Agri-export body drops ‘halal’ from meat manual

Date: 5 January 2021

Category: Discrimination

Amidst a social media campaign by Hindu right-wing groups and Sikh organisations against halal certification for products in the country, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has removed the word from its ‘Red Meat Manual’. The APEDA also clarified that there was no condition on the part of the Indian government regarding halal meat. “It is a requirement by a majority of the importing countries/Importers. Halal Certification agencies are accredited directly by respective importing countries. No government agency has any role in this,” it said. While the earlier Red Meat Manual of the APEDA, which handles agri-exports under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, said “animals are slaughtered strictly according to halal method to meet the requirement of Islamic countries”, it now says “the animals are slaughtered according to the requirement of importing country/importer”.

 

Sources:

https://www.theweek.in/news/biz-tech/2021/01/05/apeda-drops-halal-certification-in-red-meat-manual-says-no-govt-role-needed-for-exports.html 

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/halal-certification-hindu-right-wing-groups-protest-7132920/#:~:text=The%20APEDA%20also%20clarified%20that,Indian%20government%20regarding%20halal%20meat.&text=The%20certificate%20for%20halal%20is,(the)%20importing%20country.%E2%80%9D 

 

Cochin Diocese forced to apologize after man recites Quran verses on altar

Date: 27 January 2021

Category: Discrimination

After a junior health inspector recited verses from the Quran at a function held at a church to honor health workers, the Cochin Diocese was forced to issue an apology to the members of the church. The function had been held in connection with the annual church fair. Because of Covid regulations, the function was held inside the church and the church mike was used for the purpose. Circle inspector Shibu and junior health inspector Mohammed Hashim were honored. After Mr Shibu recited a Christian song, Mr Hashim recalled a few verses from the Quran during his speech. This reportedly upset many members of the congregation. Later, Father Johnny Xavier Pathukkad issued a video apologizing for the incident on behalf of the diocese. 

 

Sources:

https://malayalam.samayam.com/latest-news/kerala-news/kochi-diocese-apologizes-after-government-official-recited-quran-in-chellanam-church/articleshow/80463762.cms , https://www.thejasnews.com/latestnews/diocese-of-cochin-apologizes-for-reciting-quranic-verses-on-mosque-altar-160068?fbclid=IwAR3V9MSmLQ92G1Pa06zPhG5u7Q2SougqfS54AUsvRRsW9GKMQDHxXHgvL6s , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haeMCNJM_Hc&feature=emb_logo 

 

Kangana Ranaut shares clipped video claiming Delhi's tableau focused on Muslims And Mughal culture

Date: 27 January 2021

Category: Hate speech

An 11-second-video of Delhi's tableau at Republic Day Parade held on January 26, 2021, is viral on social media. Many social media users are sharing the video with a claim that Delhi's tableau represented Islamic culture and only played Azaan. Kangana Ranaut, Bollywood actress shared the video saying, "Delhi is not secular nor tolerant, it's been made clear with its very in your face Tableau, it is only of Badshah.... well in that case time to claim it, Jai Hind". The viral video is a clipped version of the full Republic Day parade that happened in Delhi. The full video can be seen on the official YouTube channel of Doordarshan National. At around 1:56:19 timestamp, Delhi's tableau can be seen. The tableau is themed as 'Shahjahanabad- Redevelopment of Chandni Chowk'. At the beginning of the tableau, one can hear the voice of Azaan and then later, one can also hear 'Ek Onkar', a phrase associated with Sikhism. After 'Ek Onkar', one can hear the ringing of church bells. In Delhi's tableau, one can clearly see not only Red Fort but a temple, church and a gurudwara on the tableau. According to the narrator, "The tableau reimagines inclusive streets with open public plazas, safe cycle lanes and accessible walkways interspersed with the sound of prayers from diverse places of worship in the area."

