Weekly News Roundup – June 5, 2020


European Parliament slams Modi govt for silencing activists & portraying protesters as terrorists

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In a severe indictment of the Modi government, European Parliament has come down heavily on union home minister Amit Shah over the systematic violation of human rights in India and misuse of anti-terror laws such as the UAPA. Head of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), Maria Arena shot off a letter to Shah on May 28, expressing her concerns over the arrest of activists Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde. “It is particularly alarming to note that human rights defenders cannot conduct advocacy activities, notably in favor of India’s poorest and most marginalized communities,” said Arena in her letter. Arena slammed the Modi government for portraying anti-CAA protesters as terrorists also.…

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Delhi Police Detains Students, Journalist For Protesting Arrest Of Anti-CAA Activists

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Reports suggest that the Delhi police on Wednesday detained 10 students in the national capital even as students hit the streets for symbolic protests against the arrests of Pinjra Tod activists Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita and several others who participated in anti-CAA protests earlier this year.  Student bodies across India held virtual protests against the arrests of activist, … in Delhi’s Jamia Milia Islamia University and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).… Apart from Kalita and Narwal, several other anti-Citizenship Amendment Act and anti-National Register of Citizens protesters like Safoora Zargar, Meeran Haider, Gulfisha Khatoon, Iqbal Tanha and others have been arrested over the last few months.…

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Bajrang leader, 3 others booked for ‘assaulting’ boy, forcing him to chant “Jai Sriram” in Karnataka

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A 25-year-old local Bajrang Dal leader and three minor boys have been booked on charges of threatening and assaulting a boy and forcing him to chant ‘Jai Sriram’ in Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, police said on Friday. The incident occurred in communally sensitive Bantwal taluk a few days ago, but a video of it went viral on the social media, after which the boy filed a complaint with the police on Thursday. Based on the complaint, a case was registered at Vittal police station against Bajrang Dal leader Dinesh of Kanyana and three minor boys. The four had allegedly accosted the boy, hailing from Kudtamugeru village, at a school ground and threatened to kill him, police said.…

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Announcement 

George Floyd murder sign of systemic racism say Indian Americans

Communal Harmony

Telangana: How Hindus & Muslims Are Fighting Both Hate & COVID-19

Quarantine space in mosque

Lucknow university graduate sanitises temples and lanes in the city

News

European Parliament slams Modi govt for silencing activists & portraying protesters as terrorists

US’s Anti-Racism Protests Fuel #MuslimLivesMatter Campaign in India

Delhi Police Detains Students, Journalist For Protesting Arrest Of Anti-CAA Activists

Railway Protection Force reports 80 deaths on Shramik trains

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta quotes false WhatsApp forward in Supreme Court

Days after it pulled up Gujarat govt over Covid situation, HC bench changed

Bajrang leader, 3 others booked for ‘assaulting’ boy, forcing him to chant “Jai Sriram” in Karnataka

Christian Pastor Brutally Attacked In Uttar Pradesh, Admitted In ICU

‘He Was Like a Flower’: Kashmir Shootout Costs Mother Her Pre-Teen Son

4 Dalits Killed in 4 Days in Tamil Nadu, Activists Say Upper Castes Using Lockdown as Opportunity for Assaults

Opinion

Rising Islamophobia In India: Exploiting The Pandemic? – By Nazneen Mohsina and Joseph Franco

Why Indians Pissed off With Racism and Police Brutality in the US Don’t Care About the Same Issues in Their Own Country – By Shamani Joshi

Dissent is contagious – and arrests of Delhi activists will not stop the quest for justice – By Anirban Bhattacharya

India must stop spreading Hindu nationalism to its global diaspora – By Ashok Swain

‘They treat us like stray dogs’: Migrant workers flee India’s cities – By Nilanjana Bhowmick

As the First Year of Modi 2.0 Ends, It’s Clear that Democracy Has Been Quarantined – By Siddharth Varadarajan

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