IAMC Weekly News Digest, 4th December 2020


The hateful love ‘jihad’ conspiracy in India is going mainstream – By Rana Ayyub

Photo: MANJUNATH KIRAN AFP

In the year preceding the national elections in India in 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi rose to power, India witnessed a brutal episode of communal carnage in the state of Uttar Pradesh. More than 60 people were killed, women were gang-raped, and more than 50,000 people were displaced, a majority of them Muslims. The violence was triggered by false rumors of a “love jihad”…. In recent weeks and days, the Indian right has been waging a campaign against any depictions of interfaith relations,…. These attacks keep feeding the dangerous “love jihad” conspiracy theory, the proponents of which seek to ultimately constrain and restrict the freedom of Hindu women and further demonize Muslims in India….

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Man Who Stopped Cracker Bursting Near Mosque on Diwali Held in Delhi Violence Case, Alleges Family

Photo: The Caravan

Nine months since the brutal and chilling communal violence in Delhi’s North-East district, fanatic Hindutva outfits allegedly continue to terrorise Muslim residents in some areas, and the police seems to be again indifferent. Several Muslim residents of Khajuri Khas, one of the affected areas in the February violence, alleged that on November 14 – Diwali night  – a group of seven boys in the area gathered in lane no 29 in front of their local mosque and burst fire crackers, shouted communal slurs and threatened Muslims with dire consequences. One of the residents, Mehboob Alam, urged the boys to stop bursting firecrackers. He also called the Police Control Room for assistance. Some policemen turned up a few hours later and went away. Two weeks later, on November 27, Alam was arrested by police who claimed he was involved in the February riots….

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In a shocker, Karnataka minister says BJP will give party ticket to any Hindu, but not a Muslim

Photo: ANI

Karnataka minister and BJP leader KS Eshwarappa has said the party will give tickets to any Hindu community, be it Lingayats, Kurubas, Vokkaligas, but never to a Muslim candidate. In a shocker, Rural Development Minister KS Eshwarappa said, “We might give the party ticket to any community of Hindus. Whoever we might give it to – maybe Lingayats, Kurubas, Vokkaligas, or Brahmins, but definitely it will not be given to Muslims.” The minister was talking about the upcoming Belagavi Lok Sabha bypoll, which he noted was a predominantly Hindu-dominated region, reported The New Indian Express….

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Announcement

Employment discrimination against Muslim Americans at Indian American IT companies causes outrage

Communal Harmony

‘This is My India’: Delhi Mosques Organize Food For Protesting Farmers, Spread Message of ‘Unity in Diversity’

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Helps Gujarat’s Orphan Dalit Girl Tie the Knot

News

I Am Right Here If They Want To See My Injuries: Lathi-Charged

Man Who Stopped Cracker Bursting Near Mosque on Diwali Held in Delhi Violence Case, Alleges Family

In a shocker, Karnataka minister says BJP will give party ticket to any Hindu, but not a Muslim

‘They Shot Him’: Kin of Three Deceased Blame UP Police, Seek

For the First Time in India, Twitter Flags BJP IT Cell’s ‘Manipulated Media’

‘We’ve been implicated falsely’: Telangana Adivasi teacher couple booked under UAPA

Ex-SC judge calls out judiciary for ‘insensitivity’

India’s Economy Shrinks Sharply as Covid-19 Slams Small Businesses

Jammu Muslims Fear Communal Violence In Region In Name Of Roshni

Two men thrash Dalit man to death in MP as he didn’t have matchstick for lighting their cigarette

Opinion

Farm Protests Reflect India’s Worst Failing: A Broken Farmer-State Contract – By Deepanshu Mohan and Jignesh Mistry

The hateful love ‘jihad’ conspiracy in India is going mainstream – By Rana Ayyub

Why I’m Losing Hope in India – By Andy Mukherjee

Indian police use violence as a shortcut to justice. It’s the poorest who bear the scars – By Mohit Rao

How The RSS Abroad Enables Fascism in India – By Pieter Friedrich

Let Us Protect The Spirit Of The Constitution – By Jaiveer Shergill