IAMC Weekly News Digest, 8th October 2021
From the moment Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to power in 2014 on the back of a muscular and threatening Hindu nationalist agenda, human rights activists have been sounding the alarm bell for imminent Muslim genocide in India and Kashmir. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) he leads, and the Hindutva movement that carries his ideological DNA, has made no secret of its intent to eradicate and annihilate the country’s 200 million Muslims. “We will remove every single infiltrator from the country, except Buddha, Hindus and Sikhs,” said then BJP president and current Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah during a political campaign rally in West Bengal in 2019…. For these reasons, Dr Gregory Stanton, founder-president of Genocide Watch, a non-governmental organization dedicated to predicting, preventing and halting genocide around the world, warned last year the “preparation for a genocide is definitely underway in India”. “The persecution of Muslims in Assam and Kashmir is the stage just before a genocide. The next stage is extermination – that’s what we call a genocide,” he said….
One farmer sustained injuries while others had a narrow escape after a car they claim was part of Bharatiya Janata Party MP Nayab Saini’s cavalcade drove into a group of farmers protesting against the centre’s farm laws in Naraingarh near Ambala…. As per the complaint, farmers were raising slogans on both sides of the road. As the event concluded and the convoy of cars exited the area, a rashly driven Innova vehicle (HR-04-F-0976) in Saini’s cavalcade drove towards a group of farmers protesting on one side of the road. While one farmer had a narrow escape, the vehicle directly hit Bhawan Preet and threw him on the other side of the road, causing him several injuries, read the complaint. As per the complaint the vehicle was driven by one Rajiv, a resident of Berkheri village in the area. The complaint said Rajiv “deliberately hit the farmer” as part of a conspiracy hatched with BJP MP Saini to teach farmers “a Lakhimpur Kheri kind of incident.”…
The former Facebook employee Frances Haugen claimed Facebook took little action to prevent the provocative anti-Muslim narratives from being promoted on their platform in India. The former product manager on Facebook’s civic misinformation team, now its whistleblower Frances Haugen has cited internal company documents to explain how the company has approached the main issues and debates around social media in India over the past seven years. She has said that “fear-mongering” and “dehumanising” content was being promoted by Facebook accounts associated with Indian nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is seen as the ideological source of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Anti-Muslim narratives have targeted pro-Hindu communities with the intent of violence and incitement, Haugen said in the document….