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Muslim Intellectuals From Maharashtra Condemn Violence In Bengaluru, Applaud Muslims Who Prevented Desecration of Temple
Pramod Chunchuwar | India Tomorrow   MUMBAI, AUGUST 19—Strongly condemning the violence in Bengaluru following a content defamatory to Islam in a Facebook post, a group of Muslim intellectuals in Maharashtra have demanded strong legal action against the perpetrators of the crime and their masterminds.     They also applauded the Muslim individuals and groups who formed a human chain around a temple in their locality to prevent any attempt at desecration.     However, they also said in a joint statement, that “any communally coloured action by state with vindictive motive will be counterproductive”.     They said that in a democracy, any group of aggrieved citizens have the right to protest, express their dissent through peaceful means. “But no individual, group or community can be allowed to take the law in their own hands. We, in particular, question the wisdom of Muslims who resorted to violence at a time when the...




Has 'Project Shah Faesal' of Government of India Failed In Kashmir?
Shah Faesal may rejoin his duties, would prefer staying away from the crowd but the questions will keep haunting him.  Was Faesal and his IAS one of the many GOI’s long-planned CBMs? Has Project Shah Faesal failed? Has the Robot been called back to the factory for reloading?   Peerzada Ummer | India Tomorrow   SRINAGAR, AUGUST 16—The snow accumulated for three months of harsh winter chill had subtly begun to melt. Spring had arrived in Kashmir and it was the time for rose bosoms to open, for birds to sing, turn every leaf into a nest, and every tree into an orchestra.      It was the spring of political surprises too. Newspapers in March 2019 remained ruthlessly occupied with speculations of Shah Feasal, a 2010 batch IAS topper quitting his otherwise prestigious job and entering politics. On March 17, finally, he appeared in front of a crowd donning a blazer over Shalwar Kameez- imitating the style of Pakistan’s Prime Minister...




Self-Appointed Vigilantes Continue To Attack Muslim Meat Suppliers, Livestock Traders In Haryana's Gurugram
 Syed Ali Ahmed | India Tomorrow   NEW DELHI, AUGUST 14—Self-appointed vigilantes continue to target Muslim meat suppliers and livestock traders in various parts of Gurugram and nearby districts thanks to inadequate response of the police to the crimes against Muslims.   Two incidents of attacks on meat suppliers and livestock dealers have been reported in the last two weeks itself in Gurugram district, with police registering FIRs in one case simply on statements of the accused, not the victims.   While one incident took place in Khatola village, another incident happened in Gurugram city.   Another incident took place a few months back in a residential colony in Gurgaon in which Muslim family members were beaten up by sticks inside their home. Following that barbaric incident, a number of Muslims had left Gurugram for Muslim-dominated area.   Four Hindu youths from Khatola village called Mursaleen and Nasir, residents of Ghasera village f...




Situation Calm in Northeast Bengaluru, Tense on Social Media, BJP 'Attempts to Communalize Issue'
Syed Sujeel Ahmed | India Tomorrow   BENGALURU, AUGUST 13—All shops and establishments are shut in DJ Halli, KG Halli and Kaval Byrasandra on the second day of curfew imposed till 6 am on August 15, following Tuesday night’s riots. Sporadic movements of vehicles were seen in curfew-imposed areas as residents went out to nearby areas to attend to their chores.   “Just a fortnight back lockdown is lifted and again we are in a lockdown like situation,” said a shop keeper in Kaval Byrsandra sitting outside his closed grocery shop.   The DJ Halli police station limits is densely populated by the auto and taxi drivers from the city. Jeeps, commercial service trucks or tempos, autos and cars used to dot the road, which are now charred.   By and large the situation remained calm on the ground. However, throughout Wednesday, several state and national leaders from the BJP turned their ire towards Muslims and blamed them squarely for the incide...




Indian Muslims, In the 73rd Year of Independence: Part I
This is a three-part article in which veteran journalist Rehan Ansari reviews the conditions of  Indian Muslims in 73rd year of India's Independence. The Part-I appears today.   By Rehan Ansari (Special to India Tomorrow)  MUMBAI: Mohandas Gandhi, the father of the nation, said, in 1931, "A Nation's Greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members and shows compassion to those who can't protect and fend for themselves." At a time when India is to celebrate 73rd years of its independence, it will be important to understand where the Indian Muslims stand.   This report is based on the lecture of Christophe Jaffrelot, a French Political Scientist specializing in South Asia especially, India and Pakistan, author of many books, who talked extensively on the conditions of Indian Muslims and the way forward in a webinar.   He had dealt with two questions in his lecture organized by the BASE, West Bengal. With government and his research ...




