely missing in the current scenario. The state today gives the impression of being an investor’s paradise, which places almost all its faith in the private sector and, therefore, the profit motive.

As the editor says, the volume of private investment coming into the state is undoubtedly impressive. This has happened despite the infrastructure in the state being not remarkably different from that in other industrially developed states. There is an argument that the success of investment in the state has been the result of government policy that favours the private sector. But this does not sit well with the fact that realised investment has slowed down. The author suggests that this slowdown could be related to the external economic slowdown, investment “saturation”, or investors realising that the efficiency of the state machinery is less than what they had hoped for. Whatever be the reasons, the absolute value of investment is still impressively high.

Gujarat fares the worst in terms of labour unrest (Economic Survey 2011), yet investment remains high. The author argues that this could be the result of having an authoritarian regime, which has given up all pretense of social reform. While the authoritarianism excites a reaction in the form of labour unrest, it finds favour with the capitalist class, boosting its confidence. …

http://www.epw.in/book-reviews/balanced-critique-gujarat-growth-model.html

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 15th, 2014

by newsdigest on September 16, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

Communal Harmony

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Communal Harmony

J&K floods: Hyderpora mosque a symbol of communal harmony (Sep 12, 2014, Times of India)

It is evening time and the maulvi here just sounded the ‘azaan’, the call for prayer and devouts rush inside to offer ‘namaaz’. Shortly thereafter, scores of people assemble in the tented courtyard of the mosque to have food. This is Jama Masjid in Hyderpora area which has turned into a major relief centre for those affected by the devastating floods in the Kashmir valley, housing hundreds of people, including women and children.

Significantly, in this hour of tragedy, this mosque has become a symbol of communal harmony as a number of Hindus, who had come from outside the state for work, are also taking shelter here. The inmates of this camp at the mosque, which remained unaffected by the floods, have come from various parts of the valley and each one PTI talked to had a story of horror and pain to tell. …

At the mosque premises, community kitchen is being run and donation of clothes is pouring in. The inmates are housed in the three-storeyed building. Around 2400 people eat food every day at the masjid, says Haji Ghulam Nabi Dar, president of the Hyderpora Jama Masjid Committee. Affected people from far off places like Baramulla, Kupwara and Sopore have come here for shelter, he says. …

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42339851.cms

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RSS bomb explodes prematurely, suspected Hindutva terrorist injured (Sep 11, 2014, Coastal Digest)

A suspected Hindutva terrorist was severely injured when a bomb was prematurely exploded at his house at Kooleri under the Mattannur police station limits in Kannur on Wednesday. The injured suspected terrorist has been identified as 21-year-old Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker Nikhil, son of Kunnummal Pavithran.

A large cache of explosives was found at his damaged house after the blast. It is suspected that he was making bombs to carryout terror attacks in the region. Both the palms of the suspected terrorist Nikhil were nearly severed in the blast that occurred in the house at around 4 p.m., the police said. He has been rushed to a hospital in Kozhikode.

The explosion was suspected to have occurred when he was making country-made bombs at the veranda of the house. The house also suffered damage in the blast. No one was in the house at the time of the explosion, the police added.

http://coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/68235-rss-bomb-explodes-prematurely-suspected-hindutva-terrorist-injured

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Election Commission orders hate speech FIR against Yogi Adityanath (Sep 12, 2014, Indian Express)

Two days after issuing a notice to BJP MP Yogi Adityanath for allegedly violating the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct by invoking religion to garner votes during a poll meeting in Noida, the Election Commission on Thursday reprimanded the Gorakhpur MP and cautioned him to be careful.

“In the commission’s considered view, you have violated the provisions of MCC as mentioned in the commission’s notice dated September 9, 2014. The commission reprimands you for the said misconduct and cautions you to be careful in future in making public utterances during election speeches to avoid any further violation of the Model Code of Conduct,” the EC said in its order. The words “reprimand” and “cautions” were marked in bold and underlined.

