It can be said that due to the action taken, fear was created in the minds of those Muslims. This action indirectly gave warning to Indian Muslims that action in any form and for anything can be taken against Muslims. It was indicated that even for keeping contact with Muslims of other countries, action will be taken against them. Thus, there is a smell of malice to the action taken against these foreigners and Muslims for their alleged activities.
That’s what the Bombay High Court said in its ruling throwing out charges filed against 29 foreign nationals and six Indians. They were all members of the Tablighi Jamaat—and had been accused of sparking the pandemic by holding an annual conference back in March. They were charged with violating the Epidemics Act, Disaster Management Act and Foreigners Act—a move described by the court as an attempt to scapegoat the accused, and Muslims, in general. Illustration: Parth Savla.
The free speech row over Bloomsbury
The TLDR: Over the weekend, a poster advertising a book launch went viral. The book: ‘Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story’ written by three authors closely associated with the Hindu right. More incendiary: the list of guests of honour which included prominent rightwing names, including the infamous Kapil Mishra. Bloomsbury first denied knowledge of the event, and then withdrew the book—which has now sparked a ‘freedom of expression’ row. All of which deflected attention from the bigger question: why did Bloomsbury greenlight this book?
Tell me about this book
‘Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story’ is authored by three women: Supreme Court Advocate Monika Arora and two Delhi University professors Sonali Chitalkar and
The report: The book is based on a ‘fact-finding report’ on the violence in Delhi in February that left at least 53 dead—majority of whom have been identified as Muslim. No one has read the book, but this is what the report concluded:
“The Delhi Riots, 2020 were pre-planned. There are evidences of a ‘Left-Jihadi model of revolution’ that has been executed in Delhi and is sought to be replicated at other places… The Delhi riots are not genocide or a pogrom targeted at any community. ”
The report reframed the violence as “anti-Hindu riots,” and claimed that it was “pre-planned in four phases” by “urban naxal jehadi organisers”—who used women protesters in Shaheen Bagh and elsewhere as cover. It also calls for an intelligence investigation into “links across the border.”
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