Weekly News Roundup – April 15, 2019

  Cow vigilantism on a rise, targeting religious minorities: UN According to the UN reports, there has been a substantial increase in the cow vigilante violence, which was basically targeting the religious minorities, since 2015. In May 2017, the Modi government banned the trade of cows for slaughter across the country, which drastically affected the multi-billion dollar meat and the …

Weekly News Roundup – April 8, 2019

  600 theatre personalities urge people to vote against ‘bigotry, hatred, and apathy’ More than 600 theatre personalities, including Amol Palekar, Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad and Usha Ganguli, have signed a letter asking people to “vote BJP and its allies” out of power, arguing that the idea of India and its constitution are under threat. The letter, which was issued …

Weekly News Roundup – April 1, 2019

  Gurugram mob attack: Police registers cross FIR against Muslim family on complaint by accused Gurugram police on Friday filed a cross FIR against the Muslim family that was allegedly attacked by a mob on Holi in Bhondsi’s Bhoop Singh Nagar. The case was filed by Rajkumar, an accused in the case.… This counter allegation comes after; a Muslim family …

Weekly News Roundup – March 18, 2019

  Bihar Custodial Death Case: Nails ‘Hammered’ Into Two Men; Probe Ordered Days after two Muslim men were allegedly tortured to death in police custody in Bihar, photos and videos of their bodies being circulated by their families show marks of nails being hammered into them. “We have filmed videos and have still photographs of the injury marks caused by …

Weekly News Roundup – March 11, 2019

‘Dalit, minority voters missing from electoral rolls’ Members of various opposition parties in a joint press conference held on Sunday, alleged that names of people belonging to downtrodden sections of society, like Dalits and other minorities, were missing from electoral rolls in Uttarakhand. The leaders claimed that the data emerged after an internal voter survey was conducted ahead of Lok …

Weekly News Roundup – March 4, 2019

Gujarat Police Accused of Filing FIR against Victims after Muslims’ Homes Burnt Down in Khambat On 24 February, a group of people pelted stones and burnt down the homes of Muslims living in Khambat’s Akbarpura area. The incident charged the area with communal animosity. Acting on the incident, the police filed an FIR against 52 people of which 35 are …

Weekly News Roundup – February 25, 2019

Human Rights Watch: Cow Mobs Enjoy Political and Administrative Patronage Almost all cow vigilante groups in India that has been instrumental in lynching people on pretext of cow protection are somehow connected to the Hindutva organisations in India. Lynchers enjoy political and administrative patronage. In almost all of the cases, the police initially stalled investigations, ignored procedures, or even played …

Weekly News Roundup – February 18, 2019

  IAMC condemns dastardly terror attack in Kashmir  The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), today condemned in the strongest terms the dastardly act of terror in Kashmir that has claimed the lives of 40 personnel from India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The brave CRPF personnel who laid down their lives reflected the diversity of India united in their ultimate …

Weekly News Roundup – February 11, 2019

Pressure mounts on MIT to disinvite Subramanian Swamy from the India Conference 2019   With online petitions, phone calls to MIT’s President’s Office, and now a letter signed by the faculty members, pressure is mounting on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to disinvite Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy from the MIT India Conference 2019 scheduled to be held here …