Weekly News Roundup – April 1, 2020


Delhi riots: Victims struggle to rebuild their lives

Photo: NPR

A few weeks have passed since violent mobs rampaged through neighborhoods on the outskirts of New Delhi, leaving death and destruction in their wake. According to official numbers, 53 people were killed and over 200 were injured. Hundreds of houses and shops were set on fire, along with thousands of vehicles. For some of those who lived through the riots, the suffering continues, as they have lost everything they owned. Thousands of these people are now living in “homeless camps,” with no sign if their lives will ever return to normal.…

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Doctors evicted from their homes in India as fear spreads amid coronavirus lockdown

Photo: Live Mint

As the global coronavirus pandemic worsens by the day, fear is swelling in India – and frontline medical workers are bearing the brunt of public panic.… there are signs of rising anxiety amid a dramatic nationwide lockdown, with scenes of panic buying and targeted harassment of doctors and other frontline workers. Medical staff in the national capital New Delhi say they have been ostracized and discriminated against by their communities due to fears that they may be infected after working with coronavirus patients.…

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South Asian Students, Faculty Condemn Indian Citizenship Bill And Anti-Muslim Violence

Photo: The Wire

Students chalked Red Square on March 5 with messages denouncing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and anti-Muslim violence in India. Violent riots unfolded in Delhi, India’s second-largest city, from Feb. 23 to March 1 as Hindu mobs attacked Muslim-populated neighborhoods and set four mosques ablaze, leaving at least 53 people dead.… Anika Venkatesh (SFS’22), who grew up in Mumbai, argued that the two laws were crafted to disproportionately target Muslims. “Who is left over? Muslims. So who’s rendered stateless? Muslims,” she said .…

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Communal Harmony

CAA protesters provide food to 210 families

News

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

West Bengal: Man Who Was Buying Milk Dies Hours After Police Thrash

Doctors evicted from their homes in India as fear spreads amid coronavirus lockdown

India’s Poor, Hammered by Coronavirus Lockdown, Fear for Future

Modi’s Silence on Essential Supplies During 21 Day National Lockdown Sets Off Panic

Lockdown impact: In Modi’s constituency, Dalit kids forced to eat grass, reporter faces DM’s wrath

Delhi riots: Victims struggle to rebuild their lives

In Bail Conditions, Shaheen Bagh Protesters Told Not to Post Opinions on CAA

South Asian Students, Faculty Condemn Indian Citizenship Bill And Anti-Muslim Violence

Jammu and Kashmir police use batons and FIRs to enforce COVID-19 lockdown, hospitals struggle

Opinion

The Callousness of India’s COVID-19 Response – By Vidya Krishnan

India’s Coronavirus Lockdown Leaves Vast Numbers Stranded and Hungry – By Maria Abi-Habib and Sameer Yasir

In Delhi, First Came the Pogroms. Then Came Coronavirus. – By Yashraj Sharma

The damaging consequences of Modi’s Hindu agenda – By Ramesh Thakur

Delhi Police watched as Hindu mob brutally beat Muslim man, looted shop in Maujpur – By Prabhat Kumar

The destruction of India’s judicial independence is almost complete – By Rana Ayyub

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