IAMC Weekly News Digest, 1st October 2021 - IAMC

IAMC Weekly News Digest, 1st October 2021

Harris to Modi: ‘Incumbent on our nations to protect democracies’

Photo: Twitter

As democracies around the world are under threat, “it is imperative that we defend democratic principles and institutions within our respective countries,” US Vice President Kamala Harris has told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I know from personal experience and from my family of the commitment of the Indian people to democracy, and the work that needs to be done (so that) we can begin to imagine, and then actually achieve, our vision for democratic principles and institutions,” Harris said in public remarks made during a meeting on Thursday between the two leaders. The remarks marked a subtle departure from the Trump administration’s approach towards the Hindu nationalist Modi, who has presided over an increase in religious polarisation in his country, with more laws discriminating against religious minorities, mainly its large Muslim population, as well as attacks on non-Hindus….


The photographer’s hateful wrath in Assam is not an isolated crime – it has government sanction

Videograb: Clarion India

In a video from Sipajhar in Assam that appeared on social media on Thursday, a photographer pounces on a man lying motionless on the ground, a circle of blood spreading on his chest. The photographer is accompanied by a group of policemen. He is Bijay Baniya, employed by the Darrang district administration, brought to the spot to take pictures of an eviction drive in Sipajhar. The man lying on the ground is 33-year-old Moinul Haque. In the first few seconds of the video, he had rushed towards a group of policemen, a stick in his hand, and the group of policemen, armed with guns and clad in riot gear, had fallen upon him. Gunshots rang out soon afterwards. Haque was killed in the attack…. Decades of politics in Assam have led up to this moment. It has been enabled by the government’s obsession with hunting down so-called foreigners in the name of championing indigenous interests. A poisonous lexicon has flowed from this politics…. months before the general elections of 2019, Union Home Minister Amit Shah described migrants from Bangladesh as “termites”….


‘Shown their place’: Muslim livelihoods under attack in India

Photo: AFP

Not everyone in India is excited about the upcoming festive season in October and November. For Afzal, a mutton seller in Greater Noida – a suburb in Uttar Pradesh state neighbouring capital New Delhi – who did not wish to give his real name for fear of reprisal, it would mean a loss of business for nearly 10 days. “The Bajrang Dal [Hindu far-right group] in this area distributed pamphlets ordering the closure of shops during the festival period. They have become very active ever since Yogi Adityanath came to power,” he told Al Jazeera…. “The BJP government has been speaking against Muslims since it came to power, but just speaking against them is not enough to win the hearts of their Hindu supporters in the politically charged state,” he said. “The Muslim community has to be brought to its knees by economically marginalising them even further. This is being done in order to send a signal to the Hindu electorate that Muslims are being shown their place.”


Communal Harmony

Peace in country can be attained only through mutual love, brotherhood: Religious leaders in India

Hindu, Muslim Women Donate Kidneys To Save Each Other’s Husbands In Dehradun

In Delhi’s Jamia Nagar, Muslim Residents Move Court to Protect Temple from Encroachment


Harris to Modi: ‘Incumbent on our nations to protect democracies’

New York Times Says Report Calling PM ‘Last, Best Hope’ Is ‘Completely Fabricated’

Police aware of concerns about far-right Indian nationalist groups in NZ

The photographer’s hateful wrath in Assam is not an isolated crime – it has government sanction

Dalit labourer ‘beaten to death’

Indian-American organizations demand US Ambassador resign for RSS meet

Five-Year-Old Video of IAS Officer With Religious Preacher Prompts UP Police Probe

Radicalization of Hindus much bigger threat, Israeli media alerts Modi

‘Shown their place’: Muslim livelihoods under attack in India

Nagpur Activist Files Complaint with ED, I-T Dept Seeking Investigation into RSS Funds


PM Modi’s US visit: What the likes of Republic TV & Zee News won’t tell you – By Jammi N Rao

Assam Eviction Violence: Under Sarma Rule, Muslims Face a Double Attack – By Suraj Gogoi

It Is the Need of the Hour To Understand Police Brutality in India and Take Action – By Sanjiv Krishan Sood

What the myth of ‘love jihad’ tells us about the Hindu Right – By Audrey Truschke

Hindu Mobs, anti-Muslim Boycotts: In Modi’s India, the Echoes of 1930s Germany Are Growing Louder – By Debasish Roy Chowdhury

Partition Horrors Remembrance Day: A Prime Minister determined to flout the nation’s consensus – By A.G. Noorani