The EC also directed the Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer to ensure that an FIR is filed against Adityanath. “Kindly intimate if any FIR has been filed in the matter. If not, then the concerned district authorities should be directed to file case under Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and Section 153 A, Section 295 A and Section 505 of the Indian Penal Code,” it said. It has sought a compliance report by 5 pm on Friday.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/ec-orders-hate-speech-fir-against-yogi/99/

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BJP leaders rake up ‘love jihad’ in U.P. poll campaign (Sep 10, 2014, The Hindu)

Though the top national leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party has been silent on “love jihad,” party leaders in charge of the campaign for the September 13 by-elections in Uttar Pradesh have been consistently alleging that Muslim men are “forcing” Hindu women to convert after courting and marrying them.

As the campaign gains momentum in the State, particularly in the communally charged western region, BJP leaders have been openly talking about “love jihad” and urging Hindu voters to “understand the conversion plot being hatched inside madrasas.” Leaders like the firebrand MP from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath; party State unit chief Laxmi Kant Bajpai; national vice-president and Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma; and Unnao MP Harisakshi Maharaj have been making the allegation.

Addressing a meeting in Bijnore on Sunday, Adityanath said “love jihad” was a “social evil,” and the State government was giving huge monetary aid to madrasas, instead of focussing on improving power supply in the State. Referring to the alleged “conversion plot,” he spoke of the marriage of Akbar to a Hindu princess, Jodhabai. “No Jodhabai would now go to Akbar,” he said apparently referring to the BJP leaders’ allegation that Muslim men were marrying Hindu girls for conversion.

Another saffron leader, Harisakshi Maharaj, alleged that Muslim men were being given “monetary reward” for the “conversion plot.” “It [love jihad] is a deep-rooted controversy … Muslim youths get money from the Gulf [for luring Hindu girls],” he told a news channel. Mr. Sharma alleged that “love jihad” was more deadly than a bomb.

Addressing a meeting in Noida on Sunday, Mr. Bajpai said the Samajwadi Party government was pursing the politics of appeasement. “On the one hand, the game of conversion is continuing on a large scale in Uttar Pradesh and, on the other, the government is conspiring to release terrorists who are in jail, just for gaining a few votes,” he said.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/bjp-leaders-rake-up-love-jihad-in-up-poll-campaign/article6395859.ece

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Hindu nationalist group seeks to ‘cleanse’ Christian population in India (Sep 9, 2014, UCA News)

International Christian Concern (ICC) has warned that Sangh Parivar, an umbrella Hindu nationalist group, is inflicting suffering and looking to cleanse the minority Christian population in India, much like terror group ISIS is doing in Iraq and Syria.

The watchdog group said in a press release that the nationalist group and its associate organizations have been directing hate speech toward Christians and leading attacks on pastors and churches in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Believers are reportedly worried that radical Hindu nationalism and persecution of minorities will escalate.

John Dayal, a member of the Indian government’s National Integration Council, said: “There has been a sharp rise in hate campaigns against Christians by political organizations. This threat of purging Christians from villages extends from Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh to now Uttar Pradesh, and to the borders of the national capital of New Delhi.”…

http://www.ucanews.com/news/hindu-nationalist-group-seeks-to-cleanse-christian-population-in-india/71895

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‘No “Jai Hind”, salute by saying “Ram, Ram” and “Jai Mata Di” Muslims in army got the notice (Sep 11, 2014, Muslim Mirror)

‘The task of army’s religious teacher is to enthuse the spirit of patriotism, zeal and unity in the jawans [lads] while the slogan of ‘Jai Hind’ [Long live India] sends a message of religious hatred and extremism. If you do not rise above narrow-mindedness and do not salute by shouting “Ram, Ram” and “Jai Mata di” [slogans invoking Hindu deities], as per the rules of the battalion disciplinary action will be taken against you’. This notice has been issued by a high ranking army officer to Subedar Ishrat Ali who has been serving in the army for the last 22 years as a Maulvi [Muslim priest].

