Weekly News Roundup – Aug 14, 2020


Babri demolition: Justice Liberhan says RSS chief’s presence at Ayodhya event confirms group’s role

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Justice Manmohan Singh Liberhan, who headed the commission set up to investigate the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, said on Thursday that the presence of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya vindicated his stand that a team of RSS cadre was involved in the demolition of the mosque, The Times of India reported.… The Liberhan Commission… indicted RSS cadres for their alleged involvement in destroying the mosque. It also named several senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani, Kalyan Singh, Pramod Mahajan and others. Justice Liberhan… told The Times of India that the Supreme Court verdict in the case did not represent the sentiments of all communities.…

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Bengaluru: 3 Killed In Police Firing, 100 Arrested After Facebook Post Triggers Violence

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Three people were killed in police firing after violence broke out in East Bengaluru on Tuesday in protest against a social media post by a Congress MLA’s relative allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad, NDTV said. More than 100 people were arrested from the area, The NewsMinute said. A crowd had gathered outside KG Halli police station on Friday night demanding that MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy’s relative be arrested, The NewsMinute reported.… Police said the crowd targeted the police station and damaged vehicles believing that the police had kept the accused detained there.… Ameer ae shariyat, #karnataka Maulana Sagheer Ahmed saheb appeals for peace. Requests people not to take law into their hands.…

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Modi’s Textbook Manipulations – By Tish Sanghera

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…After a victory in last year’s general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP began rolling out a set of controversial citizenship policies that critics have called unconstitutional and anti-Muslim…. When combined, the two measures could end up disenfranchising large numbers of India’s Muslim population.… When chapters like “Popular Struggles and Movements” and “Democracy and Diversity” were removed from the Class 10 political science syllabus, stakeholders and opposition groups were quick to frame the cuts as being in line with the other steps for which Modi has been  criticized. The move advances the vision of an “exclusivist, theocratic, intolerant, fascistic nation,” Sitaram Yechury, the leader of Communist Party of India (Marxist), wrote on Facebook in July. His party later called for the cuts to be rescinded, saying they hurt “secular democratic India’s future.”…

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Communal Harmony

‘We live as brothers, sisters’ – Muslims form human chain to save temple amid Bengaluru riots

PFI Members Perform Last Rites Of BJP Leader In Karnataka Who Died Of COVID-19

Divisive, communal politics? Community kitchens reveal social fabric ‘still intact’

News

Bengaluru: 3 Killed In Police Firing, 100 Arrested After Facebook Post Triggers Violence

Muslims Allege Biased Police Action in Communal Clashes in UP’s Sultanpur

As Modi Calls Ram Mandir Symbol Of Unity, Muslim Man Attacked Over ‘Jai Shree Ram’ Chant

‘They raised obscene slogans’: On the night of Bhoomi Pujan, Northeast Delhi’s fragile calm shatters

3 Missing Labourers Killed in Alleged Staged Encounter in Kashmir’s Shopian

Cops Drag Sikh Man By Hair, Thrash Him In Madhya Pradesh, Probe Ordered

Babri demolition: Justice Liberhan says RSS chief’s presence at Ayodhya event confirms group’s role

9 RSS workers in Kerala sentenced to life for murder of another RSS worker

Assam BJP MLA booked for calling scholar & Padma Bhushan awardee ‘intellectual jihadi’

Patanjali Ayurved fined Rs 10 lakh by Madras HC for chasing profits by claiming COVID-19 ‘cure’

Opinion

What is at Stake in Ayodhya? – By Kristen Miller

Modi’s Textbook Manipulations – By Tish Sanghera

Delhi riots: Young residents share the trauma of profound loss, betrayal and injustice – By Harsh Mander

Rise in Indian nationalism obstacle for regional peace – By Raashid Wali Janjua

In Bhushan Contempt Hearing, the Unsaid is Finally Said to SC – By Vakasha Sachdev

New Education Policy Will Deprive Muslim Students of Job Opportunities – By Mirza Mosaraf Hossain

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