Watch: Madhya Pradesh Congress leaders slap each other at Republic Day event in Indore

Congress leaders slapping each other in Indore, MP / Image Source: ANI

The Congress in Madhya Pradesh was left embarrassed on Sunday after two party leaders picked up a fight and assaulted each other in Indore during the Republic Day flag hoisting ceremony.

Reportedly, senior Congress leaders Devendra Singh Yadav and Chandu Kunjir fought and slapped each other outside the Gandhi Bhawan – the Congress party office in Indore. The brawl was captured on camera by media. Later, they were separated by the police and other Congress workers.

However, the reason behind the fight between the two leaders is not yet known. The two men were seen arguing before they started hitting each other.

Both Yadav and Kunjir are relative lightweights in the Congress. Kunjir and his supporters were later escorted out the police. Shortly after the chaos, MP Chief Minister Nath reached the site and unfurled the tricolour.

“You are a liar Mr George Soros”: Savio Rodrigues hits out on billionaire who committed USD 1 billion to ‘fight nationalism’ in India

George Soros (image: i24news.com)

During the course of his life, if there was one thing George Soros has hated the most, it is Nationalism. And at Davos, in his speech at the World Economic Forum (WEF), Soros committed $1 billion towards fighting nationalism and nationalists. George Soros claimed that the “biggest and most frightening setback” was in India and accused Narendra Modi of “creating a Hindu nationalist state.” 

Social Activist and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Goa Chronicle, Savio Rodrigues, in an open letter, hit out on Sores for insulting India. OpIndia is republishing it verbatim with due permission.


At the onset of my open letter let me very bluntly state while you have a right to an opinion. I have a right to have an opinion on your opinion.

You are a liar Mr George Soros.

At Davos you decided to insult my motherland, my nation with half-baked information aimed at creating a discord between the Hindu and Muslim community in India that have been living for centuries in unity and harmony.

Your intent was an indulgence in fear-mongering and to lie to the Muslims in India that they are under threat from the Hindus because it is led by a political party and a political leader reportedly from a Hindu nationalist party. In the last six-years of Narendra Modi being the Prime Minister of India, I have seen the government work more for the welfare of the Muslims and Christians than the Hindus.

Mr Modi has stood for a united India and has been working towards a resurgent India globally.

At Davos in front of representatives from over 65 countries in the world, you said: “Nationalism, far from being reversed, made further headway. The biggest and most frightening setback came in India, where a democratically elected Narendra Modi is creating a Hindu nationalist state, imposing punitive measures on Kashmir – a semi-autonomous Muslim region, and threatening to deprive millions of Muslims of their citizenship.”

The entire statement made by at Davos, Soros is a lie. I as an Indian belonging to the Christian, which is considered by some in India, to be more of a minority than the Muslim community, can unflinchingly and proudly tell you that there is no better place in the world for people of different religious beliefs to exist other than India.

I am sure you know that most of the Islamic nations you support clandestinely follow a theocratic form of governance and administration where other religions are not free from fear of being targeted for their religious beliefs.

In fact recently you met with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan. I am sure you would be aware of the persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan in particular of the Hindu, Christian and Sikh minorities. The presence over the years has dropped to less than 2 per cent. The minorities in Pakistan have been attacked, raped and forced to convert to Islam. But that would not bother you because in you’re left leaning thoughts, that is an excepted evil of governance in Islamic countries and left-wing ruled nations.

Read: George Soros vows to fight PM Modi and Nationalists: Here are some Indian ‘intellectuals’ and NGOs connected to him

India on the other hand has seen a rise in Muslim minorities over the years. You do not find Hindus undertaking violent conversions of Muslims in India. In fact it is the Muslims and Christians that have been unlawfully indulging in mass conversions of Hindus.

You bring in Kashmir into your discussion. The organisation you fund Open Society Foundation has been subtly fuelling the thought of a Free Kashmir. It has even conducted programs for solving the Kashmir crisis. Their idea of solving Kashmir is blaming India, Indian Army of untold atrocities and freeing Kashmir from India. That however is not going to ever happen. No Indian will let go of Kashmir.

So let me correct you, because your statement clearly proves that you are either ignorant of the facts on the issues in Kashmir or you are deliberately painting a gory picture to suit your diabolical interests of fear-mongering and creating a Hindu – Muslim divide in India.

The Abrogation of Article 370 was a completion of the inclusion of Kashmir with the rest of India and the rest of India with Kashmir. The people of Kashmir have always been a part of India and have been allowed to prosper not only in Kashmir but in other parts of India too. However, the rest of India were restricted from owning properties or businesses in Kashmir, even though the rest of India looked after the welfare of Kashmir.

I visited Kashmir post the Abrogation of Article 370. It was the first time I visited Kashmir. I was sad that, we as Indians, being inattentive, allowed for the Islamic radicals to brainwash our people in Kashmir. That for years they believed that they were superior to other than Indians because they were Kashmir Muslims, especially after the violently threw the Kashmiri Pandits out of Kashmir. The political leaders in Kashmir were crooks and autocratic and they were complemented with crooks and autocratic political leaders at the Indian government at that time.

Such was the hate fuelled in Kashmir over the years by Islamic radicals prompted by Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Turkey that the Kashmiris Hindus, 30 years ago, faced a horrific genocide and had to flee Kashmir over night.

The Kashmiri Hindus continue to fight for their rights to return to their homeland; successive Indian governments have failed the Kashmiri Pandits in taking up their case and giving them justice. The Narendra Modi government has taken the first step through the Abrogation of Article 370.

If you, George Soros, had an iota of knowledge on the history of Kashmir, you would know that Kashmir is not a Muslim region but actually a region of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims.

Have you or the organisations you fund such as Open Society Foundation ever spoken or advocated for the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits that were ostracised from Kashmir and their homeland. You have not. And therein lies you hypocrisy.

You mention rather stupidly in your speech that millions of Muslims will be deprived of citizenship. Let me rebuke your stupid statement with some facts. No Indian Muslim has or will ever be deprived of their rights as a Citizen of India, because to us, they are Indians. They are our brothers and sisters. More importantly most Indian Muslims consider themselves to be children of India.

Of course you will have some Indian Muslims who have been brainwashed by the Islamic radicals and people like you that fear-monger to create chaos in nations for business benefits and cry that they are in danger in India. But strangely their democratic rights continue to be respected. That’s why even after the Citizenship Amendment Act has been passed and some Indian Muslims have been on a riot and arson violent rampage in India; they have been tolerated.

Sometimes in a family, you will have a brother or sister who could go astray due to peer pressure. But as the Holy Bible states, we must not judge the prodigal son but accept them with their weaknesses.

However those Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar who have been illegal living in India, will be thrown out without a doubt. It will be foolish on the part of India to keep such dangerous and anti-national immigrants in our secular nation.

My honest advice to you George Soros is to stop meddling in the affairs of India. I know you have been funding several left-leaning NGOs who have been constantly attempting to create chaos in India over several issues only because the Indian government is led by a man like Narendra Modi who puts nation first over any global pussyfooting.

I earnest appeal to the Indian government to take stern action against your lies on an international platform. Your own history is dubious and crooked, so please do not point fingers at my India, because there are many fingers pointing at you back and the crooked people in governments you back.

Your plan to fund the destruction of nationalism in India is a joke. I would like to advice you to spend your money wisely because you will lose in this dream of yours to destroy Nationalism in India. We Indians are proud of India. We are also proud of our Hindu roots. This after all Hindustan. We are all culturally connected to the roots of India because we are all Hindus. But you will not understand this simple thought of an Indian. For that you need to belong to one motherland. You George Soros have only one mother and that’s money not motherland. You will sell your biological mother, if you can make money.

India is a nation of Sanatan Dharma. Our restrain must not be considered to be cowardice or slumber. It is not far, when the Indian and International lobby, some funded by you, working against the interest of India will face the wrath of the people of India. It will be difficult for you or your organisations to do business in India.

Don’t insult our Mother India. We Indians do not take that lightly.

West Bengal: State police clashes with BJP Yuva Morcha workers performing ‘Bharat Mata Puja’ in Howrah

BJP Yuva Morcha workers manhandled by West Bengal police for organising Bharat Mata Puja.

Tension soared in West Bengal’s Howrah district Sunday after the state police stopped Bharatiya Yuva Morcha (BYM) workers from performing ‘Bharat Mata Puja’ on the occasion of Republic Day.

According to reports, clashes broke out between BJP Yuva Morcha workers and the state police after the workers were ruthlessly manhandled by the state Police for ignoring their orders.

In a video shared by Times now, the West Bengal police are seen using force to disperse the crowd, while the workers are seen resisting the police excesses. The Police are seen pulling one of the workers by his hands on the road and also forcefully stuffing the workers inside the police van. According to reports, several workers have been taken into preventive custody.

The workers of Bharatiya Yuva Morcha wanted to hold ‘Bharat Mata Puja’ outside two police stations namely Gorabari police station and Howrah police station, both in Howrah district to symbolically protest against the state police excesses, for which they said they had sought police permission.

The police had reportedly threatened to take legal action against the workers who were adamant on performing the puja. It is alleged that to hinder the puja, the sculptor who made the idol of Bharat Mata was also threatened by the police not to sell the idols to the BJP workers. Apart from the sculptor, sound system providers had also been threatened.

Police said that the puja was disallowed as it was organised on a congested road causing traffic disruption. The state police at the behest of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has on several previous occasions discharged excesses on BJP workers in Bengal.

Last year also, BJP’s effort to organise a similar puja in Kolkata and other districts of the state to mark the 73rd Independence Day was throttled by the West Bengal police. The party’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had then also accused Trinamool Congress-backed miscreants of vandalising an idol of Bharat Mata near Howrah’s Kona Expressway.

In March last year, the state police had lathi-charged and baton-charged BJP workers to stop them from carrying out Vijay Sankalp bike rally. This led to violent clashes between the police and the BJP workers at Durgapur and Asansol in West Burdwan district, Midnapore town and Goaltore in West Midnapore and Balurghat in South Dinajpur where the rallies were taken out.

