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UP Police:: Questions Being Raised About Claims of Alleged "Encounters"by Police In Azamgarh
Masihuzzama Ansari | India Tomorrow   LUCKNOW, AUGUST 16—Many people in Azamgarh district of East Uttar Pradesh are questioning the police claim of encounters in which several persons lost their lives and many got severe injuries.   Almost all the victims are reported to Dalits, OBC Yadavs and some Muslims.   One of them is Ajay Yadav of Saraimeer, a sleeping town in the district.   Speaking to India Tomorrow, Ajay Yadav said that it was in May 2018 when police apprehended him when he was driving his bike and took him to the police station.   “Cops tied my hands and legs with ropes and even blindfolded me”, Yadav said with tears rolling down his eyes.   “The SOG sleuths came after that. They forced me to sit in a Sumo car and took me to a secluded spot. They untied my hands and within minutes, they shot me in my knee”, he said.   Ajay’s father Satyaram Yadav, said “The police had shot a bullet in...




Dalit Village 'Pradhan' Shot Dead by Upper Castes in UP's Azamgarh, Upper Castes Leave The Village Due To Fear Of Reprisals
Arshad Afzaal Khan | India Tomorrow LUCKNOW, AUGUST 16— In increasing incidents of attack on Dalits and OBCs in East UP’s Azamgarh district, a Dalit village ‘Pradhan’ of Bansgaon was shot dead by members of the upper castes involving Thakurs and Brahmins.   The incident happened on August 14 evening. The deceased has been identified as Satyamev Jayate alias    Following the incident, the Dalit villagers, who are in majority, not only attacked the house of one of the suspects who happens to belong to the Thakur caste but also attacked the nearby police outpost and damaged several police vehicles as an eight year old Dalit boy-Sooraj-was crushed allegedly under the wheels of a police jeep that came to control the situation and opened several rounds of fire in which no one was injured.    Heavy police deployment has been made in the village to control the situation and maintain law and order. According to another account, the boy w...




Challenges and The Way Forward for Indian Muslims
This is a the last part of a three-part article in which veteran journalist Rehan Ansari reviews the conditions of Indian Muslims in 73rd year of India's Independence. In this part, he discusses what are the challenges facing the India Muslims and what is the way forward? His articles are based on a lecture by French political analyst Christophe Jaffrelot who has specialized on India.  Rehan Ansari (Special to India Tomorrow)   MUMBAI, AUGUST 14—Christophe Jaffrelot feels that CAA-NRC is the biggest challenge for Indian Muslims, in the short term, and education in mid and long run.   He says that Muslims are among the social categories along with SCs, STs and OBCs, where you don't find birth Certificate of children under 5. “It will be very difficult to prove Citizenship. It will be a challenge primarily in Assam as also Elsewhere”, he points out.   The international community, in February 2020, for the first time, reacted to the amendmen...




"Police Treated Us Like Animals", Allege Foreign Tablighi Jamaat Activists Facing Trial For Visa Norm Violation
Syed Ali Ahmed | India Tomorrow   NEW DELHI, AUGUST 13—Several foreign activists of Tablighi Jamaat, who are stranded in India owing to police cases registered against them on ground of violation of visa norms, allege that they were treated like animals by the police at quarantine centres.   Narrating their experiences with the police and administration with this scribe, some of them currently staying in Jamia Nagar, said that they were pushed into rooms like hordes of animals. “They behaved with us as if we are animals and spreader of coronavirus”, several citizens of US, Australia, UK and other countries said.   Many of them also took objections to the headlines in newspapers describing Jamaat activists as carriers of coronavirus.   All of them have willingly chosen to face the trial instead of accepting offence, paying penalty and leaving for their countries, an option that was given to them by the government. Some of them had come to In...




Indian Muslims, In the 73rd Year of Independence: Part II; Their Condition Deteriorated With the Rise of BJP In Indian Politics
This is part II of a three-part article in which veteran journalist Rehan Ansari reviews the condition of Indian Muslims in 73rd year of India's Independence. By Rehan Ansari (Special To India Tomorrow)  MUMBAI:This report is based on a lecture by Christophe Jaffrelot, a French Political Scientist specializing in South Asia especially, India and Pakistan. This article breaks the myth that Congress has pampered Indian Muslims. He also responds to the question that what kind of difference, the rise of BJP made to the Muslims in India?     What difference the Rise of BJP made to Indian Muslims, in Socio-Economical terms? Although Jaffrelot felt that there are many issues. However, he chose to deal with two questions:   Marginalisation of Muslims in Parliament and Assemblies and Discrimination of Muslims by the police in different states.   The marginalization of Muslims in Parliament and Assemblies Since the 1980s Muslim Representations in Lok ...




