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    Three Khans of Bollywood refuse to meet Israeli PM, being applauded as 'real heroes' on social media


    While Amitabh Bachchan, the so called Mahanayak of Century’ and his family felt proud to have selfie with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – the mass killer of innocent Palestinian children and women the Bollywood’s real heroes, Amir Khan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan refused to meet Netanyahu.

    Some section of media have got a chance to criticize this brave and graceful act of Khans and presenting their humanist approach in such a way as if the Khans refused to meet Israeli PM because he is a Jew.

    On the other hand some Bhakts are also terming this act of Khan trio as an-anti national act.

    The matter of fact is ‘the super star Khans of Bollywood didn’t like meeting a person who is a war criminal, a bloody Zionist and mass killer of innocent Palestinian kids women and elders in cold-blood.

    Another Bollywood actor Ejaz Khan also made a video criticising Bachchan and Karan Johar.


    Bollywood endorsing the butcher of Muslims: Netanyahu

    Amitabh Bachchan said: "May cinema further fructify the strength of ties between India and Israel."

    "Israel offers Bollywood many opportunities with its rich history, culture, diversity and breathtaking landscape" - Daniel Carmon, Israel's ambassador to India


    For all you Asians who watch Bollywood movies and are fans of Amitabh Bachan and other Bollywood A listers in the picture, here is an image of these Bollywood actors and actress' standing and supporting Israel, the terrorist state.

    Bollywood is working closely with Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and is currently trying to show Israel in a positive light through movies. I urge everyone, Muslim or non Muslim to NOT watch these Israeli endorsed movies and this is a reason to why we shouldn't support people who help a fake country that kills, tortures and rapes innocent Palestinians.

    The ones who didn't attend and support the Zionist butcher of Muslims were these three Muslim actors, and Indian Hindu media tried to villanize them by saying because he was a "Jew".

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    Israel-India guided missile deal back on track - Netanyahu

    by Ori Lewis - January 17, 2018

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday during a tour of India he had been informed by the Indian government that it had decided to put a major anti-tank missile deal back on track.

    There was no immediate comment from Indian authorities.

    Earlier this month, Israel’s state-owned defence contractor Rafael said India’s Ministry of Defence had cancelled the deal worth about $500 million to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles.

    “Following talks I have held with my friend, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian government has informed us that it is putting the Spike deal back on track. This is very important and
    there will be many more deals,” Netanyahu said in a brief video statement during his five-day visit to India.

    There were no additional details of how the deal might be consummated but Israel’s Channel 1 television said the original half-billion-dollar value would be cut in half.

    Netanyahu is making the first visit by an Israeli prime minister to India for 15 years and Modi’s nationalist government has rolled out the red carpet, regarding Israel as an ally in the fight against terrorism.

    Netanyahu and Modi have pledged to deepen economic and security ties in a more open embrace of the relationship which New Delhi had long kept at a low profile, largely for fear of upsetting Arab nations on which it depends for oil.

    Israel has given initial approval for Indian energy companies to explore oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean. Bilateral trade has jumped from $200 million in 1992, when the two countries opened diplomatic relations, to $4.16 billion in 2016, largely in favour of Israel.

    Israel has emerged as one of India’s biggest suppliers of weapons alongside the United States and long-term partner Russia. Last year, Modi made a first trip to Israel by an Indian prime minister ever.

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    Indian solider boasting of bloodshed goes viral, slammed as ‘drunken banter’

    The video shows the man in military uniform in a hilly place much like Kashmir in winter saying he is not satisfied till there is bloodshed, and how people should worship weapons and not gods.

    A video showing a man in military uniform boasting about bloodshed and worship of weapons was widely shared on social media in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday when tension was already running high over the killing of two men by security forces.

    The authenticity of the clipping could not be independently verified and the officer was not identified either, but it appears to have been shot in a hilly place much like Kashmir in winter.

    “We were falling for the things like peace. It has been my record wherever I have gone, there has been bloodshed. So I am not satisfied till there is bloodshed,” the man with a drink in his hands says in the video. A maroon beret — standard with military paratroopers — lies on a table in front of the man.

    Army spokesman Rajesh Kalia said he has not seen the video and will be able to comment after going through it.

    The video also shows the man, who appears to be an officer in the rank of a major, talking about a poem by his “favourite poet Yogendra Sharma” and apparently titled “Shanti vanti chodo (Forget peace)”.

    “There is talk of peace nowadays. Wait a second,” he gulps down the drink, throws away the glass and recites the poem.

    He stops after one of the couplets and explains how one should worship weapons, not gods. “We are the ones who kill,” he says.

    The man recites the entire poem, which is full of religious symbolism and narratives on defending the motherland. At the end, he talks about how “we are all Arjun”. The poem’s last line says: “Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi tak Bharat hi Bharat ho.”

    Kashmiri social media users reacted sharply to the video — some dismissed it as drunken banter, others castigated the man and wanted the army to take action against him.

    Retired Lt Gen HS Panag said: “Unbecoming bravado! Disciplinary action warranted.”

    Another user tweeted : “We are not fighting a war & its not mahabharat. Veer Ras ki kavita.....som ras peene ke baad achi jarur lagti hai...par sachai se bahut dur hai. we would love to have peace in & around the Indian sub-continent”.

    The video surfaced on a day Kashmir observed a shutdown after soldiers killed two men when a military convoy was allegedly targeted with stones in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday evening.

    A Srinagar-based army spokesperson said security personnel fired at protesters after taking “the extreme gravity of the situation” into account. Residents quoted by local newspapers said the army fired at people coming to Gawanpora village to condole the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant.

    Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti spoke to defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday and said every civilian killing, notwithstanding how erroneously made, impairs the political process in the state.


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    In A First, Woman Imam Leads Friday Jumu'ah Prayers In Kerala

    This honour hasn't come easy for Jamitha Teacher. Years before, she was even boycotted by some in Kerala's capital Thiruvananthapuram, and given death threats for her strong opinion and the way she questioned the existing practices in her religion.

    Malappuram in northern Kerala today witnessed an unprecedented Jumu'ah - a Friday prayer for Muslims. For the first time in the state, a 34-year-old woman Imam, Jamitha Teacher, led the devotees for Jumu'ah - the crucial congregational Friday prayer for Muslims, which includes preaching and prayer. Quran Sunnat Society that conducted this, believes it is the first in India.