Subedar Ishrat Ali’s wife has filed a written complaint to National Minority Commission urging it to help her husband in getting rid of the discriminatory attitude of the officers. In a letter sent to National Minority Commission, Shehnaz Bano, the wife of Subedar Ishrat Ali, transferred from Raj Rif Centre Delhi to Rajputana Rifles (3 Raj Rif bikaneer), has alleged that her husband is being continually subjected to mental torture. According to her Ishrat Ali’s Commandant Officer Chitra Sen says that as long as he is in his regiment he will have to follow its rules and will not be allowed to salute with the slogan of ‘Jai Hind’ but, instead, will have to salute his superiors by saying ‘Ram, Ram’ and ‘Jai Mata di’.

Shehnaz Bano quotes her husband as saying that during his 22 years’ service he had always saluted with the slogan ‘Jai Hind’ and as a Muslim it is impossible for him to utter ‘Ram, Ram’ or ‘Jai Mata di’. Because of this her husband has been served an official notice. The notice issued on 31 August and signed by Major Lalit Shering reads, ‘Your commanding officer has ordered you not to utter ‘Jai Hind’ as long as you are in this battalion. The C.O. had directed you to salute by saying ‘Jai Hind’ when you are outside the battalion but while within the battalion, following its rules you will have to address your superiors by saying ‘Ram, Ram’ and “Jai Mata di.” In this connection a copy of a letter, No B/42120/AG/CW-1, dated 25 September 2012, received from the Military Headquarter that outlines the rules of saluting a superior, is being sent to you for your information.’…

http://muslimmirror.com/eng/no-jai-hind-salute-by-saying-ram-ram-and-jai-mata-di-muslims-in-army-got-the-notice/

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Muzaffarnagar riots accused arrested, sent to judicial custody (Sep 13, 2014, DNA India)

An absconder, accused of murder and arson during Muzaffarnagar riots, has been arrested and sent to judicial custody, police said on Saturday. Praveen Kumar was arrested from Bahawdi village in the district on Friday, SIT inspector BL Yadav said. Kumar was involved in four cases of murder and two of arson during the riots that took place last year, Yadav said, adding, he has been absconding since then.

Three persons of a family were murdered and their houses burnt, while one person was murdered in another incident and his house burnt by the rioters at Bahawdi village under Phugana Police Station in the district on September 8, 2013, police said.

Praveen was involved in all of these cases, they said. He was sent to 14 days judicial custody by Chief Judicial Magistrate Narender Kumar, the inspector said.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-muzaffarnagar-riots-accused-arrested-sent-to-judicial-custody-2018378

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Hinduism losing its benign face, no one at top stepping in: Fali S Nariman (Sep 12, 2014, Indian Express)

Hinduism is losing its traditional tolerance because some Hindus have started believing that it is their faith that has brought them political power – and because this belief is not being challenged by “those at the top”, Fali S Nariman, one of India’s most celebrated jurists, said on Friday. Nariman said he agreed that the “majority government at the Centre” had done nothing to stop the recent repeated tirades by individuals or groups against members of minority communities.

The eminent constitutional expert delivered the Annual Lecture at the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), titled ‘Minorities at Crossroads: Comments on Judicial Pronouncements’. Nariman, who began the lecture by saying that he welcomed the single-party majority government at the Centre but also feared it because of “past experience with majoritarian government(s)”, said Hinduism has traditionally been the most tolerant of all Indian faiths.

“But – recurrent instances of religious tension fanned by fanaticism and hate speech has shown that the Hindu tradition of tolerance is showing signs of strain. And let me say this frankly – my apprehension is that Hinduism is somehow changing its benign face because, and only because it is believed and proudly proclaimed by a few (and not contradicted by those at the top): that it is because of their faith and belief that HINDUS have been now put in the driving seat of governance,” he said.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/hinduism-losing-its-benign-face-no-one-at-top-stepping-in-nariman/99/

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Sangh’s overt Hindutva thrust must be countered (Sep 15, 2014, Economic Times)

The government that the Sangh Parivar worked hard to put in place cannot continue to pretend it does not see that the Parivar and its activists are putting the nation’s minorities on the edge. This is the import of what eminent jurist Fali S Nariman said when he delivered the annual lecture of theNational Minorities Commission last Friday. The top echelons of the government must step in and voice their opposition to the divisive discourse being carried out on the ground by workers of the BJP and other Sangh Parivar organisations. This discourse, ably supplemented by those who see gains in fanning minority communalism, will eventually lead to violence and schism whose proportions no one wants to know or estimate.