Mysterious Appearance of Cow Carcasses in Azamgarh Pointer Towards "Right Wing Conspiracy", Say Local Residents
Masihuzzama Ansari | India Tomorrow   LUCKNOW, AUGUST 12—The sudden spotting of abandoned cow carcasses in Azamgarh during the past few days is a pointer towards a silent conspiracy of the right-wing forces, claim social and civil rights activists in the area including local residents. Rihai Manch, a state-based grass roots organisation working for national unity and social justice has demanded a high-level probe into the incident and termed it an “organised conspiracy” while BJP District President Dhruv Singh has demanded action in the case.   According to eyewitnesses, the carcasses were found strewn at different places in the city under mysterious circumstances buttressing fears that a nefarious design is underway to target the minorities. Singh has alleged that that the carcasses are of the cows which were meant to be slaughtered in the abattoirs but since the supply was disrupted, the dead cows were abandoned on the streets. The BJP claims the numb...




Three Killed In Bengaluru Violence, Over 100 Arrested, Violence-Hit Areas Under Curfew
Syed Sujeel Ahmed | India Tomorrow   BENGALURU, AUGUST 12—Three persons were killed in police firing and over 100, including an SDPI leader Muzammil Pasha, arrested in the violence in northeastern Bengaluru that took place on Tuesday night after the relative of a Congress MLA posted derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammed along with questioning Muslims on Babri Masjid on his Facebook page.   According to police reports, 60 others were injured, three of them in serious condition. Curfew has been clamped on violence-hit areas under Banaswadi Police Sub-Division.   The one who posted derogatory materials has been identified as P Naveen, a nephew of Akhand Srinivas Murthy, a Congress MLA from Pulikeshinagar constituency. Navin as well as the MLA are Dalits.   On Tuesday evening, protesters reached the MLA’s house located at Kaval Byrasandra to lodge their protest with the MLA, when they came to know that the MLA was not available at his house, th...




Muslim Mulnivasi Manch Performed Last Rites Of COVID-19 Deceased, Wins Hearts Of All Communities In Pune
By Our Special Correspondent   PUNE, AUGUST 11—Muslim Mulnivasi Manch, a Pune-based social organisation has been tirelessly carrying out the last rites of dead COVID-19 deceased persons belonging to all faiths- Hindus, Muslims and Christians since the lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in last week of March.  The organisation has been at the forefront in providing relief to the families who lost their near and dear ones in COVID crisis but had no wherewithal to perform their last rites due to the restrictions of lockdown. So much so that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has legally permitted the organisation to carry out last rites at crematoriums, graveryards and cemeteries. The organisation has so far carried out as many 240 last rites related to cremation and burials during the last three months.   Its president Anjum Inamdar said that the organisation has members from different professions who work for the cause of humanity without ...




SC Asks Allahabad HC to Decide In 15 Days If Dr. Kafeel Khan Can Be Released
 India Tomorrow   NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11—The Supreme Court has given 15 days time to the Allahabad High Court to decide on the release of Dr. Kafeel Khan, who was arrested on January 29 in connection with delivering a speech in Aligarh in December 2019 in connection with anti-Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA) protests and is currently imprisoned in Mathural Central Jail.   The order was passed by a bench comprising Justices manoj Mishra and Deepak Verma on a petition filed by Dr. Khan’s mother Nuzahat Parween.   The next date of hearing in the case is August 19.   In its order, the apex court said, “Hear and expeditiously consider the matter on merits and consider in 15 days time, whether Dr Kafeel Khan can be released or not”.   Khan, who was earlier suspended from the Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College and Hospital, has been in detention since January 29 for allegedly making an inflammatory speech on the Aligarh Muslim Uni...




PIL In Supreme Court Demands Rebuilding Of Mosques, Temple Pulled Down In Telangana Secretariat
Syed Khalique Ahmed | India Tomorrow   NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11—Hyderabad-based advocate Khaja Aijazuddin has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Telangana government to give commitment to rebuild two mosques and a temple within the vicinity of the old Telangana secretariat at Hyderabad that were pulled down last month to enable construction of a new building for the state secretariat.   The Telangana secretariat complex is spread over an area of 25 acres.   In his plea, Khaja Aijazuddin said that the temple named Nalla Pochamma was located in A Block of the secretariat while two mosques- one named as Masjid Daffatir-e-Muatamadi was located in C block and the other one Masjid-e-Hashmi was located near the D block.   The petition said that there is no dispute about the existence of the three religious places within the secretariat complex before the demolition of the building. The question about the religio...




