The Statesman – ‘Mind your own business’: Punjab CM slams Kejriwal for demanding CBI probe into hooch tragedy

The death toll in the Punjab hooch tragedy rose to 98 on Sunday with 12 more people reported dead in Tarn Taran district after drinking spurious liquor.

New Delhi – India, 03 August 2020. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday hit back at Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal for the demand of a CBI probe into the state’s hooch tragedy, saying the AAP leader should “mind his own business”.

He further asked the Delhi chief minister “not to exploit the tragic affair for reviving his defunct Aam Aadmi Party’s stake in the state”.

Reacting on the Punjab hooch tragedy, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday demanded a CBI probe into the matter which has claimed 98 lives so far.

“Saddened by the loss of lives in Punjab due to illicit liquor. State government needs to immediately take necessary steps to curb such mafias,” he said.

“The case should be handed over to CBI immediately as none of the illicit liquor cases from the last few months have been solved by local police,” he added.

Slamming Kejriwal over his remarks, Amarinder Singh said, “So many people have died and all you are interested in is making political meat from the incident. Don’t you have any shame.”

Asking the AAP leader to “mind his own business”, the Punjab CM said his Delhi counterpart should concentrate on maintaining law and order in his own state, which was “notorious for the brazen manner in which criminals and gangs were roaming the streets without fear”.

Kejriwal had also claimed that none of the illicit liquor cases in Punjab from the last few months has been solved so far.

Trashing the claim, the Punjab chief minister asked Kejriwal to verify his facts “before shooting through his mouth”.

Citing that an illicit liquor factory was busted in Khanna on April 22, the CM said eight accused were arrested and a manhunt was launched for seven others.

In another case, two kingpins behind an illicit liquor distillery operating in Patiala district were arrested on May 22 and June 13 this year, and on July 10, a challan was filed in the court, the Punjab chief minister said.

Further, expressing full faith in the Punjab police, the CM said Kejriwal’s demand for a CBI probe was nothing but a “political gimmick”, aimed at “regaining lost foothold” for his party, which had “completely lost ground” in Punjab despite being the principal opposition party.

The CM said despite the cases of targeted killings in Punjab being handed over the CBI, it was eventually the Punjab Police that had solved the same.

Even in the sacrilege cases, the CBI failed to deliver and it is the Punjab Police which is unravelling the case, he claimed.

Rather than delaying the investigation and allow the trail to go cold even in the present spurious liquor case by handing over the probe to CBI, he was more interested in ensuring swift action against all those whose greed had cost the state around 100 lives, the CM said in the statement.

The CM asked Kejriwal to check out his facts before making “unsubstantiated and wild allegations” against his government, whose track record in curbing crime of all kinds was “exemplary”.

“Why don’t you ask your Punjab unit for data and figures first and then comment on our working?” he asked the Delhi CM. Singh also advised his Delhi counterpart to concentrate on his state’s “horrendous” COVID situation.

“Rather than worrying about Punjab’s affairs, why don’t you take care of the health and lives of Delhiites,” the CM said.

Amarinder, meanwhile, informed that 30 people have already been arrested in three districts in connection with the hooch tragedy and said that action is being taken against all those found guilty in cases of illicit brewing and smuggling.

Moreover, 13 officials from the police and excise and taxation departments had been suspended for negligence while investigations are on to ascertain their complicity in the case, he said.

A magisterial inquiry had ordered with the mandate to submit its report within a month, he further said, asking what was the need for CBI to take over the case when the local police was handling it so effectively.

Earlier on Saturday, the chief minister had described the police and excise department failure to check the manufacturing and sale of spurious liquor as shameful”.

The state government has also announced Rs 2 lakh ex gratia for each of the families of the deceased.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal’s demand for a CBI probe comes as the AAP is in opposition in Punjab and the state is the second where the party is active after Delhi.

The opposition AAP also held protests at several places, including Patiala, Barnala, Pathankot and Moga, against the Punjab government.

The protesters accused the government of negligence, leading to death of people, mostly belonging to poor families.

The death toll in the Punjab hooch tragedy rose to 98 on Sunday with 12 more people reported dead in Tarn Taran district after drinking spurious liquor.