 

Sources:

 

https://thelogicalindian.com/fact-check/republic-day-26429 , https://www.thequint.com/news/webqoof/clipped-version-of-delhi-tableau-at-republic-day-parade-fact-check#read-more 

 

‘Corona Aaya..Maulana Aaya’- reads India TV’s misleading report on Tablighi Jamat

Date: 31 March 2020

Category: Hate speech

India TV broadcast a “complete inside story” on the Nizamuddin cluster case. One of the banners it ran during the show was “Corona aaya...Maulana laya”, meaning maulana brings coronavirus. The show also talked about a “superspreader maulana” who transmitted the virus to Kashmir, Jammu, Delhi, Telangana, Saharanpur, Deoband, Meerut, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. They were referring to a 65-year-old businessman from Srinagar who tested positive for the virus and died on March 26. India TV’s claims were doubtful since only four people were known to have been infected by the businessman – all in Kashmir’s Bandipora. There were no reports at that point of this patient infecting others in Uttar Pradesh or the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This information can be sourced to the same Press Trust of India report that first used the term “super spreader” for the businessman.

 

Sources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9dCviMVlfA 

https://www.newslaundry.com/2020/04/01/coronavirus-and-nizamuddin-tv-news-returns-to-bigotry-with-a-bang  

 

MediaOne TV, Asianet News banned for 48 hours over Delhi riots coverage

Date: 6 March 2020

Category: Discrimination

The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry decided to ban two Malayalam news channels- Mediaone TV and Asianet News- for 48 hours over their “biased” coverage of the Delhi riots, stating that their reports sided “towards a particular community” among other violations of the Cable TV Act. The orders dated 6 March, state that the visuals shown in the news report carried by Asianet News and MediaOne TV on 25 February highlighted the attack on places of worship and sided “towards a particular community”.  According to the order, the channels violated Rule 6 (1)(c) of the Cable TV Network Rules, 1994, which states that no programme should be carried in cable services that contains attacks on religions or communities or visuals or words contemptuous of religious groups or which promote communal attitudes. Regarding the coverage of MediaOne TV, the ministry had observed that the channel’s reporting on the violence seems to be biased as it “deliberately focused on the vandalism by supporters of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)”.  The ministry show cause notice also stated that the visuals had questioned the RSS and the Delhi Police.  The channel had responded on 3 March, stating that its reports were similar to others and it did not violate the relevant rules. Asianet News had, in its reply on 3 March, maintained that its reports were neither contemptuous of any religious group nor promoted communal attitudes. It has also said that it did not carry any programme to intentionally incite violence or promote anti-national attitudes. The bans were lifted before the specified 48-hour timeline.

 

Sources:

https://theprint.in/india/malayalam-channels-mediaone-tv-asianet-news-banned-for-48-hours-over-delhi-riots-coverage/377131/ 

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/ban-on-asianet-news-media-one-lifted-ahead-of-48-hour-period-11583556376149.html 

 

SC ‘disappointed’ with Centre’s affidavit defending media reporting of Tablighi event

Date: 17 November 2020

Category: Discrimination

The Supreme Court on 17 November expressed its displeasure over the Centre’s affidavit in a case related to the media’s reporting of the Tablighi Jamaat attendees in Delhi testing positive for Covid-19, and asked it to evolve a mechanism to deal with complaints against the electronic media. In its latest affidavit filed before the Supreme Court — it had filed an earlier one in October — the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry said news reports and articles in print and online publications on the issue have largely been “balanced and neutral” and not communal. It mentioned The Indian Express, The Times of India and the Hindustan Times to say that they “have carried largely factual reports in this context” and that “online such as The Print and The Wire have also undertaken objective reporting, through news reports, and analysis, through opinion and editorial articles, of events concerning the Tablighi Jamaat”. The ministry’s affidavit, however, is silent about the coverage of the event on television news channels, where much of the communal vilification took place. The affidavit was submitted on petitions urging the top court to prevent communalisation of the Nizamuddin Markaz issue by certain sections of print and electronic media. One of the petitioners, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, an advocacy body working for Muslims, had on 6 April moved the Supreme Court for directions to the government and media not to “demonise entire Muslim community over spread of Covid-19 due to Nizamuddin Markaz congregation of Tablighi Jamat”.