    "I have been criticised a lot by elders of various factions for taking this step. There are men who will not like women taking these positions and being empowered. But the Quran is clear - there is no discrimination between man and woman. They have equal rights," Imam Jamitha Teacher told NDTV.

    But this honour hasn't come easy for Jamitha Teacher. Years before, she was even boycotted by some in Kerala's capital Thiruvananthapuram, and given death threats for her strong opinion and the way she questioned the existing practices in her religion. She had to leave the city and take shelter with her relative in 2016. After that, the Quran Sunnat Society invited her for a session, and welcomed her open heartedly. Today, she is the secretary of the society.

    Quran Sunnat Society says it believes men don't own Islam and that women have equal rights to this religion, according to the Quran. "We started discussing this through deliberate discussions as well as Friday Jumu'ah's for almost five-six months. People had different opinions. But we based our discussions solely on the Quran and brought everyone on board. It should not be about which faction teaches what, but about Quran teaches. And Quran nowhere stops women from leading Jumu'ah," MS Rasheed, a senior leader of the Quran Sunnat Society, told NDTV.



    Ruling on a woman leading men in prayer

    Allaah forbids the believers to wish for that with which Allaah has favoured others, whether that is in things that are possible or things that are impossible. Women should not wish for the things that have been bestowed uniquely upon men, by which Allaah has favoured them over women, and no poor person or person who has shortcomings should merely wish for the position of one who is rich or perfect, because this is the essence of destructive envy (hasad)… and because that implies displeasure with the decree of Allaah. End quote.

    One of the things for which Allaah has singled out men is that the acts of worship which require physical strength, such as jihad, or require a position of leadership such as leading the prayers, etc., are only for men, and women have nothing to do with them.

    If a woman leads men, women and boys in prayer, then the prayer of the women is valid and the prayer of the men and boys is invalid, because Allaah has given men the role of protectors and maintainers of women, and He has not allowed them to be in charge, so it is not permissible for a woman to lead a man in prayer under any circumstances, ever.


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    How Hindu nationalists devoured India

    by Shikha Dalmia - January 30, 2018

    Many of the world's liberal democracies are reckoning with majoritarian gripes against minority appeasement. But India's might be the most dramatic case, with a cacophony of Hindu nationalists hell-bent on taking even compliments as insults. Meanwhile, the voices of the country's vulnerable Muslim minority, which has a genuine cause for complaint given the fresh indignities it suffers daily, barely register on the national consciousness.

    For the last two weeks, groups associated with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have been protesting Padmaavati, a quasi-historical Bollywood extravaganza that tells the story of Rajput King Rana Singh, whose wife, Padmaavati, becomes the obsession of the Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji after he hears about her legendary beauty.

    Loosely based on an epic poem
    by a 16th century Muslim Sufi poet, the movie's cinematic sophistication — it is shot in 3-D with absolutely breathtaking scenes of courtly pomp set in medieval India — contrasts sharply with its crude and cartoonish characters. The film isn't a clash between mere good and evil, but utmost perfection and complete depravity as embodied by Singh, the Hindu hero, and Khilji, the Muslim villain.

    The Hindu Singh
    , with his buff bod and kohl-smeared eyes, is a paragon of Rajput virtue who treats women like queens (of which he has two), moves with grace, deals with matters of state with flawless judgment, conducts himself with decorum, and fights with valor and integrity. Twice he foregoes the opportunity to kill the unarmed Khilji because that would have meant violating the Rajput code of honor.

    The Muslim Khilji
    , by contrast, is not just dastardly, but a savage lech. He is a sadist who gets a sexual high from humiliating his minions. On the day of his wedding, he is off jumping other women. He is cruel toward family and friends and happily turns on them for the slightest advantage. He doesn't dine from shining utensils sitting serenely in the traditional lotus position like the cultured Rajputs. He hunches over a table grabbing large pieces of meat with his bare hands, tearing the flesh with his teeth.

    And he believes that for victory in war, no tactic is too ignoble. After killing Singh on the battlefield through treachery, he races to claim his prize. But Padmaavati, herself a paragon of virtue, calmly leads 800 women into a fiery cauldron in an act of mass self-immolation that Rajput widows were expected to perform to protect their — and their husbands' — honor. (This dénouement has rightly incensed Indian feminists struggling against traditional attitudes that measure a woman's worth by her devotion to her husband.)

    It is not clear that Padmaavati ever existed, but Singh and Khilji were real historical figures and, unsurprisingly, much more nuanced than the movie's ridiculous caricatures. But literally every Hindu in the film, except the king's Brahmin tutor, is upright, humane, and decent — and every Muslim, but for Khilji's wife, is craven, randy, and slothful.

    Such demeaning portrayals would be controversial under any circumstances. But today, when Muslims (and other religious minorities) are under siege in India, they are downright irresponsible.

    Casual bigotry against Muslims has always existed in India. But since Modi assumed office, the situation has gotten considerably worse. Hindu nationalism's singular project is to restore Hindu pride and identity by avenging historic harms, real and imagined, inflicted on Hindus by "Muslim invaders" who ruled the country for centuries.

    Lynching of Muslims suspected of consuming beef — which is taboo for Hindus — have become commonplace. And in recent years, paranoid Hindus have taken to accusing Muslim men of engaging in "love jihad" — or converting Hindu women by seducing them into marriage. (Christians face analogous allegations.) Hardly a day goes by when Hindu thugs don't beat up a Hindu-Muslim couple somewhere in the country. Last month, a court actually annulled a marriage between a Muslim man and a 25-year-old Hindu woman in med school. The court concluded that a woman of her station and background could not possibly in her right mind have consented to such a nuptial without being "brainwashed," her protestations that she was in love with her husband notwithstanding.

    Given all of this, you would probably think that Muslims would be protesting this movie, directed by a Hindu with an all-Hindu cast, for feeding every single rabid anti-Muslim stereotype. Instead, it is Hindu extremists who have taken to the streets.

    They torched 200 buses
    in Modi's home state of Gujarat after a court denied their demand for a nationwide ban on the movie. Several states ruled by Modi's party have nevertheless banned the film — and states that haven't have had to post armed guards outside theaters to protect patrons and property. One Hindu politician has declared a bounty on the head of the film's director and the actress who plays Padmaavati. And in a truly shocking episode, thugs pelted a school bus full of children in a tony Delhi suburb.