Apart from Tarn Taran, 12 deaths have been reported from Amritsar and 11 from Gurdaspur’s Batala.

The Tribune – India to bring ‘back’ 700 more Afghan Sikhs

New Delhi – India, 02 August 2020. India is preparing to bring back around 700 more Sikhs who have been ‘tortured’ in Afghanistan.

After the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was passed, the first batch of 11 Sikhs reached India on 26 July 26.

The first batch of the Sikh families are living in a gurdwara in Delhi. The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee is looking after the living arrangements for them.

BJP national secretary R P Singh said, “After the first batch, around 700 more Sikhs are willing to come from Afghanistan. The Indian embassy in Afghanistan is in touch with them.

We are working to bring them back to India. Relatives of most of them live in Tilak Nagar, so there will be no problem in making living arrangements for them.”

RP Singh said it was only due to the bold decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Sikhs suffering from torture in Afghanistan were being brought back.

“Had the CAA not been enacted, the victims of religious persecution in the neighbouring countries would have not got Indian citizenship,” he said.

Afghan Sikhs, Hindus and Shia-Hazaras are all being persecuted by ISIS – Khorasan and other extremist outfits, and therefore all deserve to get political asylum. This case demonstrates the flaws in the CAA. A refugee is a refugee, regardless of their faith or etnicity.
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https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/india-to-bring-700-more-afghan-sikhs-121392

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Pieter Friedrich – Sri Preston Kulkarni – Hindutva’s Hope in Houston

US congressional candidate fielded by RSS in America

“In this campaign, Rameshji has become like my father,” Sri Preston Kulkarni said in May 2018 when he won the Democratic Party’s nomination for Texas’s 22nd congressional district.

Kulkarni was referring to Ramesh Bhutada, the man responsible for mobilizing Indian-American support for the aspiring congressman.

Bhutada apparently worked hand-in-hand with his cousin-in-law, Vijay Pallod, who met Kulkarni “in the early months of the campaign.”

Pallod recounts, “We raised $30,000 to get his campaign off the ground in the first month and brought in a total of $45,000.”

Describing how Bhutada’s hard work was instrumental, Pallod said, “Despite busy schedule, Ramesh met with community stalwarts, regardless of their party affiliation to bring their financial power to help Kulkarni.”

As he challenged incumbent Congressman Pete Olson, Kulkarni faced an uphill battle. But he fought well, losing by only five points.

When Olson abruptly announced that he would retire after finishing out his new term, Kulkarni seized the opportunity and once again threw his hat into the ring.

His hat, as before, was swiftly filled up by “community stalwarts” whose “financial power” was leveraged by Bhutada.

Ramesh Bhutada is the Vice-President of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), the international wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a fascist paramilitary in India which drew inspiration from and offered praise for Nazi Germany.

The RSS gave birth to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), whose international wing, the Overseas Friends of the BJP (OFBJP), was instrumental in getting Narendra Modi elected as prime minister in 2014.

Bhutada played his own pivotal role in the OFBJP’s campaign to elect Modi, organizing approximately 700 volunteers in Houston to phone back to India “round the clock to motivate voters.”

Among those who won office when the BJP swept the General Elections in 2014 was Poonam Mahajan.

She is not only a member of parliament from Mumbai but the national president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the BJP’s youth wing. She is also, as it happens, the cousin of Kulkarni.

Bhutada’s experience campaigning for Modi, and, earlier, joining his relative Pallod to fundraise for US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, no doubt honed the political skills he has employed to sponsor Kulkarni’s campaign.

Once again, he is leading the charge. When Kulkarni launched his second bid for Congress in April 2019, “the audience heard from two individuals who have a strong emotional bond with Sri”: one was his mother and the other was Bhutada.

With Olson out of the way, Kulkarni’s chances of winning the race are high. “We jumped from 20th most competitive race in America all the way to 6th most competitive overall,” he announced on 22 July 2020.

While he recently joked that “this campaign is powered by aunties,” the wheels of his campaign are also heavily greased by fat donations from people like Vivek Kavadi, Ashok Danda, Mihir Meghani, Bharat Barai, and Subhash Gupta.

Kavadi, who complains that the BJP is “needlessly demonized”, has not only personally donated $4,500 to Kulkarni’s campaigns but also organized fundraisers.

