IAMC Weekly News Digest, 22nd October 2021 - IAMC
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IAMC Weekly News Digest, 22nd October 2021

Hate Watch: In Presence of BJP Bigwigs, Chhattisgarh Hindutva Leader Calls for Beheading Minorities

Photo: A screengrab of the Facebook video showing Swami Parmatmanand making his speech at the Surguja rally/The Wire

On October 1, 2021, a massive protest rally was organised in Chhattisgarh’s Surguja district. The ‘protest’ was against the alleged spike in forced conversion of Hindus into Christianity. At the rally, attended by many BJP bigwigs, Swami Parmatmanand called for targeted killings of minorities involved in these alleged forced conversions. “…. I don’t care, I will tell you clearly. Ramvichar ji has said the same thing but he is a little unclear. Keep a lathi at home…In our villages, people keep hand-axes. Why do they keep axes? Why do you keep a farsa? Behead them – those who come for conversion…. I am telling you; anyone who comes into your house, street, neighbourhood, village, don’t forgive them,” he said. However, the priest did not stop here. He even gave a formula to deal with such conversions…. What’s more worrying than the priest’s violent call to arms is the fact that while he exhorted hundreds of listeners to behead Christians, influential leaders of the BJP in Chhattisgarh… were present on the stage….

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Karnataka: Ram Sena Chief Pramod Muthalik Calls For ‘Babri Like’ Demolition Of Jumma Masjid In Gadag

Photo: Hindutva Watch

In yet another brazen attempt to incite communal violence against Muslims in the state, Pramod Muthalik, the chief of the extremist Hindu outfit Sri Ram Sena said that the Jumma Masjid in Karnataka’s Gadag “should be demolished,” in a similar way that Babri Masjid was demolished in Ayodhya. Speaking in Gadag on Sunday, October 17, at an event on alleged religious conversions, Muthalik said, “We had to fight for 72 years for Ram Temple in Ayodhya. After 72 long years, Babri Masjid was removed and Ram Temple will be built there. Similarly, a new campaign will start to demolish the Jumma Masjid in Gadag to build Venkateshwara Temple”. Muthalik’s threat comes just three weeks after the brutal murder and beheading of a Muslim man in Belagavi by members of the Sri Ram Sena Hindustan, a breakaway offshoot of his organisation….

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India’s Democratic Backsliding Hasn’t Stopped – By Michael Kugelman


…. what appears different now is the increased frequency of acts of bigotry – and the state’s role in fomenting it, particularly as some leaders within the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) resort to hate speech and dog whistles…. India’s democracy is under strain. The state has detained nearly 9,000 people under a colonial-era anti-terrorism law in the last five years, many of them government critics. New Delhi also seeks to increase its access to private information and its control over social media, prompting disputes with WhatsApp and Twitter. Since taking power, the BJP has implemented a Hindu-nationalist agenda accompanied by demonizing rhetoric…. Competition with Beijing has taken center stage, and Washington sees New Delhi as an essential actor to counter China’s power…. The approach may not sit well with all administration officials. “We are repeating the Obama and Trump mistake of cozying up to India and Modi without demanding Modi end his tilt toward authoritarianism,” an unnamed official told Politico on the eve of Modi’s White House visit last month….

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Hate Watch: In Presence of BJP Bigwigs, Chhattisgarh Hindutva Leader Calls for Beheading Minorities

Karnataka: Ram Sena Chief Pramod Muthalik Calls For ‘Babri Like’ Demolition Of Jumma Masjid In Gadag

Bajrang Dal members dance with swords on north Karnataka road, DC promises action

‘Do we not have any rights?’ Indian Muslims’ fear after Assam evictions

Delhi riots: Court imposes Rs 25,000 fine on prosecution for using delaying tactics

Karnataka: Muslim man, whose shop was vandalised, injured in hit-and-run incident

Nihang Leader Who Met Tomar Claims He Was Offered Money to Vacate Singhu Protest Site

To counter namaz in open, Gurgaon residents show up with mic, sing bhajans

Bihar: Muslims attacked in different incidents on Dussehra night

Molested & filmed, Dalit girl ends life in Rajasthan, kin alleges police inaction


India’s Democratic Backsliding Hasn’t Stopped – By Michael Kugelman

The Strange Irony of Roping in Mahatma Gandhi To Establish Savarkar’s Nationalist Credentials – By Mridula Mukherjee & Others

Saturation CCTV coverage further marginalizes India’s Muslims – By Jai Vipra

The Risks of Looking at India’s History Through the Eyes of Pseudo-Historians – By Rohan D’Souza

Hindu Extremists Declare War on Interfaith Love – By Oliver Gruber

Facebook’s Omission of Hindu Nationalist Terror Groups in ‘Dangerous’ List Is Serious – By Shambhavi Madan