“Door wat in India gebeurt ‘rellen’ te noemen, zijn media medeplichtig aan het goedpraten van pogroms” – DeWereldMorgen.be

29-02-20 05:29:00,

Op de tweede dag van het bezoek van de Amerikaanse president Trump aan India spoedde de 22-jarige kleermaker Faizan zich naar de plaats waar zijn moeder deelnam aan een vreedzame sit-in tegen de discriminerende anti-moslimwet van premier Modi. Toen hij daar aankwam, kon hij nog net zien hoe een gewapende bende hindoenationalisten de betogers aanviel. De politie schoot traangas af en Faizan rende weg. Hij botste op een politiecordon en werd meteen in elkaar geslagen.

Een video van wat er toen gebeurde, ging viraal. Samen met vier anderen ligt Faizan gewond op de grond. De agenten die rond hen staan, blijven stokslagen uitdelen. De vijf mannen worden gedwongen om het nationale volkslied te zingen. Faizan werd later meegesleurd naar het politiekantoor. Pas een dag later werd hij vrijgelaten. Zijn familie bracht hem nog snel naar het ziekenhuis, maar het was te laat. Donderdagmorgen overleed hij aan zijn verwondingen.

Het is maar één van de gruwelijke scènes van de pogroms tegen moslims van de afgelopen week in de Indiase hoofdstad Delhi. Als u hoofdzakelijk mainstreammedia volgt, zal u daar weinig van gemerkt hebben. “24 doden bij zwaarste rellen tussen hindoes en moslims in India in decennia”, titelde VRT-nws. Wat een pogrom was van extremisten tegen weerloze moslims die al maanden onder vuur liggen werd gerelativeerd tot rellen tussen twee gelijke groepen.

Media medeplichtig

Het is een dieptepunt in de berichtgeving van een nieuwsdienst die de diepterecords aaneenrijgt. De VRT sloot natuurlijk braaf aan bij een internationale trend van westerse media. Ook in The Guardian en tal van andere kranten zag je gelijkaardige titels opduiken. De kritiek van schrijfster en Cambrigde-professor Priyamvada Gopal is genadeloos voor dergelijke berichtgeving. “Elke journalist of mediaorganisatie die de termen clashes of rellen gebruikt: jullie zijn rechtstreeks medeplichtig aan het goedpraten van pogroms. Doe maar, maar doe het zonder illusies”, tweette ze vorige woensdag. Een kritiek die ze meer uitgebreid herhaalde in een interview met Democracy Now!.

Daar voegde Gopal er aan toe: “Dit is geen situatie waar gelijke en tegengestelde krachten een conflict uitvechten. Waar we hier mee te maken hebben is een zeer gevaarlijke supremacistische ideologie die nu de straten bereikt heeft. Ik ben bang dat de parallellen met de jaren 30 extreem duidelijk zijn.

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India needs to go on global anti-terrorism spree like US did after 9/11 – defense chief

16-01-20 11:36:00,

India’s new chief of defense staff, General Bipin Rawat, has said that the ‘war on terror’ is far from over and its roots must be analyzed in order to combat terrorism.

“Terrorism is here to stay. So long as there are… states that are going to sponsor terrorism and… use terrorists as proxies, make weapons available to them, [provide] funding for them, then we can’t control terrorism,” Gen. Rawat said, as quoted by local media.

We have to bring an end to terrorism and that can only happen the way Americans started after the 9/11 terror attack. They said let’s go on a spree… [a] global war on terror.

India, he suggested, has “to take the bull by its horns and strike at the root cause.” It would be wrong to think that “the war on terrorism is going to end,” he added.

Gen. Rawat, who spent several years leading counter-insurgency operations, hailed the activities of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – an international watchdog tackling money laundering and terrorism financing – saying that countries sponsoring extremists must be held accountable.

“Any country which is sponsoring terrorism has to be taken to task,” he said. It is also crucial to tackle “the ideology of radicalization” and suppress radicalism online, Rawat suggested.

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The People of India Are Taking It to the Streets – Global Research

27-12-19 07:42:00,

Every day and in every part of India, hundreds of thousands of people – mainly young people – gather on the streets to express their anger at the government. Their protests, like those of the protests in Chile, emerged out of one particular grievance but then have cascaded outward. They are angry at the government’s attempt to define citizenship in a narrow and bigoted way; but they are also angry at the arrogance of the government and at the disastrous way in which the government has managed the economy.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a far-right political organization that has intimate roots to India’s fascist currents. The BJP’s parent party, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), was born in 1925 with close links to Italian fascism. Both the BJP and the RSS believe in a doctrine known as Hindutva, which is essentially to promote the supremacy of Hindus over other communities inside India.

The animus of the BJP and the RSS is directed against India’s Muslims. The way that the BJP government defined the refugee act (the Citizenship Amendment Act, or CAA) and the citizenship register (National Register of Citizens, or NRC) appears directly to target Muslims, and to define Indian nationality in opposition to Muslims.

Anti-Muslim

Given India’s population, minority communities are considerably large. India’s Muslim population, for instance, is 15 per cent of the total population, which amounts to more than 200 million people. The country with the largest Muslim population is Indonesia, and Pakistan and India essentially tied for second place; India’s Muslims – by themselves – form the eighth-largest country in the world after Brazil and ahead of Nigeria.

The demographic makeup of India necessitates that the country’s laws and traditions accommodate all of India’s cultural and social diversity. The fascistic viewpoint of the BJP and the RSS is not only immoral and unjust, but it is simply impractical.

The upsurge of the population against this immoral anti-Muslim posture of the government has surprised the BJP leadership. Modi and his cabinet have become used to pushing a hard-right agenda. When Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat, he oversaw a pogrom in 2002 that killed more than 2,000 Muslims and disenfranchised many thousands more.

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23-12-19 03:34:00,





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    India plans to launch LARGEST facial recognition system to target criminals as country’s murder rate drops to lowest in DECADES

    23-10-19 09:22:00,

    The homicide rate in India is the lowest it has been since the early 1960s, the new data shows. The government wants to curb it even more by installing a country-wide facial ID system to track “crime patterns.”

    The murder rate in India fell to 2.49 per 100,000 people in 2017, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), hitting its lowest level since 1963.

    The nation’s murder rate had grown for decades before peaking in the early ‘90s. Since then, it has been steadily declining, despite India’s population growth.

    The data shows that the highest murder rates occur in the poorer northeastern states and the states with a sizable tribal population, which are often plagued by communal, religion- and caste-based violence.

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    Some troubling trends continue, however, like the rise in certain types of crimes such as abduction and kidnapping, as well as violent crimes against women. In an effort to reverse the tide, the government plans to create the world’s largest facial recognition system.

    Officials say the national database will not only help in identifying criminals and finding missing persons, but will also allow law enforcers to “detect crime patterns and modus operandi” of perpetrators across the country. The procurement of the system is due to be finalized next month.

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