Ashok Danda has helped “coordinate outreach to the district’s Telugu speakers.” As The Texas Observer reported, “He calls his friends, they call theirs, and soon, Danda is holding a fundraiser for 50 Telugu speakers in his living room.”

Danda, who has personally donated $4,430, is the former president of the US branch of the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, a project of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the religious wing of the RSS.

Mihir Meghani, a medical doctor, completed a clinical rotation in the mid-1990s which was reportedly arranged for him by an RSS pracharak (full-time worker) named Sunil Deodhar, a man who later served as Modi’s campaign manager for the 2014 elections.

Long affiliated with both the HSS and VHP-America (VHPA), Meghani made his mark on the BJP in 1998 when the party’s website featured his essay in praise of “the Hindu nationalist movement that was sweeping India.” He has personally donated $11,899 to keep Kulkarni’s campaign afloat.

Another $2,000 has come from Bharat Barai. A long-time leader in the VHPA, Barai twice hosted Modi in his Indiana home in the 1990s.

In the 2000s, after Modi was banned from entering the US, he began hosting regular video-conferences with the controversial Indian politician, and, in 2014, he traveled to India to physically campaign for the BJP.

Also traveling to India to campaign for the BJP in 2014 was Ramesh Shah, a Houstonian who has given $1,651 to Kulkarni.

A founder of Ekal USA and a former vice-president of OFBJP, Shah, like Barai, was not only a long-time leader in VHPA but also hosted Modi in the US in the 1990s.

Another $4,000 in donations came from Subhash Gupta who, besides his own long-time leadership role in the VHPA, is Chairman-Advisor to Ekal USA as well as president of Houston’s HSS chapter (which was founded by Bhutada).

Also joining the army of American RSS activists who put boots on the ground to campaign for the BJP was Vijay Pallod of both the HSS and VHPA.

Pallod (and family) have donated $4,452 to Kulkarni’s campaign. Pallod also, as he notes, holds the honor of having discovered Kulkarni in 2018 — just as, seven years earlier, he discovered Tulsi Gabbard.

Another relative of Bhutada’s, his brother-in-law and business partner Jugal Malani, dug deeper than all the others.

Malani (and family) have donated $18,300 to Kulkarni’s campaign. Aside from his association with Bhutada and Pallod, Malani is an advisor to Ekal’s Houston chapter.

Not to be outdone by anyone else, however, Bhutada (and family) have donated a massive $46,300 to Kulkarni. Meanwhile, he has, according to Pallod, motivated many others to “bring their financial power to help Kulkarni.”

Is it any surprise, then, that the congressional candidate describes the RSS activist as “like my father”?

There are a number of other distinctly RSS/BJP-linked congressional candidates in the 2020 election. Rishi Kumar (challenging an incumbent in California) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (running for re-election in Illinois) top the list.

Yet Kumar’s chances are slim and Krishnamoorthi already holds office. Sri Preston Kulkarni, however, is Hindutva’s hope in Houston.

Pieter Friedrich is a South Asian Affairs Analyst who resides in California. He is the co-author of Captivating the Simple-Hearted: A Struggle for Human Dignity in the Indian Subcontinent.

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Scroll.in – A year after Ladakh celebrated Union Territory status, the mood has changed

Residents want protections under the Sixth Schedule and job security. The autonomous hill councils feel undermined by the Central administration.

Safwat Zargar

On 05 August 2019 there was celebration on the streets of Leh, the main city of Ladakh.

The Centre had just announced that the state of Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of special status under Article 370 and was going to be split into two Union Territories.

The Ladakh division was going to be a separate Union Territory without a legislature. Union Territory status had been an old demand among Buddhists in Ladakh, who form 40% of the population.

While Leh celebrated, the residents of Kargil district protested. Mostly Shia Muslims, they greeted the bifurcation of the state with dismay.

A year later, there is gloom among both communities in Ladakh.

“People are happy that we became a Union territory but our demand was UT with a legislature not like this,” said P T Kunzang, president of the Ladakh Buddhist Association.

For decades, the powerful socio-religious group had agitated for Union Territory status which would separate Ladakh from the political fortunes of Kashmir.

