Weekly News Roundup – May 15, 2020


US religious freedom watchdog calls out India for arresting Muslims protesting new citizenship law

Photo: USCIRF

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Thursday called out India for unfairly “targeting those practicing their democratic right to protest”, making special mention of the arrest of a pregnant Muslim activist. “During COVID-19 crisis, there are reports India [government] is arresting Muslim activists protesting the [Citizenship Amendment Act], including Safoora Zargar who is pregnant,” wrote the US federal government entity. Expressing concern, the body said that India should “be releasing prisoners of conscience” instead of arresting those who have the right to peacefully protest.…

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India’s COVID-19 Response: Modi’s masterstrokes are a form of fascist shock therapy – By Manasi Karthik

Photo: The Pollis Project

Modi’s latest ‘masterstroke’ has left many wondering what exactly he was thinking when he put India into the world’s largest lockdown overnight. … Is this a sign of Modi’s incompetence or foolhardiness, as some have argued? Anyone observing Modi’s policies would be able to tell that masterstrokes like this are not an aberration for the Modi regime, but a norm.… Modi’s politically expedient handouts have done nothing to create real safety nets that India’s poor can fall back on during this time of crisis.… If Naomi Klein’s decades of research tell us anything, it is that in India’s case this crisis will be used to further Modi’s agenda by clamping down on dissent and establishing an increasingly draconian police state.

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After Mob Attacks and Trade Boycott, Muslims Being Forced to Convert to Hinduism in Delhi and Haryana Villages

Photo: India Tomorrow

After a hate campaign launched by print, electronic and digital media against Muslims in the wake of the coronavirus spread that resulted in mob attacks on Muslims and their trade boycott, Muslims are now being forced to convert to Hinduism in several villages of Haryana as also in villages in Bawana area of Delhi, bordering Haryana’s Sonepat district. The latest example of the forced conversion has come from Harevali village in Bawana area where all the 12 Muslim families with about 60 members, were forcibly converted to Hinduism on May 5.… The villager said that they did not oppose the “shuddhikaran” because of fear of atrocities from the Hindu villagers.…

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Communal Harmony

Indian American Muslim Council in New Jersey helps first responders

Telangana doctor drives 60 kms through forest, ensures save delivery of tribal woman

Corona Warrior In Burqa Helps Sanitise Delhi Temples, Priests Welcome Her

News

After Mob Attacks and Trade Boycott, Muslims Being Forced to Convert to Hinduism in Delhi and Haryana Villages

Economic relief package ‘frivolous and gimmicky,’ say MSME bodies

Supreme Court sacrificed core principles during lockdown, says CJAR

Bulk Of Covid-19 Related Fact-Checks In April Related To Communal Rumours, Claims BOOM Live

Gujarat shocker: BJP worker charged 3 times for train fare, beat up migrant for objecting, claims Congress

Ahmedabad Violence: Police fires 71 Teargas Shells, Pregnant Woman Beaten Up, One-and-A Half Year Old Kid Thrown Away by Cops, 27 People Arrested

129 arrested for violence at Telinipara in Bengal

US religious freedom watchdog calls out India for arresting Muslims protesting new citizenship law

Another Bank Defaulter Flees Country, SBI Complains To CBI After 4 Years

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

Opinion

India’s COVID-19 Response: Modi’s masterstrokes are a form of fascist shock therapy – By Manasi Karthik

Enough of the cheap theatrics. We need brains. We need heart. We need accountability – By Arundhati Roy

The Unprecedented Changes To India’s Labour Laws = Social Chaos? – By Payaswini Upadhyay

The virus of authoritarian strain – By Divya

India is forcing people to use its covid app, unlike any other democracy – By Patrick Howell O’Neill

“Shoved gun barrels in mouths, tied civilians to tree”: A ransacked Budgam village – By Kuwar Singh

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