Rohingya crisis and broader rise of intolerance towards religious and other minorities in India

Excerpts from the Opening Statement by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), on September 11 at the Human Rights Council’s 36th session: In Myanmar, another brutal security operation is underway in Rakhine State – this time, apparently on a far greater scale. According to UNHCR, in less than three … More Rohingya crisis and broader rise of intolerance towards religious and other minorities in India

How politicized history books promote communal strife, trace religious identities, antagonisms

By Moin Qazi* The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” – George Orwell Too much of the thinking about Muslim rulers is now being shaped along predictable, clichéd lines. This is true of all shades of opinion, perception and scholarship. There is evidence from … More How politicized history books promote communal strife, trace religious identities, antagonisms

Jharkhand lynching report: No established political parties came to meet grief-stricken families

A fact-finding team visited Sobhapur and nearby villages in District Saraikela, PS Rajnagar, Jharkhand, on May 27-28, 2017 to inquire into how Sheikh Naim, Sheikh Siraj, Md. Sajja, and Sheikh Halim were lynched and murdered by mob on suspicion of kidnapping children (‘bachchachor’ in local language) on May 18, 2017. The team consisted of activists* … More Jharkhand lynching report: No established political parties came to meet grief-stricken families

Minorities form around 19.32% of the population, are directly allocated 0.2% of Union Budget

“Analysing Union Budget 2017-18: Through Minority Lens”, prepared by the Research and Capacity Building Unit of Centre for Social Justice, Ahmedabad: In India six religious communities, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Zoroastrians and Jains, are notified as minorities under section 2(c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992. In 2006, Sachar Committee report highlighted serious social, … More Minorities form around 19.32% of the population, are directly allocated 0.2% of Union Budget

Gujarat has no govt department for minorities, nor is there any separate budget allocation for them

By Mujahid Nafees* The Rajinder Sachar Committee was commissioned in 2005 by the Government of India to prepare a report on the  social, economic, and educational conditions of the Muslim community of India. The committee was headed by former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court Rajinder Sachar. It had six other members. The committee prepared a 403 page report and … More Gujarat has no govt department for minorities, nor is there any separate budget allocation for them

Following cow vigilantes’ attacks, future of cattle fairs is under threat, business in on decline

People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Rajasthan, has written a letter to chief minister Vasundhara Raje to stop cow vigilantism in the state immediately. Text: On the 1st of April, 2017, 55 year old Pehlu Khan, s/o Mohhamedan and Azmat Son of Suleiman Khan along with 2 milch cows and 3 calves were travelling back … More Following cow vigilantes’ attacks, future of cattle fairs is under threat, business in on decline