Hinduism is losing its benign face, said Nariman. Hinduism remains, at the popular level, the polycentric, eclectic, diverse system it has been, pursuing spirituality that can accommodate endless variety, dismissing the very idea of theological deviance. It is the attempt to forge a new Hindutva, which seeks to give its exclusivist and intolerant urges an organised, political form, that poses a danger to traditional Hinduism, to India’s genius for celebrating unity in diversity and, thereon, to the cohesion of 125 crore people as a nation. Even as pamphlets circulate against ‘love jihad’ and hate speeches stir up controversy, national-level leaders refuse to take cognisance of such activities and what they can lead up to, instead of squelching them through strong intervention.

It is unlikely that appeals to the most successful political leaders of Hindutva would help put brakes on it. Other political parties, civil society organisations, artists, writers, filmmakers and all those who have a stake in India living up to its constitutional vision of treating all citizens alike without discrimination need to act for unity and against division. Industry, with the greatest stake in stability that is a prerequisite for prosperity, must come out clearly against sectarianism and champion an inclusive India. The matter transcends party politics.

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-09-15/news/53942838_1_sangh-parivar-hinduism-hindutva

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‘Chased’ by CBI for refusing to frame seniors, former MHA official tells SC (Sep 12, 2014, Indian Express)

The row between CBI and Intelligence Bureau (IB) over Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case has witnessed another twist, as a former Home Ministry official alleged in the Supreme Court that he was being “continuously chased and stalked” by CBI officials, including a recently posted woman IPS officer, for his refusal to frame his seniors.

Former under-secretary in Internal Security Division R V S Mani, said in his affidavit that he was “mentally and administratively harassed continuously” after he filed a note in June 2013. In this note, he disclosed he was allegedly coerced by Gujarat cadre IPS officer Satish Chandra Verma – who was a part of the CBI-SIT team probing the fake encounter case – to sign a false statement to implicate his seniors.

“I state that from the very beginning viz the deponent (Mani) placing the above referred note in the official records till now, the deponent was continuously called, chased and stalked by many senior CBI officers, including one senior-level IPS officer recently posted in the CBI,” read his affidavit, which would be taken up by the court Friday.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/chased-by-cbi-for-refusing-to-frame-seniors-former-mha-official-tells-sc/

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Policeman suspended for ‘helping’ Maoists (Sep 10, 2014, The Hindu)

A police head constable posted in Narayanpur district of south Chhattisgarh has been put under suspension for allegedly revealing the movement of security forces to a Maoist informer, which resulted in the killing of 16 people near Tahakwada village of Sukma district in March this year.

Eleven CRPF men, four policemen and a civilian were killed in the Maoist ambush on March 11 near Tahakwada village, hardly a few kilometres from the Tongpal police station. “Mahadev Nag has been put under suspension pending inquiry,” S.R. Kalluri, the Inspector General (IG) of Police, Bastar range, told The Hindu .

“Mahadev Nag was posted in Tongpal when the incident took place. He provided information about the troops’ movement to a Maoist informer Manjhiram Kashyap who was recently arrested by the Bastar police,” revealed a senior police officer posted in Bastar, requesting anonymity. The suspension of the head constable comes after the CRPF suspended its 17 personnel last week for inaction in the same incident.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/policeman-suspended-for-helping-maoists/article6395841.ece

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Opinions and Editorials

‘Gujarat model’ of communal politics flourishing in UP – By Harsh Mander (Sep 11, 2014, Hindustan Times)

‘There is nothing, nothing which can persuade us to return to our villages. They burned and looted our homes: We could barely save our lives, as we desperately ran with our children in our arms and just the clothes we were wearing. What is there for us to return to?’ Words I heard over and over again in a harrowing journey through the districts of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, exactly a year after a storm of hate overnight tore this peaceful countryside apart.

