Kerala-based Author ‘Suggests’ Those Left out of NRC Be Put in Detention Camps After Sterilisation, Booked

An author, who allegedly suggested in a Facebook post that those left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), be put in detention camps after being sterlised, has been booked by Kerala Police. A case was registered against her under Section 153 of the Indian Penal Code for promoting enmity between religions and spreading hatred through social media, police …

Icons of 2002 communal discord now a picture of religious harmony

Marking a fresh start, Ashok Parmar alias Ashok Mochi, (45), a photo of whose saffron-bandana-clad, iron-rod-wielding self after the 2002 Godhra train burning had become a photographic reminder of the carnage, opened a shoe shop in the city Friday. Cutting the ribbon to mark the inauguration of the shop was Qutubuddin Ansari, a tailor recognisable for his photo seen pleading …

The Gates Foundation shouldn’t give an award to Narendra Modi – By Suchitra Vijayan and Arjun Singh Sethi

On Monday, an Indian minister announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is planning to give Prime Minister Narendra Modi an award this month for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), a sanitation and toilet access initiative across India. … such an honor would come as his Hindu nationalist party has incited violence against minorities, silenced dissent and …

Nation’s orphans – Editorial

The final National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam was released on Saturday, but a closure to the citizenship issue in the state remains distant.… Instead of blaming the process, political parties need to recognise, perhaps, the flaw that lies in the imagination that produced the NRC. Modern societies are shaped by migration and it may be futile to engage …

Child-lifting rumours: Bihar mob intensified attack on victims after learning they were Muslims – By Umesh Kumar Ray

Five Muslims, including an eight-year-old boy, were injured as a mob in Gaya, Bihar attacked them over suspicions of child lifting on August 25. “Maar Miyawan Hai [Beat them, they are Muslims]”, the mob shouted and intensified the attack when they discovered their victims were Muslim, eye-witnesses told FactChecker.in. In an unrelated incident on the same day, the forest department …

Reckless bullying in the name of ‘original’ Indian culture – Editorial

…The consulate-general of India in Frankfurt requested members of the Kerala Samajam Frankfurt to withdraw the beef curry they had included in their traditional menu for the Indian food festival arranged on August 31 by the consulate in the German city. A right-wing organization, allegedly the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, threatened to cause a ‘ruckus’ unless it was removed. There are …

Not on ‘Right’ Side of History? Why JNU Asking Romila Thapar to Submit Her CV is Making Noise – By Eram Agha

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration has sought the curriculum vitae (CV) of renowned historian Romila Thapar to review her status as professor emerita. The authorities have justified the move on the grounds of changes in rules and regulations of the university regarding the continuation of a professor emeritus after turning 75. The move has stirred a controversy as a …

Visible Muslims, Invisible citizenship: Understanding Islam in Indian democracy

Author: Salman Khurshid Reviewed by: Badre Alam Khan Available at: Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 161, B-4, Ground Floor, Gulmohar House, Yusuf Sarai Community Centre, New Delhi – 110049 Price: Rs. 495 sales@rupapublications.com. https://www.amazon.in/ Review: Rise of Hindu majoritarianism, making Indian Muslim ‘Invisible citizen’ (Sep 4, 2019, Countercurrents) A noted Indian Muslim politician and Supreme Court Lawyer, Mr. Salman Khurshid …