U.S. Groups Condemn PM Modi for Failure to Stop Attacks on Religious Minorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Religious freedom activists from across the U.S. have criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his failure to stop the violence carried out by Hindutva groups against religious minorities, including Muslims and Christians. At an event titled “Religious Freedom in India: A Briefing on Capitol Hill”, organized by the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) on the Capitol Hill …

Amnesty International ‘Halt The Hate’ Website

  Over 200 alleged hate crimes in 2017 in India, reveals ‘Halt the hate’ website In 2017, an alarming number of alleged hate crimes – including assault, rape and murder – were reported against people from marginalized groups, especially Dalits and Muslims, said Amnesty International India today, as it launched an interactive data website, ‘Halt the Hate’. “The first step to …

Hapur Lynching Victims’ Kin Await to Resume Normal Life, Say ‘Just Want Justice, Whatever It Is’

Hapur (UP): Nineteen-year-old Anas, whose father survived a mob attack two months ago in which another man died, is still trying to find his bearings and resume a normal life. At his home in Madapur village, a little over 50 km from the national capital, Anas looks at his mother and then at the firewood ‘chulha’. It’s half past 6 in …

Welcome to Lynchistan

Watching the abject horror of 28-year-old Rakbar Khan’s murder unfold in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, a year after a murderous mob of cow vigilantes bludgeoned Pehlu Khan to death, many would find it disconcerting and disheartening that it was left to the Supreme Court to point to the culture of violent intolerance that is rapidly enveloping India’s hinterland. The past three …

Alwar Lynching: Cow Vigilantes Strike Again in India

By Nazneen Mohsina      The recent episode of mob lynching in Rajasthan has reopened the festering wounds of rising religious violence in India. Majoritarian fundamentalism and violations to freedom of religion continue to increase in India, posing a threat to its strong tradition of religious diversity, mutual respect for religion and co-existence. On July 20, cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar district attacked …

Will Modi stop India’s cow terrorists from killing Muslims?

By Barkha DuttJuly 24Email the author There is a repugnant euphemism that has entered the lexicon of Indian prime-time television lately. “Cow vigilantes” has become contemporary shorthand for murderous right-wing mobs who kill Muslims simply for being Muslim. They shelter behind the misleading respectability of the euphemism. For us in the media to use the word “vigilantism” to describe hate crimes against …

Another day, another lynching: cow vigilantism in India’s culture of impunity

By ANGSHUMAN CHOUDHURY July 20 was a rather strange day for India’s democracy. On the one hand, the Lok Sabha, lower house of the federal parliament, in a long and unusually eventful session, debated a no-confidence motion brought by the opposition parties against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government with much gusto. It was a high-voltage session – peppered with plenty …