    : https://www.facebook.com/logical.ind...97814720348242

    What exactly are these people protesting? They claim that Padmaavati is a revered figure and, therefore, using her story to entertain and titillate is offensive.

    When Muslims in India managed to get a ban on Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses because it disparaged Prophet Muhammad, they were accused of subverting liberalism's bedrock commitment to artistic freedom and open expression in a fanatical pursuit of their religion. And rightly so.

    But far from disparaging Padmaavati, who isn't even a religious figure, the film unabashedly and unambiguously glorifies her. If Hindu hoodlums can be enraged by a feel-good movie like this, they can be enraged by anything. There is no logic or sense behind their protest, no method to their madness. It is offense for offense's sake.

    This is a scary development that Modi should have condemned quickly and vociferously while ordering his party apparatchiks to control the extremist troublemakers. Instead, he — along with other senior politicos in his party — have stood by mute without issuing a single statement.

    This is India today. The mob rules, and the nation's so-called leaders are silent.


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    Hindu Terrorist posts video of himself killing Muslim online in call for anti-Islam campaign funding

    Suspect Shambu Lal Regar arrested in Rajasthan over film of labourer being hacked to death and burnt, which earned £3,473 in crowdfunding donations


    Supporters of the radical Vishwa Hindu Parishad Hindu group

    A Hindu man in India tried to raise money for a campaign against minority Muslims by issuing an appeal for donations with a video he took and posted online showing him killing a Muslim,
    police said on Thursday.

    The killing last week is the latest to roil India’s minority Muslims who have faced attacks from mobs who accuse them of killing cows, which Hindus consider sacred. Hindu fringe groups also campaign against Muslim men marrying Hindus.

    Shambu Lal Regar
    , the suspect, has been arrested on suspicion of hacking and burning a Muslim labourer in the western state of Rajasthan, police said. Regar had posted a video of the attack along with his bank details for donations to finance his anti-Muslim campaign, police officer Anand Shrivastava said.

    More than 700 people from across India deposited £3,473 into the account
    . “The accused wanted to become a Hindu hero after killing a Muslim man, his main aim was to collect money after committing the hate crime,” said Shrivastava.

    Regar’s video went viral on social media before authorities took it down. Police investigators had frozen the bank account and were tracking down donors, Shrivastava said. Shrivastava said the video had showed Regar claiming to be a proud Indian trying to stop “love jihad” – a term used by Hindu hardliners who accuse Muslim men of entrapping Hindu women and girls on the pretext of love in order to convert them to Islam.

    The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who leads the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been criticised for failing to do enough to stop attacks on Muslims. The government rejects that. Modi has condemned violence in the name of protecting cows.

    Muslims account for 172 million of India’s 1.32 billion citizens and Modi’s critics say Hindu groups linked with his ruling party are trying to marginalise them. The BJP denies any bias against Muslims.


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    17-Year-Old Girl Gang-Raped By Father, Brother, Uncles For Eloping With Lover In UP


    A 17-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by her father, brother and two uncles
    on Tuesday in Dhandheda village of Muzaffarnagar for eloping with her lover. The accused were arrested after the minor filed a complaint against them.

    The girl's mother and sister-in-law, however, refused the allegation dubbing it baseless.

    The police filed the case under section 376 D(gang rape) of IPC and is investigating the matter.

    According to a TOI report, the family first filed a complaint in August after which during the proceedings, the girl had declared that she had left with the man on her own, following which the court had let the man off.

    In October, she eloped again and a fresh case was filed. On November 2, the girl approached Allahabad High Court and said that she was gang-raped by her family members at a private nursing home here and was forced to miscarry the baby she was pregnant with.

    On November 18, the high court ordered police to file an FIR under serious sections of the IPC including gang rape. The FIR was filed on November 19, and the accused were arrested on Monday.

    Manoj Chaudhary, station house officer, Sikhera police station said, "The girl's family had filed a case under IPC section 363 (kidnapping) first in July, in which the court had let off the boyfriend, Gayasuddin. But before the October case could be heard in court, the girl went to Allahabad High Court, which pronounced that an FIR should be filed against the family."

    After the instructions of the high court, the accused family members of the girl, including her father Haakim, brother Saabir and two uncles Sameen and Aashu, have been booked and arrested under sections 376 D (gang rape), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (criminal intimidation), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 313 (causing miscarriage without woman's consent) of the IPC.

    Meanwhile, the girl's mother said that the girl had made the allegations under the influence of Gayasuddin. "My husband and son are innocent. It is sad that the family's reputation is at risk and my daughter is unable to understand this due to Gayasuddin," said the girl's mother.


    Abduction and Rape of Girls in Open

    This video is from Rajasthan, here in this village the affluent come and snatch young women and girls in-front of everyone and rape them..the local police does nothing.


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    Indian Navy Damage Their $3 Billion Nuclear Submarine by Leaving Hatch Open

    Open Hatch Put $3 Billion Indian Nuclear Submarine Out Of Commission

    by Jared Keller - January 9, 2018

    The modern submarine is not a simple machine. A loss of propulsion, unexpected flooding, or trouble with reactors or weapons can doom a sub crew to a watery grave.

    Also, it’s a good idea to, like, close the hatches before you dive.

    Call it a lesson learned for the Indian navy, which managed to put the country’s first nuclear-missile submarine, the $2.9 billion INS Arihant, out of commission in the most boneheaded way possible.

    The Hindu reported yesterday that the Arihant has been out of commission since suffering “major damage” some 10 months ago, due to what a navy source characterized as a “human error” — to wit: allowing water to flood to sub’s propulsion compartment after failing to secure one of the vessel’s external hatches.

    Water “rushed in as a hatch on the rear side was left open by mistake while [the Arihant] was at harbor” in February 2017, shortly after the submarine’s launch, The Hindu reports. Since then, the sub “has been undergoing repairs and clean up,” according to the paper: “Besides other repair work, many pipes had to be cut open and replaced.”

    It’s hard to articulate how major this is, but Kyle Mizokami does a good job at Popular Mechanics: Indian authorities ordered the pipe replacement because they “likely felt that pipes exposed to corrosive seawater couldn’t be trusted again, particularly pipes that carry pressurized water coolant to and from the ship’s 83 megawatt nuclear reactor.” For context, a submarine assigned to Britain’s Royal Navy narrowly avoided a complete reactor meltdown in 2012 after the power sources for its coolant system failed.