India's Composite Culture and Muslim Stalwarts
By Ram Puniyani   Contrary to present impression that Muslims are separatists due to whom the partition of India took place, the truth is that Muslims contributed to freedom movement and upheld India’s composite culture in equal measure. The partition process, mainly due to British policy of ‘divide and rule’ well assisted by Hindu and Muslim communalists is being hidden from the popular vision in India and Muslims in general are held responsible for the same. Not only that the communal historiography introduced by British to pursue their policies has become the bedrock of communal politics and worsening of the perceptions about Muslims is in progress in India.   Yet another example of this has been a series of tweets by the bureaucrat, who is close to retirement, K. Nageshwar Rao. Contrary to the service rules he has made statements, through his tweets which are appreciative of RSS-BJP and demonise the stalwarts Muslim leaders who not only contributed t...




Muslim Women Accuse Delhi Police Of Beating and Sexually Assaulting them, Police Deny The Charge
Syed Khalique Ahmed | India Tomorrow  NEW DELHI, AUGUST 10—Three women, including a teenager, have alleged that police beat them up and sexually assaulted as well in the Bhajanpura police station of Northeast Delhi on the night of August 8.   The incident happened when 10 women, including Shaheen Khan, Shanno and the latter’s 17-year-old daughter went to the police to seek registration of an FIR in a case that happened two days earlier.   While the other women waited in the police station compound, the three went inside the police station. They are all residents of Subhash Mohalla of Ghonda, a locality in the northeast Delhi that witnessed India’s worst anti-Muslim violence in February this year.   In an interview to the Caravan magazine, they said the policemen not only refused to register the FIR, they severely attacked the women, including the teenager.   They also alleged that the policemen also sexually assaulted them. However, t...




1806, not 1857: History Of The Indian Freedom Struggle Should Be Rewritten, Demands Historian Dr. S. Chandni Bi
AMU historian, Dr. S. Chandni Bi, has claimed that the War of Independence started long before the 1857 sepoy mutiny, in South India, but North Indian historians have undermined the role of South Indian freedom fighters.   IANS   AGRA, AUGUST 10—Unfazed by the charge that her assertions could open up a Pandora’s Box of controversies and trigger a North-South debate, Dr S Chandni Bi, eminent historian, says there is a need for a thorough review and rewriting of history of the pre-independence India, with a national perspective, objectively assessing the role of each region and community according to certain norms.     It may be recalled that some years ago because of her persistence, the Tamil Nadu government had to bring into light the obscured pages of history that offered a fresh insight and gave South India’s freedom struggle movement a new perspective.     Dr S Chandni Bi from Salem, Tamil Nadu, presently teaching South Indi...




Understanding The Spirit of Quit India Movement
 By Prem Singh   The 78th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, famously known as the August Revolution in the history of India's freedom movement, falls on August 9, 2020. The movement was inspired by the intense desire of freedom of the Indian people. According to a letter written by Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia to the Viceroy Linlithgow, the British government had killed fifty thousand patriots and injured much more people during the movement. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the movement, celebrated three years ago on 9 August 2017, almost all political parties had organized a number of programs in memory of the martyrs of the August Revolution.     Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while observing the occasion, gave a clarion call for the revival of the spirit of the Quit India Movement by coining a new slogan 'Karenge Aur Karake Rahenge' in place of Gandhi's slogan 'Karo Ya Maro' - Do or Die.  The slogan by Prime Minister was intended towards achiev...




Paradox of Plenty: Foodgrains Rot In Govt Godowns In India, Millions Go Hungry
By Subramani Arumugam   India ranks 102 out of 117 countries in the Global Hunger Index report for 2019, trailing behind many South Asian countries like Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh etc. As per UN-FAO report, 194 million people go hungry every day in India, comprising about 23 per cent of the world's undernourished population.     On the contrary, India has reached self-sufficiency in agricultural production long back. We produce more than what is estimated to feed the entire population (2018-19, India produced 283.37 million tons of foodgrains). We rank first in millets and second in rice and wheat production in the world. Our horticultural crops like fruit and vegetables production also in surplus (2018-19 313.9 million tons). The total agricultural exports are also on increase.     The contrasting scenarios of record agricultural production and grinding poverty illustrates what is described as the " paradox of plenty" in the agricultural sec...




