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Indian Americans demand Indian Government shun sectarian politics to combat the Coronavirus pandemic

The Alliance for Justice and Accountability, an umbrella organization of progressive South Asian groups across the United States, is asking the Indian Government to put aside sectarian violence in the name of preservation of life as the Coronavirus pandemic unfolds. This crisis will unleash havoc in our communities at a time when Indian unity is at an all time low. During a pandemic, the basic trust of communities is an important requirement for public health interventions – as so much of it depends on public compliance.

The Indian government must restore faith that it will protect all citizens not just its communal and genocidal agenda.… We are extremely disturbed that the Indian government has not stopped its attacks on Indian Muslim and civil rights activists even during this critical window of time when it should be focused on combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

That is why we are asking on the basis of a shared humanity to demand the BJP stop its genocidal project and focus on the fight ahead to preserve as many lives as possible. India should be investing all its resources in fighting the pandemic and providing economic relief to the informal sector instead of creating panic and harassment amongst minorities and civil rights activists.…

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https://thewire.in/rights/ashish-mittal-epidemic-act-uttar-pradesh

Naming and Shaming of COVID-19 Patients Unethical, Say Activists (Mar 27, 2020, The Quint)

https://www.thequint.com/news/india/naming-and-shaming-of-covid-19-patients-not-healthy-activist

The Hindu Publishes Cartoon Showing Coronavirus In Muslim Attire, Takes It Down After Backlash (Mar 26, 2020, The Cognate)

India: COVID-19 Lockdown Puts Poor at Risk (Mar 27, 2020, HRW)

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