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Another UP BJP MLA targets Muslim vendors

Sabrangindia 01 May 2020

Hate speech seems to have become an alternative hobby for members of the ruling party. After Suresh Tiwari, BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria district asked the residents from his constituency to boycott members from the Muslim community, another BJP MLA, Brij Bhushan Rajput from the Uttar Pradesh’s Charkhari constituency has threatened a Muslim vegetable vendor asking him not to make any sales in the area.

 

 

In the video which has now gone viral, Rajput can be seen asking the vendor for his name. All the while the vendor kept saying his name was ‘Rajkumar’, Rajput and a neighbour who allegedly shot the video, continuously kept asking the man to reveal his real name. Sensing a threat to the vendor’s life after Rajput said, “Naam kya hai bete, tu bol, sahi bol. Tu bolega, tera baap bach jaayega” (You tell me his name, son. Tell me his correct name. Only if you do, will your father will be safe), a minor who was accompanying the him revealed the man’s name to be Azizur Rahman and told Rajput, “Chhod do, uncle. Ab nai karenge. Jaane do (Let us go, uncle. We won’t do it again. Let us go.)”

Hearing this, Rajput exclaimed, “Saala jhooth bol raha thaa Musalmaan hokay (You were lying about being a Muslim).”

As the vendor and the minor turned to leave, Rajput was heard shouting, ““Dikh mat jaana yahan mohallay main nahin toh maar maar ke theek kar denge (Do not be seen in this locality again else we will thrash you).”

He was also heard screaming, “Musalmaan hoke apna Hindu naam bata raha hai. Jhoot bolke ye log sabzi bech rahe hain (He’s giving a Hindu name despite being a Muslim. They’re lying and selling vegetables).”

After the video came out, Rajput confirmed that it was indeed him who had reprimanded the vendor because he was lying. He also said that everyone knew that coronavirus was spreading through the “jamaatis”, referring to those Muslims who attended the Tablighi Markaz congregation. He said also said that post the Tablighi Jamaat news, everyone was trying to be cautious of them.

He also said that he scolded at the man because he was lying about his name. In the video, he also gave the wrong name of the vendor citing it to be Rahimuddin, when it was Azizur Rahman. He also said that minor accompanying the vendor wasn’t wearing masks and gloves even when there were government directives issued for the same. However, in the video Rajput himself hasn’t been seen wearing masks and gloves.

According to a report by News18 Hindi, the MLA said that the government should issue identity cards to those who are involved in the supply of essential commodities to make sure that they are not associated with Pakistan or their Inter-Services Intelligence.

Hate speech against the Muslims has seen a sharp rise post the media vilification of the Tablighi Jamaat members. The news of Muslims being ostracized has been coming in from all quarters of the country. It is not just the politicians who are indulging in hate speech and spreading communal violence, but also the members of civil society who are targeting Muslims for spreading the coronavirus. The seeds of apathy have been sown and are now sprouting to reap hate at a time when we need equality the most.


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Brij Bhushan Rajput threatened a vendor and asked him to stop selling vegetables in the area

Hate speech seems to have become an alternative hobby for members of the ruling party. After Suresh Tiwari, BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria district asked the residents from his constituency to boycott members from the Muslim community, another BJP MLA, Brij Bhushan Rajput from the Uttar Pradesh’s Charkhari constituency has threatened a Muslim vegetable vendor asking him not to make any sales in the area.

 

 

In the video which has now gone viral, Rajput can be seen asking the vendor for his name. All the while the vendor kept saying his name was ‘Rajkumar’, Rajput and a neighbour who allegedly shot the video, continuously kept asking the man to reveal his real name. Sensing a threat to the vendor’s life after Rajput said, “Naam kya hai bete, tu bol, sahi bol. Tu bolega, tera baap bach jaayega” (You tell me his name, son. Tell me his correct name. Only if you do, will your father will be safe), a minor who was accompanying the him revealed the man’s name to be Azizur Rahman and told Rajput, “Chhod do, uncle. Ab nai karenge. Jaane do (Let us go, uncle. We won’t do it again. Let us go.)”