    The incident is also quite an embarrassment — and strategic concern — for the Indian Armed Forces
    . A Russian Akula-class attack sub modified to accommodate a variety of ballistic missiles, the Arihant represented a major advance in India’s nuclear triad after its completion in October 2016. (India in 1974 became the 6th country to conduct a successful nuclear test.) Indeed, the Arihant’s ability to deliver K-15 short-range and K-4 intermediate-range nuclear missiles was envisioned as a powerful deterrent against India’s uneasy nuclear state neighbor, Pakistan.

    “Arihant is the most important platform within India’s nuclear triad covering land-air-sea modes,” the Hindu reports. Well, it’s important if it works — and it probably helps to make your submarine watertight.

    This is just some sloppy, dangerous seamanship, and the Indian Navy better get its act together fast. Either that, or perhaps follow the Royal Navy’s lead and install the 2001-era Windows XP as an operating system on all your most vital vessels. That way, you can blame the blue screen of death instead of “human error” for the next critical foul-up. Although even outdated software probably knows enough to dog down on all the hatches.



    These fools are so incompetent and they think they can defeat Pakistan in a war?! LOL.

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    Nun Gang Rape In India

    Chilling CCTV Images Emerge


    These are the first chilling images of the alleged perpetrators of a chilling gang rape of a septuagenarian nun at a convent school in India.

    The 71-year-old woman, who was the oldest nun at the school, was
    gang-raped by a group of bandits Saturday when she tried to prevent them from robbing a Christian missionary school in eastern India, police said, the latest crime to focus attention on the scourge of sexual violence in the country.

    Superintendent Arnab Ghosh said five people are being held in connection with the crime, according to Sky News.

    The nun was hospitalised in serious condition after being attacked by seven or eight men
    at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in Nadia district, 50 miles northeast of the West Bengal state capital of Kolkata, a police officer said. She is now believed to be in a stable condition.

    The robbers tied the school's security guards with ropes early Saturday and entered the nuns' room, where the women were sleeping. They took one of the nuns to another room when she tried to block their way and then raped her, the officer said.

    The men escaped with some cash, a mobile phone, a laptop computer and a camera, all belonging to the school, the officer said. They also ransacked the school's chapel and holy items, the Press Trust of India news agency cited the archbishop of Kolkata, Thomas D'Souza.

    Scores of angry students, their parents and teachers blocked a nearby highway and railroad tracks for several hours demanding swift police action leading to the arrest of the culprits.

    Mamta Banerjee, the state's top elected official, strongly condemned the attack and ordered a high-level police investigation. D'Souza appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony in the area.

    India has a long history of tolerance for sexual violence,
    but the December 2012 fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman aboard a moving bus in New Delhi caused outrage across the nation.

    The outcry led the federal government to rush legislation doubling prison terms for rapists to 20 years and criminalizing voyeurism, stalking and the trafficking of women. The law also makes it a crime for officers to refuse to open cases when complaints are made.


    Delhi gang rape: India outrage over fashion shoot

    Delhi gang rape glamourized in modeling photo shoot

    The photo shoot features a model being groped by a group of men on a bus

    An Indian fashion shoot showing a woman being groped on a bus has caused anger, with social media users saying it glamorizes the 2012 Delhi gang rape.

    Photographer Raj Shetye's images show a model fighting off men on a bus, in a scene reminiscent of the rape and murder that shocked India.

    Many social media users said they found the photos "disgusting" and "horrible".

    Mr Shetye said the shoot was "just a depiction of the situation of women in our country" and not based on the rape.

    The photos were taken down from the Behance site after angry reactions on Twitter and Facebook.

    The gang rape and murder of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student - dubbed Nirbhaya (fearless) by the media - led to days of protests and forced the authorities to introduce tough new anti-rape laws.

    Four men were sentenced to death. A fifth, a juvenile at the time of the crime, is serving a three-year sentence.

    'Disgusting, insensitive'

    Mr Shetye, a Mumbai-based photographer, published his photofeature The Wrong Turn last week, prompting widespread criticism on social media.

    "Did I just see a fashion-spread depicting the Delhi gang rape of Nirbhaya? Disgusting! I hope all associated, die of shame! Insensitive swine!," Bollywood music director Vishal Dadlani tweeted. "Whoever you are... I hope you go to jail for this," he added.

    Actor Amrita Puri tweeted: "Rape is not inspiration for a fashion shoot. I don't know what the photographer was thinking doing an editorial shoot inspired by Nirbhaya."

    "Raj Shetye, photographer, came up with a bus-rape inspired shoot. How much lower before we hit hell?" wrote Ceteris Paritosh on Twitter:

    Myra called it "beyond disgusting" and said the photo shoot "Trivializes Sexual Assault Through 'The Wrong Turn'.

    Mr Shetye did not immediately respond to BBC attempts to contact him, but in a report published on BuzzFeed.com on Tuesday, he denied that he had attempted to recreate the infamous gang rape.

    "It is not based on Nirbhaya," he said. "But being a part of society and being a photographer, that topic moves me from inside... I stay in a society where my mother, my girlfriend, my sister are out there and something like this can happen to them also."
    Mr Shetye said he was not trying to "glamorize the act, which was very bad".

    "It's just a way of throwing light on it," he said, adding that it could happen to anyone, rich or poor.

    He said the clothes worn by the models had all been made by top designers, but none had been credited publicly because the shoot was not for commercial gain.


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    Muslims organise funds for Hindu woman’s wedding in Bengal village

    Led by Motiur Rahaman, a local madrassa headmaster, the Muslims helped Saraswati, daughter of late daily-wager, marry Tapan Chowdhury in their Khanpur village of Malda district on Thursday.

    By Sreyasi Pal - Nov 26, 2017

    A group of Muslims came together to fund the marriage of a Hindu woman in a West Bengal village, which has only eight Hindu families and around 600 Muslim households.

    Led by Motiur Rahaman, a local madrassa headmaster, the Muslims helped Saraswati, daughter of late daily-wager, marry Tapan Chowdhury in their Khanpur village of Malda district on Thursday.

    Saraswati’s father, Trjilal Chowdhury had died three years ago leaving his wife Sovarani in financial crisis with her five daughters and a son.

    Sovarani had managed to arrange Rs 2,000 dowry demanded by the groom’s family, but was left penniless after that to arrange the wedding.

