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Hate Pandemic: Minorities unfairly targeted as ‘corona carriers’

Sabrangindia 04 Apr 2020

After the Indian administration reported positive Covid-19 cases linked to a religious congregation held by a Muslim missionary in Delhi in early March, the coronavirus pandemic in India has now turned into a communal pandemic.

With TV channels blaring day and night, blaming the minority community for the spike in cases, naming them ‘super spreaders’ and generating more Islamophobia than there already prevails in the country, especially after the Delhi riots that happened in February.

 

A report by Equality Labs shared with TIME Magazine says that since March 28, tweets with the hashtag #CoronaJihad appeared nearly 300,000 times and have been potentially seen by 165 million people on Twitter. It wasn’t enough that the news media created the #Covidiot to ostracize the defectors, that post the spike in cases related to the religious congregation, hashtags like #NizamuddinIdiot and #Covid-786 began trending on social media.

Post the rage created by the media, staunch right-wingers have now taken to the ground in such blind hate that they’re now beckoning Hindus to the streets to fight the Muslim community.

In the video, a man shouting slogans of “Jai Shri Ram” says that Muslims are trying to spread the coronavirus in India. Another man, along with some children who are also present in the video, repeat these slogans. The man says he, along with his people from his village would ‘cut’ 9 Muslims at night.  

Updesh Rana, a serial hate speech offender too took to Facebook to make a video about the PM’s recent message about lighting up candles on April 5 at 9 PM for 9 minutes to show solidarity with those working to prevent Covid-19 and support each other in the crisis.

In the video, Rana targets Asaduddin Owaisi, President AIMIM, who had responded to the PM’s message with the tweet saying that the country saying that India needed practical solutions to deal with the outbreak instead of drama.

Rana says the importance of lighting candles or torches for 9 minutes was for “spiritual enlightenment” as the Covid-19 outbreak had led to a spurt of ailments such as depression and anxiety too. He said he would distribute 11,000 candles in his locality and that whoever had a problem with this endeavor could mind his own business.

 https://www.facebook.com/Updeshrana4/videos/3149853005239891/

Minorities

The Tablighi Jamaat’s decision to hold a religious congregation was an irresponsible and could have been avoided but no one from the media highlighted other communities holding gatherings while violating the lockdown.

The Islamophobia that was already spreading like wildfire was further stoked by parliamentarians and some Muslim religious leaders making it infamous for being the largest Covid-19 source in South-East Asia.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the current Union Minister of Minority Affairs called the outbreak related to the religious congregation a ‘Talibani crime’.

BJP IT Cell’s Head Amit Malviya had to weigh in with his opinion and say –

Also, Wasim Rizvi, Chairman of the Shia Waqf Central Board also slammed the Tablighi Jamaat saying that organizations like these produced suicide bombers and that the Tablighi Jamaat had deliberately got its followers infected with coronavirus and sent them to India so that maximum people got infected. "Such mentality deserves death and nothing less. The organization should be banned," he stated. He also sought that the Tabhlighi Jamaat be booked for sedition, waging war against the country, murder, attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy.

Social media websites along with mainstream TV channels have been integral in spreading the communal narrative that the large right-wing population picked up. Other congregations like the Belagavi wedding in Karnataka of state legislator Mahantesh Kavatgimath’s daughter on March 15, was attended by hundreds of people including the Karnataka CM, BS Yeddyurappa was ignored.

This happened exactly during the time the Tabhligi Jamaat event.

Also, Ram Navami, at Ayodhya on March 24, was held despite the nationwide 21-day lockdown. It was attended by UP CM, Adityanath. He even tweeted photographs of the event, saying the first stage of the “grand Ram Temple” had been accomplished.

However, no media channels raised their voices about these events. All of these congregations in the wake of the pandemic were irresponsible gatherings.

No media will also show that those who attended the Tabhligi Jamaat wilfully contacted authorities for testing and some even tested to be negative.

To piggyback on one religious congregation, singling out one community making them villains, is only first, going to make testing a more hostile procedure and second, divert the attention of the masses from the progress of the containment of the pandemic and the progress of the fund and ration allocation to those in need.

(Sources – Kashmiri Images, BBC, Outlook India, Times Now News)

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Hate Pandemic: Minorities unfairly targeted as ‘corona carriers’

The mainstream Indian media combined with right-wing elements on social media are spreading communal hate amid the coronavirus outbreak

After the Indian administration reported positive Covid-19 cases linked to a religious congregation held by a Muslim missionary in Delhi in early March, the coronavirus pandemic in India has now turned into a communal pandemic.

With TV channels blaring day and night, blaming the minority community for the spike in cases, naming them ‘super spreaders’ and generating more Islamophobia than there already prevails in the country, especially after the Delhi riots that happened in February.

