Som has denied the charges, telling PTI that there was “nothing controversial in the CD and that parts of the video had already been aired on TV news channels”.
In a year full of protests and mass mobilisation, a list ten acts of defiance that were particularly important.
This week’s selection from the world of social science research.
Activists have demanded that the report be recalled for its communal nature and a public apology be issued to the survivors of the Muzaffarnagar riots.
In the relief camps after the riots, all the people had left were stories.
Despite the many hurdles in uniting the two communities, if the BSP gains a large section of the Dalit and Muslim vote, it will likely form the next UP government.
With the help of civil society organisations, families displaced during the Muzaffarnagar riots have taken ownership of their rehabilitation process.
Besides accentuating polarisation and provoking communal conflict, the BJP is turning attention away from the real migrations, cattle deaths and trafficking taking place because of its callous policies.
Notwithstanding Modi’s talk of ‘vikas’, the party’s sustained politics of polarisation reflects its failure to move beyond Hindutva and its doublespeak.
From the Indian government’s perspective, the bilateral document is a necessary step to goad the US into fast-tracking requests of “cooperation” from security agencies.
If meat export is the policy, is it a deliberate “policy diversion” on the part of senior BJP leaders to discredit our thriving meat industry with their innuendo and even outright suggestions that beef is being exported along with buffalo meat?
The national party leadership denies it is involved but spycam recordings by Cobrapost and Gulail show key BJP and Sangh leaders obsessed about the need to ‘save’ Hindu girls from Muslim boys.
Key BJP MLA in western UP, Sangeet Som calls Akhlaq and his family “cow killers”, while Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma says the fact that the mob did not touch the victims young daughter is proof their intention was not to lynch anyone.
Women are among the worst hit in rioting. Protecting their rights is Astitva’s mission.