    “On coming to know of Sovarani’s problem, I had discussions with my neighbours Abdul Bari, Imadul Rahaman, Jalaluddin, and Sahidul Islam, among others. We all agreed that since Saraswati is our daughter only despite being of different religion, it is our duty to arrange a proper wedding,” Rahaman told HT.

    He and his group then approached Sovarani and assured her the amount, which they collected soon after and helped conduct the marriage.

    A reception ceremony was also held on November 25 where Rahaman stood at the entrance of Sovarani’s residence, greeting the groom and his family members.

    “Had Trjilal been alive, he would have done that. In his absence, I did it since Saraswati is nothing less than my own daughter,” Rahaman said.



    This is what Muslims are doing to this Hindu minority living in this Muslim majority village. Whereas Hindus are raping and trying to expel Muslims in Hindu majority and Muslim minority villages.

    Muslim Girl Attacked With Acid by Hindus
    she was attacked because the men wanted her family to leave the locality they were staying in - a predominantly Hindu area of about 200 houses in which the girl's family are the only Muslims.


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    Abuse of Muslims in India

    Muslim man in India brutally attacked and forced to praise Hindu idol...


    Hindus Attack Dalits

    Goons with saffron flags attack Dalits heading to Bhima Koregaon memorial near Pune. Vehicles pelted with stones and later set on fire.


    Hindus Gang Rape 19-YO Daughter of Policeman For 3 Hours - Cops Refuse To File Complaint

    by Sudeep Mishra - November 03, 2017

    For three hours, a 19-year-old college girl was tied up and raped by four men, who took breaks for tea and gutka before returning to assault her repeatedly under a bridge in the heart of Bhopal.

    What happened after the rapists let her go was no less horrifying.
    Three police stations refused to take her complaint — although both her parents are in police — and a GRP officer mocked her for "coming with a filmy story".

    The parents — her father is a sub-inspector with a security force and mother with the CID — and the girl nabbed two of the suspects in a dramatic daylight scuffle on Wednesday. Only then was a complaint registered. An embarrassed police force suspended SI R N Tekam of MP Nagar police station on Thursday for not accepting her complaint.

    The horrifying gang rape has shaken Bhopal, where people take pride in their city as one of the safest for women. The spot where she was raped has some of the busiest roads and rail tracks — the bustling Habibganj station is just 100 metres away, and an RPF post just 50m away.
    Thousands of cars drove past just 100 metres from where she was stripped, tied up and raped repeatedly. Yet, no one heard a thing.

    The survivor shuttles between her hometown, about an hour's journey from Bhopal, every day as she is preparing for the UPSC exams.

    On Tuesday evening, the complaint notes, after her coaching classes got over, she began her short walk along the tracks towards Habibganj station. Around 7 pm, a man now identified as
    Golu Bihari Chadhar — out on bail after being charged with her infant daughter's murder — grabbed her by her hand. She kicked him. Angry, Golu called out to an accomplice, Amar Ghuntu, and the two of them started dragging her towards a nullah. The girl kept fighting and hit both of them with a stone.

    Furious, they hit her with a stone as well, tied her up, and raped her. After around 15 minutes, Golu went to fetch gutka and cigarettes, the complaint notes, leaving Amar to watch over her.
    Amar and Golu are brothers-in-law and married to two sisters.

    The girl asked for some clothes because hers had been torn to shreds. Golu went back and got some clothes, perhaps of his wife's — and also
    brought along two others to join in. She was raped again, this time Rajesh and Ramesh joining the other two. The horror went on until 10 pm when the brothers-in-law finally allowed her to dress and leave — but after she had handed over her earrings, watch and phone. She somehow walked to the RPF outpost at Habibganj station and called her parents. Her father was already looking for her. Seeing how traumatised she was, he took her home. The next morning, the family went to MP Nagar to file a complaint. An SI went to check the spot and told them to go to Habibganj police station, staff from where redirected them to Habibganj GRP. It is at the third stop thatan officer mocked the girl, saying she was "making up a filmy story".

    "While coming from Habibganj, my daughter saw two of the rapists loitering in front of Mansarowar Complex, which is around 500 metres from the spot of crime," said the mother. The cop parents and the feisty survivor chased down Amar and Golu and nabbed them. "We handed over the duo to GRP Habibganj," said the mother.

    "It's one of the worst experiences of my life.
    If I, as a policewoman, have to face such problems in filing my daughter's gangrape complaint, I can't imagine what a common man goes through," said the mother. "SHO GRP Mohit Saxena and SI Uikey misbehaved with us and said they wouldn't file any case. SI Uikey alleged that we were making a 'false filmy complaint'," she added.

    7 Y.O. Raped And Murdered By Hindus Inside School Premises

    November 26, 2017

    A seven-year-old girl was raped and then murdered in Etmadpur area of Agra district. Her body, naked and bleeding from the abdomen, was found on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday at primary school premises, about 300 metres from her home. Police suspect the victim’s father to be involved.

    The victim lived with her father, a poor labourer and her brother, who is nine, in a tent in Etmadpur. Her mother had died six years ago, a year after her birth. She was sleeping in the tent when the incident happened. According to police, she had been smothered to death.

    Deputy superintendent of police Akhilesh Narayan Singh said, “The girl’s body was found without any clothes on it and she was bleeding from the abdomen area. The post-mortem report has confirmed smothering as the cause of death but sexual assault cannot yet be ascertained. The viscera has been preserved for further examination.”

    He added, “Prima facie it seems that someone very close to girl killed her. We are collecting some more evidence before we arrest the culprit.”

    According to police, it was the father who first made a distress call to police at around 3:30 am about the girl having gone missing. The search for her began when police reached the tent. Along with the father, they found her dead at the school premises.

    It was the father who led the police to the victim’s body. We suspect his involvement and will question him once the girl is cremated. Since the 9-year-old elder brother was also there in the same tent, his statement will be very important in the case,” said a senior police official.

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    VIDEO: Extremist Hindu groups training youth how to lynch India’s Muslims

    A short video showing Hindu extremist groups, who are tied to India’s ruling BJP party, training youth how to lynch and kill Muslims.



    Indian hindu extremists hold protest march in support of a murderer & rapist just because he raped and murdered a 8 year old Muslim kid.