 

A report by Equality Labs shared with TIME Magazine says that since March 28, tweets with the hashtag #CoronaJihad appeared nearly 300,000 times and have been potentially seen by 165 million people on Twitter. It wasn’t enough that the news media created the #Covidiot to ostracize the defectors, that post the spike in cases related to the religious congregation, hashtags like #NizamuddinIdiot and #Covid-786 began trending on social media.

Post the rage created by the media, staunch right-wingers have now taken to the ground in such blind hate that they’re now beckoning Hindus to the streets to fight the Muslim community.

In the video, a man shouting slogans of “Jai Shri Ram” says that Muslims are trying to spread the coronavirus in India. Another man, along with some children who are also present in the video, repeat these slogans. The man says he, along with his people from his village would ‘cut’ 9 Muslims at night.  

Updesh Rana, a serial hate speech offender too took to Facebook to make a video about the PM’s recent message about lighting up candles on April 5 at 9 PM for 9 minutes to show solidarity with those working to prevent Covid-19 and support each other in the crisis.

In the video, Rana targets Asaduddin Owaisi, President AIMIM, who had responded to the PM’s message with the tweet saying that the country saying that India needed practical solutions to deal with the outbreak instead of drama.

Rana says the importance of lighting candles or torches for 9 minutes was for “spiritual enlightenment” as the Covid-19 outbreak had led to a spurt of ailments such as depression and anxiety too. He said he would distribute 11,000 candles in his locality and that whoever had a problem with this endeavor could mind his own business.

 https://www.facebook.com/Updeshrana4/videos/3149853005239891/

Minorities

The Tablighi Jamaat’s decision to hold a religious congregation was an irresponsible and could have been avoided but no one from the media highlighted other communities holding gatherings while violating the lockdown.

The Islamophobia that was already spreading like wildfire was further stoked by parliamentarians and some Muslim religious leaders making it infamous for being the largest Covid-19 source in South-East Asia.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the current Union Minister of Minority Affairs called the outbreak related to the religious congregation a ‘Talibani crime’.

BJP IT Cell’s Head Amit Malviya had to weigh in with his opinion and say –

Also, Wasim Rizvi, Chairman of the Shia Waqf Central Board also slammed the Tablighi Jamaat saying that organizations like these produced suicide bombers and that the Tablighi Jamaat had deliberately got its followers infected with coronavirus and sent them to India so that maximum people got infected. "Such mentality deserves death and nothing less. The organization should be banned," he stated. He also sought that the Tabhlighi Jamaat be booked for sedition, waging war against the country, murder, attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy.

Social media websites along with mainstream TV channels have been integral in spreading the communal narrative that the large right-wing population picked up. Other congregations like the Belagavi wedding in Karnataka of state legislator Mahantesh Kavatgimath’s daughter on March 15, was attended by hundreds of people including the Karnataka CM, BS Yeddyurappa was ignored.

This happened exactly during the time the Tabhligi Jamaat event.

Also, Ram Navami, at Ayodhya on March 24, was held despite the nationwide 21-day lockdown. It was attended by UP CM, Adityanath. He even tweeted photographs of the event, saying the first stage of the “grand Ram Temple” had been accomplished.

However, no media channels raised their voices about these events. All of these congregations in the wake of the pandemic were irresponsible gatherings.

No media will also show that those who attended the Tabhligi Jamaat wilfully contacted authorities for testing and some even tested to be negative.

To piggyback on one religious congregation, singling out one community making them villains, is only first, going to make testing a more hostile procedure and second, divert the attention of the masses from the progress of the containment of the pandemic and the progress of the fund and ration allocation to those in need.

(Sources – Kashmiri Images, BBC, Outlook India, Times Now News)

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Did whatsapp hate groups incite Delhi violence?

Sabrangindia 05 Mar 2020

The violence following Kapil Mishra’s hate speech claimed almost 50 lives. Both Hindu and Muslim mobs were incited by creating WhatsApp groups designed to instill hate. The groups were used to organize mobs and target houses, shops and properties. Residents from localities were added in the groups to identify specific communities. A few older, unrelated videos were shared to inflame hate. The platform was also used to direct hired thugs coming from Uttar Pradesh. Over 50 mobile phones have been seized by Police from both sides Even then, WhatsApp vigilantes continue to spread fake news and engage in hate-mongering.

Did whatsapp hate groups incite Delhi violence?

The violence following Kapil Mishra’s hate speech claimed almost 50 lives. Both Hindu and Muslim mobs were incited by creating WhatsApp groups designed to instill hate. The groups were used to organize mobs and target houses, shops and properties. Residents from localities were added in the groups to identify specific communities. A few older, unrelated videos were shared to inflame hate. The platform was also used to direct hired thugs coming from Uttar Pradesh. Over 50 mobile phones have been seized by Police from both sides Even then, WhatsApp vigilantes continue to spread fake news and engage in hate-mongering.