 

Sources:

https://theprint.in/judiciary/sc-disappointed-with-centres-affidavit-defending-media-reporting-of-tablighi-event/546116/ 

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/sc-slams-centre-affidavit-on-tablighi-reporting-silent-on-tv-content-7055234/ 

 

News18 Hindi runs communalizing content on Tablighi Jamaat

31 March 2020

Category: Hate speech

 

Accompanied by horror music, the TV channel News18 Hindi ran a news segment villainizing the Tablighi Jamaat, putting the blame of spreading coronavirus on the organization. Despite the fact that the segment itself broadcast the Jamat’s explanations regarding its inability to send back members because of the sudden lockdown, the  channel continued to use vilifying language against the organization, including its Indian and foreign branches. The content of the show seemed to suggest that the Tablighi community was deliberately spreading coronavirus at a global level. It showed statistics on Covid patients from different parts of the world-including Malaysia, Pakistan and Brunei- that were connected to the organization. It also inexplicably added a story about Pakistani cricketer Mohammed Yousuf embracing Islam under the Tablighi’s influence, and added that this showed that the organization had a “Pakistan link”. The channel also showed snippets of a man claiming that “some Muslim extremists” were flouting the lockdown because of their enmity with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 



 

 Sources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj-d4phHb2I 

https://www.newslaundry.com/2020/04/01/coronavirus-and-nizamuddin-tv-news-returns-to-bigotry-with-a-bang 

 

Zee News accuses Tabilghi Jamaat of ‘betraying the nation’

Date: 31 March 2020

Category:Hate speech

 

A news segment called ‘Daily News and Analysis’ hosted by Sudhir Chaudhary on Zee News accused the Tablighi Jamaat organization of ‘betraying the nation’ after its congregation in Delhi was found to be a Corona hotspot. Chaudhary’s segment was so replete with anti-Muslim dogwhistiling that at one point, he tried to preempt it: “We know we’ll be accused of being communal and bringing religion into the coronavirus discussion,” he said, adding that he was aware that people of “a certain religion” were angry with his channel. “But these are the same people who have problems with Ramayana being broadcast during the pandemic,” Chauhary exclaimed indignantly. Chaudhary then speculated on why the Delhi police couldn’t interfere with “those who make a mockery of law and order and the Constitution in the name of religion”. His theory was- “There are areas in every city where the police are scared to go. Nizamuddin is one such area. Those who live in Delhi know what it’s like to cross Nizamuddin. It is just like Shaheen Bagh.”

 

  

Sources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYmqyKQyKFg 

https://www.newslaundry.com/2020/04/01/coronavirus-and-nizamuddin-tv-news-returns-to-bigotry-with-a-bang 

 

NewsNation runs Islamophobic content on Covid 19

Date: 31 March 2020

Category: Hate speech

Joining the cacophony of hate-filled rhetoric against Tablighi Jamaat members on primetime television, NewsNation ran a segment about ‘Corona bombs’. Their primetime show started by flashing pictures of Muslims. The anchor asked: “Are there corona bombs in your neighbourhood?” A man, who also appeared on News18 India  with the allegation that the cluster case was a result of “enmity” with Modi, found space on News Nation too. Here, he went even further, comparing the case with suicide bombing and terrorism. The anchor’s running commentary asked if the Jamaat’s “corona bombs” were “treasonous”.

 

Sources:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6PfCBA_Kk8&feature=youtu.be 

https://www.newslaundry.com/2020/04/01/coronavirus-and-nizamuddin-tv-news-returns-to-bigotry-with-a-bang 

 

Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami falsely claims people “died due to traffic jam” caused by Shaheen Bagh

Date: 31 March 2020

Category: Hate speech

In a segment about the connection of Tablighi Jamaat members to the spread of Covid-19 in the country, Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami made false claims that “people were dying in traffic jams caused by Shaheen Bagh”. He was attempting to suggest that both Shaheen Bagh- a largely Muslim protest movement- and “now Tablighi Jamaat” were trying to create trouble in the country. The ‘Lead Story’ segment was filled with threats against Tablighi members and requests to the Indian government to initiate “draconian measures” against them.

