Weekly News Roundup – April 8, 2020


‘Corona Jihad’, ‘Terrorist Virus’: Muslim Organisations Voice Concern Over Media Trial & Vilification Of Tablighi Jamaat

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While BTV, a Kannada news channel called Tablighi Jamaat a ‘terrorist virus’, Sudarshan News, a Muslim bashing hate channel called the novel coronavirus as ‘Corona Jihad’, insinuating a Muslim-led conspiracy behind its spread.… Muslim organisations and leaders cutting across different schools of thoughts have voiced concern over the way sections of the media are selectively targeting the Tablighi Jamaat and portraying it as the purveyor of the pandemic. They said while the whole world is unitedly fighting to contain the spread of the deadly pandemic, the media is busy demonising the whole Muslim community, by communalising a human tragedy.

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Delhi Riots: ‘Vague’ FIR Names Umar Khalid, Police Arrests Jamia Student

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Former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid has been named as the prime accused in a case in which Jamia student Meeran Haider was recently arrested. Haider, a research scholar at Jamia Millia Islamia and a youth leader of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) was arrested by the special cell of Delhi Police in connection with his alleged involvement in violence in North East Delhi in February 2020.… Several Muslim activists have been arrested by Delhi Police in the last few weeks in connection with the violence in North Delhi, which killed at least 53 people and injured close to 200. Several people have recently received notices, similar to the one that Haider got, from the police.

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US calls use of #coronajihad unfortunate, says govt should clear it out

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India experienced the biggest community transmission of the coronavirus in the past few days because of the congregation held by the Tablighi Jamaat, an influential Islamic missionary movement.  This led many to start a hashtag on social media against the Muslim community calling it #CoronaJihad.… The US on Thursday said that use of the term was “unfortunate”. During a briefing by the Samuel D Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Office of International Religious Freedom, he said that the US administration was tracking many instances of blaming of the minority communities for the Covid-19 virus.… He urged governments to clearly state the origin of the virus and ensure that there is no targeting of the minorities.

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News

‘Corona Jihad’, ‘Terrorist Virus’: Muslim Organisations Voice Concern Over Media Trial & Vilification Of Tablighi Jamaat

After COVID-19 outbreak at Tablighi Jamaat conference, fake news targeting Muslims abounds

US calls use of #coronajihad unfortunate, says govt should clear it out

Shocking :1800 Gujarati pilgrims provided luxury buses from Haridwar, while Tablighi members denied travelling permission

UP: 22-Year-Old Dies by Suicide After Being Thrashed by Cop for Violating Quarantine

West Bengal Doc Demands Protective Gear For Docs Fighting Coronavirus, Gets Police Harassment Instead

Lockdown Violation: Police Officer Removed from Post for Thrashing Priest Who Organised Puja in MP Temple

Delhi Riots: ‘Vague’ FIR Names Umar Khalid, Police Arrests Jamia Student

Human Rights Watch tells Centre to withdraw Internet curbs in J&K amid COVID-19

Gujarat: Probe ordered into ‘police brutality’ on Dalits during lockdown

Opinion

Modi’s Hasty Coronavirus Lockdown of India Leaves Many Fearful for What Comes Next – By Abhishyant Kidangoor

India’s coronavirus lockdown sparks mass migrations, an economic catastrophe and a crisis of faith in Modi – By Mark Mackinnon

It Was Already Dangerous to Be Muslim in India. Then Came the Coronavirus – By Billy Perrigo

Under Modi, India’a Press Is Not So Free Anymore – By Vindu Goel and Jeffrey Gettleman

India Is a Secular Nation, So Why Aren’t Muslims Being Protected? – By Saad Hafiz

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

Book Review

Dismantling the World’s Largest Democracy

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