Earlier the West Bengal government had refused to give permission for BJP’s Rath Yatra citing the law and order situation as a reason.

Delhi Police files an FIR, UP Police dispatches two teams to nab Sharjeel Imam, mastermind of Shaheen Bagh and The Wire columnist

Sharjeel Imam

The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police has registered an FIR against Shaheen Bagh protest chief organiser Sharjeel Imam for instigation people to cause violence. The Delhi police have registered a case against Sharjeel Imam under IPC section 153 for giving provocative statements with intent to cause riots.

Earlier, Assam Police had registered a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against Sharjeel Imam, said to be one of the organisers of the anti-citizenship law protest at Shaheen Bagh after videos of him calling for the state to be cut off from the rest of India surfaced online.

A separate complaint has been registered against the JNU student for his comments in Aligarh, where the incendiary comments were reportedly made. Following the complaint, two teams of police from Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh have been set up to arrest Sharjeel Imam.

Speaking to the media, SP Aligarh Akash Kulhari said that two teams have been sent to arrest Sharjeel Imam. We are working in coordination with the Delhi Police and Bihar Police, added SSP Kulhari.

Read: Radical Islamists say Muslims must stand by Shaheen Bagh mastermind Sharjeel Imam, defend his decision to cut off Assam

The FIR comes after the Wire columnist and Shaheen Bagh roadblock mastermind Sharjeel Imam’s video went viral where he had asked Muslims of the country to break India by cutting of North-east from the rest of the country. “Our main aim is to permanently cut Assam and North-east India from rest of India,” he could be heard saying in the video.

In his video, Sharjeel Imam had added, “If 5 lakhs Muslims are organised then we can cut the North-east from rest of India. If we cannot do permanently, at least we can cut North-east from India for months”.

Further, Sharjeel Imam who is also a columnist with The Wire and mastermind of Shaheen Bagh protests had said, “Our responsibility is to cut the Assam from India then Govt will hear our voice. If we have to help the Assam then we will have to cut the Assam from rest of India”.

Sharjeel Imam is the mastermind and main coordinator of the Shaheen Bagh protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Interestingly, earlier, ‘Jinnah Wali Azadi’ slogans were raised at Shaheen Bagh which also pointed towards the main agenda of these anti-CAA protests, specifically at Shaheen Bagh, is the second partition of India.

Watch: Indian Air Force wows crowd at 71st Republic Day parade by performing gravity defying manoeuvres

Indian air force stuns audience at the Republic Day parade.

As India celebrates its 71st Republic Day today the fly-past by Indian Air Force took everyone’s breath away as IAF pilots performed some of the most amazing gravity-defying stunts. The grand finale and one of the most keenly awaited segments of the parade was the fly-past by the Indian Air force.

Piloted by Wing Commander Yathartha Johri along with Flight Lieutenant S Mishra, a lone Su-30MKI flew at a speed of 900 km/hr and split the sky with a gravity-defying ‘Vertical Charlie’.

The stunt from another angle left everyone speechless.

The entire national capital has been put under multi-layered security cover with thousands of armed personnel keeping a tight vigil over it, including the celebration venue Rajpath.

The grand parade at Rajpath, which is performed as a tribute to India’s unity in diversity and rich cultural heritage comes to an end today with the Indian Air force performing some enthralling stunts with its aircraft.

The India air force also stunned the crowd with the ‘Arrowhead’ formation. Five Jaguar Deep penetration strike aircraft, in ‘Arrowhead’ formation flew past at a speed of 780 kmph. The formation was led by Group Captain Parijat Saurabh.

The Sukhoi 30MKIs of Indian Air Force executed the ‘Trishul’ manoeuvre.  The formation was being led by Group Captain Nishit Ohri. The captains of the other two aircraft were Wing Commander Nilesh Dixit and Wing Commander Karan Dogra.

Wing Commander SK Chauhan leads the ‘Vic’ formation, comprising three Dornier aircraft. The captains of the other two aircraft are Squadron Leader Vikas Kumar and Squadron Leader Abhishek Vashisht.

This is 1st time that a “Tri-service Formation” took part in the Republic Day celebrations. It comprised of three ALH (Advanced light helicopters) in a ‘Vic’ formation. This formation was devised during World War 1. Three or more aircraft fly in close formation with the leader at the apex and the rest flying to left and right. The entire arrangement looks like a ‘V’. The tri-service formation is significant as India got the post of Chief of Defence Staff, a tri-service chief looking after Navy, Army and Air Force.

Today, for the first time, the Rajpath saw the formation of the formidable Apache attack helicopters. The Indian Air Force in a tweet on the Republic Day even shared the video from the rehearsals.

Apache was first inducted in the IAF in September 2019.

Additionally, three Chinook helicopters took part in the Republic Day parade for the first time after being inducted last year.

Breaking from the tradition, Prime Minister Modi had paid homage to the fallen soldiers at the newly built National War Memorial (NWM) at the India Gate, instead of Amar Jawan Jyoti, on Sunday morning prior to participating in the 71st Republic Day celebrations.

National Geographic Traveller ‘likes’ tweet by ex-JNU student Umar Khalid where he is mocking Amit Shah’s challenge on CAA debate

National Geographic Traveller India’s Twitter handle today ‘liked’ a tweet by ex-JNU student and activist Umar Khalid where he was mocking Home Minister Amit Shah’s challenge to opposition leaders to debate with him on Citizenship Amendment Act.

Nat Geo promoting tweets of terror sympathiser Umar Khalid.

Umar Khalid, son of a former SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India, a banned terror organisation) member, is accused of shouting pro-Pakistan slogans inside the JNU campus.

On 24th January, Khalid had tweeted, “Amit Shah – I challenge Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav and Mamta Banerjee for an open debate on CAA.

Meanwhile, Shaheen Bagh Dadis be like – Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe!”

It is important to note that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had invited leaders of opposition parties to discuss the historic legislation of Citizenship Amendment Act once again even after debating it on the floor of the parliament. The opposition parties which had indulged in a rampant disinformation campaign against the CAA, however, failed to respond to the Home Minister.

It is pertinent to note that the anti-CAA protests which started as a ‘peaceful’ protests at Shaheen bagh, later not only turned communal as manifested with the Hinduphobic “Jinnah wali Azaadi” slogans but also turned anti-India as Sharjeel Imam – the chief co-ordinator of the protest openly called Muslims to cut North-east from the rest of the country.

Earlier, Zee News had retweeted tweets in support of Shaheen Bagh from its official handle before undoing them. In December, the official handle of Government of India’s Press Information Bureau, the nodal agency for communicating with media on behalf of the government of India, was seen sharing a tweet in support of the Jamia rioters with hashtags like #SOSJamia, #RejectCAB and #StopViolenceAgainstStudents. After the tweets created a buzz on the social media amidst the news of Delhi Police’s crackdown on the Jamia rioters, PIB soon shared a tweet saying that the tweet in support of the Jamia rioters was ‘inadvertently’ done by one of the members of their social media team. They stated that the person had shared ‘her’ personal comments on the Jamia matter and they ‘deeply regret’ the error.

Shaheen Bagh protesters desperately try to prove their patriotism a day after mastermind called to cut off Assam

Road blocked by Shaheen Bagh 'protestors' while doing flag hoisting for Republic Day (image: @akataliqkhan on Twitter)

A day after video of Shaheen Bagh mastermind Sharjeel Imam asking Muslims to cut off Northeast from rest of India went viral on social media, the protestors at Shaheen Bagh seem to be desperate to prove their patriotism. As reported by news agency ANI, the protestors had gathered at Shaheen Bagh to celebrate the 71st Republic Day.

The mob could be seen clapping and waving plastic tricolours. Former JNU student and activist Umar Khalid and Gujarat MLA Jigesh Mevani were also present here. Earlier today, they had also unfurled the national flag to mark the Republic Day.

Later, a second flag was also hoisted when the crowd of ‘protestors’ had soared.

The desperate attempts to prove their patriotism seems to be an aftereffect of the viral video where the mastermind behind these ‘protests’ and roadblocks, Sharjeel Imam could be heard urging Muslims to cut off the northeastern states of India from rest of the country. Imam was yesterday booked under the UAPA for his seditious statements.

Watch: ITBP soldiers brave through knee deep snow to hoist the Indian flag on snow-capped Himalayas

In frigid cold, ITBP personnel celebrate Republic Day in Ladakh

As the country celebrates its 71st Republic Day on Sunday, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel observed the historic day at 17,000 feet in Ladakh, trudging through the snow. The temperature in Ladakh at present is minus 20 degrees Celsius.

A video clip shared on social media showed ‘Himveers’ dressed in white uniforms and chanting slogans of – Bharat Mata ki Jai and Vande Mataram as the tricolour flies high.

Two of the soldiers were seen holding the tricolour as they marched in the snow.

ITBP is a specialized mountain force and most of the officers and men are professionally trained mountaineers and skiers. Being the first responder for a natural disaster, the force has been carrying out numerous rescue and relief operations across the country.

ITBPF was raised on October 24, 1962. Presently, ITBP is deployed on border guarding duties from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh covering 3488 km of Indo-China Border and manning Border Outposts on altitudes ranging from 9000 feet to 18700 feet in the Western, Middle and Eastern sectors of the Indo-China Border.

A total of 15 ITBP personnel have been conferred with medals on Republic Day.

Republic Day celebrations are taking place across the country. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is the chief guest on Republic Day who witnessed the celebrations with President Kovind, PM Modi and other dignitaries at Delhi’s Rajpath.

MNS unlikely to get any political leverage from turning to Hindutva as Shiv Sena never shed its saffron colour: Shiv Sena

shiv sena

After taking a ‘secular’ turn due to forming the coalition government along with Congress and NCP, Shiv Sena has sought to turn back towards Hindutva after that position was threatened to be taken over by his cousin Raj Thackray. An editorial published in the party mouthpiece “Saamana” on Saturday said that the party had never shed its saffron color. The party also said that Muslim infiltrators from Bangladesh and Pakistan should be “driven out” of the country.