As I travelled from village to village, everywhere one bore witness to a social landscape ravaged by communal hate – just a year old, but already settled like the crusted burdens of generations. An old man said sadly, “No one has come this full year to call us back, neither the village elders, nor people we grew up and worked with.” “No village cricket team was complete without a Muslim lad or two,” said another. “And now they don’t care if we live or die”. “Look at this camp in which we live now,” said a third, pointing to leaking, soiled plastic sheets stretched over bamboo sticks affording each family a few square feet of minimal shelter, surrounded by black cesspools and mosquitoes. “We know we can die here as well. But at least here we are assured that our loved ones will bury us. Not like our village where our people were killed and burned.”

Contrary to claims of the state government that all camps are emptied, we found over 10,000 women, men and children still living in camps in around 25 villages. Even in the immediate months after the conflagration, state support was restricted to food supplies or a few blankets in many camps, and only after national outrage following the death of many children in the winter cold, occasional visits by medical teams. Now even this has become a distant memory. Charitable organisations, mainly faith-based Muslim associations, have also closed their offices. Compassion also wearies. The unhappy people – fugitives from the hate which pervades the villages of their birth – are left to fend for themselves. They have just survived the monsoon showers, and are gearing up to endure another long winter.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/1263032.aspx

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‘The Hindu Tradition Of Tolerance Is Showing Signs Of Strain’ – By Fali S. Nariman (Sep 14, 2014, Outlook)

…Traditionally Hinduism has been the most tolerant of all Indian faiths. But – recurrent instances of religious tension fanned by fanaticism and hate-speech has shown that the Hindu tradition of tolerance is showing signs of strain. And let me say this frankly my apprehension is that Hinduism is somehow changing its benign face because, and only because it is believed and proudly proclaimed by a few (and not contradicted by those at the top): that it is because of their faith and belief that HINDUS have been now put in the driving seat of governance.

Jawahar Lal Nehru was a Hindu. But he never looked upon the diverse and varied peoples of India from the stand point of Hinduism. He wrote in that most inspiring book The Discovery of India that “it was fascinating to find how the Bengalis, the Canarese, the Malayalis, the Sindhis, the Punjabis, the Pathans, the Kashmiris, the Rajputs, and the great central block comprising of Hindustani-speaking people, had retained their particular characteristics for hundreds of years, with more or less the same virtues and failings, and yet they had been throughout these ages distinctively Indian, with the same national heritage and the same set of moral and mental qualities.

Ancient India, like ancient China (he wrote), was a world in itself. Their culture and civilization gave shape to all things. Foreign influences poured in and often influenced that culture, but they were absorbed. Disruptive tendencies gave rise immediately to an attempt to find a synthesis. It was some kind of a dream of unity that occupied the mind of India, and of the Indian, since the dawn of civilization. And that unity was not conceived as something imposed from outside. It was something deeper; within its fold, the widest tolerance of beliefs and customs was practiced and every variety was acknowledged and even encouraged. This was Nehru’s great vision of the diversity and unity of India.…

http://www.outlookindia.com/article/The-Hindu-Tradition-Of-Tolerance-Is-Showing-Signs-Of-Strain/291947

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Slippery ground of the secularism debate – Sanjay Nirupam (Sep 15, 2014, Indian Express)

Narendra Modi’s political narrative, first developed in Gujarat and now offered at the national level, is here to stay. One needs to understand the narrative well to expose it and to offer a counter. Old ideas of secularism and social justice are not enough to fight Modi; an innovative package of new and non-conventional ideas and practices is necessary to oppose him.

Economic arguments more than socio-political analysis would help to puncture Modi’s communal agenda. For instance, Modi won office promising growth, good governance, national security and financial stability. The last would include controlling prices, generating employment and developing infrastructure. The claims were bogus, but he did succeed in convincing voters that he would deliver on his promises. Has he delivered?

Modi promised growth and employment, but look at the impact of communal riots in Uttar Pradesh on the economy. Take, for instance, the riots in Moradabad, a hub of the brassware industry that annually exports products worth Rs 2,500 crore. Muslims constitute a majority of the labour force in this industry while the factories are mostly owned by non-Muslims. The Hindu-Muslim tension, engineered by the BJP in view of the bypolls, has divided the society on religious lines.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/slippery-ground-of-the-secularism-debate/99/

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A mirage called ‘Modi Magic’ – By Sitaram Yechury (Sep 8, 2014, Hindustan Times)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just concluded his much tom-tomed visit to Japan, which received euphoric coverage in the Indian media. He returned to receive Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Soon he will receive Chinese President Xi Jinping before he sets off to the United Nations General Assembly and meets United States President Barack Obama on the sidelines.

