December 21, 2019

New Delhi: Last week, when Union home minister Amit Shah defended the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (now Act) in parliament, he dismissed concerns that it was targeting India’s Muslims and asked the community not to have any fears.
Instead, he went a step ahead and responded to an opposition leader’s comment by saying said, “..this country will not be free from Muslims even if you want it to be.”
But away from the glare, inside India’s WhatsApp networks, most run directly or indirectly by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its affiliates, the messaging is clear and quite the opposite – that the CAA is a major step towards making India a ‘Hindu Rashtra,’ and that the Act is a weapon to…

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December 21, 2019

Fahad’s rebellion was marked by red paint on his face and a black band on his head. On Monday, facing a statue of B.R. Ambedkar, the father of the Indian constitution, Fahad read aloud as a crowd of close to 500 students sat in a circle, swaying to revolutionary songs of freedom. He read from the preamble of the constitution: “We, the People of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a sovereign, socialist, secular democratic republic and to secure to all its citizens Justice … Liberty … Equality … and Fraternity.”

A woman standing next to me searched Google for the preamble and started…

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December 19, 2019

Recent exclusionary steps can only bring India’s international image down
A fusion of law and exclusivist ideology is in the making. Brute arithmetic is being used for majoritarian ends.

Right since 1945, up until recently, few democratic polities moved from inclusion to exclusion in their citizenship practices and laws. The big exceptions were mostly authoritarian, the Chinese treatment of Uighurs being the most recent. Some democratic polities might have remained as exclusionary as before, but, by and large, when change came…

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December 19, 2019

The Rape of India’s Soul

India’s rapid descent into xenophobia, violence, and irrationality has an important economic dimension, but it takes politicians to channel these emotions into nationalism, and to embolden the nationalists to commit violence. Now that the ruling BJP has done so, is it able – or willing – to exorcise the many demons it has unleashed?

NEW DELHI – Injustice, discrimination, and violence are hardly unheard of in India. But today, they…

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December 10, 2019

NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday slammed the US government panel on religious freedom for its statement on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, saying it was “regrettable” that the entity, which has no locus stand on the issue, has chosen to be guided by its “prejudices and biases” on the matter

In a strongly-worded statement against the bill, passed by Lok Sabha on Monday, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said “the CAB is a dangerous turn in the wrong direction” and asked the US administration to consider imposing sanctions against Home Minister Amit Shah and other principal Indian leadership if the bill with the “religious criterion” is enacted into a law.
Rejecting comments by the USCIRF, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson…

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December 10, 2019

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According to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, till December 31, 2014 facing religious persecution, won’t be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

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December 10, 2019

ew Delhi: The Citizenship Amendment Bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha around midnight on Monday after nearly 7 hours of heated discussions, with 311 voting in support and 80 against. It will be presented in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow. Union Home Minister Amit Shah rejected the opposition criticism that it violates the constitution’s core principles of equality, saying it was not even “0.001% against India’s minorities”. He also questioned the Congress’ right to describe the bill as discriminatory when it is the very party that “divided India on the grounds of religion” during the 1947 partition. The bill seeks to make it easier for non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to become Indian citizens.

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December 8, 2019

Justice can never be instant and “loses its character as justice” if it becomes revenge, Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde said Saturday at an event in Jodhpur.
Chief Justice Bobde’s remarks come after four young men accused of rape and murder were killed on Friday in what the Telangana police say was an encounter. The police action had its critics, but was largely welcomed by the public.
Chief Justice Bobde was speaking at the inauguration of a new Rajasthan High Court building, with Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in attendance.
He made a reference to “recent events” in the country as explained that the criminal justice system should reconsider its position towards laxity and the time taken to dispose of criminal…

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December 8, 2019

(CNN)Four men held over a high-profile rape and murder case in India have been shot dead by police while they were in custody, an official confirmed Friday, drawing praise from the family of the victim but criticism from some lawmakers and rights groups.
The men had been arrested in connection with the gang-rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinarian who was strangled and her body set alight in the southern city of Hyderabad, in Telangana state last week.
The woman’s charred remains were found near a highway underpass on November 27, sparking nationwide outrage and protests in several major cities including Bengaluru and India’s capital, New Delhi. Many of the demonstrators carried placards and chanted slogans demanding the death penalty for…

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December 8, 2019

An Indian woman who was set on fire on her way to testify against her alleged rapists has died of her injuries.

The 23-year-old died late on Friday after suffering cardiac arrest at a Delhi hospital. She had 90% burns.

She was attacked on Thursday as she was walking to a hearing in the rape case she filed against two men in March in Unnao, in northern Uttar Pradesh state.

Five men, including the alleged rapists, have been arrested, Indian police say.

The sister of the victim, whose name has not been released, told the BBC that she wanted the death penalty for the pair.

She said the family would continue to fight the case against them in court.

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