The party’s comments come at the backdrop of a jibe by his cousin Raj Thackeray, the President of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), who claimed that Shiv Sena had changed its colours to form a coalition government.

Shiv Sena took a dig at Raj Thackeray for the ideological shift of MNS towards “Hindutva.” It stated that dealing with “Hindutva” is not a “child’s play.” On Thursday, Raj Thackrey unveiled a new saffron-coloured flag for MNS that bears ‘rajmudra,’ a royal seal used by Maratha warrior King Shivaji. Saamana alleged that the presence of two flags reflected the “confused state of mind” of Raj Thackeray.

The party also suggested that Raj Thackeray should stay firm with Hindutva, even if it has been borrowed from Shiv Sena. They added that MNS is unlikely to get any political leverage from it as Shiv Sena had never shed their “saffron colour.” The editorial also slammed Raj Thackeray for his doublespeak on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). It also stated that the “Marathi identity” espoused by MNS did not get the votes because Sena has done a lot for the community.

“The Shiv Sena had already done a lot of work on the issue of Marathi. Hence MNS did not get any response from Marathi people. There is a criticism that Raj Thackeray has turned towards Hindutva as BJP wanted it. But MNS is unlikely to achieve anything on this front also as the Shiv Sena has done a lot work on Hindutva across the country,” the editorial said.

They reiterated that Shiv Sena had not changed its political leaning, despite joining hands with his political rivals. They have also criticised the BJP for allegedly breaking its pre-poll alliance (the decision to share the Chief Ministerial post) with the Sena. The editorial also took a dig at BJP saying that they can form governments with anyone like Mehbooba Mufti, but when Shiv Sena allies with Congress and NCP, it becomes a sin.

Fre days ago CM Uddhav Thackeray had also said that he has not changed his ideology despite changing allies. “I have chosen a new political path by taking along old political rivals as allies. I have not changed my colour, my core (Antarang). It continues to remain saffron,” he had said on Thursday after he was accused of leaving Hindutva for the sake of power.

“Although the ideologies of the three parties (NCP-Sena and Congress) are different, there is a consensus among them that the government will be run for the welfare of the people. What the BJP could not do in five years, the MVA government had achieved in 50 days,” it said. “BJP changed its colour in 2014 and 2019. Now since Shiv Sena is not going to change despite being in alliance with Congress and NCP, a conspiracy has been hatched to divide the Hindutva votes,” the editorial further added.

Watch: JNU student Afreen Fatima spews venom about Ram Mandir verdict, calls terrorist Afzal guru ‘innocent’

JNU student Afreen Fatima

In a video that has gone viral on social media, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Afreen Fatima could be seeing spewing venom against the government as well as the Supreme Court. She challenged the integrity of the country’s highest judicial body by raising doubts over its crucial decisions like that on Ram Mandir and hanging of terrorist Afzal Guru

In a 45 sec video posted on Twitter by user @knewschannel, the JNU student tries to instigate the crowd by saying that while protesting against CAA and NRC they have realised that neither the government nor the Supreme court is worthy of their trust.

Claiming that SC’s judgement on parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was wrong, Fatima insinuates that terrorist Afzal Guru was ‘innocent’. She is heard saying that Afzal Guru had no hand in the Parliament attack.

Read: Actress Soni Razdan calls terrorist Afzal Guru’s hanging ‘travesty of justice’, insinuates that he was ‘innocent’

She further spews venom on SC’s Ayodhya verdict by saying that the SC backtracked on its words. Fatima said that the SC which earlier said that there was no proof whether a Mandir existed below the Babri Masjid, later went on to give the permission to construct the Ram Mandir on the disputed land.

Interestingly, Afreen Fatima is the same person who had earlier urged Muslim mob to attack Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for his comments on communalisation of the anti-CAA protests. Taking to Twitter on January 12 Fatima had asked Muslims to attack Tharoor, whom she called an ‘Islamophobe’ with La illaha illallah chants.

Following her call to say ‘La ilaha ilallah’ on Tharoor’s face, when the Congress MP had gone to Jamia Millia Islamia to express solidarity against CAA, he was greeted by Muslim mob chanting ‘La Ilaha Illallah’ (There is only one God, Allah). The reason Tharoor was attacked by radicals is that in December 2019, Tharoor had reacted to protestors chanting La ilaha illallah, the Islamic Shahada which means “There is no god but God”, where the second God means Allah.

Read: In a bid to demonise Hinduism, Shashi Tharoor compares Hindutva to Islam and Christianity, get attacked by ‘liberal’ bullies

Tharoor said that their “fight against Hindutva extremism should give no comfort to Islamist extremism either”. He said that the fight against the Citizenship Amendment Bill is a fight to defend inclusive India. “We will not allow pluralism & diversity to be supplanted by any kind of religious fundamentalism,” he added. Soon, the radicals descended upon his timeline to call him a ‘soft bigot’.

IIT Bombay faculty condemns politicisation of campus, joins students in Tiranga March head of Republic Day

Tiranga March held at IIT Bombay on eve of Republic Day on 25th January 2020

IIT Bombay faculty members have condemned politicisation of campuses. The students and teachers took out a Tiranga March on campus on the eve of 71st Republic Day of India.

Tiranga March held at IIT Bombay on eve of Republic Day on 25th January 2020

More than 1500 student’s of IIT Bombay participated in the march holding the 1,000 feet Tricolour from the convocation hall covering each and every hostel.

Read: IIT Bombay students march in support of CAA, rue misinformation against the act and politicisation of educational campuses

IIT Bombay faculty Prof Varadraj Bapat Som condemned the politicisation of educational campuses and said this (IIT-Bombay) campus is not for politics and to serve someone’s political propaganda.

Tiranga March held at IIT Bombay on eve of Republic Day on 25th January 2020

“IIT Bombay is an institution which is known for excellence in research not politics. It’s hampering our research. We condemn it. Today what is more important is to celebrate Republic Day and we are here for that,” said Professor Ashutosh Kumar.

Students and professors who participated in the march can be heard chanting Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata Ki Jai slogans while holding the Tricolour high.

The March concluded with the recital of the national anthem.

Radical Islamists say Muslims must stand by Shaheen Bagh mastermind Sharjeel Imam, defend his decision to cut off Assam

JNU student Sharjeel Imam who urged Muslims to cut off the Siliguri Corridor, which connects seven northeast states with rest of India

A day after Shaheen Bagh mastermind Sharjeel Imam was booked under the UAPA for his seditious statement where he asked Northeast India to be cut off, radical Islamists have now come out in his support. Newslaundry campus columnist Sharjeel Usmani took to social media to stand by leftist propaganda website The Wire columnist Sharjeel Imam for his comments where he urged Indian Muslims to cut off Northeast from India.

Taking to Facebook, Usmani questioned how is ‘chakkajam’ (roadblock) seditious. He conveniently misses out on mentioning how Sharjeel Imam wanted to cut out Northeast India. Sharjeel Usmani decided to paint cutting off the chicken neck, or the Siliguri corridor, which connects the seven northeastern states to rest of India, as mere chakkajam when it has been known to be an enemy project to do so since decades.

Sharjeel Usmani supporting Sharjeel Imam

The Siliguri Corridor (or the Chicken’s Neck) was created in 1947 after the partition of Bengal and has been an important and sensitive territory in India.

Siliguri Corridor or the Chicken’s Neck (image: defencenews.in)

Because of the strategic location, the area is heavily patrolled by Indian Army, Assam Rifles, the Border Security Force and the West Bengal Police.

He is also supported by one Iman Abdullah endorses Imam’s views as he is on the path of ‘Haqq’. Referring to Imam as ‘independent Muslim thinker’ he calls those who do not support him as ‘Hindutva Nazis’.

Sharjeel Usmani appealing to Muslims to stand by Sharjeel Imam

Sharjeel Usmani further took to Facebook to say that he stands by Sharjeel Imam. “If you throw Sharjeel Imam under the bus to gain a little more legitimacy of these protests in the eyes of the state, I’ll jump with him,” he said.

Read: From The Wire to everything else, the Anatomy of an Islamist: Into the mind of Sharjeel Imam, mastermind of Shaheen Bagh

He even took to Twitter to send out a warning of sort to the ‘Sarkari Musalmans’, the Muslims who are not really radical and don’t toe their line.

JNU student leader Afreen Fatima standing by Shrjeel Imam

Afreen Fatima, JNU student and JNUSU Councillor, too, took to Facebook to stand by Imam. Referring to him as her ‘leader’, Fatima said that media trials, false cases and hate campaigns will not silence ‘our brother’.

She, too, took to Twitter to refer to crackdown against Sharjeel Imam for his problematic views as ‘Islamophobia’ by Indian government.

One Nazeel Shafeeque standing by Sharjeel Imam and Sharjeel Usmani

Some even referred to the crackdown on Imam as ‘witchhunt’ as he is leading against the ‘fascist government’.

‘Political activist’ Ali Sohrab, who used to earlier refer to himself as a journalist and was arrested for his hateful comments on slain Hindu leader Kamlesh Tiwari, also expressed his solidarity.

Many took to Twitter to trend ‘ISupportSharjeelImam‘ hashtag. Many even justified his seditious statement by trying to give ‘context’ to his hateful statements.

Jamia ‘Sheroes’ have also chimed in and supported Sharjeel Imam.

The overwhelming support that is coming for Sharjeel Imam just goes out to show how Ummah is more important than the constitution they are claiming to be protecting. However, the ‘fight to protect the constitution’ is nothing but a facade. The real fight is for the anger over November 2019 Supreme Court verdict where the apex court ruled in favour of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple at Ayodhya.

