December 27, 2019

 

December 27, 2019

As the campaigner-in-chief for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens, Home Minister Amit Shah has been making, with his characteristic belligerence, a number of arguments both inside and outside Parliament in defence of his government’s initiative. These arguments have been echoed by a host of BJP ministers, MPs and supporters on social media. Those of us who oppose this divisive exercise in India need to face these claims squarely

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https://theprint.in/opinion/shashi-tharoor-claims-of-caa-campaigner-in-chief-amit-shah-fact-checked/339369/?fbclid=IwAR1nysRhklyCg8fUFrRRI89IyWaabaOQc1RtGvwMk-c6G9zuReqG9sqRRGE

December 9, 2019

Three million Uighur Muslims are estimated to be detained in Chinese concentration camps. Thousands of Yazidis, Christians, and others live on the edge of extinction in their ancient homelands in Iraq and Syria after the Islamic State’s genocidal rampage against them. Prisoners of conscience around the world are incarcerated for their beliefs, actions, or peaceful advocacy in support of their faith. The United States must continue and expand its work in support of religious freedom worldwide.

This is why it is so important that Congress reauthorize the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. Composed of…

December 9, 2019

A recent hearing on human rights in South Asia focused almost exclusively on the issue of Kashmir, a disputed region which is claimed, at least in part, by India, Pakistan, and China. Legislators and witnesses at the hearing spent a great deal of time denouncing the Indian government’s response to the Pulwama attack of February 2019, in which terrorists killed 40 Indian police officers.

Pakistan’s role in all this, however, went largely unmentioned. Just a few days before the hearing, Pakistani Sen. Sirajul Haq declared, “There is no resolution of the Kashmir problem except through jihad” and that ” nation is ready to fight against India.”

Haq is the emir of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, a multinational radical…

November 25, 2019

It’s as official as it can get, because Home Minister Amit Shah has said so in Parliament. The National Register of Citizens – a citizenship crucible – will be repeated in Assam, and be conducted across India now. The exercise will unleash, once again, a new set of anxieties among all Indians, just like it did in Assam. Another trial by fire, even for those singed already.

But the political question to ask is this: How do Amit Shah and Narendra Modi keep Indians perpetually anxious and ensure that the voters still keep voting for them in elections? Keep citizens busy, and make sure the report card reflects on them and not the BJP government.

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https://theprint.in/opinion/how-modi-amit-shah-created-anxiety-raj-and-still-win-elections/324188/?fbclid=IwAR3B33d881DT5n9Wm4Vk8X8UgLW5XTDaOj1NKrlliACjy1AcKZO9WSSEyPs

November 25, 2019

It will be easy, as also natural, to feel outraged at the constitutional travesty enacted at the governor’s house in Maharashtra this morning.

The birth of a new government should be a cheerful occasion but this was a joyless affair. Indeed, the Devendra Fadnavis-Ajit Pawar skulduggery can only be compared with the fraud of July 1984 when G.M. Shah was sworn in at midnight as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir by governor Jagmohan.

But those were bad old days of an autocratic, authoritarian Indira Gandhi. And that should be a matter of some satisfaction to all  that the New India has finally begun to look very much like the soiled Old India.

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https://thewire.in/politics/coup-in-maharashtra-devendra-fadnavis

November 24, 2019

Not Narendra Modi, Amit Shah is the new face of Indian state for hurt and angry Kashmiris.

ou know what’s afsos mithai?” I did not. But soon it transpired that I did. As a child I called it boodhi amma ke baal. Much later, I would learn the English name for it: candy floss. “For us Kashmiris, Article 370 was like afsos mithai. Lovely appearance, but you regret (afsos) as soon as you find out how little it contains.” I was speaking to Karim (all names changed), this young man in mid-30s with piercing eyes that bore a hole in my skin.

I was in Kashmir for three days, mainly to listen to apple-growers and to assess the damage to their crops. But Kashmiris…

November 22, 2019

After the appointment of Firoz Khan as a professor of Sanskrit at Benaras Hindu University, a group of around twenty students, allegedly having past links to the ABVP and RSS, protested against the same by claiming that a Muslim professor couldn’t teach them Sanskrit because he wasn’t connected to their culture or religion.

Khan, who has a doctorate in Sanskrit as well as qualified the NET-JRF, went onto say that all his life, he has learned Sanskrit with zeal and nobody had ever made him feel out of place because of his religion. He added that while he was hurt by the protest, he will try to undo the feelings in the students by his teaching, if given…

November 20, 2019

New Delhi, India (CNN)On the eve of India’s independence, the man who would soon become the country’s first Prime Minister outlined an aspirational vision.
India would be a nation where people of all religions had equal rights, privileges and obligations, Jawaharlal Nehru said in his now-iconic speech to the country’s parliament on August 14, 1947.
Now, over 70 years later, there are signs that Nehru’s hopes for the nation face perhaps their greatest threat.
On November 9, India’s top court gave Hindus permission to build a temple on a disputed centuries-old holy site in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which holds significance for both Hindus and Muslims.

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https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/19/asia/india-muslim-modi-intl-hnk/index.html?no-st=1574268548

November 18, 2019

‘The Sena can quickly reduce most solutions to violence.’
‘When in power, it will revert to this gene which is coded into it and we will no doubt produce entertaining and frightening moments,’ says Aakar Patel.

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https://www.rediff.com/news/column/why-congress-ncp-must-be-wary-of-the-sena/20191118.htm