"Draft EIA is A Blueprint for Indiscriminate Loot of the Nation's Resources": Says SIO
India Tomorrow  NEW DELHI, AUGUST 12—The Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) of India has said that “the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), 2020 is a virtual blueprint for indiscriminate loot of the nation’s precious natural resources”.   “While effective utilisation of resources is a necessity for development, the draft EIA proposes a scheme that drastically scales down environmental safeguards and accountability at all levels”, says SIO in a press statement.   “It allows post-facto clearance, effectively meaning large and sensitive projects can begin operations without clearance and drastically reduces the scope of public hearings. It bars citizens from reporting violations and restricts the scope for the public to seek interventions from the NGT and other authorities. The categories of projects exempted from the EIA process has been vastly expanded without disclosing the rationale and criterion of exemptio...




Delhi Police Sexually Assaulted Jamia Students During Anti-CAA Protest on February 10: Fact-Finding Report
Syed Khalique Ahmed | India Tomorrow   NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11—A prominent women organization, National Federation of India Women(NFIW) led by social activists Aruna Roy and Annie Raja, have alleged that the Delhi police used chemical gas and molested women students of the Jamia Millia Islamia on February 10 when they were protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and making a bid to march to Parliament building.   The allegations have been made in a seven-page report released to media. However, the police have denied the use of any gas or molestation of girls or attacks on private parts of men and women.   Called the fact-finding report, it was compiled by the organisation’s women activists after talking to victims, other students, teachers, activists, medical professionals, administrative staff and legal professional reports on the gruesome violence.   The report said that the chemical attack made the students immobile, caused drowsiness ...




Sunni Trust To Invite Yogi Adityanath For Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony Of Hospital, School Inside The Mosque Complex
Arshad Afzaal Khan | India Tomorrow LUCKNOW, AUGUST 10—The Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation, a trust set up by the Sunni Waqf Board for the construction of an alternative mosque complex on five acres of land allotted on directions of the Supreme Court within the territorial limits of Ayodhya district, has announced to invite Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.     The statement came after the chief minister expressed doubts that he would not be invited for the foundation laying ceremony of the mosque. He also that as a Yogi, he would not like to be associated with the mosque and would like to live his life as per the dictates of his own religion. He made the comments in response to a question by journalists after Yogi attended the Ram Temple foundation laying programme at Ayodhya, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in presence of Hindu saints from all over India, on August 5.     But Trust secretary Athar Hussain told India Tomorrow that the CM would ...




BJP Leader Demolishes The Under-Construction House Of CRPF Jawan Noor Kalim In Sultanpur
 Arshad Afzaal Khan | India Tomorrow LUCKNOW, AUGUST 9—A BJP leader-Shrawan Mishra- who is BJP Block Pramukh of Kadipur block in Sultanpur district, on Friday demolished an under-construction house of a CRPF jawan posted in Kashmir.     The incident happened in Shaikhpur village under Gosaigunj police station. The area falls in the Sultanpur Lok Sabha constituency represented by BJP MP Maneka Gandhi.     Police have registered an FIR against Mishra. However, he is yet to be arrested.     According to details, CRPF jawan Noor Kalim had purchased a piece of land on the roadside in the village and had started construction of his house. The plot the CRPF jawan purchased is adjoining an agricultural land belonging to Mishra.     He had laid the foundation of the building and was constructing columns and structure of the house by using steel, concrete and cement.     Narrating about the incident, the CRPF jawan t...




Bijwasan Mosque: Miscreants Lock It, Police Unlocks
Syed Khalique Ahmed & Rasheeduddin Khaja | India Tomorrow   NEW DELHI, AUGUST 9—Some antisocial elements locked the Bijwasan village mosque in Delhi, bordering Gurugram district of Haryana, after forcibly evicting the Imam from the premises on Saturday evening.   However, the police removed the locks and picked up the two accused persons after a local Muslim Dr. Intizar Khan called up the police.   Those detained by the police were Manjit Khatri, son of Bhagwan Khatri and Pramod, son of Mange Ram.   Dr. Khan said that three youths of the village, including Rakesh alias Rocky, son of Chandrabhan, were visiting the mosque Imam for the last few days and asking him to vacate the mosque. These youths came during day time when the local Muslims had gone out for work. There are only four Muslim families who are native of the village.   “We did not take it seriously when the Imam of the mosque Lal Mohammed complained about it”, said Dr...




Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Demands Creation Of 'Special Education Zones' In Muslim Concentrated Districts
India Tomorrow   NEW DELHI, AUGUST 8—Stating that India cannot become ‘global knowledge leader’ without giving proper education to 25 crores of Indian Muslims, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind(JIH), India’s leading socio-cultural organization, has suggested setting up of ‘special education zones’ in Muslim concentrated districts across the country along with making proper arrangements for teaching of Urdu and Arabic languages that would open up huge job opportunities in the Gulf and Arabic-speaking African countries.   The suggestion was made at a press conference addressed by JIH Education Board chairman Mr Nusrat Ali in connection with the New Education Police-2020 released by the Central government recently.   Referring to NEP talking about developing e-content in Eight Indian languages of the country, Mr. Ali expressed his displeasure over excluding Urdu from it. He said that whenever the governments, the Centre or the States, talked of ...




UP Police Arrest Four PFI Members For Posts About 'Bhumi Pujan' On Social Media
Arshad Afzaal Khan | India Tomorrow   LUCKNOW, AUGUST 7— Uttar Pradesh police have arrested four persons on allegations of spreading provocative messages with regard to ‘bhumi pujan’ of the Ram Temple on social media.   All of the them are said to be linked with Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI).   While of the accused was arrested from Lucknow, the remaining three were arrested from Bahraich, a district town bordering Nepal.   The one arrested from Lucknow has been identified as Abul Majeed, media in-charge of PFI. He was arrested last evening from a rented house in Mahipatmau locality under Kakori Police Station in Lucknow city. The police said that Abdul Majeed was posting communally provocative messages on social media. According to police, Abdul Majeed is native of Ramnagar in Shahdara, East Delhi.   Police Inspector of Kakori Police Station Pramednra Singh told mediapersons that Abdul Maje...




After Ram Temple 'Shilanyas', Now Krishna Janmabhoomi Trust Set Up In Mathura
  India Tomorrow  MATHURA (UP), AUGUST 6—The Hindutva 'brigade' does not seem to allow peace prevail in the country. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducting 'bhoomi pujan' or 'shilanyas' for the Ram Temple construction in Ayodhya, the Hindutva brigade has now set up  the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Nirman Nyas in Mathura with 80 saints from 14 states as part of it. If the Central Government and the Uttar Pradesh government don't initiate strong steps, it might lead to nationwide communal tension again.   Acharya Devmurari Bapu, who heads the trust, said, "We got the Nyas registered on July 23 on the occasion of 'Haryali Teej' and there are 11 saints from Vrindavan who are part of the trust."   The Acharya further said that a signature campaign will soon be launched to connect other saints and seers for the 'liberation' of the Krishna Janmabhoomi.   "After the signature campaign, we will launch a nationwide movement ...




Modi's 'Bhoomipujan' For Ram Mandir Puts Question Mark Over India's Secularism, Is India Headed To Become A Hindu Rashtra?
Pramod Chunchuwar | India Tomorrow   AYODHYA, AUGUST 5—Prime Minister Narendra Modi acting as a host for ‘bhoomipujan’ ceremony for Ram Temple here on Wednesday has put a question mark over India as a secular country.   Those who attended the ‘bhoomipujan’with Modi included UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, State governor Anandiben Patel and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.   The big question after ‘bhoomipujan’ by the PM is whether the country will now move towards becoming a Hindu Rashtra? Will this  lead India on the path of majoritarianism?   Though Modi, Yogi Adityanath and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat tried to allay fears in the minds of minorities, particularly Muslims,  their words can hardly give confidence to non-Hindus as they are known for such lip-services.   Till now, generally the persons holding constitutional posts used to avoid hosting any religious programmes keeping in mid...




PM Modi To Lay Foundation Stone Of Ram Mandir, Welfare Party Slams It
Welfare Party of India president Dr. Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas has slammed the PM for attending the foundation laying event. He called it “unconstitutional” and “unbecoming of the stature of Prime Minister of India”.   Pramod Chunchuwar | India Tomorrow   AYODHYA/NEW DELHI, AUGUST 4—Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya at around noon on Wednesday, amid criticism from various quarters.   Several political leaders and rights activists have said that Modi occupying the high constitutional post should abstain himself from the construction of a temple which saw decades of legal battle from the lower court to the highest court of the land. The verdict in favour of the temple came in November 2019. The Supreme Court that heard the title suit of the dispute, allotted the land, where once the Babri Masjid stood, to the temple and directed the UP state government to allot five acres of land at a differe...