Sharjeel Imam has been at the forefront of the anti-CAA protests from the very beginning. In a video that had gone viral on social media by the 17th of December, he could be seen inciting Muslims to do ‘Chakkajam’ in Delhi and wherever they have sufficient numbers. He called for Muslims to bring entire cities to a halt. “There are over 30% urban Muslims in UP. Do you have no shame at all? Why cannot you do Chakkajam in UP? The area in Bihar where I am from, the rural Muslim population is 6% while the urban Muslim population is 24%. Indian Muslims mostly live in cities. So it is upon you. You can bring your cities to a halt. If anyone asks you not to, disown them” he was heard saying in the viral video.

On Saturday, another video had gone viral on social media where he had asked Muslims of the country to break India by cutting of North-east from the rest of the country. “Our main aim is to permanently cut Assam and North-east India from rest of India,” he could be heard saying in the video.

‘Liberals’ attack Modi government for awarding Padma Shri to singer Adnan Sami

Adnan Sami
Singer Adnan Sami (image: YouTube screenshot)

Singer Adnan Sami, who had embraced Indian citizenship a few years ago, has been conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri award for his services in the field of Art. The award will be conferred by the President of India in a ceremonial function in March or April this year.

Adnan Sami on Saturday expressed his gratitude towards the government for recognising him. Taking to the microblogging site Twitter, Sami called it the greatest moment in his 34 years of the musical journey.

He wrote: “The greatest moment for any Artiste is to be appreciated & recognised by his/her government. I am overwhelmed with infinite gratitude for being honoured with the ‘Padma Shri’ by the Government of India. It has been a 34 years musical journey.. ‘Bohot Shukriya’!!”

Prior to this, Singer Adnan Sami has been bestowed with many honours, including Nigar Award, Bolan Academy Award and Graduate Award. The singer is also the youngest recipient of the Naushad Music Award for Excellence in Music. Previous recipients of this award include Lata Mangeshkar and Music Maestro Khayam.

While many of his fans took to Twitter to congratulate the talented musician, the usual set of the so-called ‘liberals’ descended upon his timeline to attack him for being conferred with the honour. Both the Modi government and the singer became a target of many on social media.

One Syed Kamran Hussain, a Youth Congress worker took to the microblogging site to invoke Sami’s Pakistani lineage. Invoking Sami’s father’s association with Pakistani military, the Congress worker even went on to shamelessly target BJP government for conferring Sami with the award.

In fact several social media users attacked the Modi government for awarding Padma Shri to Adnan Sami as his father was a Pakstani Air Force pilot who had fought against India in Indo-Pak wars. Propaganda website Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair also raised this point, sharing a video of Arshad Sami Khan talking about how they had shot down Indian airplanes. These are the same people who champion the cause of liberty and choice, but now not hesitating to attack Adnan Sami for the duties done by his father as a soldier.

One may question whether someone is deserving for an award or not, but saying someone should not get an award for what their parents did is completely illogical. Moreover, Adnan Sami has denounced Pakistani citizenship and has become an Indian citizen, and the award is given for his contribution towards the field in music, not for who his parents were.

Despite a known fact that Adnan has embraced Indian citizenship, another troll took to the social media site to impel the singer by writing that “your government which is Govt of Pakistan hates you”.

The bullying, of course, did not end there. ‘Journalist’ Ali Sohrab who is infamous for sharing objectionable and bigoted content on his Twitter page and was, lately, arrested by Uttar Pradesh police for his hate-filled comments against Kamlesh Tiwari who was hacked to death by Islamists, went a step ahead to spitefully evoke BJP and spread falsehood about the citizenship law. Taking to Twitter, Sohrab said that while BJP is hell-bent on sending Indian Muslims to Pakistan, it is awarding Adnan Sami, who is a Pakistani with the prestigious Padma award.

Samajwadi Party-friendly ‘journalist’ Rohini Singh who is associated with ultra-left wing propaganda website ‘The Wire‘ and is notoriously known for fake news and propaganda went on to question the famed singer’s credentials.

These so-called champions of freedom of speech, who have on several occasions shown extreme hatred for the government, are probably rattled because Adnan Sami, who has been very vocal about his affirmation towards PM Narendra Modi and the BJP government, is amongst the select few who have been conferred with this prestigious award.

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Apart from Adnan Sami, Bollywood actor, Kangana Ranaut is also among the notable personalities shortlisted for the Padma Shri award which is given for distinguished service in the field of Art.

Ahead of the 71st Republic Day, the government of India released the list of Padma Awardees who will be conferred with amongst the highest civilian awards later this year by the President of India.

As per the list released by the government, the President, this year, has approved conferment of 141 Padma Awards including 4 duo cases (one award is given to two persons). The list includes 7 Padma Vibhushan, 16 Padma Bhushan and 118 Padma Shri Awards.

CBI officer who arrested Chidambaram wins President’s medal, British MP who schooled NDTV journalist Nidhi Razdan gets Padma Shri

Deputy SP Ramaswamy Parthasarathy(L) and British MP Barry Gardiner

Ahead of the 71 Republic Day celebrations, the government announced the names of Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awardees on Saturday, along with medals for police officers.

The Padma Vibhushan has been awarded to seven prominent personalities while 16 were conferred the Padma Bhushan and 118 have been given the Padma Shri. In a quintessential Modi-Esque, the Awards have been awarded to the distinguished commoners for their extraordinary work in their respective fields.

One of the distinguished police officer who has been honoured with President’s Police Medal is CBI Deputy SP Ramaswamy Parthasarathy, who arrested Chidambaram in the INX Media case last year. Parthasarathy had climbed the walls of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s house to arrest him.

An officer is known for his cool manner but strict attitude, Parthasarthy had arrested Chidambaram’s son Karthi Chidambaram too in the case. 21 officers of CBI have been awarded the Police Medals for Meritorious Service this year.

The Narendra Modi government has also honoured British MP Barry Gardiner with Padma Shri award. Labour MP Barry Gardiner is considered to be a true friend of the country and has stood in support of India despite Labour Party in the UK have taken an anti-India stand.

It is notable here that Barry Gardiner is the same MP who had taken left-wing NDTV news anchor Nidhi Razdan to task when she had asked him a blatant politically motivated question exposing her and NDTV’s inherent bias against the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in 2013.

Gardiner had in 2013 invited the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi to address the UK house of commons. Nidhi had questioned him, “But you know he is also an extremely controversial figure here in India, and around the world. There has been so much controversy over him even in the UK, where there was a boycott of him in a sense until last year. He’s still not been given a visa to the United States. He is a controversial figure. You realise this would create controversy.”

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To this Gardiner had slammed Nidhi’s biased views and had called out her questionable journalistic behaviour. He had even asked her why she is ignoring the Supreme Court verdict and the fact that Modi has been re-elected by the people of Gujarat again and again.

Another British MP to be awarded Padma Shri is Conservative Party’s Bob Blackman. Known as the ‘Friend of India’, he is a strong supporter of India in the Kashmir issue, and also talks frequently about the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus. He often exposes Pakistan sponsored terror, and had congratulated PM Narendra Modi for abrogating the article 370.

The Padma awards are announced on the eve of Republic Day and the awards conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/April every year.

Among the awardees are Jagdish Lal Ahuja, Javed Ahmad Tak, Satyanayana Mundayoor, S Ramakrishna and Yogi Aeron, who have been awarded for their extraordinary work in the field of social work. Mohammed Sharif from UP, a bicycle mechanic who has been performing the last rites of thousands of unclaimed dead bodies for the last 25 years, has been named for Padma Shri award.

Jagdish Lal Ahuja, affectionately called as ‘Langar Baba’, is being awarded for “selflessly organising langars for 500 plus poor patients daily for over two decades”. He also helps patients with financial aid and provides blankets and clothes to them.

Another commoner, Javed Ahmad Tak, who hails from Anantnag in Kashmir and is wheel-chair ridden, has been selflessly helping specially-abled children for two decades for their integration and assimilation in mainstream life.

Bollywood celebrities-Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut have also been included in the list of Padma Shri award recipients. Pakistani origin singer Adnan Sami, who has taken Indian citizenship, is also named for Padma Shri.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Padma awardees, saying they include extraordinary people. “The awardees include extraordinary individuals who have made exceptional contributions to our society, nation and humanity,” he tweeted.

Day after Shaheen Bagh mastermind Sharjeel Imam was booked for ‘cut Assam from India’ statement, multiple explosions rock Assam

Four blasts rock Assam on 71st Republic Day of India

Days after Shaheen Bagh roadblock mastermind Sharjeel Imam was booked for his seditious ‘cut Assam from India’, serial blasts have rocked Assam early morning on India’s 71st Republic Day. Multiple grenade explosions took place in Assam on Sunday. Four blasts have reportedly taken place in upper Assam, two in Dibrugarh district, one in Sonari and another in Duliajan near the Police station.

The first explosion was reported to have taken place at near NH 37 at Graham Bazaar in Dibrugarh district in the morning hours. The other was reported near a Gurudwara in Dibrugarh.

Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahant has said that investigation into the blasts has begun. “We have received the information about the explosion in Dibrugarh. An investigation has begun, it is being probed that who is involved in this,” said Assam DGP. The local police have reached the spot. Details of casualties are awaited.

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The incident comes days after viral video of The Wire columnist and Shaheen Bagh roadblock mastermind Sharjeel Imam went viral where he had asked Muslims of the country to break India by cutting of North-east from the rest of the country. “Our main aim is to permanently cut Assam and North-east India from rest of India,” he could be heard saying in the video.

In his video, Sharjeel Imam had added, “If 5 lakhs Muslims are organised then we can cut the North-east from rest of India. If we cannot do permanently, at least we can cut North-east from India for months”.

Further, Sharjeel Imam who is also a columnist with The Wire and mastermind of Shaheen Bagh protests had said, “Our responsibility is to cut the Assam from India then Govt will hear our voice. If we have to help the Assam then we will have to cut the Assam from rest of India”.

Sharjeel Imam is the main mastermind and coordinater of the Shaheen Bagh protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Interestingly, earlier, ‘Jinnah Wali Azadi’ slogans were raised at Shaheen Bagh which also pointed towards the main agenda of these anti-CAA protests, specifically at Shaheen Bagh, is the second partition of India.

