IAMC Weekly News Digest, 13th August 2021
An unauthorized march at the heart of New Delhi this weekend has shaken the national consciousness. A group of Hindutva supporters… was documented raising anti-Muslim, inflammatory slogans…. In the end, these stories weaved from a web of ethnic outbidding cast a grim shadow on any democracy’s health and future. But what taking a closer look at the structural basis of this theory does is debunking the myth of these current Anti-Muslim sentiments being ‘distractions’. It’s easy to dismiss them as ‘fringe’ ideas that bear no resonance with the common man. But the signs and the political theory of ethnic outbidding say otherwise. Even Yogi Adityanath’s support base was believed to be a fringe group when he first came to power. The ideology now resonates with lakhs of people. So are these steady currents of inciting hate speeches or claims of fringe individuals being the ‘real’ victims really an anomaly – or a storm disguised in sheep skin?
Pointing out that custodial torture and other police atrocities are problems that still prevail in society, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana Sunday said the “threat to human rights and bodily integrity are the highest in police stations”. He flagged the issues of human rights and dignity, saying these are “sacrosanct”. “The threat to human rights and bodily integrity are the highest in police stations. Custodial torture and other police atrocities are problems that still prevail in our society. In spite of constitutional declarations and guarantees, the lack of effective legal representation at the police stations is a huge detriment to arrested/detained persons,” the CJI said, addressing an event organised by National Legal Services Authority (NALSA)…. Stressing the need to work on access to justice for all, irrespective of their socio-economic status, CJI Ramana said this is imperative to ensure that we remain a society governed by rule of law….
More than 1,000 people gathered in response to a call given Friday by Hindu right-wing organisations to protest against the construction of Delhi’s first Haj house at Dwarka’s Bharthal Chowk in the west of the national capital. The project had been envisioned in 2008 by Delhi’s then chief minister Sheila Dikshit. With roughly 20,000 pilgrims going on Haj every year, Delhi is the largest departure point for the pilgrimage in the country. Dikshit had laid the foundation stone of the Haj house and allotted a plot for it measuring around 5,000 square metres in Dwarka’s Sector 22…. Though work on the building has still not begun, radical Hindu right-wing groups are protesting against its construction, claiming it would “disturb” the peace of the area. Friday’s protest, or “mahapanchayat” against the construction of the Haj house was organised by several groups, including Hindu Shakti Sangathan, Samast Chetra Vaasi, Sampoorn Dehat and Federation of Dwarka….