IAMC Weekly News Digest, 11th June 2021 | IAMC

IAMC Weekly News Digest, 11th June 2021


COVID Relief Donations Are Supporting a Project to “Hinduize” India – By Nitish Pahwa

Photo: A Microsoft employee internally encouraged Sewa International donations through the Benevity portal. Slate Magazine Screenshot

… Sewa International…. “Help India Defeat COVID-19” media campaign has raised millions of dollars from more than 100,000 donors since late April….  In the devastated areas they were sent to, Sewa volunteers made a concerted effort to convert Christians, Muslims, and other minorities to Hinduism; prioritized aid for higher-caste Hindus instead of equally attending to Indians of all religions and castes; blocked assistance from other humanitarian organizations; constructed new Hindu temples; and imposed lavish Hindu ceremonies upon the populace…. A 2002 investigation by the U.K.’s Channel 4 tracked money raised from British donors by Sewa International for earthquake relief and found that they went toward Hindu nationalist organizations and projects in India…. These findings were bolstered in a 2004 report by the U.K.-based, South Asia–focused human rights group Awaaz, which detailed how internationally raised relief funds went to groups that directly incited communal violence in 2002 during the Gujarat riots, which saw months of attacks on Muslims by Hindu extremists….

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Union govt’s schizophrenia led to COVID ravages, says Amartya Sen

Photo: AP

India’s “confused” government focused on taking credit for its actions, rather than working to restrict the spread of COVID-19, resulting in schizophrenia that led to massive troubles, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has said…. Mr. Sen’s remarks came in the backdrop of the second wave of the pandemic seeing the number of officially reported cases topping over 4 lakh a day and over 4,500 deaths daily, and also concerns over under-reporting. Some eminent personalities have said a sense of early “triumphalism” led to the crisis…. Mr. Sen said India was already afflicted with social inequities, slowing growth and unemployment at record highs, which came to haunt it during the pandemic….

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We cannot survive here: Lakshadweep locals on administrator Praful Patel’s executive

Photo: The Caravan

On 5 December 2020, Praful Khoda Patel, a senior politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party, took charge as the administrator of the union territory of Lakshadweep…. On 22 December, the Lakshadweep administration did away with the mandatory quarantine rules for those arriving from outside…. Just over three weeks later, Lakshadweep reported its first case of the novel coronavirus and as of 10 June 2021, the UT had recorded 8,874 cases and 42 deaths in a population of just over 66,000…. In January, Patel introduced the draft Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Regulation – commonly called the Goonda Act – which residents and local politicians told me was an attempt to stifle dissent in the UT. The administration has already started cracking down on protests against Patel’s decisions. In addition, Patel drafted the Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation in April, which allows the administration to seize land for a wide range of uses with minimum protection for the landowners, among other contentious provisions…. Mannel told me he feared for the future of democracy on the islands. “…. They are trying to saffronise such a place.”… There is a curfew here. No one can go out. They can fine us or file a case against us. That is a way of culling this movement.”

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Communal Harmony

“Sold Wife’s Jewellery”: He Converted His Auto-Rickshaw Into Ambulance

News

Union govt’s schizophrenia led to COVID ravages, says Amartya Sen

Asif Lynching: Despite Eyewitness Account, Police Discharge 4

We cannot survive here: Lakshadweep locals on administrator Praful Patel’s executive

Haryana Cop Arrested After Custodial Death of a 50-Year-Old Man

BJP leader Rishi Sharma, accused in Aligarh hooch tragedy that killed over 100, arrested

West Bengal: BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, brother booked for stealing relief material

Political Cartoonist Gets Twitter Notice on Govt Request Against his ‘Social Media Profile’

Man Who Issued Viral Death Threat to Ravish Kumar Has Support of Violent Hindutva Bigwigs

Govt Think Tank Hand-Picked SC Rulings To Probe Judicial Activism

Rajasthan: Dalit Man Killed After Protesting Removal of Ambedkar

Opinion

COVID Relief Donations Are Supporting a Project to “Hinduize” India – By Nitish Pahwa

Facebook Banned a Hindu Extremist Group – Then Left Most of Its Pages Online for Months – By Billy Perrigo

‘Emerging superpower’ to ‘failed state’: How perceptions of India changed drastically under Modi – By Shoaib Daniyal

Indian Muslim Minority Targeted During COVID-19 Pandemic – By Mariya Salim

Living and dying with COVID in India’s caste system – By Mona Mohan

Bogey of sedition – Editorial