India at high risk of mass killings, warns Rashad Hussain US ambassador for religious freedom

India at high risk of mass killings, warns Rashad Hussain US ambassador for religious freedom

The US ambassador at large for international religious freedom Rashad Hussain on Thursday warned that an early warning project ranked the risk of mass killings in India as the second highest in the world. He also listed out a set of “ingredients” threatening the rights of religious minorities in India, and said that the US is speaking directly to India about its concerns. Speaking at a panel on religious freedom in India, the US official said the Early Warning Project at the Holocaust Museum designated India as number two among…

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Agnipath Row: Train stations, highways turn into battleground as youth fury over the contentious defence recruitment scheme

Agnipath Row: Train stations, highways turn into battleground as youth fury over the contentious defence recruitment scheme

A man was shot dead in police firing in Telangana’s Secunderabad, trains went up in flames, and public and private vehicles were attacked, as railway stations and highways turned into battleground in many states on Friday amid burgeoning protests against Agnipath, the contentious defence recruitment scheme. Assurances by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and the Army chief failed to cut ice with hordes of angry youth, carrying bamboo sticks and stones, storming railway premises across cities and small towns and laying siege to highways, creating a security…

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Where is BJP leading country? Uddhav Thackeray over Prophet remark

Where is BJP leading country? Uddhav Thackeray over Prophet remark

Mumbai “Where is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leading the country?” asked chief minister Uddhav Thackeray while addressing a rally in Aurangabad on Wednesday. The Shiv Sena chief further said that the entire country was put to shame because of a BJP spokesperson. “Some BJP spokesperson insulted the Prophet. All the countries from the Middle East went together and brought our nation to its knees and made us apologise. Who brought this situation upon us? Why should the country apologise? The fault was of BJP, not India. BJP’s spokesperson cannot…

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Security in Kashmir deteriorated since abrogation of Article 370: Congress

Security in Kashmir deteriorated since abrogation of Article 370: Congress

The attack has come amid BJP’s social media campaign counting achievements of the Modi government on the completion of 8 years. Congress on Tuesday slammed the BJP-led Central government saying that the security scenario in Kashmir has deteriorated since the abrogation of Article 370. The grand old party further claimed that Kashmiri Pandits and non-locals have become more vulnerable and unsafe in Kashmir under the BJP-led central rule. The attack has come amid BJP’s social media campaign counting achievements of the Modi government on the completion of 8 years. Meanwhile,…

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Busy Promoting Films: Rahul Gandhi hits BJP post another targeted killing in Kashmir

Busy Promoting Films: Rahul Gandhi hits BJP post another targeted killing in Kashmir

Rahul Gandhi’s tweet comes just a day after Union home minister Amit Shah watched the Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Samrat Prithviraj’ movie at a special screening. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for “neglecting the security issues” in Kashmir and alleged that those supposed to protect Kashmiri Pandits are “busy promoting films”. The attack from the Congress leader comes in the wake of the killing of a bank employee from Rajasthan by terrorists inside the bank premises in Kashmir’s Kulgam district earlier on Thursday.…

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Civilians being killed in Kashmir, BJP busy celebrating 8 years of Modi Govt: Rahul Gandhi

Civilians being killed in Kashmir, BJP busy celebrating 8 years of Modi Govt: Rahul Gandhi

A day after a school teacher was killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a jibe at the Centre saying 15 security personnel and 18 civilians were killed in the last 5 months and Kashmiri Pandits have been protesting for the past 18 days but the BJP is ‘busy’ celebrating 8 years of the Modi government. The Congress leader’s statement came after a Hindu school teacher Rajni Bala was fired at by terrorists in the Kulgam district of the Kashmir region on Tuesday. “In…

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Kunal Merchant Indian designer refused to make a table for the PM citing GoI’s silence over ‘Atrocities Against Muslims’

Kunal Merchant Indian designer refused to make a table for the PM citing GoI’s silence over 'Atrocities Against Muslims'

Citing the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Government of India’s silence over the rising violence against Muslims in the country, designer Kunal Merchant has refused to make a table for the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. Merchant has emerged as one of those rare voices of dissent against Modi and his government’s “prejudiced, racist, and hateful” India, a Hyderabad-based daily Siasat reported. As per the report, screenshots that Kunal Merchant shared on his Instagram stories (which disappear after 24 hours) on Friday showed that he received an email from Vivek Kumar,…

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Modi Selling Kashmiri Pandit’s Suffering; Arvind Kejriwal Rips into BJP For promoting ‘The Kashmir Files’

Modi Selling Kashmiri Pandit's Suffering; Arvind Kejriwal Rips into BJP For promoting 'The Kashmir Files'

Amidst loud cheers and table-thumping from the MLAs present in the assembly, Kejriwal slammed the BJP for helping “some people” make crores off of the suffering of Kashmiri Pandits. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday, March 24, launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Delhi assembly. Kejriwal criticised both Modi and the BJP for promoting Vivek Agnihotri’s controversial film, The Kashmir Files; alleged failures on the part of the BJP in providing education, healthcare, and the like to the…

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Amid soaring temperatures over his ‘Kashmir’ remarks at OIC, Chinese FM Wang Yi arrives in India

Amid soaring temperatures over his 'Kashmir' remarks at OIC, Chinese FM Wang Yi arrives in India

Amid speculations and uncertainty surrounding his visit, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in India on Thursday. He is likely to meet NSA Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Friday. The visit comes just days after India slammed Yi for his Kashmir remarks at OIC. In response to his remarks on Kashmir, India had reiterated that the reference to India was ‘uncalled for’ and underlined that Kashmir was India’s ‘internal matter’. “On Kashmir, we have heard again today the calls of many of our Islamic friends.…

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India slams China Minister’s Kashmir remark during OIC in Pakistan

India slams China Minister's Kashmir remark during OIC in Pakistan

India on Wednesday reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter and said it rejects the “uncalled reference” to it by the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his speech at a function in Pakistan. “Matters related to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir are entirely the internal affairs of India. Other countries including China have no locus standi to comment. They should note that India refrains from the public judgment of their internal issues,” ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told reporters today in response to queries on the…

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