IAMC Weekly News Digest, 27th November 2020


Islamophobia in India bound to lead to genocide of Muslims, warn experts 

Photo: Muslim Mirror

“We are often told of the stages that the genocide process involves, but it is very alarming that India has been undergoing persecution at all these genocidal stages in different areas of the country,” said Zahir Adil, lead of Justice For All’s Save India From Fascism project. Justice for All (JFA) held a virtual panel at the 3rd Ministerial Conference to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief on Wednesday (Nov.18, 2020). Hosted by the government of Poland, the panel was titled: “Islamophobia leads to Genocide: A case of Burma, China, India and Kashmir.”… “Through our work on the Rohingya and Uyghur genocide, we see similar warning signs in India. This side event at the Ministerial on Religious Freedom tied the threads from what occurred in Bosnia to what is happening in Burma, China, India and Kashmir,” she stated….

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Haryana Police Use Water Cannons, Tear Gas To Disperse Farmers 

Photo: Twitter

Farmers from Punjab faced water cannons and broke police barriers at the state’s border with Haryana as they pushed towards the national capital Thursday in their “Delhi Chalo” march against the Centre’s farm laws. At the Shambhu border, the Haryana Police and Punjab protesters in their tractor-trolleys faced each other off on a bridge over the Ghaggar River…. As smoke from teargas shells clouded the air and security personnel milled around, people could be seen standing on top of trucks…. The farmers are demanding the repeal of the new farm laws which deregulate the sale of agriculture produce. They say the laws will lead to the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system.

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-haryana-police-uses-water-cannons-tear-gas-to-disperse-farmers/365411

Adityanath’s New Hitler-Like Rule On Inter-Faith Marriages – By Brinda Karat 

In 1934, Nazi Germany enacted a set of laws that prohibited marriage or sexual relations between “Aryans and Jews.”… Such examples from history come to mind in the light of the outrageous and draconian ordinance adopted by the UP cabinet. This is the first of the anti-“Love Jihad” laws which several BJP state governments have declared they will enact… The UP Chief Minister has threatened violence against Muslim men married to Hindu women who had converted….

https://www.ndtv.com/opinion/adityanaths-new-hitler-like-rule-on-inter-faith-marriages-2329867

Announcement 

Antony Blinken’s nomination for US Secretary of State evokes optimism among Indian Americans

Communal Harmony

Sikhs Welcome Muslims to 550-year-old Mosque Abandoned During Partition in Punjab’s Kapurthala 

Nizamuddin Basti – An Example of Communal Harmony 

News

South Asia Amnesty International urges PM: “Ensure human right activists do not face crackdown 

Islamophobia in India bound to lead to genocide of Muslims, warn experts 

Haryana Police Use Water Cannons, Tear Gas To Disperse Farmers 

‘Was this censorship?’: Noam Chomsky, Vijay Prashad ask Tata Lit Live after it cancels their discussion 

Before Covid Pandemics Of Religiosity And Strident Nationalism Affected Society: Hamid Ansari 

FIR Doesn’t Disclose Any Act Of Violence; Protests Happened All Over The Country: Madras High Court Quashes FIR Against CAA-NRC Protesters

Most Electoral Bonds Sold Ahead of Bihar Polls Were of Rs 1 Crore Denomination 

Will do a ‘surgical strike’ on Old City of Hyderabad if BJP wins polls: BJP chief 

HuffPost India is history, thanks to new FDI norms 

“Gujjars, Bakerwals are soft targets,” Kashmir’s tribal community fear eviction from forests, losing livelihood

Opinion

‘You’re Not Like Other Muslims’ And Other Islamophobic Indianisms – By Priya Ramani

Adityanath’s New Hitler-Like Rule On Inter-Faith Marriages – By Brinda Karat 

Ambedkar’s Fears of ‘War on Muslims’ Have Come True. So Why Celebrate Constitution Day? – By S.N. Sahu 

Is New Social Media Regulation Pre-Censorship of Online Content? – By M Sridhar Acharyulu 

SC Has Let People Down, Abdicated Duty to Defend Fundamental Rights – Justice A.P. Shah with Karan Thapar 

Are the Police Seen as Perpetrators of Crime or Protectors in India? – By Mahalakshmi Pavani