Hearing this, Rajput exclaimed, “Saala jhooth bol raha thaa Musalmaan hokay (You were lying about being a Muslim).”

As the vendor and the minor turned to leave, Rajput was heard shouting, ““Dikh mat jaana yahan mohallay main nahin toh maar maar ke theek kar denge (Do not be seen in this locality again else we will thrash you).”

He was also heard screaming, “Musalmaan hoke apna Hindu naam bata raha hai. Jhoot bolke ye log sabzi bech rahe hain (He’s giving a Hindu name despite being a Muslim. They’re lying and selling vegetables).”

After the video came out, Rajput confirmed that it was indeed him who had reprimanded the vendor because he was lying. He also said that everyone knew that coronavirus was spreading through the “jamaatis”, referring to those Muslims who attended the Tablighi Markaz congregation. He said also said that post the Tablighi Jamaat news, everyone was trying to be cautious of them.

He also said that he scolded at the man because he was lying about his name. In the video, he also gave the wrong name of the vendor citing it to be Rahimuddin, when it was Azizur Rahman. He also said that minor accompanying the vendor wasn’t wearing masks and gloves even when there were government directives issued for the same. However, in the video Rajput himself hasn’t been seen wearing masks and gloves.

According to a report by News18 Hindi, the MLA said that the government should issue identity cards to those who are involved in the supply of essential commodities to make sure that they are not associated with Pakistan or their Inter-Services Intelligence.

Hate speech against the Muslims has seen a sharp rise post the media vilification of the Tablighi Jamaat members. The news of Muslims being ostracized has been coming in from all quarters of the country. It is not just the politicians who are indulging in hate speech and spreading communal violence, but also the members of civil society who are targeting Muslims for spreading the coronavirus. The seeds of apathy have been sown and are now sprouting to reap hate at a time when we need equality the most.


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T Raja Singh says India will be Hindu Rashtra by 2023

Sabrangindia 12 Feb 2020

Addressing a public meeting in Maharashtra on Sunday, Hyderabad BJP MLA T Raja Singh has said that the dream of a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ can be achieved if Hindus become united. The MLA who represents the Godhamahal constituency in the Telangana capital, said India would become a Hindu Rashtra by 2023.

"India needs thoughts of Chhatrapati Shivaji for becoming a Hindu Rashtra," he said.

Demanding the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) to weed out illegal infiltrators, he also said that Hindus must be given training in operating arms for ‘self defence’.

This is not the first time that he has propounded the idea of a Hindu Rashtra. In an earlier interview in December 2019 too, he had put forth the same idea.

 

 

In November 2019, speaking at a Ram Navami event he said that whoever would come in the middle of the making of a Hindu Rashtra would be mowed down. He had also instigated that each Hindu needed to have a sword in his hand and Hindu youths should be trained in operating AK 47 guns.

In his speech he had also urged the PM to give them the freedom to shoot without any FIR or arrest insinuating that they get the freedom to eliminate Muslims.

 

 

 

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T Raja Singh says India will be Hindu Rashtra by 2023

He also said Hindus must be trained in operating arms for self defence

Addressing a public meeting in Maharashtra on Sunday, Hyderabad BJP MLA T Raja Singh has said that the dream of a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ can be achieved if Hindus become united. The MLA who represents the Godhamahal constituency in the Telangana capital, said India would become a Hindu Rashtra by 2023.

"India needs thoughts of Chhatrapati Shivaji for becoming a Hindu Rashtra," he said.

Demanding the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) to weed out illegal infiltrators, he also said that Hindus must be given training in operating arms for ‘self defence’.

This is not the first time that he has propounded the idea of a Hindu Rashtra. In an earlier interview in December 2019 too, he had put forth the same idea.

 

 

In November 2019, speaking at a Ram Navami event he said that whoever would come in the middle of the making of a Hindu Rashtra would be mowed down. He had also instigated that each Hindu needed to have a sword in his hand and Hindu youths should be trained in operating AK 47 guns.