A US Citizen Is Among 44 Tablighi Activists Of Foreign Origin Who Chose To Face Trial
 India Tomorrow   NEW DELHI, AUGUST 9—A 42-year old US citizen, Ahmad Ali, is among 44 foreign activists of Tablighi Jamaat, who has decided to face the trial instead of opting a plea bargain and paying fines ranging from Rs 5,000-10,000 to leave his country.       Ali, New York based pharmacist, is not accepting that he has violated visa rules and COVID 19 regulations as he had left the Markaz Tablighi Jamaat well before the announcement of lockdown on March 24.   In an interview to The Indian Express, he says that he has taken a tough decision. But this is not first time that he has taken this kind of decision.   He originally belongs to Myanmar where he as university student had led an underground movement against military regime of Myanmar. He was residing at Yangon in Mayanmar. He had to pay a heavy price of the movement as in 2005 he had to leave Yangon and took shelter in a refugee camp in Thailand leaving his parents b...




No Progress Into Reinvestigation of Anvay Naik Suicide Case Involving Republic TV anchor Arnab Goswami
 Pramod Chunchuwar | India Tomorrow   MUMBAI, AUGUST 9—It has been more than two months since Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh announced to reopen the case against controversial TV anchor Arnab Goswami in connection with the suicide of interior designer Anvay Naikh and his mother Kumud Naik, there has been no progress in this regard at all.   Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MLA from Thane Pratap Sarnaik has written a letter to Deshmukh pressing for a detailed re-probe into the case.   Enraged with Uddhav Thackeray government’s apathy towards this sensitive case, his family members appealed for public support for justice in the case a few days ago.   This resulted in prompt response from twitterati who ran a campaign with hashtag #justiceforanvaynaik on social media.   It is to be noted that when Anvay Naik committed suicide leaving behind a signed suicide note in English language, BJP-led government was ruling in the state. In his suicid...




NSUI Seeks Action Against ABVP National President For Harassing Old Woman
  Syed Sujeel Ahmed | India Tomorrow   BENGALURU, AUGUST 9—The demand seeking action against the national president of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) Dr. Subbiah Shanmugam has reached Delhi, with leaders of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) affiliated to the Congress, submitting memorandum to Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.   ABVP is the students wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS), the political mentor of the BJP.   Subbiah is a professor and Head of the Department of Surgical Oncology at Kilpauk Medical College and Government Royapettah Hospital in Chennai and is accused of harassing an elderly woman in Chennai.   NSUI members took out a cycle rally led by its general secretary Nagesh Kariyappa in New Delhi and marched to the offices of the two ministers. They submitted a memorandum seeking speedy justice to the 62-year-old woman.   Earlier, the stat...




Elderly Man Beaten Up In Rajasthan For Not Chanting "Jai Sri Ram" & "Modi Zindabad"
Khan Iqbal| India Tomorrow  JAIPUR, AUGUST 9—An elderly man in Rajasthan’s Sikar town was brutally beaten up by two men after he refused to chant “Jai Sri Ram” and “Modi Zindabad”.   Talking to India Tomorrow, Station House Officer (SHO) Pushpendra Singh said that two accused, Shabbu and Rajendra, have been arrested in this connection so far.   The 52-year-old victim has been identified as Gaffar who is an auto-rickshaw driver.   The victim’s nephew Shahid told India Tomorrow, “My uncle has been very badly beaten up. He has sustained serious injuries. He is not even in a condition to speak. He is currently admitted in a hospital”.   Gaffar told mediapersons that he was forced to chant “Jai Sri Ram” and “Modi Zindabad”. “When I refused to do so, they beat me up, pulled my beard, verbally abused me and said that ‘we will not rest until we send you to Pakistan&rdqu...




UP Cops Ransack House of A Soldier’s Family, Victims Demand Action Against Cops
 Masihuzzama Ansari | India Tomorrow   LUCKNOW, AUGUST 8—A shocking incident of Uttar Pradesh Police allegedly involved in attacking the family members of a former soldier and ransacking the house located in Kushinagar in Eastern UP regarding CCA-NRC protest held during December 2019 has come to light. The alleged incident, according to civil society, has further confirmed their belief that UP have become a ‘police state’ where rights of minorities are trampled upon with impunity with no end to the atrocities in sight.   There are also allegations of police having misbehaved with the women present in the house at the time of their attack. The family members, despite their complaints to the police higher ups, claimed that their pleas have fallen on deaf ears and inaction against the culprits taking law into their hands. Cops misbehaved with women The family members alleged that policemen misbehaved with them, systematically vandalised their house a...




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