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    ‘Average Dalit Woman Dies 14.6 Years Younger Than Women From Higher Castes’

    A new UN study also notes that the intersection of gender with other forms of discrimination – caste, race/ethnicity, religion etc – is what further marginalises women and girls from poor and deprived sections of the society.

    Not only are women poorer, more hungry and more discriminated against than men in India, but the average Dalit woman in the country also dies 14.6 years younger than those from higher castes, a new report released by the UN on Wednesday night underlined.

    Titled ‘Turning promises into action: gender equality in the 2030 Agenda,’ the study by UN Women notes that the increase in exposure to mortality of lower-caste women stems from poor sanitation as well as an inadequate supply of water and healthcare.

    “Those left furthest behind in society are often women and girls who experience multiple forms of disadvantage based on gender and other inequalities,” the report states. This, according to the study, can result in “clustered deprivations where women and girls may be simultaneously disadvantaged in their access to quality education, decent work, health and well-being”.

    At the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – adopted two years ago – is a commitment to “leave no one behind,” to prioritise addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged sections of people. The agenda lays out a number of global benchmarks, including eliminating extreme poverty and hunger and getting all children into school. The new report highlights how women are affected by each of them and examines what policies are needed to achieve the stated goals.

    When viewed through a gender lens, the goal is to ensure that all women and girls, irrespective of their location, age, class, race, ethnicity etc, enjoy equal rights and opportunities. This, however, is not the case and more often than not these disadvantages are visible in official statistics.

    According to the report, the intersection of gender with other forms of discrimination – caste, race/ethnicity, religion etc – is what further marginalises women and girls from poor and deprived sections of the society, and shows how progress for women is a pre-requisite if progress for all is to be achieved.

    In Karnatka’s Koppal district, for example, a study has found that while poor women are the most deprived of all in accessing health services, the situation of non-poor women too was similar to that of poor men. But the latter even while facing economic discrimination were not bearing the brunt of gender deprivation.

    Wealth and location are also factors that produce a compounding effect, leading to large inequalities. Poverty often leads to poor education, which further drives child marriage.

    Deprivations in one area are thus associated with deprivations in others.

    According to the report, In India, a woman aged 20-24 from a poor, rural household is over five times as likely as one from a rich urban household to marry before the age of 18. There is also an over 20 times likelihood of the former as compared to the latter to have never attended school, 1.3 times not having access to money of her own and 2.3 times not having a say in spending.

    In a situation where she is landless and belongs to scheduled caste, the likelihood of poverty increases, and if she chooses to work, her lack of education and low status in the social hierarchy is likely to result in exploitative working conditions.

    When it comes to unpaid care and domestic work – regardless of region, income level or cultural characteristics – the ratio of women to men is ten times in India.

    According to Livemint, the report also shows how women who live in poor households spend as much as 24% of their work time collecting firewood and water, and foraging for edible and non-edible items to be used as food and housing materials, while women in non-poor households allocate about half that time to such tasks.

    The report adds that the strategies to achieve the goal of ‘leave no one behind’ – including those related to measurement – must be devised in ways that do not aggravate further social fragmentation, stigmatisation and/or other forms of harm or abuse of vulnerable groups.

    Leaving no one behind, according to the UN Women, means “addressing the needs of the most marginalized: those who are disadvantaged socially, politically, environmentally and/ or economically.”


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    India’s PM Narendra Modi inaugurates plans for first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi

    14th February 2018

    India’s Prime Minister Narendra
    Modi inaugurated the project for the first Hindu temple to be built in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi.

    The announcement of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Temple was made last Friday.

    PM Modi said via video conference that, “I believe this temple will not be only unique in terms of architecture and splendour, but will also give a message of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ to people across the world.”

    The event was live streamed to the Dubai Opera House where PM Modi was communicating with the Gulf country’s Indian community.

    He also thanked the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on behalf of all Indians for the construction of the temple.

    The temple’s committee members had presented the Hindu literature to PM Modi and Prince bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday evening in Abu Dhabi.

    The temple, which will cover 55,000 square metres of land, will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE.

    It will be completed by 2020 and will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East, a BAPS spokesperson said.

    PM Modi, who made his first trip to the UAE after coming into office in 2015, thanked the Arab countries which provided a “home like environment” to almost 300,000 Indians who are living in the Gulf.

    He said: “India’s jump in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Rankings from 142 to 100 is unprecedented. But we are not satisfied with this, we want to improve even more.

    “We will do whatever it takes to achieve it. I assure you that we will work together to bring to reality the dreams you see, here and in India.”

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    Indian-Origin Child Was Murdered For Insurance Money, Accused Faces Extradition To India

    by Vamshi Krishna - February 1, 2018

    A London based Indian-origin woman is facing extradition to India over her alleged involvement in the murder of a 12-year-old orphan boy from Gujarat. Arti Dhir was arrested after an Interpol alert over the murder of Gopal Ajani in February 2017.

    The 52-year-old appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London for a hearing on her bail application on January 23, 2018. But the hearing remains pending as her family members have been able to manage a sum of £50K as security. “This should be sorted out in a week,” Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said as Dhir remains in custody until the security is deposited with the court.

    In an investigation by the Gujarat Police, it was claimed that
    Arti, who works at London’s Heathrow airport and two other accused Nitish Mund and Kanwaljit Raizada had adopted the child in 2015 and then insured him for Rs 1.3 crore just days before staging his kidnap and murder in India. The money from the life insurance payout was then to be split three ways.

    Ajani and his brother-in-law, Harsukh Patel, were stabbed to death on a road outside Rajkot in February 2017. It was reported that Arti plotted the murder by hiring contract killers soon after adopting the child and gave them Rs 5 lakh. They even attempted to kill the boy earlier but they couldn’t do it because they didn’t find a location.

    Police claimed that Mund and Raizada, both from India, met Arti when they were studying in London and the trio began plotting the murder in 2015. After Indian authorities submitted an extradition request to face a murder trial at Westminster Magistrates Court, Interpol issued a ‘red notice’ for Arti in April.

    She was arrested by Met’s Extradition Unit on June 29, 2017, and since then remains in custody awaiting her deportation hearing.

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    Indian Hindu Husband, in-laws sell woman’s kidney for not meeting dowry demand

    In her complaint, 28-year-old Rita Sarkar said her husband Biswajit took her to a private nursing home in Kolkata two years ago where, on the pretext of an appendix operation, her kidney was removed.