 

Sources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=564jlHlzfNE 

https://twitter.com/mnshap/status/1245027149809168391?lang=en 


 

RSS’s Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat compares Mangaluru’s Ullal to Pakistan

Date: 29 January 2021

Category: Hate speech

Veteran RSS leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat has once again compared Ullal in Mangaluru to Pakistan, in less than six months after he made a similar comparison. "The Ullal Assembly constituency has become a mini-Pakistan in Mangaluru. Unless Hindus in the region don't rise above the Muslims, they will continue to dominate a majority of the Hindus," he said, without any context, as he exited an event. The RSS leader also urged the voters of the Ullal Assembly constituency to elect a Hindu legislator instead of always electing a Muslim legislator. Post the delimitation exercise, the Ullal Assembly constituency was renamed as the Mangalore constituency, which is represented by former Karnataka Minister UT Khader. He has won on a Congress ticket four times in a row. The constituency was represented by his late father UT Farid, who won the seat for Congress four times since 1972. Of the 20 seats in Mangaluru and Udupi districts, Mangaluru (Ullal) is the only seat where the Congress has succeeded in retaining it. Speaking to the media, Bhat said that only in Pakistan such a thing happens where Muslims elect people of their community and even win in Hindu-dominated seats. "Unfortunately, in India, this does not happen. Even where Hindus are dominant, leaders of other communities sweep to victory," he said. In November last year, Bhat had stoked a controversy by comparing Ullal to Pakistan. He had then urged the Hindus in the state to "produce more children in order to protect the Hindu culture."


 

Sources:

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/rss-kalladka-prabhakar-bhat-compares-mangaluru-s-ullal-pakistan-142377 

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3939666556096513&t=6 

 

Probe after miscreants ‘break into house, burn religious books’ in Tapi

Date: 28 January 2021

Category: Hate violence

 

A house that was used as a prayer hall by the Muslim community was allegedly vandalised and religious books were burnt by unidentified persons in Songadh town of Tapi district on 28 January (Thursday).  Police registered a case in connection with the incident and deployed a large number of personnel in the area to prevent any untoward incidents. According to police, miscreants allegedly broke into the house of Faruk Haveliwala, a tailoring shop owner and resident of Junagam in Songadh town, at Bapa Sitaram Nagar near Nagar Palika anganwadi, early on Thursday. Haveliwala, who stays in Janagam, was informed about the incident by his friends Saiyed Imran and Abdul Hamaliya. He then went to the house and found the burnt pages of religious books. An almirah, clock and fan were also damaged. Talking to The Indian Express, Haveliwala said, “Some people from the neighbourhood had objected to people offering namaz at my home as they suspected that a mosque will be constructed there. I had given them an assurance in writing that no mosque will be constructed at my place. The land belongs to the municipality.” He said there were incidents of stone pelting at the house and that he had received threats over the past five years. “Now they have broken into the house and burnt our religious books, which is intolerable. We have requested the police to carry out a probe and punish the accused,” added Haveliwala.

 

Sources:

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/probe-after-miscreants-break-into-house-burn-religious-books-in-tapi-7165775/ 

https://clarionindia.net/goons-break-open-lock-of-makeshift-mosque-burn-down-sacred-books-in-gujarats-songadh/ 

 

Fears about safety cause Muslim students in North East Delhi to drop out of school

Date: 29 January 2021

Category: Hate violence

In the past one year owing to a number of instances demonstrating clear targeting of Muslims – the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which is distinctly anti-Muslim; the riots that followed protests against the CAA, which made them fearful of communities other than their own; the pandemic that closed schools; and the lackadaisical manner in which the Delhi Police has been conducting inquiries into the riots – children from the community in northeast Delhi have increasingly been dropping out of government, public and private schools and joining local mosques and madrasas instead, for the sake of safety and some peace of mind. Maulana Mohammed Akbar, head of the Madrasa Islamia Arbia Miftahul Quran, says that most of the parents who send their children to his madrasa are more concerned about the children’s safety than their education. While the madrasa does offer English, Maths and Hindi in addition to Islamic subjects, that is not the primary concern of parents. While most of the children who have newly joined the madrasas clearly express how they feel more vulnerable in the presence of Hindu children, a few also had to leave their schools because of a lack of money after their homes and family-owned shops were reduced to ashes in the riots. With little or no social security and diminishing cultural currency, even those Muslims who wanted a modern education have been forced by the anti-Muslim activities now prevalent in the country to step back into ghettos and restrict themselves to madrasas.

