SECULARISM, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

INSAF Bulletin 183 July 2017
Editors: Daya Varma (Montreal) and Vinod Mubayi (New York)

EDITORIAL 1: MODI’S INDIA: LYNCH MOB NATION

Vinod Mubayi and Raza Mir

 

Of all the fanciful descriptors, such as “world’s fastest growing economy,” that Modi and the BJP have bestowed on India in the three years of their rule, the one history is most likely to record during their tenure is “Lynch Mob Nation.” Read more…

EDITORIAL 2: SEDITION NATION

Vinod Mubayi and Raza Mir

 

Cricket has a passionate following in South Asia. All four major countries, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and now Bangladesh have good teams and a strong base. But India-Pakistan rivalry in cricket is in a sphere of its own reflecting no doubt the larger context in which it occurs. Read more…

FORTY TWO YEARS AFTER THE EMERGENCY, INDIA’S DEMOCRACY IS ONCE AGAIN IN DANGER

Prem Shankar Jha

 

As I write, the country is once again remembering the ‘Emergency’ which was imposed upon India by Mrs Indira Gandhi’s government on June 25, 1975 and lifted 21 months later, on March 21, 1977. Those of us who experienced the censorship, the near-shutdown of public debate and the subtle but all-pervasive atmosphere of terror that prevailed during those two years will never forget it. Read more…

LOCAL TRAIN PASSENGERS TURN INTO A MOB TO ATTACK 3 MUSLIM BOYS, ONE KILLED

The Citizen Bureau

 

NEW DELHI: It was to have been a happy occasion. Young Muslim boys, studying at a madarsa in Surat, Gujarat had come home to their village in Haryana for Eid. Three brothers along with a young friend had gone to Delhi for Eid shopping and caught the local train to Ballabgarh, just on the border, where their village Khatoli was. Read more…

‘I WAS SCARED’

Anis Sheikh Babu Mansuri, 25, was working at his tailoring machine at around 9 pm on Sunday, June 18, night after breaking his Ramzan fast when a police jeep pulled up outside his house. A police officer asked him to step outside. Mansuri, wearing only his nightclothes of a tee-shirt and shorts, complied. The police immediately seized him. Read more…

THE POLITICS OF RELIGIOUS HATEMONGERING IN INDIA

Jeff Kingston

 

The irresistible urge to mix politics and religion usually comes at the expense of secularism, tolerance and vulnerable minorities. Read more…

PEACE NOW AND FOREVER BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND INDIA CAMPAIGN FROM 1ST JULY 2017 TO 15 AUGUST 2017

India and Pakistan have seen too many conflicts and the loss of many valuable lives. Unfortunately, this situation continues as the ruling classes in India and Pakistan are keen on keeping this tension alive to justify spending more and more on defence at the cost of the poor and poverty reduction programmes. Read more…

KOVIND, DALIT POLITICS AND HINDU NATIONALISM

Ram Puniyani

 

By nominating Ramnath Kovind as the Presidential candidate, BJP has tried to play the politics of tokenism to the hilt. Mr. Kovind is a dalit from UP. While many names were doing round from BJP parivar, finally they settled down for a person who is dalit in name and Hindu nationalist in ideology. Read more…

INDIA: 2017 PRAFUL BIDWAI MEMORIAL AWARD

New Delhi: The Praful Bidwai Memorial Award for 2017 goes to the Maharashtra-based Andhashradha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS, Maharashtra Blind Faith Eradication Committee). Read more…

#NOTINMYNAME PROTESTS: A CONVERGENCE OF POETICS AND POLITICS AT JANTAR MANTAR

Kartik Maini

 

There are many ways to remember a protest. Although fundamentally ephemeral, a protest leaves its assembly with memories, vocabularies, and visions of alternative politics. Read more…

#NOTINMYNAME PROTESTS: THOUSANDS HIT THE STREETS AGAINST MOB LYNCHINGS

Express Web Desk

 

Why I support #NotInMyName: My daughter is Shahana. And I will stand like a wall if that name bothers you. At Jantar Mantar: Not in my name, I came here to break the silence#NotInMyName: Twitterati all across cities post pictures of the protest and express solidarity. Read more…

MESSAGE FROM NOTED DOCUMENTARY FILM DIRECTOR ANAND PATWARDHAN

Nafrat ke Khilaaf Insaaniyat Ki Awaaz ! (Humanity’s Voice Against Hate)

 

Demonstration in Mumbai on 3rd July, 4 pm, Kotwal garden (opposite Plaza cinema, Dadar West) Read more…

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