Cow Vigilantes Strike Again, Vandalise 30 Muslim Houses in Jharkhand Village

In the last four years dozens of incidents of cow vigilantism have taken place, mostly in the BJP-ruled states. By: Abdul Alim Jafri   Muslim residents of Nawadih village in Koderma district of Jharkhand would have never imagined that attending a wedding reception ceremony will turn out to be an unforgettable experience for them. People allegedly associated with right-wing organisations, such …

India makes U-turn after proposing to punish ‘fake news’ publishers

By Sugam Pokharel and Joshua Berlinger, CNN The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, faced criticism over the measure. Story highlights The measure was pulled after widespread public backlash Leaders throughout Asia have targeted what they call “fake news” (CNN)The Indian government is shelving a rule to punish journalists for publishing “fake news” just 48 hours after its introduction. The proposed …

Cow-Related Hate Crimes Peaked in 2017, 86% of Those Killed Muslim

Ninety-seven percent of all incidents have occurred over the last three years since the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed power in May 2014. After the recent murder of a dairy trader by cow vigilantes on the Rajasthan-Haryana border, 11 deaths have been reported in 2017, the highest toll from cow-related hate crimes since 2010, from when IndiaSpend’s database records hate crimes. …

Murder of Muslim laborer in Rajasthan sparks outrage among Indian Americans

Murder of Muslim laborer in Rajasthan sparks outrage among Indian Americans Diaspora sees direct connection between cultural of impunity and the reckless, incendiary rhetoric of the Hindutva complex FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8 2017   The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos today noted the sense of outrage among millions …

The lynching that changed India

By: Abhimanyu Kumar Relatives of Mohammad Akhlaq mourn the day after he was killed by a mob on September 28, 2015 [Reuters] Part 1: ‘Open wounds’ – the lynched Jan Mohammad is worried. It has been two years since his brother, Mohammad Akhlaq, was lynched, and the 18 men who stand accused of killing him have been released on bail. …

Anatomy of a Lynching

By Aatish Taseer NEW DELHI — A lynching is much more than just a murder. A murder may occur in private. A lynching is a public spectacle; it demands an audience. The lynching of Pehlu Khan, a 55-year-old dairy farmer, in the western Indian state of Rajasthan at the beginning of this month attracted a live audience of dozens and a virtual …