“There should be protections for our land, jobs, culture, environment and businesses,” Kunzang said. “The Indian Constitution has a number of safeguards for other tribal areas.”

These sentiments were echoed by Rigzin Spalbar, Congress candidate from Ladakh for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and former chief executive councillor of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council.

“We understand it’s still a new phase and they need time to put in place a system,” Spalbar said. “But everyone is worried here.

People in Ladakh want a constitutional guarantee that will protect their identity, culture, land and jobs. We are just three lakh people and cannot withstand an inflow of 1.3 billion people from across the country.”

Lost protections

With the 05 August decisions, the inhabitants of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir lost certain Constitutional protections.

Apart from hollowing out Article 370, Parliament also repealed Article 35A. The latter had enabled the legislature of the former state to define “permanent residents” of Jammu and Kashmir.

The legislature was empowered to reserve for them certain rights, such as the right to hold government jobs and own land in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

When the law was repealed, permanent residents were those who were state subjects of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir in 1954 and their descendants, and those who had lived for 10 years and owned land in Jammu and Kashmir in 1954 and their descendants.

With these protections gone, Ladakh was open to people and investors from outside the region, waiting to buy land or set up industries.

Last September, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes had recommended that the Union Territory of Ladakh be brought under the Sixth Schedule, which offers protections and a degree of autonomy for tribal areas. Over 97% of Ladakh’s population belongs to Scheduled Tribes.

“But the government has made a U-turn on that and that’s why people are apprehensive,” said Spalbar. “No such guarantee is being talked about by the government of India.”

There have been murmurs of a domicile law for Ladakh on the lines of the law notified for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir recently.

The rights previously reserved for “permanent residents” are now available for “domiciles”, a much broader category including those who have lived in the region for 15 years, studied there for seven years or written Class 10 or 12 board examinations there.

It also includes exemptions for Central government employees and their children

Spalbar said such an arrangement would not be acceptable to people of Ladakh. “By issuing a domicile law you are saying that don’t die today but die after 10 or 15 years,” he explained.

“The thing we want is complete protection and security of our land, culture and identity. It shouldn’t be that someone will live in Ladakh for some time and then become a citizen of this place.

Ladakh has a scarcity of resources and any change in demography will mean a disaster.”

Kunzang said that in February, the Ladakh Buddhist Association, along with other organisations, had held a mass rally in February demanding constitutional safeguards.

“We were expecting the start of many things but then Covid came,” he said. “The government actually didn’t get the chance to do anything.

After that government attention got diverted to Chinese incursions. We are hopeful that once everything normalises, the government of India will accept our demand.”

Buddist monks in Leh district vote in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Crowding out the hill councils

Many feel the transition to Union Territory status has also crippled the independence of the hill development councils, which were an answer to Ladakh’s demands for greater autonomy from Kashmir. There are two autonomous hill development councils in Ladakh, one in Leh district and one in Kargil, each with its own chief executive councillor.

Feroz Ahmad Khan, chief executive councillor in Kargil, said there had been clashes over jurisdiction between the councils and the Union Territory administration. “Sometimes the hill development council gives one order and the UT administration issues another order,” he said.

“All of this is happening because of the absence of business rules defining the roles and functions of both the setups.”

Unlike Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Territory of Ladakh lacks a legislative assembly. In such a situation, Khan said, the powers of hill development councils should be increased and not curtailed.

“There’s also the issue of the downgrading of financial powers of hill development councils by the ministry of home affairs,” Khan said.

According to Khan, the matters had been raised with the Union home ministry, which had promised to find a solution and strengthen hill development councils.

Not everyone was content with the assurances. In May, Cheering Dorjay, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Ladakh unit, quit the party.

While the immediate cause was the BJP’s and the Union Territory administration’s failure to bring back Ladakh residents stranded in various parts of India after the coronavirus lockdown was announced, it was not the only reason.

“Another reason was that there was no clarity on the role and responsibility of hill development councils and the Union Territory administration,” said Dorjay, who served as a cabinet minister in the government of the former state.

“There’s confusion over which setup should handle what. That’s why everything in the administration has become highly confused.”

According to Dorjay, the Union Territory administration’s influence is now writ large in Ladakh.

