Weekly News Roundup – March 24, 2020


Delhi’s Muslims despair of justice after police implicated in riots

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As the mob attacks came once, then twice and then a third time in this north-east Delhi neighbourhood, desperate stallholders repeatedly ran to Gokalpuri and Dayalpur police stations crying out for help. But each time they found the gates locked from the inside. For three days, no help came. Since the riots broke out in Delhi at the end of February, the worst religious conflict to engulf the capital in decades, questions have persisted about the role that the Delhi police played in enabling the violence, which was predominately Hindu mobs attacking Muslims. In the weeks that have followed the riots, the alleged bias of the police has extended to accusations of a cover-up to protect the Hindu rioters.…

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Ranjan Gogoi’s RS Nomination Calls All His Judgments Into Question, Says Legal Expert

Photo: The Hindu

In India, where the Supreme Court is not only a constitutional court but also the final arbiter of political questions, the political detour taken by former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi raises questions about the judiciary’s independence, said Faizan Mustafa, a senior law professor and constitutional law expert. On 16 March, President Ram Nath Kovind nominated Gogoi, who retired as India’s Chief Justice in November, to the Rajya Sabha, sparking controversy. He is the first former Chief Justice of India to be nominated to the Upper House of the Parliament.… “The legal term res ipsa loquitur, which means facts speak for themselves, applies here. When a former CJI gets a Rajya Sabha nomination after he passes judgments after judgments that favour the government, the facts speak for themselves,” Mustafa told HuffPost India in an interview.…

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Dangerous process underway in India, institutions under great threat: Former Vice-President Hamid Ansari

Photo: Sabrang India

Asserting that a “very dangerous” process was underway in India, former Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Tuesday said the country’s institutions were under “great threat” and the principles on which the Constitution’s Preamble was drafted were being thrown out. Hamid Ansari said people were living in “difficult times” and it was important to act because if this continues, “it will be too late to wake up”. “We are living in difficult times. I do not have to go into the details of it, but the bare and honest truth is that the institutions of the republic of India are under great threat,” Hamid Ansari said..…

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Communal Harmony

A ‘Hindu’ heart in ‘Muslim’ chest is the best reply to hate in Gujarat

News

Ranjan Gogoi’s RS Nomination Calls All His Judgments Into Question, Says Legal Expert

Not just clapping: Indian medical professionals take to Twitter to demand resources, equipment

Delhi’s Muslims despair of justice after police implicated in riots

8 Million People Can’t Get News About The Coronavirus Because Their Government Is Slowing Down The Internet

Three years of terror in UP: Property ordinance is as bad as AFSPA, says advocate Colin Gonsalves

Petrol bomb hurled near Shaheen Bagh protest site

Documents Show Modi Govt Building 360 Degree Database To Track Every Indian

Dangerous process underway in India, institutions under great threat: Former Vice-President Hamid Ansari

Six detention centres in Assam with capacity of 3,331 persons, 10 inmates died since March 2019, MHA informs Lok Sabha

Meenakshi Lekhi’s Claim About ‘No Riots in Guj Post 2002’ is False

Opinion

Covid-19 and India’s Hindu-Fascism Outbreak

Ranjan Gogoi, MP: India is Done With Whataboutery, My Lords!

India lobbies to stifle criticism, control messaging in U.S. Congress amid rising anti-Muslim violence 

Protecting India: Nation must stay with vision of founding fathers to fight threat to secular democracy – By Ban Ki Moon

Unrest over citizenship policies could imperil India’s census

Well-established? Why now no one will mind suggestion of Hindu riots or Hindu terror – By Aviral Anand

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