IAMC Weekly News Digest, 2nd July 2021 | IAMC

IAMC Weekly News Digest, 2nd July 2021


Emergency was reprehensible, as is what’s been happening since 2014 – By Manish Tewari

Photo: People’s Review

The internal Emergency imposed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was more than just an error of judgement. She herself admitted as much…. However, what has been happening since May 2014 is equally reprehensible. India is living in a state of an undeclared Emergency. The fourth BJP government at the Centre has renewed the project to rewrite the constitutional “idea of India”…. The NDA/BJP regime has perpetrated a full-fledged assault on pluralistic mores that characterise the Indian way of life. Campaigns around “love jihad” and “ghar wapasi” have kept social polarisation on a slow but continuous burn. Government apologists even rationalise communal lynchings…. Institutional subversion is the norm…. With large sections of the media already neutered and the rest sought to be reined in through delegated legislation targeted at social media intermediaries and courageous outliers in the electronic media, an Orwellian state has been created. Every person has been coerced to install a censor in his head for the fear that any honest opinion can lead to punitive action, ranging from trolling to spine-chilling reprisals under a repressive legal panoply. If this is not an undeclared Emergency, what else would you call it?

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Big Tech Is Gearing Up for a Massive Fight With Modi’s India

Photo: The Business Times

India is growing increasingly assertive in its efforts to control online communications, challenging Twitter and Facebook’s practices and threatening to set a precedent that could extend far beyond its borders. The largest U.S. internet firms are fighting new Intermediary rules issued by Narendra Modi’s government in February that they say curtail privacy and free speech. Officials have demanded Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. take down hundreds of posts this year, divulge sensitive user information and submit to a regulatory regime that includes potential jail terms for executives if companies don’t comply….

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Hindutva outfit forming ‘group of 1000 warriors’ for each district across India

Photo: Muslim Mirror

Messages, which call for violence against Muslims, are being circulated on social media through WhatsApp groups…. One such audio recording, which is a conversation call between a woman and a man, is also being shared on WhatsApp. In the audio, two people can be heard speaking about the “movement” to unite Hindus against Muslims…. The woman speaking in the audio tells that she hails from the Janakpuri area of Delhi and the other voice introduces himself as Sanjay Vashisht, National Secretary of a Hindutva outfit, hailing from Uttarakhand. The woman keeps instigating over the call and asks, “What is stopping Hindus from unleashing violence on Muslims?… The man on the other side says that they are continuously working to create not only forces but an army which will fight Muslims. “We have created armies in 12 districts of India so far and my motive is to create similar armies in 726 districts of India,” he says….

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News

UN Chief Asks India to End Use of Pellet Guns against Children in Kashmir

Mohammad Ismail lynched to death in Bihar’s Araria

Big Tech Is Gearing Up for a Massive Fight With Modi’s India

Church leaders in India demand answers after death of Christian in police custody

Hindutva outfit forming ‘group of 1000 warriors’ for each district across India

‘I Was Called Traitor And Jihadi’: Activist Asif Iqbal Tanha On Being Imprisoned Under UAPA

Filmmakers, academics and civil society concerned about Cinematograph Amendment Bill

Farm Laws: Farmers Hit Streets in the Thousands across 20 States to Observe ‘Save Agriculture, Save Constitution Day’

‘Threatened us, tried to extort money’: Muslim convert accuses media of misreporting, harassment

‘Namaz Offered Here Since Pre-Independence’: Muslim Groups Oppose Govt’s Move To Take Back Mosque Land In Udupi

Opinion

Emergency was reprehensible, as is what’s been happening since 2014 – By Manish Tewari

The Indian government continues to harass journalists. I’m facing prison over a tweet. – By Rana Ayyub

UP ‘Conversion Scam’: What Does Yogi Govt Invoking NSA Tell Us? – By Tara Narula

Adityanath’s UP is a text-book study of how democracy can be killed by the tyranny of the majority – By Sudhir Panwar

George Floyd Judgment: India Still Awaits Justice for Cops’ Crimes – By Dr NC Asthana

An Indian island paradise escaped COVID-19. Then a Hindu nationalist official arrived – By David Pierson, Varsha Torgalkar