Gujarat Police Issues Externment Notice To Kalim Siddiqui, Activist Threatens to Challenge It In The High Court
Syed Khalique Ahmed | India Tomorrow   NEW DELHI, JULY 30—While Gujarat Police have issued an externment notice to journalist-activist Kalim Siddiqui on allegations of his involvement in 10 incidents of criminial intimidation and violence, and police FIRs registered in two other cases, the activist has declared to challenge the notice in the Gujarat High Court.   Siddiqui has been issued a showcause notice asking him as to why he should not be externed for a period of two years from Ahmedabad city, Ahmedabad district, Gandhinagar, Kheda and Mehsana districts.   In his reply submitted to Assistant Commissioner of Police (A Division) A M Patel on Thursday, Siddiqui said the allegations levelled by the police are false and not tenable in a court of law.   In the showcause notice, police accused that Siddiqui was involved in a case of rioting in Ramol area of Ahmedabad in August 2018 and participated in an unlawful assembly during anti-CAA protest in Rakhi...




Muslims in Maharashtra Angry Over Restrictions On Sale and Purchase of Sacrificial Animals During Bakrid
Pramod Chunchuwar | India Tomorrow  MUMBAI, JULY 30—Expressing resentment in strong words about the Maharashtra government restrictions on Eid-ul-Azha (Bakrid), Muslim religious leaders have alleged that even state governments ruled by BJP have not put such restrictions.    They demanded permission for sale and purchase of goats in various markets and ' Qurbani'  of bull and buffalos in Deonar abattoir.    They also demanded allowing trucks and tempos carrying goats and financial compensation for traders of goats who suffered loss due to such restrictions.    Muslim religious leaders from different organisations expressed their anguish over  restrictions on Bakrid in Mumbai and other places in Maharashtra with regards the COVID-19 pandemic.     "The BJP ruled state like Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat have not put such restrictions. UP government has allowed sale of goats and other animals permissible to be sacri...




Rajasthan Governor Setting 'Dangerous Precedent': Ahmed Patel
  NEW DELHI, JULY 29--Amid the faceoff between the Rajasthan Governor and the Ashok Gehlot government over convening the special Assembly session, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said it could set a "dangerous precedent."   Attacking Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra without naming him, the Congress treasurer said, "It is perhaps for the first time in our history that we are seeing a Governor reluctant to convene the Assembly despite aid and advice of the elected Chief Minister."   Patel cautioned that it may lead to a constitutional impasse and set a bad precedent in the democratic history of the country.   "If this dangerous precedent is allowed, what will happen if the Rashtrapati (President) refuses to summon Parliament despite the Union Cabinet recommending it?" said Patel in a statement.   Patel said if allowed it may create chaos and cautioned the Union government on the stand taken by the Rajasthan Governor. &nb...




Karnataka 'Drops' Class 7 Chapter On Tipu Sultan
India Tomorrow  BENGALURU, JULY 28—After the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently dropped several subjects like “Democracy”, Citizenship” and “Secularism” etc from Class X and XII syllabi, Karnataka has dropped a chapter on Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan from the history textbook for Class 7 students to reduce their syllabus, as reopening of schools has been delayed due to Covid crisis this academic year.   This was confirmed to mediapersons the Karnataka Text Book Society Director Madde Gowda here on Tuesday.   "The chapter on Tipu Sultan for Class 7 has been dropped to reduce the syllabus by 30 per cent for this academic year due to delay in reopening of schools due to no let-up in coronavirus spread," Godwa told reporters.   The society, however, retained the chapter on the 'Tiger of Mysore' for Classes 6 and 10.   "As Class 7 students would have read Tipu in Class 6 and will read more o...




Activist Harsh Mander Withdraws Petition Seeking FIRs Against Kapil Mishra & Others, Jamiat Urges Court To Look Into Minorities Commission's Fact-Finding Report
India Tomorrow   NEW DELHI, JULY 27—The Delhi High Court on Monday allowed rights activists Harsh Mander to withdraw his petition seeking registration of FIRs against politicians including BJP’s Kapil Mishra, Union Minister Anurag Thakur and others like Parvesh Verma for allegedly making incendiary speeches that resulted in largescale anti-Muslim violence in parts of Northeast Delhi claiming 53 lives.     The high court gave the permission after Mander’s counsel Kapil Sibal informed the court that Mander was moving his application before the judicial magistrate under Section 156(3) of CrPC to seek filing of FIRs against the political leaders.     According to livelaw.in, Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan allowed Mander to withdraw his petition and file it in the court of judicial magistrate.   Jamiat urges court to look into Delhi HC’s fact-finding report During the hearing, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind advocat...




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