IAMC Weekly News Digest, 27th August 2021
A virtual conference – ‘Dismantling Global Hindutva’ – scheduled for next month, is facing resistance from Hindu American groups, for its partisan and Hinduphobic motives. The three-day conference, co-sponsored and supported by departments and centers at over 40 universities in North America, will explore “the threat and power of Hindutva, its historical development, the fascist dimensions of the ideology, its alignment with other supremacist movements and define all that is at stake across a range of political, socio-cultural, and economic issues,” per its website. On its Twitter page, organizers of the conference said: “We are invested in examining the beliefs and actions that constitute Hindutva, an ideology that propagates hate, promotes Islamophobia, and seeks to reduce the myriad practices of Hinduism to a singular notion of a Hindu motherland.”… Organizers have emphasized to American Kahani “how totally inaccurate the narrative of this conference being Hinduphobic peddled by Hindutva-affiliated groups is.” They “consider Hindutva to be the most significant threat to Hinduism’s pluralist ethos, as well as to efforts to fight ills in Indian society like casteism….
Yahoo has shut down its news websites in India today, a result of the new foreign direct rules in India, which limit the foreign ownership of media companies that operate and publish digital content in India. This includes Yahoo News, Yahoo Cricket, Finance, Entertainment, and Makers India. A notice on Yahoo India’s homepage alerted readers that as of August 26, Yahoo will no longer be publishing content. Yahoo Mail, Search, and Account will not be affected by this, the notice said…. US tech major Verizon had acquired Yahoo in 2017. In November 2020, the Modi government capped FDI in digital media in India at 26 percent, and instructed those exceeding the mark to “bring down” foreign investment by October 2021. HuffPost India, also owned by Verizon, was the first casualty of the FDI regulations in November….
A Dalit youth died after being beaten, tied to bricks and thrown into a stream at a Bihar village on Sunday, allegedly for demanding the 10kg rice promised to him for a day’s labour in a well-to-do farmer’s field. Prime accused Dinesh Mahto of Bahadurpur village in Nalanda – the home district of chief minister Nitish Kumar – is in hiding, police said. Upendra Ravidas, 25, of Kundali village in Patna district had been missing since Sunday evening. The police fished his body out of a rivulet outside Bahadurpur, about 25km away, on Monday morning….