Weekly News Roundup – May 20, 2019

  Kashi Vishwanath temple corridor project exposes mosque Among the changes that Varanasi…has seen in the past five years include those around the famous Lord Shiva temple – Kashi Vishwanath, one of the 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’.… But the clearance of the area has also revealed the Gyanvapi Mosque complex, a centuries-old structure, to the gaze of Hindu devotees. It is now …

Weekly News Roundup – May 13, 2019

  Ultra-nationalist Hindu militias target Muslim beef traders Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking reelection as 900 million Indians cast their votes to elect a new parliament. Ever since he came to power in May 2014, critics have accused him of exacerbating communitarian divisions. These past five years, ultra-nationalist Hindu militias have become more visible and emboldened. Those who defend …

Weekly News Roundup – May 6, 2019

  Poll Officer Dissented In 5 Cases Of Clean Chit To PM, Amit Shah: Sources The recent clean chits by the Election Commission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah over allegations of poll code violations by the opposition were not unanimous, NDTV has learnt. A high-ranking source in the Election Commission told NDTV that on five …

Weekly News Roundup – April 29, 2019

  Hindutva terrorists gang-raped Bilkis Bano and killed 14 members of her family including 2-year-old child in 2002, she has some closure to her ordeal 17 years later The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Gujarat’s BJP-led government to give Rs 50 lakh in compensation to Bilkis Bano, who was gang-raped during the 2002 anti-Muslim genocide under the Narendra Modi government. …

Weekly News Roundup – April 22, 2019

  Muslim undertrial in Tihar branded with ‘Om’ symbol, Delhi court orders inquiry A Delhi court has called for an inquiry and issued a notice to DGP (Prison) after a Muslim undertrial was branded with an “Om” symbol allegedly by a Tihar jail superintendent. The court had asked Tihar jail authorities to submit a report within 24 hours. The matter came …

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 …