Weekly News Roundup – May 20, 2019


Kashi Vishwanath temple corridor project exposes mosque

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Among the changes that Varanasi…has seen in the past five years include those around the famous Lord Shiva temple – Kashi Vishwanath, one of the 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’.… But the clearance of the area has also revealed the Gyanvapi Mosque complex, a centuries-old structure, to the gaze of Hindu devotees. It is now giving rise to apprehensions among the minority community that it could be the beginning of “Babri Masjid 2.0”. If you stand at the cleared area facing the temple and the mosque, it is easy to hear similar conversations among the devotees any number of times. “See that. It is a mosque. It was built after razing the real temple with the ‘Jyotirlinga’. The ‘Jyotirlinga’ is still inside the mosque.” All this has got the minority community worried.…

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: More crorepatis, people with criminal cases in 2019 poll fray

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Nearly a fifth or 19% of the close to 8000 candidates contesting the 2019 general elections have declared pending criminal cases against them while 29% have assets worth Rs 1 crore or more, according to a report by election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) released on Monday. The report is based on analysis of affidavits filed by the candidates with the Election Commission of India. To be sure, not all candidates have criminal cases of serious nature against them. Out of 1500 candidates with declared criminal cases, 1070 (13% of all candidates) have criminal cases of serious nature against them. This includes cases related to murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, rape and other crimes against women. Among the candidates with criminal cases, the share of those with serious criminal cases has also increased over time.

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PM Modi’s silence on Akhlaq murder in 2015 broke his global momentum

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…The Dadri incident is a chilling turning point in our politics. It marks the rise of Hindu supremacist mob militancy that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won’t unequivocally condemn or disown. It will criticise the killing, but qualify it in a half-dozen ways. You want to see how, refer to my friend, BJP MP and RSS intellectual Tarun Vijay’s article in The Indian Express. He says the lynching was abhorrent to the spirit of Hinduism and India as Mohammad Akhlaq was killed “merely on suspicion”, and that his daughter was so right in asking, what if it were proven that her father had not eaten beef, would someone bring him back?.…

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