WEF at Davos ends, Rahul Kanwal fails to get an interview from Greta Thunberg despite his public request

Rahul Kanwal failed to get an interview with Greta Thunberg despite public appeal on Twitter

As World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos concluded, India Today’s Rahul Kanwal failed to get an interview from climate change alarmist Greta Thunberg despite his public appeal to her.

On 21st January, Kanwal had tweeted to Thunberg and requested for an interview with her on the sidelines of the WEF. He had requested Thunberg to send him a direct message (DM) if she’d be keen on the interview. However, it seems Thunberg wasn’t too keen on the interview.

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Kanwal’s tweet to Thunberg got many netizens to respond with many cautioning her jokingly that should she agree to the interview, it may be broadcast as a ‘sting’ operation.

While others upped their meme games with Thunberg’s ‘how dare you’ gif.

Others also had helpful suggestions for Thunberg.

Netizens were also quick to pick up the pun on ‘setting up interview’ in Kanwal’s tweet.

Meanwhile, NDTV has claimed that Thunberg replied to a question put up by their journalist. NDTV has claimed that with respect to a question put up by NDTV journalist on climate change in India, Thunberg asked Indians to ‘listen to science’. US President Donald Trump, while dismissing the ‘pessimism of alarmists’ urged people to reject ‘prophets of doom’ like Thunberg and other activists.

Coronavirus: The deadly epidemic that originated in Wuhan, China

Coronavirus

The outbreak of coronavirus in China and its eventual spread to other nations have created a situation of panic and medical emergency. The virus causes respiratory infection.

Early symptoms include fever and dry cough. It eventually causes shortness of breath. The most disturbing fact is that there is no available cure or vaccine available at this time.

Impact on China

The death toll has already reached a staggering number of 41 in China alone. There have been more than 1300 confirmed cases of contravirus exposure. Most patients are between 55-87 years old. As such, many tourist places have been shut down and festivities cancelled.

Most affected is the Wuhan city, where the virus outbreak was first reported. Along with Wuhan, the Chinese authorities have locked down 18 cities in the country to prevent the virus from spreading. All flights, trains and other modes of transportation going out these cities have been suspended, meaning people in these places can’t leave the cities.

This had prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to issue guidelines to prevent exposure to the virus and its further transmission. The organization is now closely monitoring the situation along with the Chinese authorities.

Schools have been shut down for two weeks in Hong Kong. Advisories have been released by the city officials to stay at home and contain the spread of the virus. Bus services have been suspended in Enshi while the railway station has been closed for public use in Ezhou.

Hospitals have been jampacked and pharmacies are running short of medicines. Chinese media outlets have claimed that a 1,000-bed hospital will become fully functional within 6 days.

It is now being speculated that the origin of the virus may be linked to China’s discreet Biological Warfare program.

Global Impact

The impact of coronavirus is not limited to China. There are three confirmed cases in France, Singapore, and Japan. Two cases have been reported in the United States, Vietnam, and South Korea. Taiwan and Nepal have reported one case each.

Thailand has five confirmed patients who have been exposed to the deadly virus.  Australia has also confirmed many cases in Sydney and Melbourne. Canada and the United Kingdom are also investigating suspected cases.

Due to only a handful of cases outside China, WHO has not classified Coronavirus as an “international emergency.”

Real-Time Tracking

A real-time tracking tool has been built by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering. People can track the cities that have fallen victim to the outbreak. The site uses data from WHO and centers for disease control in Europe, USA, and China.

India’s Preparedness

Roughly, 23000 Indian students are currently studying in China, and a considerable number among them are at the Wuhan Medical University. The cost of treatment has run up to 1 million yuan (1 Cr Indian rupees) for Maheshwari, an Indian working at a primary school teacher in Shenzhen.

India is gearing up to face the dangers of the outbreak. There are now a total of 19 airports wherein passengers are being screened for coronavirus. Now, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has provisions for a separate ward to contain the spread of the deadly disease.

Padma Awards announced: Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, George Fernandes awarded Padma Vibhushan posthumously

Ahead of the 71st Republic Day, the government of India has released the list of Padma Awardees who will be conferred with amongst the highest civilian awards later this year by the President of India.

As per the list released by the government, the President, this year, has approved conferment of 141 Padma Awards including 4 duo cases (one award is given to two persons). The list includes 7 Padma Vibhushan, 16 Padma Bhushan and 118 Padma Shri Awards.

Out of 141 awardees, 34 are women and the list also includes 18 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI and 12 posthumous awardees.

Padma Vibhushan(7) 

Sl NoNameFieldState/Country
1.Shri George Fernandes (Posthumous)Public AffairsBihar
2.Shri Arun Jaitley (Posthumous)Public AffairsDelhi
3.Sir Anerood Jugnauth GCSKPublic AffairsMauritius
4.Smt. M. C. Mary KomSportsManipur
5.Shri Chhannulal MishraArtUttar Pradesh
6.Smt. Sushma Swaraj (Posthumous)Public AffairsDelhi
7.Sri Vishveshateertha Swamiji Sri Pejavara      Adhokhaja Matha Udupi (Posthumous)Others-SpiritualismKarnataka

Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and George Fernandes have been bestowed with Padma Vibhushan posthumously for their exceptional contribution in the field of Political Affairs. Renowned boxer Mary Kom has also been included in the list of Padma Vibhushan awardees.

Padma Bhushan (16)

Sl NoNameFieldState/Country
8.Shri M. Mumtaz Ali (Sri M)Others-SpiritualismKerala
9.Shri Syed Muazzem Ali (Posthumous)Public AffairsBangladesh
10.Shri Muzaffar Hussain BaigPublic AffairsJammu and Kashmir
11.Shri Ajoy ChakravortyArtWest Bengal
12.Shri Manoj DasLiterature and EducationPuducherry
13.Shri Balkrishna DoshiOthers-ArchitectureGujarat
14.Ms. Krishnammal JagannathanSocial WorkTamil Nadu
15.Shri S. C. JamirPublic AffairsNagaland
16.Shri Anil Prakash JoshiSocial WorkUttarakhand
17.Dr. Tsering LandolMedicineLadakh
18.Shri Anand MahindraTrade and IndustryMaharashtra
19.Shri Neelakanta Ramakrishna Madhava Menon (Posthumous)Public AffairsKerala
20.Shri Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar (Posthumous)Public AffairsGoa
21.Prof. Jagdish ShethLiterature and EducationUSA
22.Ms. P. V. SindhuSportsTelangana
23.Shri Venu SrinivasanTrade and IndustryTamil Nadu

Mumtaz Ali, Syed Muazzem Ali, Muzzaffar Husain Baig, Business tycoon Anand Mahindra, ace badminton champion P.V Sindhu are amongst those who are finalised for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award.

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Padma Shri (118)