 

Sources:

https://thewire.in/communalism/delhi-riots-muslim-children-madrasa 

 

Hours long power outages new normal in Kashmir: NC 

Date: 29 January 2021

Category: Discrimination

The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on 29 January said the erratic power supply  is tormenting the people of Kashmir, saying the  promise of ruling BJP that electricity supply for winters would be “far better than the previous year’s” has fallen flat. On the contrary the demand for electricity supply in valley continues to outstrip its supply and people are not just without heat in the ongoing harsh winters, but losing business, study time and health, said Party’s Additional Spokesperson Sarah Hayat Shah while expressing concern over the erratic power supply in Srinagar. “Making electricity available to each household in Jammu and Kashmir was used as a prelude to the nullification of the state's status. It was also promised to the people that the scenario of power would be far better than the previous years. The reality is before us. It goes without saying that the state of affairs of power this year has been most terrible, revealing the failure of ruling BJPs failed Vikas Model, if there was any at first place,” she said.

 

Sources:

http://www.knskashmir.com/hours-long-power-outages-new-normal-in-kashmir--nc-61463 

https://thewire.in/government/kashmir-power-shortage-development 


 

Delhi mosque vandalism video was wrongly labelled ‘fake’ by media

Date: 26 February 2020

Category: Hate violence, fake news

As unabated violence continued in parts of northeast Delhi on Tuesday, 25 February, a video of a mosque being vandalised in the Ashok Nagar area started doing the rounds on social media. The video showed men climbing on top of the mosque’s minaret, carrying a saffron flag and the Tricolour, and vandalising it amid cheers and shouting in the background. To counter this narrative, some people were quick to claim that the video was from ‘Samastipur in Bihar’ and that it was old. In fact, Delhi Police too issued a “clarification” saying that no mosque was vandalised in Ashok Vihar (an initial confusion which was caused due to the similar name of two places, the other being Ashok Nagar), but said nothing about this incident. Times Now, in its prime-time bulletin, ran the police version and referred to the video as ‘fake’. The Quint visited the location to find out the facts and what exactly had transpired in the afternoon of 25 February in Delhi’s Ashok Nagar. The mosque, called Badi Masjid, is located in Gali (lane) number 5 of Ashok Nagar where the incident occurred. According to eyewitnesses and those living near the mosque, houses of locals were looted and gutted by arson. Speaking to The Quint, a 24-year-old resident of the area, Danish, said that the mosque was vandalised around 2:30 pm on Tuesday. “We were calling the police since 12 in the afternoon but they came in only at 2 pm and stayed for nearly 5-6 minutes. Moments after they left, the mosque was burnt and vandalised,” he added. A flag which bears the image of lord Hanuman and an inscription of ‘Jai Shri Ram’, and the national flag, were still flying atop the mosque. Danish further added that four Muslim families, who live behind the mosque, were targeted and their houses were attacked and looted by a mob. Earlier on Tuesday, The Wire’s Naomi Barton, who witnessed the incident, had clarified that the incident had, in fact, occurred in Delhi and that the mosque was burnt in front of her eyes. Clearly, the incident was true, not just the mosque, but even houses in Ashok Nagar were vandalised and looted.

 

Sources:

https://www.thequint.com/news/webqoof/delhi-mosque-vandalism-video-was-wrongly-labelled-fake-by-media#read-more 

https://thelogicalindian.com/fact-check/ashok-nagar-mosque-vandalised-19884 

 

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