In his speech he had also urged the PM to give them the freedom to shoot without any FIR or arrest insinuating that they get the freedom to eliminate Muslims.

 

 

 

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Lawyers Collective rebuts CBI’s allegations

18 Jun 2019
Lawyers Collective (LC) an organisation that has been at the forefront of several key human rights cases in India, is now in the crosshairs of a vindictive regime. On June 18, the Central Bureau of Investigation booked LC and its founding member Anand Grover for alleged violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) 2010. However, now LC has released a statement setting the record straight.


Picture courtesy BCCL

Expressing “shock and outrage” LC says they are being victimised by the State for taking on sensitive cases where the key accused are people who occupy high offices in the present government. The statement says, "In the immediate past, the office bearers of the LC have represented the  persons  detained in the Bhima Koregaon case, the Police Commissioner of West Bengal, Rajiv Kumar and while not commenting on the merits of the case, have been vocal on the subversion of due process of law in the Courts in the matter of the alleged sexual harassment by a former  employees of the Supreme Court of India." Indira Jaising, a founding member of LC was has also been at the forefront of several key human rights cases. Recently, Jaising was very vocal about the manner in which the SC dealt with allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. It is also noteworthy that LC founding member Anand Grover was a part of a team of lawyers that petitioned the SC on behalf of 1993 blast convict Yakub Memon to postpone his execution, just hours before he was hanged. 

The statement says, “The LC has reason to believe that its officer bearers are personally being targeted for speaking up in defence of human rights, secularism and independence of the judiciary in all fora more particularly in their capacity as senior lawyers in court. The LC sees this as a blatant attack of the right to representation of all persons, particularly the marginalised and those who dissent in their views form the ruling party. It is also an attack in the right to free speech and expression and an attack on the legal profession as such.”

It is alleged that the CBI acted against LC, its functionaries as well as certain private individuals after receiving a complaint from Anil Kumar Dhasmana who is the Under Secretary in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). This complaint states that after inspection of the books of accounts and the records of the NGO, a prima facie violation of the FCRA 2010 was noticed. The complaint was made on May 15 shortly after a petition was filed in the SC by a group called Lawyers Voice making similar allegations.

On June 13, the CBI had filed an FIR against LC, Anand Grover and others for suspected offences of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating, making of false statement in the declaration under the FCRA 2010, and criminal misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. In addition to invoking the provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the CBI has charged them under Sections 33, 35, 37, and 39 of the FCRA 2010 and Section 13(2) with Section 13(1)(d) of the PC Act.

Pointing out the antecedents of Lawyers Voice, the statement said, “The Lawyers Voice comprises lawyers from the BJP and its main protagonist is Mr. Neeraj is the head of the Legal Cell of the BJP in Delhi. The organization clams it has no income and no PAN card, a mandatory requirement for filing a PIL. When the Petition was filed the LC pointed out in a press statement that the petition did not have the basic averments of a writ petition under Article 32 of the Constitution, and therefore was not maintainable. We have expressed our surprise that notice on the Petition was issued at all in the said Petition.”

This FCRA matter originally dates back to 2016, when the MHA had cancelled the FCRA license of the organisation. LC had challenged this in the Bombay High Court and the appeal is still pending before the court. According to LC’s statement, at the time of filing the appeal, LC had pointed out “that the FCRA proceedings were taken against it because its office bearers had taken up sensitive cases against the leading figures of the BJP and the Government of India, including Mr. Amit Shah, the present Home Minister, in the Sorabbudin case, amongst others.”

The MHA had also raised objections to Jaising continuing to receive remuneration from LC when she was serving as Additional Solicitor General of India. But LC had clarified, “Ms. Jaising’s remuneration was permissible under the FCRA, it was being paid by the LC was before she became the ASG and continued during and after her tenure in that capacity. Moreover she taken the permission of the Law Minister to continue to receive the remuneration under the Law Officers (Terms and Conditions) Rules, which has been admitted by the MHA. The allegation of the MHA was premised on the assumption that as the ASG Ms. Jaising was a government servant, which she was not.”