Sl NoNameFieldState/Country
24.Guru Shashadhar AcharyaArtJharkhand
25.Dr. Yogi AeronMedicineUttarakhand
26.Shri Jai Prakash AgarwalTrade and IndustryDelhi
27.Shri Jagdish Lal AhujaSocial WorkPunjab
28.Kazi Masum AkhtarLiterature and EducationWest Bengal
29.Ms. Gloria ArieiraLiterature and EducationBrazil
30.Khan Zaheerkhan BakhtiyarkhanSportsMaharashtra
31.Dr. Padmavathy BandopadhyayMedicineUttar Pradesh
32.Dr. Sushovan BanerjeeMedicineWest Bengal
33.Dr. Digambar BeheraMedicineChandigarh
34.Dr. Damayanti BeshraLiterature and EducationOdisha
35.Shri Pawar Popatrao BhagujiSocial WorkMaharashtra
36.Shri Himmata Ram BhambhuSocial WorkRajasthan
37.Shri Sanjeev BikhchandaniTrade and IndustryUttar Pradesh
38.Shri Gafurbhai M. BilakhiaTrade and IndustryGujarat
39.Shri Bob BlackmanPublic AffairsUnited Kingdom
40.Ms. Indira P. P. BoraArtAssam
41.Shri Madan Singh ChauhanArtChhattisgarh
42.Ms. Usha ChaumarSocial WorkRajasthan
43.Shri Lil Bahadur ChettriLiterature and EducationAssam
44.Ms. Lalitha & Ms. Saroja Chidambaram (Duo)*ArtTamil Nadu
45.Dr. Vajira ChitrasenaArtSri Lanka
46.Dr. Purushottam DadheechArtMadhya Pradesh
47.Shri Utsav Charan DasArtOdisha
48.Prof. Indra Dassanayake (Posthumous)Literature and EducationSri Lanka
49.Shri H. M. DesaiLiterature and EducationGujarat
50.Shri Manohar DevadossArtTamil Nadu
51.Ms. Oinam Bembem DeviSportsManipur
52.Ms. Lia DiskinSocial WorkBrazil
53.Shri M. P. GaneshSportsKarnataka
54.Dr. Bangalore GangadharMedicineKarnataka
55.Dr. Raman GangakhedkarScience and EngineeringMaharashtra
56.Shri Barry GardinerPublic AffairsUnited Kingdom
57.Shri Chewang Motup GobaTrade and IndustryLadakh
58.Shri Bharat GoenkaTrade and IndustryKarnataka
59.Shri Yadla GopalaraoArtAndhra Pradesh
60.Shri Mitrabhanu GountiaArtOdisha
61.Ms. Tulasi GowdaSocial WorkKarnataka
62.Shri Sujoy K. GuhaScience and EngineeringBihar
63.Shri Harekala HajabbaSocial WorkKarnataka
64.Shri Enamul HaqueOthers-ArchaeologyBangladesh
65.Shri Madhu Mansuri HasmukhArtJharkhand
66.Shri Abdul Jabbar (Posthumous)Social WorkMadhya Pradesh
67.Shri Bimal Kumar JainSocial WorkBihar
68.Ms. Meenakshi JainLiterature and EducationDelhi
69.Shri Nemnath JainTrade and IndustryMadhya Pradesh
70.Ms. Shanti JainArtBihar
71.Shri Sudhir JainScience and EngineeringGujarat
72.Shri Benichandra JamatiaLiterature and EducationTripura
73.Shri K. V. Sampath Kumar & Ms. Vidushi Jayalakshmi K.S. (Duo)*Literature and Education-JournalismKarnataka
74.Shri Karan JoharArtMaharashtra
75.Dr. Leela JoshiMedicineMadhya Pradesh
76.Ms. Sarita JoshiArtMaharashtra
77.Shri C. KamlovaLiterature and EducationMizoram
78.Dr. Ravi Kannan R.MedicineAssam
79.Ms. Ekta KapoorArtMaharashtra
80.Shri Yazdi Naoshirwan KaranjiaArtGujarat
81.Shri Narayan J. Joshi KarayalLiterature and EducationGujarat
82.Dr. Narindar Nath KhannaMedicineUttar Pradesh
83.Shri Naveen KhannaScience and EngineeringDelhi
84.Shri S. P. KothariLiterature and EducationUSA
85.Shri V. K. Munusamy KrishnapaktharArtPuducherry
86.Shri M. K. KunjolSocial WorkKerala
87.Shri Manmohan Mahapatra (Posthumous)ArtOdisha
88.Ustad Anwar Khan MangniyarArtRajasthan
89.Shri Kattungal Subramaniam ManilalScience and EngineeringKerala
90.Shri Munna MasterArtRajasthan
91.Prof. Abhiraj Rajendra MishraLiterature and EducationHimachal Pradesh
92.Ms. Binapani MohantyLiterature and EducationOdisha
93.Dr. Arunoday MondalMedicineWest Bengal
94.Dr. Prithwindra MukherjeeLiterature and EducationFrance
95.Shri Sathyanarayan MundayoorSocial WorkArunachal Pradesh
96.Shri Manilal NagArtWest Bengal
97.Shri N. Chandrasekharan NairLiterature and EducationKerala
98.Dr. Tetsu Nakamura (Posthumous)Social WorkAfghanistan
99.Shri Shiv Datt NirmohiLiterature and EducationJammu and Kashmir
100.Shri Pu Lalbiakthanga PachuauLiterature and Education-JournalismMizoram
101.Ms. Moozhikkal PankajakshiArtKerala
102.Dr. Prasanta Kumar PattanaikLiterature and EducationUSA
103.Shri Jogendra Nath PhukanLiterature and EducationAssam
104.Ms. Rahibai Soma PopereOthers-AgricultureMaharashtra
105.Shri Yogesh PraveenLiterature and EducationUttar Pradesh
106.Shri Jitu RaiSportsUttar Pradesh
107.Shri Tarundeep RaiSportsSikkim
108.Shri S. RamakrishnanSocial WorkTamil Nadu
109.Ms. Rani RampalSportsHaryana
110.Ms. Kangana RanautArtMaharashtra
111.Shri Dalavai Chalapathi RaoArtAndhra Pradesh
112.Shri Shahbuddin RathodLiterature and EducationGujarat
113.Shri Kalyan Singh RawatSocial WorkUttarakhand
114.Shri Chintala Venkat ReddyOthers-AgricultureTelangana
115.Smt. (Dr.) Shanti RoyMedicineBihar
116.Shri Radhammohan & Ms. Sabarmatee (Duo)Others-AgricultureOdisha
117.Shri Batakrushna SahooOthers-Animal HusbandryOdisha
118.Ms. Trinity SaiooOthers-AgricultureMeghalaya
119.Shri Adnan SamiArtMaharashtra
120.Shri Vijay SankeshwarTrade and IndustryKarnataka
121.Dr. Kushal Konwar SarmaMedicineAssam
122.Shri Sayed Mehboob Shah Qadri alias SayedbhaiSocial WorkMaharashtra
123.Shri Mohammed SharifSocial WorkUttar Pradesh
124.Shri Shyam Sunder SharmaArtBihar
125.Dr. Gurdip SinghMedicineGujarat
126.Shri Ramjee SinghSocial WorkBihar
127.Shri Vashishtha Narayan Singh (Posthumous)Science and EngineeringBihar
128.Shri Daya Prakash SinhaArtUttar Pradesh
129.Dr. Sandra Desa SouzaMedicineMaharashtra
130.Shri Vijayasarathi SribhashyamLiterature and EducationTelangana
131.Smt. Kalee Shabi Mahaboob & Shri Sheik Mahaboob Subani (Duo)ArtTamil Nadu
132.Shri Javed Ahmad TakSocial WorkJammu and Kashmir
133.Shri Pradeep ThalappilScience and EngineeringTamil Nadu
134.Shri Yeshe Dorjee ThongchiLiterature and EducationArunachal Pradesh
135.Shri Robert ThurmanLiterature and EducationUSA
136.Shri Agus Indra UdayanaSocial WorkIndonesia
137.Shri Harish Chandra VermaScience and EngineeringUttar Pradesh
138.Shri Sundaram VermaSocial WorkRajasthan
139.Dr. Romesh Tekchand WadhwaniTrade and IndustryUSA
140.Shri Suresh WadkarArtMaharashtra
141.Shri Prem WatsaTrade and IndustryCanada

In line with the previous years Padma Awards after the Narendra Modi government came to power, not so well-known commoners have also been included alongside prominent personalities in the list of Padma awards. Jagdish Lal Ahuja, Javed Ahmad Tak, Satyanayana Mundayoor, S Ramakrishna and Yogi Aeron are some of the commoners who have awarded for their extraordinary work in the field of social work.

Jagdish Lal Ahuja, affectionately called as ‘Langar Baba’, is being awarded for “selflessly organising langars for 500 plus poor patients daily for over two decades”. He also helps patients with financial aid and provides blankets and clothes to them.

Another commoner, Javed Ahmad Tak, who hails from Anantnag in Kashmir and is wheel-chair ridden, has been selflessly helping specially-abled children for two decades for their integration and assimilation in mainstream life.

Bollywood celebrities-Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut have also been included in the list of Padma Shri award recipients.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Padma awardees, saying they include extraordinary people. “The awardees include extraordinary individuals who have made exceptional contributions to our society, nation and humanity,” he tweeted.

These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/April every year.

Congress candidate booked in Seelampur riots backs Shaheen Bagh-like anti-CAA protests in Seelampur, makes it poll issue

Congress candidate supports Shaheen Bagh-like sit-in protest in Seelampur
Sit-in protest at Seelampur(Source: Twitter)

In yet another anti-CAA demonstration backed by the Congress party, women in Delhi’s Seelampur have been sitting on a protest march since the past eight days in opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act, NRC and NPR.

According to the reports, the law enforcement agency officials decamped the women from the place at least thrice but most of them have returned back to continue their protest, claiming they are doing so under the aegis of the Congress candidate Chaudhary Mateen Ahmed.

Seelampur is a Muslim-dominated area with more than 50 per cent of residents Muslims. Former Congress MLA Mateen Ahmed has centred his upcoming assembly election strategy around the opposition to the CAA-NRC and has extended his support to the protesters who are carrying out a sit-in at in the Seelampur locality.

Earlier on January 12, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor too had expressed his support for the anti-CAA stir happening across the National Capital. He visited Jamia, Shaheen Bagh and expressed his solidarity with the demonstrators while resorting to fear-mongering by claiming that CAA is discriminatory against the Indian Muslims.

With Congress candidate allegedly supporting and promoting Shaheen Bagh-like protest in a sensitive area like Seelampur, it is proven beyond doubt that Congress is aiming to encash electoral gains in the upcoming Delhi elections by raising the bogey of CAA-NRC and engendering unwarranted fear among the Muslim residents.

It is also noteworthy to mention that Congress leader Mateen Ahmed was earlier named in the FIR filed in relations to riots in Seelampur during anti-CAA protests. Seelampur had been on tenterhooks following the widespread violence in the aftermath of the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act last month. On December 17, 2019, coordinated anti-CAA riots ensued after the mosque in the neighbourhood summoned Muslims to gather for the protest against the CAA.

Chaudhary Mateen Ahmed

According to police, Mateen was among the two leaders provoked the crowd to join the protest. The police FIR had said that an uncontrolled crowd had joined the unauthorised protests on the provocation of the Congress leader. A bike rally led by Mateen Ahmed had joined the protesters who had indulged in riots, according to police. He had continued to led the rally despite police asking him not to do so, as it was feared that the protests may turn violent.

Muslim mobs carried out violent riots in Seelampur area of Delhi during their protests against the Citizenship Act. The violent protestors had even attacked school buses in Delhi’s Seelampur area. The rioters were also seen beating up policemen.

Later, the police had to resort to tear gas after the so-called ‘peaceful protestors’ pelted stones at them, injuring police officials including Additional DCP RP Meena. A Police post was also set on fire by the mob along with police and private motorcycles. The mob reportedly taunted the policemen to run after them following which they pelted stones at them.

Here are four incidents at Shaheen Bagh that show the true Jihadi nature of anti-caa protests, if riots weren’t proof enough

Latest poster from Shaheen Bagh confirms that CAA ‘protests’ is about Islamist supremacy and Hinduphobia: Here is why
Shaheen Bagh protests

The anti-CAA protests, especially at Shaheen Bagh, which began as a peaceful protest has now crossed all the boundaries as it turns out to be another typical left-wing managed anti-India event. The anti-CAA riots, which initially turned communal, manifested through anti-Hindu posters have now taken an anti-India turn with protestors openly batting for secession from India.

In just last week, many events have unfolded which indicates that the anti-CAA protests were just a facade for anti-India elements to create chaos and anarchy to further their secessionist agenda on the streets of the country.

Initially, the liberal-secular media had hoped that the earlier anti-CAA protests in December, despite being violent in nature, could start a fresh wave of revolution and chaos to bring the Modi government to its knees. The media ecosystem backed these ultra-left wing cadres and Muslim mobs while turning a blind eye towards the riots they unleashed.

