Weekly News Roundup – April 16, 2020

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India’s Hindu Nationalists Are Inciting Hate By Claiming Muslims Are Spreading Coronavirus – By David Gilbert

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Dilshad Muhamud did not have COVID-19…. Nevertheless, hours later, he took his own life. His family claims the 34-year-old dairy farmer killed himself because his neighbors believed he had the disease and taunted and threatened him for spreading it around the village.… That meeting and the revelation that members of the group tested positive for coronavirus was the spark that kickstarted a virulent hate speech campaign online that has seen far-right Hindu nationalists weaponize Facebook and Twitter to attack and threaten Muslims in India.… The campaign uses hashtags like #CoronaJihad, #CrushTablighiSpitters, #MuslimMeaningTerrorist, and #BioJihad on platforms like Facebook and Twitter..…

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Our COVID aid not for Tablighis, jihadis, write Assam Foreigners’ Tribunals’ members

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A letter offering a donation of over Rs 60,000 for COVID-19 relief work, with names of 12 members of Assam’s Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) listed as contributors, has specified that the money should not be used for providing relief to those who attended the Tablighi Jamaat gathering in Delhi, “jihadis” and “jahil”. The letter, dated April 7, is addressed to state Health and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and is signed by Kamalesh Kumar Gupta, member of an FT in Baksa district.… “Our only prayer is that the help may not be extended to the members of violators Tablighi Jamaat, Jihadi and Jahil. Kindly accept our donations as above for saving the humanity from the clutches of COVID-19 pandemic infection.” it read.…

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VHP-Bajrang Dal leader held for making remarks ‘hurting sentiments’

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President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal Bhavnagar units, Ashoksinh Gohil, was arrested on Thursday for his alleged remarks “hurting religious sentiments of a community” and sharing them on social media, police said. A scrap dealer from Bhavanagar city, Abid Pacha, was also arrested for allegedly making comments “prejudicial” to a religious group. Police saying the remarks originated from difference of views over spread of coronavirus infection in the country.… “Gohil is in police custoday and a sub-inspector is investigating the case,” said Solanki.…

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Communal Harmony

Muslim Neighbours Cremate Hindu Woman in Indore Amid Lockdown

Indian-Americans condemn the killing of Sikhs in Kabul

Lockdown Mode: All Religious Affinity Movement with police feeds the needy in Coimbatore

News

Refrain from religious profiling of COVID-19 cases: WHO in context of Tabligh

‘Daughter did not die of hunger’: Jharkhand couple’s thumb impression taken on paper

AIIMS doctors assaulted by cop in MP, blamed for spreading Coronavirus

Our COVID aid not for Tablighis, jihadis, write Assam Foreigners’ Tribunals’ members

Clip shows vendors harassed over religion in Delhi

Why India’s Muslim truckers and aid workers fighting Covid-19 face attacks

Civil rights group condemns ‘arbitrary arrests’ of Jamia students

VHP-Bajrang Dal leader held for making remarks ‘hurting sentiments’

International Human Rights Group Urges Parliament to Repeal CAA

Shah Faesal’s 5-year-old son wants him released from detention

Opinion

India’s Hindu Nationalists Are Inciting Hate By Claiming Muslims Are Spreading Coronavirus – By David Gilbert

Indian Muslims Are Being Scapegoated for the Coronavirus – By Namrata Kolachalam

These Muslims Survived Mob Attacks by Indian Nationalists. Then Coronavirus Hit. – By Fahad Shah

When News Suppression Hits Home – By Tunku Varadarajan

‘Muslims Are Foreigners’: Inside India’s Campaign to Decide Who Is a Citizen – By Karan Deep Singh and Suhasini Raj

Hinduization of ‘Secular’ India – Disintegrating into Theocracy – By Oleena Chaudhuri

Book Review

India’s Constitution not only ensures democracy but also teaches what democracy is, says this book

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