The complete statement by LC may be read here:

 
 

Lawyers Collective rebuts CBI’s allegations

Lawyers Collective (LC) an organisation that has been at the forefront of several key human rights cases in India, is now in the crosshairs of a vindictive regime. On June 18, the Central Bureau of Investigation booked LC and its founding member Anand Grover for alleged violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) 2010. However, now LC has released a statement setting the record straight.


Picture courtesy BCCL

Expressing “shock and outrage” LC says they are being victimised by the State for taking on sensitive cases where the key accused are people who occupy high offices in the present government. The statement says, "In the immediate past, the office bearers of the LC have represented the  persons  detained in the Bhima Koregaon case, the Police Commissioner of West Bengal, Rajiv Kumar and while not commenting on the merits of the case, have been vocal on the subversion of due process of law in the Courts in the matter of the alleged sexual harassment by a former  employees of the Supreme Court of India." Indira Jaising, a founding member of LC was has also been at the forefront of several key human rights cases. Recently, Jaising was very vocal about the manner in which the SC dealt with allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. It is also noteworthy that LC founding member Anand Grover was a part of a team of lawyers that petitioned the SC on behalf of 1993 blast convict Yakub Memon to postpone his execution, just hours before he was hanged. 

The statement says, “The LC has reason to believe that its officer bearers are personally being targeted for speaking up in defence of human rights, secularism and independence of the judiciary in all fora more particularly in their capacity as senior lawyers in court. The LC sees this as a blatant attack of the right to representation of all persons, particularly the marginalised and those who dissent in their views form the ruling party. It is also an attack in the right to free speech and expression and an attack on the legal profession as such.”

It is alleged that the CBI acted against LC, its functionaries as well as certain private individuals after receiving a complaint from Anil Kumar Dhasmana who is the Under Secretary in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). This complaint states that after inspection of the books of accounts and the records of the NGO, a prima facie violation of the FCRA 2010 was noticed. The complaint was made on May 15 shortly after a petition was filed in the SC by a group called Lawyers Voice making similar allegations.

On June 13, the CBI had filed an FIR against LC, Anand Grover and others for suspected offences of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating, making of false statement in the declaration under the FCRA 2010, and criminal misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. In addition to invoking the provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the CBI has charged them under Sections 33, 35, 37, and 39 of the FCRA 2010 and Section 13(2) with Section 13(1)(d) of the PC Act.

Pointing out the antecedents of Lawyers Voice, the statement said, “The Lawyers Voice comprises lawyers from the BJP and its main protagonist is Mr. Neeraj is the head of the Legal Cell of the BJP in Delhi. The organization clams it has no income and no PAN card, a mandatory requirement for filing a PIL. When the Petition was filed the LC pointed out in a press statement that the petition did not have the basic averments of a writ petition under Article 32 of the Constitution, and therefore was not maintainable. We have expressed our surprise that notice on the Petition was issued at all in the said Petition.”

This FCRA matter originally dates back to 2016, when the MHA had cancelled the FCRA license of the organisation. LC had challenged this in the Bombay High Court and the appeal is still pending before the court. According to LC’s statement, at the time of filing the appeal, LC had pointed out “that the FCRA proceedings were taken against it because its office bearers had taken up sensitive cases against the leading figures of the BJP and the Government of India, including Mr. Amit Shah, the present Home Minister, in the Sorabbudin case, amongst others.”

The MHA had also raised objections to Jaising continuing to receive remuneration from LC when she was serving as Additional Solicitor General of India. But LC had clarified, “Ms. Jaising’s remuneration was permissible under the FCRA, it was being paid by the LC was before she became the ASG and continued during and after her tenure in that capacity. Moreover she taken the permission of the Law Minister to continue to receive the remuneration under the Law Officers (Terms and Conditions) Rules, which has been admitted by the MHA. The allegation of the MHA was premised on the assumption that as the ASG Ms. Jaising was a government servant, which she was not.”

The complete statement by LC may be read here:

 
 

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