    Feb 06, 2018

    West Bengal police have arrested a
    28-year-old woman’s husband and brother-in-law after she complained that they tricked her to sell one of her kidneys because her family failed to meet their demand for Rs 2 lakh in dowry.

    According to the complainant by the woman, Rita Sarkar, her husband of 12 years and her in-laws tortured her often for dowry and
    took advantage of her appendicitis to steal a kidney from her.

    “Around two years ago, I began suffering from acute stomach ache. My husband took me to a private nursing home in Kolkata, where he and the medical staff told me that I would be fine after removing my inflamed appendix through surgery,” she said.

    But her pain persisted, or rather intensified, after the operation. “
    My husband warned me not to disclose the surgery in Kolkata to anyone. I begged him to take me to a doctor to treat the pain, but he ignored me.”

    Rita was allegedly taken to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital by relatives from her parents’ side around three months ago and
    doctors found that her right kidney was missing.

    Shocked, she sought a second opinion at a nursing home in Malda and learnt that one of her kidneys was indeed not there.

    “I then understood why my husband implored me to keep quiet about the surgery. He sold my kidney because my family couldn’t meet his demand for dowry,” she alleged.

    Rita then filed a complaint at Farakka police station in northern Bengal, the native place of her parents, against
    husband Biswajit Sarkar, a cloth merchant from Lalgola in Murshidabad district, his brother Shyamal and her mother-in-law, Bularani, who is on the run.

    The husband and his brother were arrested on Monday, inspector Udayshankar Roy said.

    They were charged under Section 19 (punishment for commercial dealings in human organs) and Section 21 (offences by companies involved in any such act) of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act and IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 498 (detaining a married woman with criminal intent).

    men allegedly confessed that the kidney was sold to a businessman in Chhattisgarh. “Murshidabad police will raid the Kolkata hospital where the surgery was conducted,” said a senior police officer who didn’t want to be identified.

    Police suspect a kidney smuggling gang is associated with the crime. “A special team has been formed to investigate,” the officer said.

    The crime almost eclipsed another allegation that the woman, a mother of an 11-year-old son, was harassed and assaulted for dowry ever since she got married in 2005.

    The country has strict anti-dowry laws. Still, domestic violence and heinous crimes against women are commonplace as the dowry demand often continues for years, especially in rural areas where a daughter is considered a liability.

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    Hindu Extremists Mobs and Cops Attacking Mosques and Muslims

    While many police officers just stood by and watched Hindu extremist mob attack mosques and Islamic schools in #Samastipur, some officers joined in the Hindu procession/riots!



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    Indian Army equals Israeli Military record, both kill 17 Muslims each in Kashmir, Palestine

    SRINAGAR - Indian security forces killed at least three civilians and wounded about 70 in India occupied Kashmir on Sunday when hundreds of people tried to prevent them from carrying out operations against suspected militants, police and residents said.

    At least 17 other people, including 13 suspected militants, were killed in gunbattles during the day in southern Kashmir , police officials said, the worst violence in the region this year.

    When hundreds of people came out on the streets of Kachdoora village in Shopian district to try to halt a gunbattle between militants and security forces, troops used tear gas and pellet guns to disperse the crowd. They later opened fire.

    Local residents said that after the protests, the security forces called off the operation. Police said five militants and three soldiers were killed in the fighting.

    Separatists have been waging a violent campaign against Indian rule since the late 1980s in Indian-held Kashmir .

    Fighting also broke out in two other villages in the region on Sunday.

    S.P. Vaid, the state director general of police, said the army received information on Saturday night about militants hiding in an area near Dragad village, about 50 km (30 miles) south of Kashmir’s capital of Srinagar and also in Shopian district.

    “In Dragad, 7 bodies of militants were recovered including top commanders. They were killed in a gunbattle,” Vaid said, adding that the owner of the house in which the militants were trapped was also killed.

    Another militant was killed in Dialgam village in Anantnag district, about 60 km (37 miles) south of Srinagar, while one was caught alive, he said.

    Authorities have directed schools and colleges in Kashmir to remain closed on Monday to prevent any recurrence of violence, and restrictions have been imposed in several areas.

    Train services to south Kashmir have been suspended as a precautionary measure, a railways official said, and internet services in five districts have also been blocked.

    In south Kashmir’s Pulwama district the local administration has imposed restrictions on the movement of people and vehicles to prevent any violence. - Agencies


    Massive anti-India protests erupt in southern Kashmir

    Residents of southern villages of Indian-administered Kashmir take to the streets after killing of at least 12 rebels.

    Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Massive anti-India protests have erupted in southern parts of Indian-occupied Kashmir following the killing of at least 12 kashmiri.

    Police said on Sunday the rebels were killed in three separate gun battles in the villages of Dialgam, Dragad and Kachdora.

    Swayam Prakash Pani, Kashmir police chief, told Al Jazeera that eight fighters were killed in two gun battles in Dialgam and Dragad. Five more were killed in Kachdora during a standoff that lasted until the evening.

    "Encounter concluded," Shesh Paul Vaid, state police chief, said in a post on Twitter, adding that three soldiers were also killed, as well as four civilians.

    "Unfortunate that the stone pelting around encounter site cost four civilian deaths," he said.

    One of the civilians was the house owner in Dragad village of Shopian where the rebels were trapped, officials said.

    Police said that among the rebels killed were several top commanders.

    At least 25 civilians suffered pellet wounds, while six others were being treated for bullet injuries
    , according to police. Locals, however, said that the number of those hurt was higher.

    To prevent demonstrations, the authorities have restricted access to mobile internet in the region.

    Shesh Paul Vaid, the state police chief, told reporters that the gun battle erupted in southern Kashmir late on Saturday and continued into early Sunday after government forces raided two villages following a tip-off about the presence of rebels.
    Ongoing clashes

    Locals told Al Jazeera that a large number of people from nearby villages took to the streets and marched towards the fighting to help the rebels escape, which then triggered clashes.

    "The forces fired live ammunition at the civilians. Several young people received pellet injuries in their eyes; two people received bullets in front of my eyes," a villager, Manzoor Ahmad from Shopian told Al Jazeera by phone.

    "Many civilian homes have also been damaged, leaving them on roads. How long this bloodshed will continue. We are tired."

