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Controversial RSS-backed candidate contesting from Sabarimala constituency K. Surendran had previously used cow slaughter images to stoke controversy

RSS-backed Kerala BJP state unit general secretary K. Surendran has bagged the important ticket from the Pathanamthitta district situated in Sabarimala. This constituency is based around the Sabarimala temple. He will be contesting against sitting Congress MP Anto Antony and LDF (CPIM led Left Democratic Front) candidate Veena George. K. Surendran was earlier booked on charges of conspiracy to…

Remembering Gulberg: Revisiting the Ruins 17 years after the massacre, Ehsan Jafri and Azhar Mody's Families meet at Gulberg Society

On February 28, 2002 a raging mob descended on Gulberg Society in Gujarat, baying for the blood of its residents. Many of them took refuge in the home of former Congress Member of Parliament Ehsan Jafri. Infact, when the crowd became uncontrollable, Jafri bravely stepped out to reason with them. But they lynched him brutally…

justice in the Naroda Patiya Massacre

Locating the Role of State and Changing Nature of Violence Part-1 of a Study on Communal Violence by Centre for Study of Society and Secularism

As per newspaper reports, the number of communal incidents all over India in 2018 has been the lowest in the past four years. The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) monitors reports of communal incidents in five newspapers every year. In 2018 the number of communal incidents reported was 38 as compared to…

How Hate Crimes Change Lives, Livelihoods And Ways Of Living Conclusion to a six-part investigation by Factchecker.in

Sonda Habibpur village, Bulandshahr: “Sometimes, I feel like Gabbar Singh,” 44-year-old Shrikrishna said, unable to control his tears and struggling to look for documents in a thick stack, in the faint light of a single bulb in his courtyard. In the six months since he was publicly assaulted and humiliated, allegedly by mostly upper-caste men,…

Hate Watch: CJP’s Hate Hatao app gets reports of shooting of Gandhi effigy CJP writes to Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh Police

On January 30, the day of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by Hindutva activist Nathuram Godse, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) launched our app, Hate Hatao, to allow citizens to submit reports of instances of hate that they may encounter. On that very day, Hindu Mahasabha national secretary Pooja Shakun Pandey was captured on…

How A Jumble Of Politics, Gender Issues And Economics Foments Hate Crime In UP Part 5 of a 6 Part Series by Factchecker.In

Naseerpur village, Mau: When the residents of Bholapur Hindoliya village in north-western Uttar Pradesh (UP) caught a 20-year-old outsider near a cattle-shed, trying to draw out a buffalo, they were enraged. Having suffered enormous losses due to frequent cattle theft, they thought they had finally found the thief. Eyewitnesses said the villagers, mostly Jats, then…

In The Wake Of Hate Crime, Leaving Home In Search Of Safety Part 4 of a series of reports on Hate Crime in UP by Factchecker.in

Soi village, Bulandshahr: “Baba loved the village,” said Vakeel Ahmad, a year and a half after his father Ghulam Mohammed was lynched outside Soi village of Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh (UP), where the family had lived for generations. “He always said there can be no better place than the village,” Ahmad said, on the phone…

Why Police Action across UP’s Hate-Crime Hot Spots is causing Fear and Alarm among Muslims Part 3 of a six part investigation by Factchecker.in

Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh: Recalling his reaction on hearing that all three of his buses had been set afire by a mob, Abdul* said his first emotion was not fear. It was panic. In January 2018, a ‘Tiranga Yatra’ (Tricolour March) taken out by Hindu activists on Republic Day triggered a communal clash in Kasganj in western…

Role of the Media: How Hate was Spread in 2002 in Gujarat Excerpts from the Concerned Citizens Tribunal Report, Crimes Against Humanity, Gujarat 2002

The following piece that first appeared in the Nov Dec 2002 edition of Communalism Combat examines the role of media in spreading hate during the Gujarat 2002 communal carnage.   The Tribunal recommends that all the recommendations made by the Editors’ Guild in its report on the Gujarat carnage be implemented. India; Rights and Wrongs the Editors…

Across UP’s Hate Crimes, A Pattern ‘Outsiders’ Fuel Passions, Police Act Selectively, Relationships Crumble

Adhauli village, Bulandshahr: Now, with the benefit of hindsight, people can connect the dots and see the pattern emerging across hate crimes in Uttar Pradesh (UP). It starts with a minor incident, controversial enough to draw the crowds, but the situation remains on slow burn. Until people from outside the village appear, fueling passions and inciting…

Lingering Fear, Distrust, Justice Delayed, Denied A Field Report From 13 Sites Of Hate Crime In Uttar Pradesh by Factchecker.in

Varanasi: With 92 attacks, 2018 recorded the most hate crime in India in a decade, according to Hate Crime Watch, a database of religious identity-based hate crimes across India from 2009 to 2018, maintained by FactChecker. Uttar Pradesh, as per the 2011 Census, accounts for 16.5% of the country’s population. However, almost a third of the hate crimes…

Remembering the Graham Staines Murder A Culture of Unrepentant Gore Reigns even after 20 Years!

The January of 1999 began on a sombre hate-filled note. NDA had been in power for the second time under a seemingly affable Atal Behari Vajpayee as prime minister but the fires of hate had been lit signalled by the men at the top. LK Advani who had the bloody rath from Somnath to Ayodhya…

Fear of violence not unfounded: SC on BJP’s Rath Yatra Apex court directs party to seek fresh approval from WB government

In a major setback to the BJP, the Supreme Court of India has directed the party to seek fresh approval for a ‘rath yatra’ from the state government of West Bengal saying that the WB government’s concerns weren’t “unfounded”. The court, however asked the state government to allow BJP rallies and meetings in the state. BJP…

Deliberate attempt to deflect attention from Bulanshahr cop’s murder? Fact finding team alleges cover-up by SIT

One month after violence sparked in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, on December 3, 2018, a delegation from the CPI(M), led by Brinda Karat and Subhasini Ali visited Naya Bas and Chindraoti villages in Siyana block in Bulandshahr, on January 5. The delegation met with several people in the area, and has released a report indicating a…

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