IAMC Weekly News Digest, 2nd April 2021 | IAMC

IAMC Weekly News Digest, 2nd April 2021

 


US State Department pulls up India for human rights abuses

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Despite government efforts to address abuses, a lack of accountability for official misconduct persisted at all levels, contributing to widespread impunity, said a US State Department country report on human rights practices in India. Investigations and prosecutions of individual cases took place, but lax enforcement, a shortage of trained police officers, and an overburdened and under-resourced court system contributed to a low number of convictions, it said. The report identified the significant human rights issues as unlawful and arbitrary killings; torture, arbitrary arrest and detention; restrictions on freedom of expression and the press, site blocking, excessive curbs on NGOs and widespread corruption….

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/us-state-department-pulls-up-india-for-human-rights-abuses-232585


NIA Raids Residences of Over 25 Rights Activists in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on March 31 simultaneously raided the houses of at least 25 prominent human rights, Dalit, women and Adivasi activists in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, alleging that they had connections with Maoists. According to the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), the raids began in the afternoon and continued till the early hours of Thursday, April 1. Personnel seized phones, computers, laptops, books and papers from the activists…. The PUCL described the raids as a “witch hunt” against activists, and said they have a sinister design to “get activists to stop all work”….

https://thewire.in/rights/nia-raids-residences-of-over-25-rights-activists-in-telangana-andhra-pradesh


Sanskrit histories of the Mughal era and Hindutva trolls – Audrey Truschke with Rohan Venkataramakrishnan

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Audrey Truschke’s first book, Culture of Encounters, looked at the interactions between Sanskrit and Persian intellectual worlds at the Mughal court, challenging modern ideas of India’s past. Her third and latest, The Language of History, continues in a similar vein, focusing this time on histories of Muslims rulers written by Sanskrit intellectuals primarily in the medieval era…. Between the two books came Aurangzeb: The Life and Legacy of India’s Most Controversial King, the book that brought Truschke attention – and also hate. Over the last month, the historian who teaches at Rutgers University has been on the receiving end of a hate campaign from Hindu nationalist organisations, starting with a petition to the university calling her Hinduphobic and extending to vile messages and even death threats…. Scroll.in spoke to Truschke about the most recent controversy….

https://scroll.in/article/990717/interview-audrey-truschke-on-sanskrit-histories-of-the-mughal-era-and-hindutva-trolls


News

US State Department pulls up India for human rights abuses

UP: 8 cops booked for murder after man dies in custody, kin allege police torture

NIA Raids Residences of Over 25 Rights Activists in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

Rohingya refugees live in fear as Delhi Police detains families from camps

MHA Tells Assam Govt to ‘Immediately’ Issue Rejection Slips to Those Not in NRC

Nuns forced off train: Railway Police initiates probe; VHP leader who alerted cops says did no wrong

‘India’s soul at stake’: Bengalis vote in divisive election

BJP accused of stealing Aadhaar data in Puducherry for poll campaign, Madras HC expresses concern

‘Lockdown on thoughts’: Kashmiris slam India’s free speech curbs

MP: BJP’s youth wing leader booked for rape and blackmail

Opinion

How the Hindu mind has shrunk in its capacity for free thought and self-critique – By Ramachandra Guha

How a Supreme Court judgement brought back the sedition law in India  – By A.G. Noorani

Sanskrit histories of the Mughal era and Hindutva trolls – Audrey Truschke with Rohan Venkataramakrishnan

A Year After Exodus, No Reliable Data Or Policy On Migrant Workers – By Shreehari Paliath

The Biased Referee: Why the Election Commission’s neutrality is in doubt – By Seema Chishti

Why Police Report Doesn’t Mention Kapil Mishra’s Speech in Delhi Riots Chargeesheet – By Tarique Anwar