The Hindu refugees say they are scared of going back to their villages in Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s restive Rakhine State, but also wary of staying in mostly Muslim Bangladesh.
Despite journalists being invited, they were only allowed into a few sessions and most of their requests for information were denied.
Speaking at the All India Hindu Convention, Sadhvi Saraswati also asked Hindus to rear cows in order to protect them.
BJP leaders in Saharanpur and Agra are pleased to have managed the transfer of two SSPs who booked Sangh leaders and activists for rioting.
If the rioting by ruling party affiliates had occurred in the earlier regime, the BJP would have charged “goonda raj”. Now the boot is on the other leg.
“We can’t allow a masjid to be built near the Ram mandir. If Muslims are giving up their claim to the disputed land, they are welcome for talks,” says VHP litigant.
A clear and decisive narrative of Hindutva as an integral component of the larger economic development project is already out there. Various facets of this will soon unfold.
By declaring that citizens cannot be prevented from eating beef obtained from a state or country where there is no prohibition on slaughter, the court has narrowed the scope of state intervention on the question of cow slaughter to the protection of clear agricultural interests and nothing else.
The Shiv Sena too plays the Hindutva game, but pours scorn on the RSS and the BJP for their brahmin leadership and cultural agenda.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has sped up preparations for the construction of Ram mandir, which it announced is to start within a year.
Sanatan Sanstha, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Narad Mandir Nyas have called for the cancellation of the popular electronic dance music event alleging it encourages drugs and attacks Indian culture and society.
The court also upheld the life sentence an SIT court had awarded to 20 others convicted.
Manoj Mitta, author of The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra, and Siddharth Varadarajan discuss the Gujarat 2002 riots and Amit Shah’s testimony.
While most people expend their rage against hate crimes with a simple “but what can we do?,” through the Karwan-e-Mohabbat, Harsh Mander has provided a response to the rising brutalities against the Muslim community.
Y.C. Modi’s probe into the murder of a BJP leader was slammed by the Gujarat high court for “ineptitude resulting into injustice”. He will be next director of the National Investigation Agency.
“Now there is a BJP government in the state, so there is no problem and no hurdles in the way of the construction of the Ram mandir.”
In the past, violent groups were aberrations and perpetrators of riots were brought to justice. That is no longer the case – the present regime draws support from these very groups.
Several Hindu outfits have said that they will ignore the government’s directives and will ask the puja committees to do the same.
Paramilitary forces have been deployed as thousands of Dera Sacha Sauda followers descend on Punjab.
Two factors now seem to guide the nation – vigilante groups working to ensure the supremacy of a ‘Hindu’ way of life and a stony silence from the political leadership. Bihar has now achieved both.
A mob beat a group of seven Muslim men in Dumra village after rumours spread that they had killed and eaten a cow.
‘You spent most of your time in West Asia, in that single circle, that way of thinking, among those people. After retirement, be it in the minorities commission or Aligarh Muslim University, your circle remained the same.’
From the Adivasi-Dalit-Bahujans who have continually refused to be integrated into mainstream Hinduism to 21st-century urban rebels, Indian women are reclaiming the nation from the RSS constructed vision of the mother.
The public broadcaster – which runs Doordarshan and AIR – has apparently been asked to give up its PTI and UNI subscriptions and rely instead on Hindustan Samachar.
About half the cases of cow-related violence – 32 of 63 – were from states governed by the BJP at the time, eight were run by the Congress and the rest by other parties.
In Mahuadand, a town in western Jharkhand, MNREGA contractors’ crimes are seen to stem from their religion, not from their trade.
“…these are people whose mind and heart are actually in Pakistan, just their bodies are here, so they too should go there. Or better still, they should be deported across the border.”
In a similar move in 2015, two truck loads of stones were brought in, but the then Samajwadi Party government banned any further import.
The cows were being taken for a national cattle breeding programme, the ‘Rashtriya Gokul Mission’, which aims to preserve indigenous cattle breeds.
Even as the Indian Medical Association head claims he was unaware of the polarising VHP leader’s past, others say he could help doctors gain attention to their demands.
“Aaj main suspend ho jaunga, par tujhe joota zarur marunga (Even if I get suspended today, I’ll make sure I beat you up),” a police officer allegedly told one of the journalists.
People at the protest apparently mistook the student for a journalist and were angered when he refused to take pictures of the ‘gau rakshaks’ handing out pamphlets.
Fifteen years on, victims of the communal violence continue to face threats, stigma and state apathy, their hope for relief and justice slowly dwindling away.
The country is witnessing the law of the living in the space of death.
While some families have returned after the village sarpanch promised them safety, several others still feel that their homes are still unsafe.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
The Supreme Court order that the status quo be maintained was violated when the administration allowed a trishul-bearing sadhu to enter the Ram shrine.
The latest campaign against the Rohingya has been triggered by false rumours that government documents – Aadhaar cards, state subject certificates, ration cards and voter I-cards – had been recovered from them.
Basharat Peer’s A Question of Order: India, Turkey and the Return of Strongmen shows how the air of contemporary politics across the world, is filled with xenophobia and a fear of the democratically-elected autocrats.
Universities exist for the sake of free inquiry and uninhibited debate. If that’s not what they are doing, they may as well cease to be.