Weekly News Roundup – May 13, 2019


Ultra-nationalist Hindu militias target Muslim beef traders

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking reelection as 900 million Indians cast their votes to elect a new parliament. Ever since he came to power in May 2014, critics have accused him of exacerbating communitarian divisions. These past five years, ultra-nationalist Hindu militias have become more visible and emboldened. Those who defend sacred cows even carry out police-style operations, actively hunting down beef traders – a majority of whom are from India’s Muslim population.

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‘No PM Ever Stooped This Low’: 200 DU Teachers Slam Modi for ‘Derogatory’ Remarks on Rajiv Gandhi

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Over 200 Delhi University teachers have issued a public statement condemning Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making “derogatory and untrue” remarks about former PM Rajiv Gandhi. Their statement came after Modi in a rally on Saturday targeted Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the Rafale issue and said “your father was termed ‘Mr Clean’ by his courtiers, but his life ended as ‘Bhrashtachari No 1’ (corrupt number 1).” “Narendra Modi has lowered the dignity of the office of the prime minister.… No prime minister has ever “stooped” to this level through such actions as has Modi, it said.…

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Assam minority body alleges false NRC objections

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The All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) has claimed that certain organisations used “false” objections against many people from religious and linguistic minority communities included in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC).… “Religious as well as linguistic minority people are being harassed in the name of NRC. Members of some organisations such as the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) took signatures of villagers on blank forms and then filed objections in their names against the inclusion of people from minority communities in the complete NRC draft,” AAMSU advisor Azizur Rahman said on Saturday evening.…

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