“They [the Union Territory administration] interfere in everything,” he said. “Since they are more powerful, the UT administration is taken more seriously by government officials.”

When he tried to raise these concerns with the Ladakh administration and senior BJP leaders, Dorjay claimed, no one took him seriously. “That’s why I resigned from the party,” he said.

Kunzang, for his part, felt the hill councils should be given legislative powers. “Hill development acts were formed under J&K state acts in the past,” he said. “Now, it’s time to change these acts and strengthen these hill councils. These hill council acts should be passed through Parliament.”

A shrinking pool of jobs

Before special status was revoked and Article 35A scrapped, government jobs were reserved for permanent residents only.

“Since these are far-flung areas, candidates from Leh and Kargil had reservations in state government jobs as well,” explained Sajjad Kargili, who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an independent candidate from Ladakh.

With those reservations gone, insecurities have grown. “You can say that our jobs have diminished not increased since we became a Union Territory,” Kargili said.

Earlier, residents of Ladakh often found jobs in Jammu and Kashmir divisions. Now, all government jobs in Jammu and Kashmir are reserved for domiciles of that Union Territory, leaving no space for the youth of Ladakh.

Najm ul Huda, a lawyer based in Kargil, has moved the Supreme Court against the 100% reservation for domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir.

“In J&K domicile laws notified in March, they have provisions for the children of Central government employees to become domiciles and be eligible for government jobs there,” he said.

“There is no such mechanism for the children of state government employees who were from Ladakh. We, too, were permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir before 05 August.

But they are giving job opportunities to those who come from outside and not those who were previously permanent residents of the state.”

https://scroll.in/article/968941/a-year-after-ladakh-celebrated-union-territory-status-the-mood-has-changed

The Asian Age – Will J&K statehood be announced from Red Fort on 15 August?

The big question is whether Modi and his deputy, home minister Amit Shah, will think out of the box and do course correction?

Op/Ed Waqyanawis, 02 August 2020. What might be the singular big announcement in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech from the ramparts of Red Fort in New Delhi?

With the Ram Temple inauguration done many speculate that it may have something to do with Jammu and Kashmir, where the resumption of the democratic process has been long overdue.

However, there is a catch. Post the abolition of Article 370, the state was bifurcated and reduced to two Union territories.

It is not just the Abdullahs but many political players from Jammu region are also less than enthusiastic about Jammu and Kashmir’s UT status.

The big question doing the rounds is whether Modi and his deputy, home minister Amit Shah, will think out of the box and do course correction?

https://www.asianage.com/opinion/columnists/020820/waqyanawis-will-jk-statehood-be-announced-from-red-fort-on-aug-15.html

Sikh24.com – Sikh Organizations ask Takhat Jathedars not to attend inauguration ceremony of Ram Mandir

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 01 August 2020. Amid emerging reports about the “Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerath Kshetra Trust” planning to invite Takht Jathedars for the inauguration ceremony of Ram Mandir, several Sikh organizations have appealed the SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars as well as common masses to not attend the inauguration ceremony of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

Speaking to Sikh24, Khalsa League’s head Bhai Amrik Singh Ballowal said that the Sikh ethos teach us to stand against the injustices irrespective of victims’ religion, caste, creed or ethnicity.

“Doubtlessly, the Hindu majority of India is forcefully converting the Babri Masjid into Ram Mandir so every Sikh should refrain from attending the inauguration of this temple,” he added.

Recalling the recent gift given by the Islamic State of Pakistan to Sikhs in the form of Kartarpur corridor, Ballowal said that the Sikhs should refrain from unnecessarily becoming a bulwark of Hindus.

“The Hindus of India destroyed our supreme Sikh throne Sri Akal Takht Sahib in June 1984 and then subjected us to genocide,” he said.

Raising questions on the Hindu community’s claim about the sanctity of proposed Ram Mandir’s land, Ballowal said that if the land of Ram Mandir was the holy one, then why the Hindus are collecting holy soil and water of holy Sikh shrines.

“It’s just a trick to use Sikhs against Muslims,” he added.

“The Sikh philosophy teaches us to stand by the oppressed and meek people so we should live our lives as per the path enlightened by Guru Sahib instead of becoming a bulwark for the oppressors,” he said.

