The Telegraph – Mob murders by any name

Bhagwat’s focus on the Western origin of the concept of lynching deftly skirts the fact of growing hate crimes in recent times

By the Editorial Board

Op/Ed, 12 October 2019. Naming is blaming, or even shaming, according to the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Mohan Bhagwat.

Speaking on the RSS’s foundation day in Nagpur, Mr Bhagwat deplored the grafting of Western concepts onto the expanding Indian practice of mob-killing. It is unacceptable to use the word, ‘lynching’, for what he sees from his cloudy heights of morality just as ‘isolated incidents of violence’.

This suggests that the RSS and its ideological cohorts are not yet satisfied with the growth in the number of mob-murders of members of the minority community, underprivileged castes and other vulnerable, solitary beings perceived as deviant, whether in gender orientation or mental stability.

These killings become branded by the Western word, ‘lynching’, so that they can be wielded to shame India and Hindu society, and cause divisions in the diverse society that the RSS loves.

Mr Bhagwat’s point is well taken. Had the convicted mob-killers of Alimuddin Ansari ‘lynched’ the coal trader last year under the alibi that Ansari was transporting beef, the Union minister of state for civil aviation would not have garlanded them. That he did garland them proves the unmistakable Indian flavour of their killing.

The minister reportedly also told the BBC that he and the Bharatiya Janata Party were paying for their legal expenses.

Given the practised deftness of such incidents, there is no need to defame Hindu society with Western nomenclatures: lynching is the name of things that happen in other countries, or among other religions, as Mr Bhagwat proclaimed, they are not part of this country’s traditions.

Instead, it is important to get the name right for the killings being made traditional in recent times. Should these just be called hate crimes? Or would that make Mr Bhagwat anxious to protest his love for the diverse populations of this country?

Love must be clouding his vision, rose-tinted glasses are a Western notion too, more’s the pity, for the ‘isolated’ incidents of violence he has deigned to notice amount to the steepest rise in mob-killings since 2016.

According to Amnesty International India’s interactive tracker, from January to June this year, 181 incidents of alleged hate crimes have been recorded, with the greatest number of mob-killings presumably being caused by the fact that the victims were Dalit, with the second highest number of victims being from the largest minority community.

Members of other minority groups, of caste, community, and gender, make up the rest of the targets. Mr Bhagwat is so upset about improper naming that the fact that innocent individuals are being killed by mobs who have nothing to do with the dispensation of justice in court seems to have escaped him.

He is busy blaming those who shame Hindu society by using Western names for Indian killings, yet he cannot acknowledge that mob-killing is the most damning attribute of any society. He can barely see it, after all. – Trudeau drops, Singh bounces as voters turn from Liberals

Brian Lilley

Toronto – Ontario – Canada, 12 October 2019. The latest poll conducted for the Sun as part of the DART Maru/Blue Voice Canada Poll shows the Conservatives sitting at 33% support nationally, the Liberals dropping to 28% and the NDP rising to 20%.

Pollster John Wright, partner at DART, notes his is the second poll in the last 48 hours that shows the Liberals dropping below the 30% floor. A previous DART poll showed that just 25% of voters believe the Trudeau Liberals deserve re-election, now those voters that had parked their votes with Trudeau are looking at other options.

“The Liberals now have a multi-front war on their hands for voters,” Wright said.

One front is in Quebec where the Bloc has 35% pulling mostly from the Liberals but also from the Conservatives. In the rest of the country, Trudeau is losing support to a rising NDP under Jagmeet Singh.

The NDP leader’s personal approval rating has been going up over the past couple of weeks but his party’s support numbers had not changed. Wright notes that his poll has the NDP up 5 points since his September 20th numbers were released.

“The findings suggest that previously committed Liberals are likely bleeding to his camp,” Wright said.

The timing couldn’t be worse for the Liberals. The election campaign has just 10 days left to go and many Canadians won’t be paying attention to newscasts over the Thanksgiving weekend but they will be talking politics over turkey.

Trying to turn this around so late in the campaign will be difficult, especially if impressions solidify over the weekend.

The Conservative vote hasn’t changed over the past few weeks but they aren’t yet within striking distance of a majority government. However, if these numbers hold they would undoubtedly win the most seats in a minority Parliament.