However, the violent protests that had erupted across the country in December had not only failed to put pressure on the government but also miserably floundered to garner enough public support.

With nowhere to go, the Muslim mobs backed by the left-wing cadres and media now decided to seize one of the strategic lines of communications in Delhi – Shaheen Bagh to create disorder on the streets of the national capital to garner global attention.

Read- It’s official: Endgame of Shaheen Bagh protest is second partition of India. Listen to what mastermind and The Wire columnist says

Nevertheless, the masks of the so-called protestors and intellectuals who backed the anti-CAA riots are now falling off. The sinister plot behind the staged event at Shaheen Bagh ‘protests’ is now out in the open.

Here are the incidents that have transpired at Shaheen Bagh in the last few days which have now exposed the nefarious designs of anti-India forces and Jihadi elements.

Hinduphobic propaganda by Islamists of Shaheen Bagh:

Following the failure of violent protests perpetrated by the Muslim mobs on the streets of Delhi and Jamia Millia Islamia University, few women belonging to Muslim community sat on a protest at Shaheen Bagh, blocked a bus stop and a highway causing severe problems to the public of Delhi.

Shaheen Bagh protests, which were initially passed off as an organic protest in a bid to ‘save the constitution’ began to turn into a blatantly communal event. It was earlier reported that the Muslim mobs had shouted pro-Pakistan and Hinduphobic slogans like “Jinnah Wali Azadi”, demanding another partition of the country.

Read- The make-believe world of Shaheen Bagh protests will come down crashing: Here is why

Later, another Hinduphobic poster came up at the protest site in which the Hindu Swastika was depicted wrongfully which shown crushed, and Hindu women were shown in Burkha.

These Hinduphobic posters and chanting of slogans “Jinnah Wali Azadi” had exposed the claims of “liberal-secular” media who were insisting that these protests peaceful and spontaneous in nature.

Secessionist agenda at Shaheen Bagh and Sharjeel Imam:

The Shaheen Bagh protests which started as a one-day protest against the CAA continues till today. In a Republic TV sting, it was exposed that its organiser Sharjeel Imam had confessed that the whole idea of Shaheen Bagh protests was to block traffic for one day to garner the attention of global media.

The protestors with active support from the media got emboldened and tried to create furthermore nuisance to the residents of the Delhi by occupying streets, highways and bus stop.

Read- Shaheen Bagh protests: Deep dive into how JNU ‘student’ and The Wire columnist Sharjeel Imam went from ‘let us burn Constitution’ to ‘saving it’

The anti-CAA protests slowly turned into communal as Hinduphobic and anti-India slogans began to appear on the streets of Delhi. The expose of videos of Sharjeel Imam, the chief co-ordinator of Shaheen Bagh protests, in which he calls for secessionist agenda and urges Muslims to cut North-east from the rest of the country further exposed the real intentions behind the anti-CAA protests.

“If 5 lakhs Muslims are organised then we can cut the North-east from rest of India. If we cannot do permanently, at least we can cut North-east from India for months. Our responsibility is to cut the Assam from India then Govt will hear our voice. If we have to help the Assam then we will have to cut the Assam from rest of India,” said Sharjeel Imam while instigating Muslims in Shaheen Bagh.

In an exclusive OpIndia expose, we had reported how the protests at Shaheen Bagh in the name of saving the constitution are being organised by people who had planned to burn the Constitution.

On December 31, OpIndia had published screenshots of a WhatsApp conversation where Sharjeel Imam had said that he would prefer to burn the constitution, as burning the 1500 page Ayodhya judgement would be difficult. He had said this while planning protests after the historic Ram Mandir verdict was given by the Supreme Court.

Sharjeel Imam is a PhD scholar from JNU who was earlier caught discussing regarding burning the constitution one day ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the long-contested Ram Janmabhooomi-Babri Masjid dispute. Moreover, a video was posted by Facebook group ‘Muslim Students of JNU’ on 14 December 2019 – a day ahead of the Shaheen Bagh protests telling the crowds to block the roads of Delhi. He was seen instigating Muslims saying ‘Don’t Muslims even have that much in them to shut down cities of north India?’

With that expose of real intentions behind Shaheen Bagh protests, beyond any doubt, it was established that the anti-CAA protests, especially at the Shaheen Bagh, which had earlier turned rampantly communal, was now at the brink of pushing dangerous secessionist agenda aiming for a second partition.

Assault by anti-CAA mob on Journalist Deepak Chaurasia and other journalists:

Left-wing cadres and anti-CAA mob have attacked journalists several times, especially the ground reporters ever since the sinister propaganda of these so-called ‘liberal-secular’ brigade were exposed by these scribes.

In a similar incident on Friday, consulting Editor of News Nation Deepak Chaurasia was attacked by a mob at Shaheen Bagh on Friday during their so-called ‘protest’ against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Doordarshan reporter Nitendra Singh and their team of camera persons were also manhandled by a group of protesters at the site and physically prevented from discharging their journalistic duties.

Read- Journalists lay the groundwork for ‘tactical retreat’ of Shaheen Bagh protests: Here are the possible reasons

The mobsters, who had almost lynched Deepak Chaurasia, have always found inspiration from a few award-winning ‘journalists’, who are close to the Congress ecosystem. The elitism of some of these old-guard Lutyens ‘journalists’, who often condescendingly refer to the small-time and independent reporters as ‘Godi media’ has inspired these mobsters to bay their blood as they constantly exposed their agenda in the public.

The Muslim mobs at Shaheen Bagh, who are being exposed day-after-day for all their dangerous anti-India and anti-Hindu propaganda seems to be frustrated and are attacking the ‘journalists’ out of desperation to bully and threaten others who are exposing their sinister secessionist propaganda.

Muslim mob attacks on Kashmiri Pandits on 30th anniversary of the genocide:

One of the most ironical events that took place at Shaheen Bagh was Islamists and left-wing propagandists joining hands to remember the 30th anniversary of the greatest tragedies in the history of the country – The Kashmiri Pandit genocide.

The ‘Jashn-e-Shaheen’ programme was organised by certain dolt individuals, who claimed themselves to be Kashmiri Pandits, to remember the tragic event. The ‘protestors’ had even invited Kashmiri Pandits to attend the programme. However, anti-CAA protesters attacked the Kashmiri Pandits at Shaheen Bagh on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley.

Upon hearing about the programme, Kashmiri Pandits had made up their minds to visit the site in order to demand that they support their right to return as well. When Kashmiri Pandits reached the place and started raising slogans of ‘Justice for Kashmiri Pandits’,  Muslim protesters attacked Kashmiri Pandits.

The Muslim protesters were reportedly upset with the slogans chanted by the Pandits and argument erupted between the groups which soon escalated into a fisticuff. One Muslim protester told the other group that ‘the entire country wants justice, why only for Kashmiri Pandits?’

A day later, an event commemorating the 30 years of exodus of Kashmiri Hindus organised at Hindu College of Delhi University was disrupted by left-wing goons, who didn’t allow a girl student Deepika Sharma from reading a letter by a former student belonging to a Kashmiri Pandit family.

Read- If we talk about Kashmir Hindus exodus, we are labeled Islamophobe: DU student who was shouted down by left-wing goons

The so-called ‘anti-CAA protests’ at the Shaheen Bagh which was supposed to be a ‘peaceful protest’ never turned out to be one. Instead, it became another platform for the ultra left-wing secessionists and Islamists to push their anti-India agenda and create anarchy in the country ahead of the Delhi elections.

Interestingly, all the mentioned incidents never made it to any mainstream media, which explains the dangerous nexus between the media ecosystem and the anti-India brigade that exists in the country.

With Sharjeel Imam, the mastermind of the Shaheen Bagh openly admitting that the real intention of the protests is to divide the country and to seek another partition by separating north-east from the rest of the country, the arguments by certain section of the media that the protests are peaceful and organic, intended to fight the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act does not hold any value.

From The Wire to everything else, the Anatomy of an Islamist: Into the mind of Sharjeel Imam, mastermind of Shaheen Bagh

The Anatomy of an Islamist: Into the mind of Sharjeel Imam, the Radical Muslim behind the Shaheen Bagh protests
Sharjeel Imam - The Islamist

The EndGame of the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act has become evident after the mastermind of the Shaheen Bagh protests revealed his intentions of cutting off the North East from the rest of India. Sharjeel Imam, the mastermind, also happens to be a columnist at The Wire. If one had read his eulogy of Jinnah that was published on The Wire, then he or she wouldn’t have been surprised with the path he has chosen for himself.

Sharjeel Imam can be heard saying in the viral video, “If five lakh Muslims are organized then we can cut off the North-east from the rest of India. If we cannot do so permanently, then at least we can do it for months. Our responsibility is to cut Assam from India, only then will the Government will hear our voice. If we have to help Assam then we will have to cut Assam from the rest of India.”

More disturbingly, he speaks of isolating Northeast India by blocking the Chicken’s Neck. The Chicken’s Neck is a narrow stretch of land of about 22 kilometres located in West Bengal, that connects the northeastern states to the rest of India, with Nepal and Bangladesh lying on either side of the corridor. Thus, Sharjeel has made his intentions very clear, he wants a Civil War in the country and ultimately, another partition.

Before we speak of his article published on The Wire, we need to focus on some of the extremely problematic posts he has made on Facebook. It would give our readers some clue into how Sharjeel Imam thinks. First, there’s the usual apologia for Yakub Memon and Afzal Guru that we have come to expect from Radical Muslims. According to them, executing two dreaded Islamic terrorists is valid grounds for Muslims to lose their faith in the country.

Source: Sharjeel Imam’s Facebook profile

Then, there is the justification for the Pulwama Terror Attack. Again, while it is true that sensible people would find this rhetoric extremely troubling, the justification for terrorism is a regular feature of the mainstream media. And Sharjeel Imam, here, is no different. He also accuses the USA, Israel and India of Islamophobia because the three countries are not willing to entertain justifications for terrorism.

