Weekly News Roundup – Jul 10, 2020


WhatsApp group with 125 members used to push hate, mobilise rioters in Northeast Delhi

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A WhatsApp group with at least 125 members where members bragged about “killing Muslims” and “dumping their bodies in the sewer”, and offering manpower and guns when necessary, has been named in three chargesheets filed in connection with killing of three men during the riots in Northeast Delhi in February. The chargesheets detail how the group, called ‘Kattar Hindut Ekta’, was used to mobilise and coordinate between rioters, and how armed men stopped passersby, asked them their name, address, ID proof and told them to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. Police plan to use the WhatsApp conversations as “extrajudicial confessions”.…

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SC Failed The Constitution By Succumbing To Majoritarianism In Ayodhya Case : Sr Adv Dinesh Dwivedi

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The Supreme Court failed to uphold the spirit of anti-majoritarianism in the Ayodhya case, said Dinesh Dwivedi, Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court. “By and large, the Supreme Court has been upholding the Constitution and anti-majoritarianism. My strong feeling is the only time Supreme Court failed in upholding anti-majoritarianism was when they utilized the power of Article 142 in the Masjid matter and decided in favour of the Hindu-majority. This is where I feel they failed”, said Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India, Dinesh Dwivedi, at a webinar conducted by LiveLaw on the topic “The Courts and Constitutional Values”.…

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The Coronavirus Is Hastening Modi’s Transformation of India – By Kapil Komireddi

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Fifteen weeks ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed his country under probably the most stringent coronavirus lockdown in the world.… India under Modi had already traveled a considerable distance in the direction of authoritarianism before the coronavirus seeped into the country. If the pandemic assisted the prime minister by derailing the nationwide protests against his amendment to India’s citizenship law, it also debunked the myth of Modi as a competent administrator: The dire state in which India finds itself today is the direct consequence of his ineptitude.… The coronavirus has exposed Modi’s staggering shortcomings. It has also, tragically, created the conditions for him to quicken the conversion of the world’s largest democracy into something akin to a plebiscitary autocracy.

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Communal Harmony

Muslim Family Shelters a Hindu Woman for 43 Years in MP’s Damoh

For 40 yrs, Sikh vendor performing sewa at mosque in Amritsar

Humanity comes first! Muslim burial ground staff cremates 250 Hindus for free

News

WhatsApp group with 125 members used to push hate, mobilise rioters in Northeast Delhi

AMU student Sharjeel Usmani arrested, family says charges not clear yet

Daya Shankar Agnihotri, main aide of Kanpur terrorist Vikas Dubey, arrested after encounter; car has ‘Sangh Parivar’ on number plate

Family, lawyer of Muslim inmate who died in Tihar jail, suspect “police conspiracy in his death

Anti-CAA protests: Kin of Darapuri, Jafar say officials threatened to seize their properties

Journalist Rana Ayyub complains of death and rape threats on social media; Navi Mumbai police take cognisance

SC Failed The Constitution By Succumbing To Majoritarianism In Ayodhya Case : Sr Adv Dinesh Dwivedi

PMCARES Ventilator Maker AgVa Fudged Software To Hide Poor Performance, Ex-Employees Say

Christian Family Brutally Attacked in Chhattisgarh

Raped in Chitrakoot: Minor girls forced to trade bodies for Rs 150-200 daily during lockdown

Opinion

The Coronavirus Is Hastening Modi’s Transformation of India – By Kapil Komireddi

From planning murder to praising Modi: WhatsApp chats offer a window into the minds of Delhi rioters – By Vijayta Lalwani & Shoaib Daniyal

Coronavirus Rumors Spark Communal Violence in India – By Shaikh Azizur Rahman

Threat and censorship are the price for questioning narratives about Kashmir – By Rana Ayyub

‘India’s George Floyds’ spur calls for end to police brutality – By Anuradha Nagaraj

Missing from headlines: How the Adityanath regime is going after local journalists – By Akanksha Kumar & Martand Singh

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