Andrew Scheer’s party has seen a jump in British Columbia, which could result in a bump in seats. The Conservatives are now at 38% support in BC, up from 32% in September. The Liberals have fallen five points to 24% and the NDP sit unchanged at 22%.

British Columbia is the place where the Greens could have their best showing. The party currently has two MPs in that province and is sitting at 13% support.

Ontario has been seen as the big prize and the Conservatives, currently at 33%, and Liberals, sitting at 32%, are effectively tied there. The NDP becomes the wild card here as they show a 7 point increase to 18% support.

If the NDP momentum keeps up, the party could not only keep their 8 seats in Ontario but even take some from the Liberals, in particular in Toronto.

This poll comes after a survey by Angus Reid showed similar numbers for the parties and after a poll from Campaign Research showed Singh’s leadership approval skyrocketing to 49%, well above all other party leaders.

This campaign has been a battle between the Liberals and Conservatives with neither party able to break out and take a commanding lead. We still don’t have anyone capable of forming a majority government, but the NDP is making the race interesting.

Expect the Liberals to launch a campaign of fear that will tell NDP voters that unless they vote Liberal, they will elect a Conservative government. Such lines have worked in the past but with so many progressive voters disappointed in Justin Trudeau, it’s doubtful that tactic will work this time.

The survey was undertaken via 1,310 randomly selected Canadian adults who are members of Maru/Blue’s Voice Canada Online panel on 09 October 2019 and is considered accurate to within +/- 3.1 percentage points.

Trudeau drops, Singh bounces as voters turn from Liberals

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Hartelijke groeten
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Close the nuclear reactors of Doel now.
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The Belgian people. “

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Dawn – The questions of citizenship and nationality have often been intertwined and have become increasingly hard to answer, especially in the context of India, which boasts of a shared history, common culture, and a sense of unique togetherness.

However, political leaders yearning for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is not new, it is a painful rehashing of history segregating people on communal lines.

Shreenandini Mukhopadhyay

The Print – 12 October 2019. The NRC isn’t simply about the Narendra Modi government’s initiative. It is also about tapping into indigenous demands that have existed for decades, and this is where the problem starts.

How is the demand for an NRC different from people opposing the US’ Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, or resisting the influx of Syrian refugees in Germany? It is not.

The quest for an Assam only for the Assamese, or any other similar quest, shows a deep primal instinct, the human need to belong to a social group and the immediate insecurity felt if the social composition is challenged.

Supreme Court’s validation

The people who demand an NRC are not very different from those who claim that the supposedly growing population of Muslims is a threat to India’s Hindu society.

The Supreme Court, by allowing the NRC exercise, has set a precedent for giving validation to other such historical claims of citizenship. It has exacerbated the tendency to question the Indianness of residents.

Othering Muslims

It must be realised that the anti-Bangladeshi rhetoric is no different from the anti-Bengali sentiment in Assam. To maintain the purity of one’s culture is to make it devoid of the ‘other’, and the definition of the ‘other’ will keep changing whenever found convenient, until we reach the point of enforcing Nuremberg-like laws.

The BJP has indirectly indicated that it will not grant Muslim “refugees” Indian citizenship. The demand for ousting Muslim “infiltrators” from Assam others the Muslim citizen living in Mumbai just as much.

It’s all the same blood

As new patterns of division on the basis of race, community, language and religion crop up, the proposed enforcement of the NRC across India, and even the mere thought of it, divides people into the two camps of “belonging” and “not-belonging”. They want to create a homogenous Indian state that we never wished for.

These quests for division must be seen as dubious means to accumulate more power, not as a quest to achieve the ends they apparently claim.

The implications of the Supreme Court’s approval will prove to be incredibly dangerous for the country, where communal tensions are already peaking.

It is at this time that one must remember Assam’s celebrated singer Bhupen Hazarika’s lyrics: “Give me a white man whose blood is white”. These lyrics are still applicable to Assam, and the rest of India today.

*Shreenandini Mukhopadhyay is the winner of the opinion writing contest on the third edition of Democracy Wall, Season 2. This was in response to the question asked by The Print: BJP wants NRC to be conducted across India. By ordering it be carried out in Assam, has SC opened a can of worms?

Democracy Wall is a monthly free speech campus initiative organised by The Print in collaboration with Facebook.