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Deoband is a Gangotri of terrorism: BJP’s Giriraj Singh

Sabrangindia 12 Feb 2020

Not new to making controversial statements, Union Minister Giriraj Singh has called Deoband a ‘Gangotri of terrorism’.

Talking to the media in Saharanpur on Tuesday he said, “The government is not able to make people aware of CAA. I have always said that people from Deoband, who are against CAA, were terrorists; all the big terrorists of the world are born here. I have said it before too that Deoband is Gangotri of Terrorism. Hafiz Saeed belongs to here.”

Singh who was in Saharanpur on the invite of the Jansankhya Samadhan Foundation and the Hindu Jagran Manch to stress on a population control legislation and support the CAA, reported the Dainik Bhaskar. He also said, “India faces no danger from Pakistan, but from the traitors in its own country.”

 

 

Speaking about the women-led protests taking place in Deoband, a town in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, at the Idgah ground since January 27 he said, “These people are not against CAA, they are against India. This is almost like the Khilafat movement.”

He had earlier also targeted the protestors at Shaheen Bagh alleging that ‘suicide bombers’ were being raised there. He had said, “This Shaheen Bagh protest is no longer an agitation. A group of suicide bombers is being raised here and a conspiracy against the country is being hatched in its capital.”

 

 

He also said that if the matter was only about the CAA, Sharjeel Imam wouldn’t have spoken about separating Assam from India and alleged that he called for making India an Islamic Rashtra.

This is just another communal rant coming from Giriraj Singh. His party members have continuously been attacking those protesting against the CAA by either calling them terrorists or traitors.


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Deoband is a Gangotri of terrorism: BJP’s Giriraj Singh

He also said that all ‘big terrorists’ like Hafiz Saeed had a connection to Deoband

Not new to making controversial statements, Union Minister Giriraj Singh has called Deoband a ‘Gangotri of terrorism’.

Talking to the media in Saharanpur on Tuesday he said, “The government is not able to make people aware of CAA. I have always said that people from Deoband, who are against CAA, were terrorists; all the big terrorists of the world are born here. I have said it before too that Deoband is Gangotri of Terrorism. Hafiz Saeed belongs to here.”

Singh who was in Saharanpur on the invite of the Jansankhya Samadhan Foundation and the Hindu Jagran Manch to stress on a population control legislation and support the CAA, reported the Dainik Bhaskar. He also said, “India faces no danger from Pakistan, but from the traitors in its own country.”

 

 

Speaking about the women-led protests taking place in Deoband, a town in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, at the Idgah ground since January 27 he said, “These people are not against CAA, they are against India. This is almost like the Khilafat movement.”

He had earlier also targeted the protestors at Shaheen Bagh alleging that ‘suicide bombers’ were being raised there. He had said, “This Shaheen Bagh protest is no longer an agitation. A group of suicide bombers is being raised here and a conspiracy against the country is being hatched in its capital.”

 

 

He also said that if the matter was only about the CAA, Sharjeel Imam wouldn’t have spoken about separating Assam from India and alleged that he called for making India an Islamic Rashtra.

This is just another communal rant coming from Giriraj Singh. His party members have continuously been attacking those protesting against the CAA by either calling them terrorists or traitors.


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Prashant Singh Rajput – Peddling communal hate on social media
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Do the Detention Camps of Assam violate Human Rights?

06 Aug 2018
The declared foreigners in Assam are meant to be sent to detention camps until they prove their citizenship in a higher judiciary. But what are these detention camps? Detention camps are real prisons. In the absence of detention camps, the declared foreigners are sent to prisons and are kept with prisoners. Hence the declared foreigners are neither citizens nor considered refugees there is no national prescription about their rights. To put them in prisons becomes a violation of their human rights.  in this exclusive interview to Sabrang, Adv. Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Chaudhary of the Gauhati Hight Court explains how the detention camps violate the rights of those who are termed Declared Foreigners.

 

Video Courtesy: Zamsher Ali

Do the Detention Camps of Assam violate Human Rights?

The declared foreigners in Assam are meant to be sent to detention camps until they prove their citizenship in a higher judiciary. But what are these detention camps? Detention camps are real prisons. In the absence of detention camps, the declared foreigners are sent to prisons and are kept with prisoners. Hence the declared foreigners are neither citizens nor considered refugees there is no national prescription about their rights. To put them in prisons becomes a violation of their human rights.  in this exclusive interview to Sabrang, Adv. Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Chaudhary of the Gauhati Hight Court explains how the detention camps violate the rights of those who are termed Declared Foreigners.

 

Video Courtesy: Zamsher Ali

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