IAMC Weekly News Digest, 20th November 2020


Designate India a “country of particular concern”: Global human rights activists

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Leading American and global human and civil rights activists came together on Monday to reinforce the demand to designate India as a “country of particular concern” to prevent and combat ongoing persecution of its religious minorities. The discussion was organized by the Indian American Muslim Council in collaboration with Hindus for Human Rights, Students Against Hindutva Ideology, Dalit Solidarity Forum, India Civil Watch International and International Christian Concern. Anurima Bhargava, the vice-chair of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), said that as an ally and as a friend of India, the United States “needs to take steps to make sure that India upholds the rights guaranteed to all of its citizens as enshrined in its own constitution.”… The recorded event can be found on IAMC’s YouTube Channel.…

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Australian High Commissioner’s RSS visit raises eyebrows 

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Human rights and political advocacy organisation The Humanism Project has released a letter of concern addressed to Prime Minister Scott Morrison regarding Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell’s meeting with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) this week. … The Humanism Project’s letter expressed the organisation’s aversion by stating that the Australian Envoy to India provided “legitimacy to RSS”, calling it “an organization that never made any secret of its love for Adolf Hitler”. The non-profit’s memo also said that the RSS “runs quasi-militant outfits that have often been charged with participating in communal riots and running campaigns against the religious minorities of India” and brought up the murder of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons in 1999 at the hands of “Bajrang Dal, whose leader Dara Singh was convicted for the heinous hate crime and murder, in 2003”.…

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India: Outrage after Muslim woman ‘burnt alive by molester’ 

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Many political leaders and women’s rights activists in India have come together to demand justice for a Muslim woman, who was allegedly burned to death by a Hindu man and his friends in Vaishali district in the eastern province of Bihar. Gulnaz Khatoon, 20, was burned after the accused poured kerosene over her in Rasoolpur village on October 30. She succumbed to her burns on Sunday. The woman’s family alleges the police delayed in taking action against the accused, who were identified as Satish Kumar Rai, Chandan, and Vinod Rai.… Satish Kumar Rai had been harassing Gulnaz to marry him, the victim’s family said, adding that the woman refused to enter into an interfaith marriage with Rai. Enraged at her refusal, Rai and his friends killed her, the family said.…

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News

Designate India a “country of particular concern”: Global human rights activists

Australian High Commissioner’s RSS visit raises eyebrows 

India: Outrage after Muslim woman ‘burnt alive by molester’ 

Registrar General of India says schedule of NPR being finalised: Report 

Assam dead scribe’s last report: BJP leader attack 

Bihar: Four injured, mosque vandalised during BJP victory march, says police 

‘Facebook Profiting Off Of Hate’: Former Employee Tells Delhi Peace Panel

Maharashtra BJP MLA among 16 booked over transfer of farmers’ money

‘He is almost on deathbed’: Bombay HC issues order to move Varavara Rao to Nanavati Hospital 

For first time in history, no Muslim in Bihar ministry

Opinion

Why the new ‘Hindu Ecosystem’ that BJP leader Kapil Mishra is aiming to build sounds so menacing – By Ipsita Chakravarty 

SC was never perfect, but the signs are that it is slipping into judicial barbarism – By Pratap Bhanu Mehta 

How Mohan Bhagwat outlined a vision for a casteist, theocratic Hindu state on national TV – By Sagar 

Bihar polls: 32 charts reveal caste, gender, religious and criminal composition of the new assembly – By Gilles Verniers, Basim-u-Nissa, Mohit Kumar & Neelesh Agrawal 

Demonetisation: Modi’s Hollow Claims on Curbing Black Money – By Prabhat Patnaik 

Tablighi Jamaat, Communal Reporting and Centre’s Curious Decision to Cherry Pick Media Houses – By Sukanya Shantha 

Book Review

This book shows how diverse and complex Indian Muslim thought on belonging to India was – and is 

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