At a time when the Eknath Shinde faction, which has formed a government with the BJP in Maharashtra, is trying to prove its Hindutva credentials in the tussle for control of the Shiv Sena , there was a surprise development last week. The Minority Development Department of the state government announced the commissioning of a study on “the social, educational and economic status of the Muslim community” in 56 cities in six revenue divisions of the state, which have a sizeable Muslim population. The study is to be conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). State Watch | Seizing on Vedanta-Foxconn row, MVA taps into old faultlines, new rage to turn the tables on BJP-Shinde While some are seeing the move as a tentative outreach towards the Muslim community, whose support could determine the results in a substantial number of wards in the coming BMC polls soon, others see it as a balancing act at a time that the Shinde faction is trying to project … [Read more...] about Shinde Sena-BJP govt’s Muslim survey plans: Why, and is there a what next?
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External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, who concluded a week-long visit to the United Nations , said it would be premature to comment on positions countries, including India, are taking on the issue of whether any permanent membership for India to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) came with veto power. The Minister was speaking to the Indian press at a briefing on Saturday afternoon. “So I think it’d be very premature to comment either on our own positions or other people’s positions at this stage,” the Minister said, adding that at this stage, the emphasis was on ensuring that there was some tangible basis to the negotiations. Also Read Russia backs India, Brazil for permanent membership in U.N. Security Council India has been campaigning hard, including this past week, for a permanent seat on the Council and currently all five permanent members (the P-5) of the world’s top security body have veto rights. While a number of countries have shown support … [Read more...] about Very premature to comment on India getting a UNSC veto: Jaishankar
The story so far: On Friday, September 23, the dawn-to-dusk hartal organised by the Popular Front of India (PFI) in Kerala in response to large-scale arrests of its leaders by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was marked by sporadic incidents of violence, with some police officials being attacked in Kollam and interstate-buses being targeted in Kannur. In a sweeping crackdown on Thursday, the NIA, in joint operations with the Enforcement Directorate and State police departments, arrested more than 100 top leaders and functionaries of the PFI across 11 states including Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Assam, based on allegations that the accused were funding terror acts, organising weapon training camps and radicalising people to join banned outfits. Crackdown on PFI by The Hindu Graphics What is the PFI? The Popular Front of India describes itself as a non-governmental organisation and a “neo-social movement” striving for the “empowerment of marginalized”, … [Read more...] about The Popular Front of India, its origins, presence, and controversies
At least 24 people were killed and around the same number were missing on Sunday after an overcrowded boat carrying Hindu pilgrims capsized on a river in Bangladesh, police said. Local media said at least 10 people had been rescued and sent to hospital. “Firefighters and divers are searching for more bodies,” local police official Shafiqul Islam told AFP , confirming that 24 deaths had been confirmed so far, most of them women and children. Another police officer said up to 25 people were still missing. The boat was packed with up to 50 pilgrims, police said. They were travelling to a centuries-old temple when the vessel suddenly tipped over and sank in the middle of the Karotoa river near the town of Boda in northern Bangladesh. Mobile phone footage aired by TV station Channel 24 showed the overcrowded boat suddenly flip over, spilling the passengers into the muddy brown river. Dozens of people watching from the shore around 20 m away started shouting and screaming. The … [Read more...] about Bangladesh: 24 Dead After ‘Overcrowded’ Boat Carrying Hindu Pilgrims Capsizes, 10 Rescued
In a major step towards forging a united anti-Bharatiya Janata Party front, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar and other prominent opposition leaders on Sunday called for a new alliance that includes the Congress for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, stressing that a bipolar contest will ensure the BJP's defeat. IMAGE: INLD chief OP Chautala, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Bihar dy CM Tejashwi Yadav, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and others during a rally organised on the occasion of 109th birth anniversary of former deputy PM Devi Lal, in Fatehabad, September 25, 2022. "There is no question of a Third Front. There should be one front that includes the Congress. Then we can trounce the BJP in 2024," Kumar said as he joined a mega rally organised by the Indian National Lok Dal Fatehabad to mark former deputy prime minister Devi Lal's birth anniversary. INLD leader Om Prakash … [Read more...] about Nitish, Pawar lead Oppn call for Cong inclusive anti-BJP front at INLD rally
Mild tension was palpable in some parts of the Old City after videos were released of Bharatiya Janata Party legislator T Raja Singh in which he purportedly used objectionable language against Prophet Muhammad. Dozens of Muslim youths converged near the Hyderabad City Police Commissioner’s office late on Monday night and raised slogans against the BJP lawmaker who represents the Goshamahal constituency. They demanded that police “wake up”, take action and arrest Mr Singh. The protest and sit-in near the Commissioner’s office went on till around 6.30 a.m. All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen legislator Ahmed Balala arrived at the scene too. According to eyewitnesses, the protest was not carried out under any banner and seemed spontaneous. “Young men from all over the city have arrived here after watching the video or hearing about it,” a man who joined the protest said. As the day progressed, video clips of Mr Singh’s comments began to be shared on social media. However, it was … [Read more...] about Mild tension in Hyderabad Old City as MLA’s video clip gets viral