NDTV’s Ravish Kumar says death threats have increased

NDTV journalist Ravish Kumar alleged on Friday that the frequency of abusive calls and death threats that he has been receiving since 2015 have increased manifold in the last month.The latest in the series is from an ex-CISF jawan who has sent him a video message threatening to shoot him in his office. Another person who claims to be from the Bajra...

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US State Department flags Amit Shah’s description of Bangladeshi immigrants as ‘termites’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018 on March 13.  A file photo of BJP National President Amit Shah. | IANS The United States has flagged Bharatiya Janata Party National President Amit Shah's characterisation of immigrants in Assam as "termites" at a rally last year. Shah, addressing a ...

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Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents himself as an ascetic economic visionary. He is also a hero of anti-Muslim bigots.Illustration by Tyler Comrie. Photographs by Chris Stein / Getty (wire) and Mohd Zakir / Hindustan Times / Getty (man) On August 11th, two weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent soldiers in to pacify the Indian state of Kas...

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'A nightmarish mess': millions in Assam brace for loss of citizenship

People who cannot prove links to region from before 1971 face being sent to detention camps  A national register of citizens officer takes a photograph of a boy in Guwahati, Assam. Photograph: Anupam Nath/AP Millions of people in north-eastern India could lose their citizenship on Saturday in what could become the biggest exercise in forced st...

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US State Dept. names Amit Shah, says uncertain future for 4 million in Assam

BJP president Amit Shah. | Photo Credit: Rajeev Bhatt Kallol Bhattacherjee NEW DELHI , MARCH 20, 2019 10:03 ISTUPDATED: MARCH 20, 2019 10:03 IST It also documented that refugees and internally displaced persons need more effective legal safeguards to prevent human rights abuse. The US State department has taken note of uncertain future of four mill...

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In the Idea of an 'All India NRC', Echoes of Reich Citizenship Law

While the NRC does not identify persons 'of Indian origin' on the basis of religion or ethnicity, when clubbed with the impending Citizenship Amendment Bill, those deprived of citizenship will solely be Muslims.  People show their acknowledgement receipts after checking their names in a draft for National Register of Citizens, in Guwahati. Pho...

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Modi Pushes to Grant Citizenship to Non-Muslim Immigrants

Parliament House in New Delhi.Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg By Bibhudatta Pradhan November 18, 2019, 2:24 PM GMT+7Updated on November 18, 2019, 5:47 PM GMT+7 Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is set to push ahead with a controversial bill to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim illegal migrants from neighboring countries, a move that...

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"If I See You Again...": On Camera, BJP MLA Bullies Muslim Vegetable Seller

The MLA from Charkhari in the state's Mahoba district has unabashedly owned the video and his comments. The vegetable seller's son pleaded with the BJP MLA to let them go Lucknow: In an appalling show of arrogance, a BJP MLA in Uttar Pradesh threatens a Muslim vegetable seller outside his home and warns him against "being seen anywhere in the area"...

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AAS Statement on Academic Conditions in India

by Asia Now AAS Member Matters, AAS Statement, Academia, India, South Asia 02/07/2020 The Association for Asian Studies expresses its grave concern about a series of sustained challenges to academic freedom in India. Students and scholars throughout the country are at risk, and conditions for academic inquiry and collaboration are rapidly deteriora...

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BJP felicitates Uber driver who took passenger to police for talking against Citizenship Act

In a bizarre development, BJP felicitated the Uber driver who took his passenger to the police station, after he overheard his conversation over anti-citizenship act protest  Photo Courtesy: ANI In a bizarre development, BJP felicitated the Uber driver who took his passenger to the police station, after he overheard his conversation over the a...

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AAP accuses Giriraj Singh of distributing cash, liquor in Rithala constituency ahead of Delhi polls, demands EC action against BJP MP

BJP MP Giriraj Singh was caught "red-handed" distributing cash and liquor to voters in the Rithala area of Delhi, ahead of the Assembly election on Saturday, reports said. AAP leader Sanjay Singh, making the accusation against the BJP MP, demanded that the Election Commission take action on the matter. "Union minister Giriraj Singh caught distribut...

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India’s New Laws Hurt Women Most of All. New Delhi wants people to prove their citizenship. But Indian women are the demographic least likely to possess paperwork.

 New Delhi wants people to prove their citizenship. But Indian women are the demographic least likely to possess paperwork. Muslim women hold placards during a protest rally held against India's new citizenship law in Bangalore, India, on Feb. 4, 2020. MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES BY NILANJANA BHOWMICK FEBRUARY 4, 2020, 10:43 AM On th...

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In India, Radicalisation Is Being Flaunted as a Badge of Honour

The radicalisation of the majority community has seeped into society and organs of the state and is being seen as essential to protect the motherland from the "traitors". Radicalisation: The action or process of causing someone to adopt radical (extreme) positions on political or social issues. (Cambridge dictionary) The conventional or popular bel...

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Hate speech: ‘Time to evict protestors in Delhi’, says BJP’s new campaign song

Two gunmen have fired at protestors in Delhi. But India's ruling party continues to build its hateful, divisive campaign. Screengrabs from the BJP campaign video. The Bharatiya Janata Party continues to stoke hate and divisiveness in its election campaign in Delhi. At a time when two gunmen have fired at peaceful protestors in the national capital,...

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Mosque vandalise, muezzin attack for giving azaan in UP

 The attackers thrashed the muezzin and also allegedly desecrated the Holy Quran POSTED BY SAFOORAUPDATED APRIL 28, 2020, 6:26 PM IST Screenshot of the mosque in Gorakhpur's Bankata village vandalised by goons GORAKHPUR: A mosque in Gorakhpur's Bankata village was vandalised and the muezzin was attacked by goons for allegedly giving azaan on a...

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Anti-CAA protest in Sambhal: 11 asked to sign Rs 50 lakh peace bond

The administration has sent the notices under Section 111 of CrPC (magistrate order against any person who is likely to commit breach of peace) on the basis of a report by local police. Two persons died and several were injured in a protest against the new citizenship law in Sambhal on December 19 and 20 last year. (File) By: Express News Service U...

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CAA protests: Doctors and health activists condemn police interference

Afshan Yasmeen UPDATED: DECEMBER 22, 2019 23:49 IST Amid ongoing protests across the country against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the proposed all-India National Register of Citizens, a group of medical professionals, healthcare workers and health activists raised concerns on the use of excessive force by the police and their attempts ...

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WHY YOU SHOULD CARE The hatred displayed in these groups points to the social churn triggered by the new law. By Kunal Purohit DECEMBER20, 2019 Last week, when India's home minister, Amit Shah, defended the country's controversial new citizenship law, he dismissed concerns that it was targeting Muslims and asked the community not to have any fears....

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Activists condemn “discrimination against Muslim vendors”

UPDATED: APRIL 15, 2020 20:57 IST Incidents spurred by propaganda campaigns by motivated people, they say The National Hawkers Federation, the National Coalition for Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanisation and a group of activists, academics and lawyers on Wednesday in a statement condemned the reported "discrimination against Muslim vendors" during...

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In India, Coronavirus Fans Religious Hatred

 Indian officials are blaming an Islamic group for spreading the virus, and Muslims have been targeted in a wave of violence. Men leaving an Islamic seminary linked to coronavirus cases in New Delhi last month. They were sent to a quarantine facility.Credit...Yawar Nazir/Getty Images By Jeffrey Gettleman, Kai Schultz and Suhasini Raj Apri...

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