Harsh Mander writes: The violence in Assam, like that inflicted by lynch mobs, shows normalisation of hatred against communities. It cannot be ascribed to social anomalies.
We must remember always what the politics of religious hate does to a people.
Excerpts from Harsh Mander’s JB D’Souza Memorial Lecture to mark the birth centenary of the former civil servant.
The pandemic has starkly revealed that India has failed to provide even basic health-care to the majority of its citizens.
The Delhi police accused protesting students of terorrism but refused to treat violence-inciting hate speeches of ruling party leaders as even culpable criminal acts. More than a century after the Rowlatt Act of 1919 allowed the British to indefinitely jail Indians it suspected of terrorism without trial, the UAPA & related laws allow free India’s government to do the same.
This hate propaganda assumes that adult women who consent to relationships with Muslims are gullible and must be rescued by gallant men.
His death is institutional murder by the Indian criminal justice system.
The blaze on June 12 was the fifth fire in the settlement in nine years.
It’s been three years since Bhima Koregaon accused were incarcerated by a state that continues to oppose bail for them, despite Covid and other grave threats to their health.
As important as what they are fighting for is how they have chosen to fight.