Supreme Court upholds Modi government’s decision to revoke special status of Kashmir
India’s Supreme Court upheld the far-right government’s 2019 decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which granted special status to the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The court unanimously declared that Jammu and Kashmir had “no internal sovereignty” and that there was “no evidence” of the abrogation being an improper exercise of power.
Activists and international human rights groups have slammed the abrogation of Article 370 as a way for the Modi regime to place Muslim-majority Kashmir under a brutal military crackdown. After announcing the abrogation, the Indian government placed Kashmir’s politicians under prolonged house arrest, enforced a prolonged internet blackout, and subjected civilians and activists to wanton arrest.
Parliament cancels 30-minute break for Muslim prayers on Fridays
The Indian parliament has announced the decision to end the extra 30-minute break allowed for Muslim lawmakers to perform Friday prayers. This provision, which was reportedly practiced for over 60 years, has now been revoked as the Modi regime continues to push Hindu supremacist policies and revoke basic rights for Muslims.
Muslim teacher fired for not responding to Hindu religious greeting from student
A Muslim teacher, Mohammed Adnan, was fired from a school in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, after Hindu extremist groups alleged that he did not respond to a student’s Hindu religious greeting of “Ram Ram.” The extremists gathered outside the school, chanting the war cry “Jai Shri Ram.” After caving to the pressure, the school administration released an apology on behalf of the teacher.
Hindu extremist monk says Israel is a role model for dealing with Indian Muslims
Amid Israel’s ongoing genocide of Palestinians, Hindu extremist monk Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati has called Israel as a role model for dealing with Muslims in India while speaking at an event in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.
In Sehore, Hindu militant group Bajrang Dal leader delivered a hate speech targeting Muslims and their places of worship. In Karnal, Haryana, Hindu supremacist leader Acharya Yogendra Maharaj called for using violence against Muslim cattle traders. In Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, an extremist leader called on Hindus to take up arms.