The attacks on two Delhi universities reveal Modi’s targets: Muslims and their allies – By Mukul Kesavan

In the middle of December, Delhi police tried to shut down university protests against the religiously discriminatory Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) by caning Muslim students into submission. Police officers smashed their way into the library at Jamia Millia Islamia university (where I teach history), trashed bookcases and beat the students inside, badly damaging the eyesight of one in the process. …

India’s new anti-Muslim law shows the broad allure of right-wing Islamophobic policies – By Arsalan Iftikhar 

Although India is the largest democracy in the world, the rise of right-wing ethnonationalism under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slowly unraveling the secular democratic fabric of Mahatma Gandhi’s homeland. …right-wing Hindu nationalists in India, proponents of the Hindutva ideology, have alleged for decades that there are millions of illegal Muslim economic migrants (predominantly of Bangladeshi origin) living and working …

Why we must defend India’s democracy – By Abeer Dahiya 

University students have been at the forefront of the protests and thereby a prime target for the Indian police and partisan mobs, which have raided campuses and dorms, arrested students and professors and shot at peaceful demonstrators, sometimes maiming or killing them. The government has responded with mass arrests, Internet shutdowns, arbitrary detentions, incarceration in detention centers and deportations. At …

‘They tried to stifle the voices of our children’: Meet the women protesters who have been occupying a New Delhi street for a month – By Swati Gupta, Manveena Suri and Julia Hollingsworth 

Only a month ago, 50-year-old mother Bahro Nisa was a regular New Delhi shopkeeper, making a living selling cold drinks to tourists visiting one of Asia’s biggest mosques. She had never protested a day in her life – but on December 15, that all changed. She saw images on television of police appearing to assault students protesting at the prestigious …

What’s inside UP Police’s intel reports on Yogi Adityanath’s Hindu Yuva Vahini – By Ashutosh Bhardwaj 

When Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s government hastily served notices to more than 300 people for allegedly damaging public property during the recent anti-CAA protests, many recalled how hundreds of serious criminal cases against him and his Hindu Yuva Vahini members are still pending. But a bigger indictment than these cases are the annual reports of Uttar Pradesh Police’s …

Davinder Singh’s arrest explains why India remains vulnerable to terrorism – By Prabhash K Dutta 

With Afzal Guru’s hanging, the Parliament attack case met its closure for the most people. But for some, that was not the logical end as the point-person named by Afzal Guru in connection with the Parliament attack case was never examined, his role never probed. That point person was Davinder Singh, a deputy superintendent of police in Jammu and Kashmir. …

Muzaffarpur shelter home case: Brajesh Thakur, 18 others convicted by POCSO court 

A POCSO court has convicted 19 persons, including the main accused Brajesh Thakur in the Muzzafarpur shelter home case January. Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha convicted the Thakur under multiple counts of aggravated penetrative sexual assault and gangrape. The shelter home was run by Thakur, former MLA of Bihar People’s Party (BPP). The accused included 12 men and eight women. …

MHA Website Under-reports Kashmir’s Population by More than 10 Times 

The official website of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has made an erroneous claim concerning the population of Jammu and Kashmir, underreporting the population of the Kashmir valley by more than 10 times. MHA’s website currently displays incorrect statistics regarding the population of the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The website states that the Kashmir Valley …

BJP Gives Delhi Election Ticket To Kapil Mishra, Who Came Up With ‘Goli Maaro’ Chant

After the Parliament passed the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) last month and protests erupted across the country against the new law, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took out pro-CAA rallies to counter the growing resistance. BJP’s Kapil Mishra also led a march in support of the new law on 20 December, after which a video of him shouting incendiary …