In Japan, he thundered, that in his first 100 days as prime minister, he has performed miracles. Stating that he was new to national politics, apprehensive of moving to Delhi, he had nevertheless reversed the ‘paralysis’ that had gripped India under the earlier government. Justifying this claim, he quoted statistical data pompously announced by the Union finance minister a couple of days earlier. This was received with universal applause by the Indian media, with at least two leaders of India Inc publicly lauding his government’s first 100 days. It was precisely these sections that had once lauded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for having broken India’s nuclear isolation, gloating over his rubbing shoulders with world leaders at the G20 high table. They are now the chief propagandists of Modi overcoming such ‘paralysis’. Is Prime Minister Modi doing anything different on this score than what Prime Minister Singh did?

Read what Japan Times published on September 6 by Jeff Kingston: “Overall the Japanese media coverage was oddly muted despite all the fanfare” in contrast to the Indian media coverage. “But on Japan’s evening news (television) that night, this historic encounter merited barely a minute of coverage”. As Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to reshuffle his Cabinet and fend off various criticisms, the Indian prime minister’s visit was described thus: “The optics may have been the highlight as both leaders have crack PR teams and know the importance of good photo opportunities, starting with a welcome bear hug, temple tours and a tea ceremony, and Modi showing off his drumming and chopstick skills. Both leaders bonded just the way their handlers choreographed …”. “But at the end not much happened. The two sides were unable to overcome the impasse over the civilian nuclear energy deal”. India’s hopes that Japan would cave in because it offers a potential $85 billion market for new reactors were belied.

Japan’s leading media house Asahi Shimbun speculated on why Modi was reluctant to upgrade regular talks on foreign policy and security affairs to the Cabinet level – 2+2 model of talks between foreign and defence ministers. Little do they know that in the Modi government, it is only the prime minister who, as per the responsibilities assigned by the Rashtrapati Bhavan at the time of his swearing-in, is solely responsible for “all important policy decisions”. The prime minister is simply unwilling to share responsibilities with his Cabinet colleagues. This reminds us of a king of France, Louis XV, who famously thought that there was no history before him and remarked “after me the deluge”!…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/1261701.aspx

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Ghar wapsi – By Somesh Goyal (Sep 5, 2014, IBN)

Love Jihad and conversions have seen an open public debate in all kinds of media in recent weeks. Re-conversion of Hindus, particularly, Dalits from Islam or back to Hinduism called ‘ghar wapsi’ has increasingly been reported in media and points to the malaise that afflicts our socio-religious fabric. The recent re-conversion of some dalits in Shivpuri in M.P. and slitting of wrists of a dalit lad for wearing a watch scream in one’s face and point to a grave issue that has not been addressed so far.

The four converts of a Jatav family claimed that they had converted to Islam to escape discrimination by upper castes. Forceful or voluntary conversions and re-conversions may take place but the unresolved issue is of discrimination based on the varna system of Hinduism. Hinduism was regarded as one of the most open-minded religions of the world which provided refuge to enjoy religious freedom to Christians, Jews, Bahais and Zorastrians who fled their native places due to religious persecutions.

Dr. Rajni Kothari has observed, “India is a country built on the foundation of a civilization that is fundamentally non-religious”. India is the only country in the world where minorities have found equal place under the Sun and have thrived unlike in our nieghbourhood. Three of our Presidents have been Muslims. Dalai Lama lauded this religious tolerance when he said “Not only Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism which are native religions but also Christianity and Islam have flourished here. Religious tolerance is inherited in Indian tradition”.…

http://ibnlive.in.com/group-blog/the-india-blog/3450/ghar-wapsi/65376.html

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The Forgotten Ones – Editorial (Sep 13, 2014, EPW)

Eight years ago Section 436A was inserted in the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), following what was considered a landmark amendment that had been passed in 2005. If under-trial prisoners had been in detention for more than half the term that would be awarded if they were convicted and if the crimes did not warrant life imprisonment or the death penalty, they would have to be freed. It was hoped then that tens of thousands of undertrials in India’s prisons – many of them behind bars for years without witnessing even a day’s trial – would be able to walk free. This “radical” amendment, however, has remained on paper.