Ballowal further said that it was very unfortunate that the Hindus are talking about taking holy soil of Sri Harmandr Sahib to Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir.

“Guru Sahib asked Sai Miaan Mir Ji to lay the foundation stone of Sri Harmandr Sahib to set an example of communal harmony for Sikhs but now we are on the verge of getting used against community of Sai Miaan Mir Ji,” he remarked.

Likewise, other Sikh intellectuals including Advocate Amar Singh Chahal, Professor Baljinder Singh, Bapu Gurcharan Singh of Jathedar Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara Working Committee, along with the Sikh Coordination Committee based of New York, USA, have appealed the common Sikh masses to stay away from these functions.

“We have no issues over Hindus performing inauguration work as per the standards of their faith, however, there is no need for the Sikhs to take part in such celebrations,” a statement by the Sikh Coordination Committee shared with Sikh24 reads.

“However, we have issues when soil from Sikh Takhts is used to lay the foundation stone of the Ram Mandir. This can be used directly or indirectly to link Sikhs with the Hindus, which is not acceptable,” the statement reads.

Earlier, the Supreme Court of India used skewed historical reference of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s visit to Ayodhya to prove that the temple existed before the Babri Masjid.

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OFMI – Blacks Globally Support African Call to Cancel “Racist” Gandhi

New video: “Seas of Emotion: Tsunami of Truth Submerges Gandhi

Irving – Texas – USA, 01 August 2020. Global anti-racism protests and gender equality marches are finding common ground in the African call to cancel Indian icon Mohandas Gandhi as “racist” and rapist” allegations are repeatedly spray-painted on Gandhi statues in countries all around the world.

Gandhi has long been championed as the “Mahatma,” or “Great Soul,” and he is celebrated for his victories with “Satyagraha,” a method peaceful resistance which he originated in South Africa while it was under British colonial rule.

Yet his Satyagraha victories uplifted upper-caste Indians only as they further degraded the native South Africans.

“From published propaganda to helping construct Apartheid to participation in war, Gandhi did everything he could to make sure white supremacy flourished,” says narrator Jada Bernard in a new video produced by Organization for Minorities of India.

“Much like a hurricane, racial tensions have stirred again,” says Bernard, who draws on his perspective as a Black man and native of New Orleans who lived through Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“The last season for this type of storm was the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

In this storm, it is expected that racist symbols would be defaced and torn down. What may surprise some is along with statues of English slavers and Confederate soldiers, is damage to statues all around the world of Mahatma Gandhi.”

“Statues are kind of a big deal,” All Def comedian Patrick Cloud remarks. Because he is best known for producing and directing comedy segments, his seriousness on the issue garners attention.

He, along with other black comedians such as Godfrey and Tahir Moore, find it necessary to start conversations about Gandhi’s dark past.

Their voices, as well as those of other Black activists, fill this video to give clarity to this confusing controversy.

As referenced in the video, a statue of Gandhi at the Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Center in Atlanta still stands despite the raging controversy.

Those calling for its removal, such as Bernard, declare it as an “affront to African dignity.”

Gandhi has been famously associated with the American Civil Rights Movement, which Bernard describes as a result of successful propaganda.

“Gandhi wasn’t from here,” he says. “He never came here. And he wouldn’t have marched with us.

He marched and even went to war against us in South Africa. And now he’s the model of peace and racial harmony? How loudly do we have to cry out before his statue is torn down at the Dr King Center?”

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The Hindu – High time Mehbooba Mufti is released, says Rahul Gandhi

“India’s democracy is damaged when GOI illegally detains political leaders. It’s high time Mehbooba Mufti is released,” Mr Gandhi said on Twitter.

New Delhi – India, 02 August 2020. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday demanded the release of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, saying India’s democracy is damaged when the government illegally detains political leaders.

The Peoples Democratic Party leader has been in detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) since Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 was revoked in August last year and the state was bifurcated into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

“India’s democracy is damaged when GOI illegally detains political leaders. It’s high time Mehbooba Mufti is released,” Mr. Gandhi said on Twitter.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration last week extended Ms Mehbooba’s detention under PSA by another three months.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/high-time-mehbooba-mufti-is-released-says-rahul-gandhi/article32252752.ece