Weekly News Roundup – Jul 17, 2020


Fact finding report names BJP leaders, Delhi Police in Delhi riots: Delhi Minorities Commission

Photo: Twitter/Kapil Mishra

Five months after the horrific riots of North East Delhi, the Delhi Minorities Commission today released its Fact-finding report which is completely contradictory to the conspiracy theory mentioned by the Delhi Police in their Chargesheets.… The 130-page report names close to 10 BJP leaders responsible for Inflammatory speeches and for fanning communal sentiments in Delhi before the riots. The FFT names Somashekhar Reddy, Amit Shah, Anurag Thakur, Giriraj Singh, Parvesh Verma, Tarun Chugh, Tajinder Pal Bagga, Tejasvi Surya, Yogi Adityanath and Kapil Mishra for their provocative speeches which lead to the riots. While the Delhi Police is yet to implicate Kapil Mishra, the report mentions that the speech of Kapil Mishra at Maujpur in the presence of DCP North East Ved Prakash Surya sparked the riots that engulfed the Northeast region of Delhi.…

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BJP Blocks Parliament Panel Review Of PM CARES Fund, Coronavirus Response

Photo: Freedom House

The Public Accounts Committee or PAC, one of the most important parliamentary panels which scrutinises key reports by the auditor general and has taken up issues like the 2G spectrum scandal in the past, failed to arrive at a consensus on Friday on examining the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic or the new PM CARES fund set up to tackle the crisis. The chairman of the committee, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who is also the leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha, appealed to members to think of the nation and act with their conscience and find a consensus on the important subject.… Some opposition leaders claimed that the reason for denying the scrutiny of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s response is because the BJP is afraid of a closer look into the PM CARES fund which is not under the audit of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India or CAG.…

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Indian pastor and Christian families terrorised by radical Hindutva mobs in Uttar Pradesh

Photo: Barnabas Fund

Hindutva radicals forced an Indian pastor to bow in front of an idol and terrorised two Christian families into fleeing their homes in a remote village in Uttar Pradesh. The extremists attacked the prayer house in Dassmora, breaking down walls, windows and doors, during three days of violence that began on 2 July. The mob dragged village Pastor Vikas Gupta inside a Hindu temple where he was forced to bow to a temple idol before being subjected to a humiliating parade through the local market. The following day, another mob ransacked Pastor Vikas’ home. His and two other Christian families were threatened that, if they did not leave the village, the women would be raped, the men killed and their homes set on fire.…

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Communal Harmony

‘Together in Crisis’: Muslims Win Netizens’ Hearts as They Donate 330 Quintal Wheat For Golden Temple Langar in Amritsar

The Last Line Of Defence: Dr Zahid Abdul Majeed Performs A Miracle

In Tamil Nadu, Muslim volunteers performed last rights of 220 Covid-19 victims including 162 of other religions

News

Fact finding report names BJP leaders, Delhi Police in Delhi riots: Delhi Minorities Commission

Yogi’s SIT Probing Vikas Dubey Killing Has Officer Chargesheeted by CBI for Fake Encounter

BJP Blocks Parliament Panel Review Of PM CARES Fund, Coronavirus Response

CM pressured me to let off arrested drug lord: Manipur lady cop to High Court

Centre Asks PTI to Pay Rs 84 Crore for Alleged Land Lease Breach or Face Eviction

EIA 2020: Modi Govt Blocks Website Campaigning Against Controversial Draft Green Law

Indian pastor and Christian families terrorised by radical Hindutva mobs in Uttar Pradesh

UN Special Rapporteurs concerned with criminal proceedings against 4 Kashmiri journalists

UP ashram horror: ‘Godman’ drugged kids with ‘Covid medicine’, sodomised them

Opinions

Modi’s Slide Toward Autocracy – By Azeem Ibrahim

Thoki Raj: Creating order by trampling on law is one of the elements of Adityanath’s ideological success – By Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Did Covid-19 become another excuse to rewrite textbooks? – By Asmita Bakshi

The extra-judicial punishment of jailing ailing activists during COVID-19 – By Indira Jaisingh

Devoid of morality Indian media crawling before rulers – By Arun Srivastava

India: Modi’s War on Science – By Pittamber Kaushik

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