Now the Supreme Court has ordered the implementation of Section 436A in response to a public interest litigation (PIL). Once again hopes have been raised that the ruling will bring freedom to those languishing in prison for an interminably long period without their trial being completed. Just a week before the Court’s directive on 5 September, there were media reports that the Ministry of Home Affairs had initiated measures towards implementing Section 436A. Will this renewed attempt at the gargantuan changes needed in India’s criminal judicial system bear fruit this time around?

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2012 there were 2.54 lakh undertrials in the country’s jails. In the union home ministry’s statistics, less than a lakh of the undertrials had been charged with serious offences like rape, murder or terror acts. How many of the other 1.5 lakh-plus undertrials have completed more than half the term their crime would have invited upon conviction is not known. In 2006 the estimate was that there were 50,000 such prisoners. In Uttar Pradesh alone nearly 20,000 prisoners are now expected to benefit from the Court’s directive. Most of the undertrials are in jail for petty crimes and would have served the full term their crimes invite without being taken to court even once.…

http://www.epw.in/editorials/forgotten-ones.html

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 18th, 2014

August 19, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements India’s 68th Independence Day – A time to renew communal harmony and safeguard secularism Communal Harmony On 68th independence Day IAMC urges to renew communal harmony and safeguard secularism Muzaffarnagar organizes marathon to spread communal harmony News Headlines Petition seeks stay on Modi election from Varanasi ‘Since Narendra [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 11th, 2014

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In this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Another Euro leader questions Narendra Modi’s record As trial begins, all eyes on defence lawyer with RSS links RSS ideology damaging India’s peace, says Digvijaya Singh AIDWA fact finding team reiterates lose ends in Meerut rape case, says case is being exploited to incite communal violence Were [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 7th, 2014

July 8, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Over 150 Hindu inmates keep Roza with 2,300 Muslims at Tihar News Headlines 12 years on, Gujarat riots probe panel gets 22nd extension Ishrat case: CBI gives more proof to MHA Karnataka Congress Govt drags 23 terror acquits rotting in jail since 14 years to Supreme Court [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 30th, 2014

July 1, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Bhatt accuses Nanavati panel of misleading HC Trend of intolerance towards dissent under Modi: Amnesty calls for decriminalization of free speech Days after he pulled up Amit Shah, CBI judge shifted Gopal Subramanium opts out, attacks Narendra Modi government, cites Amit Shah case Why a former minister [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 16th, 2014

June 17, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony BARTI to take communal harmony lessons to schools, may train teachers News Headlines Rise of communal tensions after BJP Government formed at center Online posts against Narendra Modi spell trouble Gujarat HC directs Nanavati panel to allow Sanjiv Bhatt examine intel reports during 2002 riots IB’s NGO-scare [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 9th, 2014

June 10, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Muslims safeguard Hindus in Hadapsar post the Pune Muslim techie murder News Headlines ‘Hinduize politics, militarize Hindus’ is slogan of group suspected of Pune techie’s murder First wicket has fallen, say killers of Pune Muslim youth 18 policemen guilty in fake encounter case Delhi policeman found involved [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 2nd, 2014

June 3, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Bigoted accusations against Fr. Cedric Prakash condemned by Indian Americans Communal Harmony ‘Open dialogue needed between Hindus and Muslims to dispel misconceptions’ News Headlines ‘Even your Allah cannot help you; I am your Allah here’ Muslims in Malegaon burn effigy of new Minority Minister Najma Heptullah It’s Batra [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – May 26th, 2014

May 27, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements All Indians need to be vigilant in safeguarding secularism say Indian Americans News Headlines The SC release of Akshardham suspects raises questions about PM Modi ‘They asked me to choose: Godhra, Pandya or Akshardham’ Goa professional booked for anti-Modi post, people call it an attempt to muzzle free [...]

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