Weekly News Roundup – April 24, 2020


India’s treatment of Muslims amid coronavirus is almost ‘genocidal,’ activist Arundhati Roy claims

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Political activist Arundhati Roy accused the Indian government on Friday of exploiting the coronavirus outbreak to inflame tensions between Hindus and Muslims. She told DW that this alleged strategy on the part of the Hindu nationalist government would “dovetail with this illness to create something which the world should really keep its eyes on,” adding that “the situation is approaching genocidal.” “I think what has happened is COVID-19 has exposed things about India that all of us knew,” said Roy. “We are suffering, not just from COVID, but from a crisis of hatred, from a crisis of hunger.”… Roy claimed the government was exploiting the virus in a tactic reminiscent of one used by the Nazis during the Holocaust.…

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Indian Government Books Muslim Students Under Draconian Laws Amid Coronavirus Lockdown – By Nazish Hussain and Musheera Ashraf

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Four weeks since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic, Indian Police have arrested three Muslim students who had been at the forefront of peaceful protests against India’s divisive anti-Muslim citizenship law since December. On Tuesday, all three students Meeran Haider, Safoora Zargar, and Umar Khalid were charged under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), a controversial terror law. Last week, Delhi Police issued notices to nearly 50 Jamia Coordination Committee members, who are mostly students of Jamia Millia Islamia to join the investigation.…

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Income support? Stimulus package? Hunger? What Modi did not address in his speech extending lockdown

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared on television yet again on Tuesday to tell Indians that they will need to stay at home until May 3.… Through most of these addresses, Modi has focused on telling Indians what they need to do – whether it is social distancing, banging pots and pans or lighting candles – rather than what the government is doing for them.… Modi made some broad claims about government action and then moved on to giving his countrymen sevens instructions. The prime minister did announce that his speech would be followed by guidelines on what would be permitted over the next weeks. Yet there is much more information that his government ought to provide to the people, if they are being asked to follow these rules and endure more distress through the rest of April.…

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Communal Harmony

No hate, only love: Muslims turn pallbearers for Hindu brother in Bhatta Basti in Jaipur

How a Muslim family in J&K provided a film crew with a home during the Covid-19 lockdown

Humanity over hate: Religious organizations help out with covid-19 relief

News

India’s treatment of Muslims amid coronavirus is almost ‘genocidal,’ activist Arundhati Roy claims

 Two Muslim students face ‘bogus’ charges of inciting Delhi riots

 USCIRF condemns stigmatisation of Muslims amid COVID-19 pandemic in India

India: Activists Detained for Peaceful Dissent

 Most of the accused in Palghar lynching are BJP members: Congress

Covid-19: India drops 2 places on World Press Freedom Index, as watchdog warns of pandemic’s impact

Income support? Stimulus package? Hunger? What Modi did not address in his speech extending lockdown

Police officer sent on leave for arresting Hindutva activist

Three journalists in Kashmir charged for social media posts and fake news

Under India’s caste system, Dalits are considered untouchable. The coronavirus is intensifying that slur

Opinion

Pandemic Is a Portal: Arundhati Roy on COVID-19 in India, Imagining Another World & Fighting for It – Amy Goodman with Nermeen Shaikh inerviews Arundhati

 ‘I am so afraid’: India’s poor face world’s largest lockdown – By Tim Sullivan and Sheikh Saaliq

Why is India targeting writers during the coronavirus pandemic? – By Priyamvada Gopal and Salil Tripathi

India’s Coronavirus-Related Islamophobia Has the Arab World Up in Arms – By Seemi Pasha

Indian Government Books Muslim Students Under Draconian Laws Amid Coronavirus Lockdown – By Nazish Hussain and Musheera Ashraf

The Rise of a Hindu Vigilante in the Age of WhatsApp and Modi – By Mohammad Ali

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