Banerjee’s government restricted idol immersions to 10 pm on September 30, the day of Vijaya Dashami, and banned it completely the next day – which is Muharram.
Has communal hatred seeped into the Bengali-speaking middle class psyche?
This year’s controversy around West Bengal police’s order about idol immersion after Durga puja, on Muharram, was uncalled for, because the state has, through decades, celebrated different festivals at the same time.
“Nobody asked me my view as if I don’t matter in this game of misogyny played in my name.”
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.
“Maya Kodnani was not present in Naroda Gam, she was inside the state assembly at 8:30 am. From 9:30 am to 9:45 am I was at the Civil Hospital and I met Maya Kodnani there.”
“All this sectarian squabble about who eats what kind of meat and all this religious antagonism between different groups is harmful to the country,” Venkatraman Ramakrishnan said.
The Karwan, a peaceful yatra promoting love and communal harmony can only travel with police protection, whereas vigilante mobs kill and lynch with impunity.
Lawyers in the cow vigilantism case will urge the court to transfer the case outside the state and monitor it closely.
Sweeping assertions filled with vitriol against the Rohingya have now entered the formal pleadings. The court should not allow unfiltered communal speech.
The Ladakh Buddhist Association issued an ultimatum asking all those from Kargil working in Ladakh to leave by Thursday.
On September 28, 2015, 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was lynched and his 22-year-old son Danish was brutally beaten for allegedly ‘storing beef’.
On a petition filed by Kodnani, special SIT judge P. B. Desai summoned Shah to appear before the court on September 18.
The two judges had been appointed by the Allahabad high court in March 2003, during the excavation conducted by archaeological survey of India at the disputed site.
The Karwan today reached Delhi to meet thousands of people, including widows of the 1984 Sikh massacre, before proceeding to Gandhi’s samadhi.
Adopting the language of 12th century vachanas, S. Anand has a dialogue with Gauri Lankesh. He tells her how wolves whistle over the stilled lioness.
“I want to salute all those who expose fake news. I wish there were more of them.”
“I want those who lynched my husband to be punished, not for revenge, but to ensure that no one has to go through what my children and I have undergone.”
Gauri Lankesh’s lawyer B.T. Venkatesh is clear that the killing was a sinister and pre-planned act by Hindu terror units and had nothing to do with all the defamation cases filed against her.
English is influential, but has limited reach; regional-language journalism can make a real impact which scares communal forces
“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.”
As part of the peace-building movement, groups will travel to sites of mass violence and lynchings to urge people to stand by the minorities and the most vulnerable.
Kodnani says she was with Shah when the riots took place, so he is crucial to proving her alibi.
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The flight of large numbers of Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist civilians from the northern part of Myanmar’s Rakhine state was triggered by coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents.
Several Hindu outfits have said that they will ignore the government’s directives and will ask the puja committees to do the same.
It is true, if painful, that the hurt of Kandhamal is felt only by Christians. But the toxicity of this will surely infect and destroy Hindu souls.
The process of reforming and striking down unjust and unequal laws across communities must be taken forward while expanding secular legislation to ensure gender justice.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also asked the people to cooperate with each other on the day of Muharram and not fall prey to provocation leading to communal problems.
Besides Gender Justice, Triple Talaq Case Was Also About Separating Religion and State in Family Law
Marriage must now conclusively be held to be a secular institution, governed by civil law that confers equal rights on men and women within a marriage.
The five-judge bench set aside triple talaq by a 3-2 majority.
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.
Courts are the only institutions left where India’s women ought to be able to expect their freedom to be respected, but now court orders too seem to be legitimising the widespread violence against women.
A mob beat a group of seven Muslim men in Dumra village after rumours spread that they had killed and eaten a cow.
Without a doubt, Ansari was the target of the prime minister’s wrath because he is the senior-most Muslim in public life.
Adivasi leaders and activists say that behind the recent communal legislations is the state government’s hidden agenda to transfer community land to corporates and deflect attention from its failure to address crucial developmental issues plaguing the state.
The government’s decision to open 22 colleges named after Deendayal Upadhyaya reinforces the RSS’s much-hyped role in last year’s state elections and has triggered a backlash.
The board also told the apex court in an affidavit that the Babri Masjid site was its property and only it was entitled to hold negotiations for an amicable settlement of the dispute.
The Allahabad High Court had, in 2010, ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres at the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid site in Ayodhya.