    The protests have spread to multiple villages in south Kashmir. According to hospital officials, at least three dozen civilians were injured in ongoing clashes between stone-throwing young men and the Indian armed forces.

    Separatist leaders have called for a two-day shutdown to protest the killings in the region.

    Hundreds of paramilitary troopers have been rushed to the volatile parts of the region, including the main city of Srinagar, to guard the streets and prevent people from taking part in protests.

    Business establishments also observed a spontaneous shutdown in many parts of the city.

    Villages in south Kashmir, particularly Shopian, Pulwama and Anantnag have become rebel hotbeds since July 2016, after the killing of young rebel commander Burhan Wani.

    Wani's killing in a gunfight led to widespread protests in the region for five long months, during which over 100 civilians were killed, and hundreds lost their eyes to the pellet guns fired by forces.

    The beginning of this year has been violent, with intermittent gunfights and civilian killings on the international border.

    Cross-border shelling between India and Pakistan has intensified since January, forcing hundreds of villagers along the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border between the Indian and Pakistani-administered Kashmir, to flee their homes.

    Both countries accuse each other of targeting the civilian population.

    The recent tensions threaten to bring about another wave of protests in the region.

    India and Pakistan have fought three wars over the Himalayan territory, which they both claim in its entirety.

    Rebel groups have largely been suppressed by Indian security forces in recent years, and public opposition to Indian rule is now principally expressed through street protests.

    Anti-India sentiment runs deep among Kashmir's mostly Muslim population, and many people support the rebels' cause against Indian rule.

    Kashmir is one of the most militarised regions in the world, as India has stationed about half a million soldiers in the disputed territory.

    Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the decades-old conflict.


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    Indian Military uses chemical weapons in occupied Kashmir violence: Media reports

    SRINAGAR - In occupied Kashmir , Indian Military has used chemicals weapons, resorted to pellet guns, tear gas shells fire and ultimately straight fire at the protesting Kashmiris, media reports have surfaced.

    The death toll of martyred youth by Indian forces’ actions in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Islamabad districts on Sunday has mounted to 17 after another youth succumbed at Soura hospital in Srinagar.

    The martyred youth was identified as Iqbal Butt, of Khasipora Shopian. Reports said that Iqbal had received bullet injury in his abdomen.

    Earlier, 16 youths were killed in different firing and siege and search operations launched by Indian troops in two districts Shopian and Islamabad of south Kashmir . Three army men were also killed in the attacks in same districts.

    With Iqbal’s killing, the death toll of people mounted to 17, including 13 youth in siege and search operations and four in firing on protesters and funerals.

    Over 100 civilians were injured and many of them are critical. In the operations troops destroyed four residential houses also.


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    'Anti-Muslim bigotry has been normalised under Modi'

    Al Jazeera speaks to Neyaz Farooquee on his book, An Ordinary Man's Guide to Radicalism: Growing up Muslim in India.

    by Nehal Ahmed | 12 Apr 2018

    New Delhi, India - India is home to roughly 172 million Muslims - the third-largest Muslim population in the world.

    Since 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power, tensions between Muslims and Hindus have increased in large parts of the country.

    Muslims, who make up about 170 million of India's 1.3 billion population, have faced attacks after being accused of eating beef or killing cows, an animal considered sacred in Hinduism.

    Modi's rise has further pushed Muslims towards marginalisation
    , leading many to suggest the community should withdraw from politics.

    The political situation in the country and increased anti-Muslim prejudice forced Neyaz Farooquee, a young Muslim scholar and journalist, to write his first book, An Ordinary Man's Guide to Radicalism: Growing up Muslim in India.

    The memoir, Farooquee says, tries to clear the many myths and stereotypes about Muslims in India and highlights the diversity within the community and their lived reality.

    Incidents - like the demolition of the medieval-era Babri mosque in 1992 by Hindu nationalist mobs and the 2008 police encounter in a Muslim ghetto in India's capital, New Delhi - that the book mentions has changed the relations of Muslims with the Indian state.

    The demolition of Babri mosque - a watershed event that mainstreamed India's Hindu far-right groups - deeply affected the psyche of Indian Muslims leading to their distrust of the state institutions.

    New Delhi encounter, this work provides its readers with a transparent view of the making and unmaking of the controversial encounter, after which the generalisation of Muslims of the area as "terrorists" or "terrorist sympathisers" continues to haunt them.

    The memoir evocatively depicts the atmosphere he grew up in, in a remote village in eastern Bihar state. His grandfather taught him about writings of Kabir, Allama Iqbal, Amir Khusru, Guru Nanak, Chanakya and many more, highlighting the plurality of knowledge sources.

    "At 20, you don't understand the complexities of identity and citizenship. The work in a way focuses on how the 2008 encounter shook my trust in the state. I am sure it's true for many people in the locality," Farooquee told Al Jazeera.

    Al Jazeera spoke to author Farooquee in New Delhi.

    Al Jazeera: What is it like growing up as a Muslim in India?

    Neyaz Farooquee: It is a very difficult question to answer in merely few words. There is something that forces you to write about discrimination or exclusion of Muslim and their identity in the society.

    Growing up in the 1990s and 2000s India was peculiar in many ways - the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power for the first time. Though my generation is more confident about their identity, a discourse driven by the right-wing doesn't go beyond stereotypes of Muslims.

    It bogs down young Muslims like us - where to draw a line between the assertion of your identity and defence of your identity.

    Al Jazeera: Why do you think Muslims are under attack from Hindu far-right groups?

    Farooquee: Anti-Muslim bigotry has been normalised in the democratic process of the country under Modi. It is an attack on the Constitution, not merely on the Muslim community. Muslims are not asking any special favour, they are merely asking what is provided by the Constitution.

    Hindutva (the Hindu supremacist ideology professed by the ruling party) needs an enemy to survive, and hence, Muslims are their prime enemy.

    Al Jazeera: What do you mean by the word "radical" as you mentioned in your book?

    Farooquee: There are many reasons why I used radicalism in the title. One was that after the 2008 police shoot-out in my locality, the media reporting had no nuance. They painted a picture of the locality as if it was a hotbed of radicalism [a euphemism for] "terror activity", and residents as radicals and terror sympathisers.

    So, my point is that if you are going to call me a radical, I will also call myself a radical - now go and deal with it, because I am tired of explaining my innocence and proclaiming patriotism.

    But that was an angry reaction.

    read more at : https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/fe...100651759.html


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