Source: Sharjeel Imam’s Facebook profile

With regards to the ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, Sharjeel’s rhetoric is akin to the rhetoric peddled by the likes of Shehla Rashid and others who have continuously prevented ‘secular’ parties from claiming that these are ‘secular’ protests. Like others, Sharjeel, too, exhorts Muslims to stop liberals from ‘hijacking’ what are essentially Muslim protests.

Source: Sharjeel Imam’s Facebook Profile

Now, we shall elaborate on the really problematic aspects of his ideology. It is pertinent to mention here that Sharjeel Imam is a student of Modern Indian History at Jawaharlal Nehru University. The most concerning aspect of his ideology is the fact that he places Jinnah in the context of India in the 21st century. He says about Jinnah, “The more I read Jinnah Papers, the more I realize that almost all of Jinnah’s political career was spent as the leader of a minority community, organising the community against odds, and against what he considered as the Hindu revivalist forces of his time, which intended to monopolize power after British left.”

Source: Sharjeel Imam’s Facebook Profile

Sharjeel continues, “Seventy years later, the Muslims and other minorities of India know too well what he meant. In other words, Jinnah who was an Indian Muslim for the first 71 of the 72 years of his life, is infinitely more relevant for the besieged Indian Muslim minority than for Pakistani Muslims. In very specific ways, as an Indian Muslim politician fighting for minority rights, his methods, his arguments, his successes and his failures are lessons for us.”

Sharjeel Imam goes on to assert that Indian Muslims should study Jinnah in order to understand the myth of ‘Secular Congress’. This is extremely problematic rhetoric. Sharjeel hasn’t limited himself to praising Jinnah in the manner in which Mani Shankar Aiyar of the Congress party praises Jinnah. From his portrayal of Jinnah, it is clear that he wants Indian Muslims to emulate Jinnah and seize power in the country.

Read: “An enemy community was foisted upon the Muslims after Independence”: Shaheen Bagh mastermind Sharjeel Imam reveals real-agenda behind CAA protests

Where his thoughts about Jinnah become really clear is his article published on The Wire. From his eulogy of Jinnah on The Wire, it is evident that Sharjeel does not find any fault with Jinnah’s conduct that led to the partition of the country. He does not even believe that partition was necessarily a bad thing. He says, “In order to demystify Jinnah and to resolve such contradictions, a fuller discussion of Partition should have been a part of our educational setup. However, it has been made impossible to know such a historic figure by attributing violence of Partition to him. This as an attempt by Congress to hide its failures to accommodate the genuine Muslim demands and aspirations for political proportional representation.”

Sharjeel did not stop there of course. He says that the ‘questions’ raised by Jinnah “are just the starting point of a larger debate which will inevitably take place again and again, as the situation of Indian Muslims is made to worsen.” He believes that Jinnah led a righteous struggle to protect Indian Muslims from Hindu rule. Also, Sharjeel goes to great lengths to prove that Jinnah was a leader of Indian Muslims. He says, “Indian Muslims, despite having been indoctrinated for generations now, retain some memory of Partition and Jinnah. For many of them, Jinnah is the author of Partition and yet one of the greatest leaders of “Muslim India” in the last century, who made the Muslim League into a national party by mobilising millions of Muslims across British India.”

He states further, “Jinnah’s communalism is positive communalism as discussed above, and need not be understood through the contemporary meaning of the word. He did not believe that India was a nation, as is shown by the frequent use of the term ‘continent’ as well as ‘subcontinent’. He was merely representing one community in this grand ocean of communities, and in this process, he was trying to secure rights for all numerically inferior communities.”

Read: It’s official: Endgame of Shaheen Bagh protest is second partition of India. Listen to what mastermind and The Wire columnist says

Sharjeel adds, “Jinnah argued that it does not matter if we are 15% or 25%, unless we receive safeguards, they have all the resources to monopolise power. In other words, the Muslim majority provinces chose to secede rather than stay in a Hindu-dominated centralised India, as they saw no other option. Hence Partition is not their responsibility, it is their compulsion by the conditions created by Congress.”

Lastly, according to Sharjeel, “Jinnah raised questions which are still relevant. As the largest religious minority in the world, Indian Muslims, are one of the major victims of majoritarian democracy. It is the political struggle of these hundreds of millions of besieged Muslims which will define the meaning of plural democracy for the coming centuries.” He ends the article with the words, “The AMU portrait of Jinnah must not go. If anything, we need thousands more.”

Thus, it is fairly obvious by now that Sharjeel Imam wishes to replicate what Jinnah achieved in 1947. It is also clear that he considers Jinnah as an Indian Muslim who became disillusioned with politics in the country and thus embarked upon a righteous quest to partition India along religious lines. What’s really troubling here is the fact that a widely read Indian media outlet provided a platform to such an individual to spread his propaganda.

Questions must be asked about the mainstream media and intellectual elite who have provided cover to such individuals to run their propaganda. It also shows that the liberal class can be fooled by a Jihadi if he is good enough with words. The manner in which Sharjeel has eulogized Jinnah and portrayed his Jihad against India as a righteous struggle to protect the interests of Muslims should have been the first sign that he is an extremely dangerous individual. However, since he was able to cloak his bigotry in fanciful words, Sharjeel was given great respect by the liberal fraternity. It only serves to demonstrate how gullible the liberal establishment is.

Furthermore, the liberal establishment should at least now stop to reconsider the danger that their rhetoric poses to peace in the country. The love for Jinnah, the justifications for Islamic Terrorism in Kashmir, the whitewashing of Yakub Memon and Afzal Guru, liberals should at least now realize that they are only furthering the interests of Radical Islam by peddling such extremely dubious rhetoric. The liberal establishment should also realize what their whitewashing of history and peddling narratives of Islamophobia without any shred of evidence has led to. It has led to a situation where dangerous individuals like Sharjeel Islam are using the cover their rhetoric provides in order to further the cause of Radical Islam.

Read: ‘Jinnah wali Azadi’ slogans raised at Shaheen Bagh: The true face of anti-CAA protests and what these slogans mean

It is also pertinent to mention here that Sharjeel Imam’s rhetoric eulogizing Jinnah is textbook Pakistani propaganda. He is regurgitating the propaganda points that the Pakistani establishment makes. Sharjeel doesn’t once refer to the genocides that were committed by the Muslims in their pursuit of Pakistan, he doesn’t once mention the call for ‘Direct Action Day’ that led to the slaughter of innumerable Hindus. He conveniently ignores the genocide of Bengali Hindus that Pakistan committed in 1971. All of this was Jinnah’s tree yielding fruits. And yet, Sharjeel doesn’t once refer to them and continues to whitewash his legacy while demonizing the Congress party.

There is a certain kind of truth that only radicals like Sharjeel Imam are capable of saying. It is the king of truth that liberals try to whitewash for the cause of ‘secularism’. Where Sharjeel Imam really distinguished himself, prior to his recent call for civil war, is when he declared in a Facebook post that Muslims did not choose India due to ideals of ‘secularism’. He said, and it is true, that Muslims remained in India due to their property and other reasons.

Source: Sharjeel Imam’s Facebook Profile

The above Facebook post from September 2019 is the biggest slap on the face of the likes of Asaduddin Owaisi who like to boast about how they chose ‘secular’ India over Islamic Pakistan. Imagine if a BJP politician had said such a thing. The entire liberal establishment would have nailed him to a cross. And here we have Sharjeel Imam who is provided a platform by The Wire and the liberal establishment which have helped the mastermind of the Shaheen Bagh protests at every turn by painting these protests as ‘secular’ and about saving the constitution.

Sharjeel Imam has also flaunted the fact that Indian Muslims cheer for the Pakistan cricket team. He sees nothing wrong with it and, in fact, exhorts Muslims to not be on the defensive about it. Most conspicuously, however, he says that growing up, he had great knowledge about Saeed Answar but did not have much idea about Saurav Ganguly. He asks his audience to figure out the reason behind it.

Source: Sharjeel Imam’s Facebook Profile

The evidence of his bigotry is abundant in his Facebook posts. In another Facebook post, Sharjeel denigrates Idol-Worship and calls it ‘Shirk’. He also insults polytheism, the form of religiosity most Hindus subscribe to, by using it as an insult. He equates atheism, secularism, humanism, even nationalism, to Shirk.

Source: Sharjeel Imam’s Facebook Profile

Thus, what is clear from Sharjeel Imam’s Facebook posts and his eulogy of Jinnah is that he doesn’t see any difference between Pakistani and Indian Muslims. He equates Nationalism to ‘Shirk’ because the Ummah transcends national boundaries. He asks Indian Muslims to not be ashamed of celebrating Pakistan’s cricket team because he believes it is natural for Indian Muslims to identify themselves more with Pakistan than with India. In fact, he encourages Indian Muslims to feel that way. At the most fundamental level, Sharjeel Imam sees Jinnah as an Indian Muslim who revolted against Hindus in order to create the Islamic State of Pakistan. He sees Jinnah’s Jihad as a righteous struggle for the protection of Muslim interests and he believes the ‘oppressed’ Muslims of India should tread a similar path.

Read: Shaheen Bagh protests: Deep dive into how JNU ‘student’ and The Wire columnist Sharjeel Imam went from ‘let us burn Constitution’ to ‘saving it’

Let this not be forgotten. The liberal establishment helped a Radical Islamist like Sharjeel Imam achieve his objective perfectly. While the Liberal Establishment accuses ordinary BJP voters of being fascists, they are the ones who collaborated with someone who whitewashed a Jihadist who was responsible for the death of millions and millions of Hindus.

Sharjeel Imam has been at the forefront of the anti-CAA protests from the very beginning. In a video that had gone viral on social media by the 17th of December, he could be seen inciting Muslims to do ‘Chakkajam’ in Delhi and wherever they have sufficient numbers. He called for Muslims to bring entire cities to a halt. “There are over 30% urban Muslims in UP. Do you have no shame at all? Why cannot you do Chakkajam in UP? The area in Bihar where I am from, the rural Muslim population is 6% while the urban Muslim population is 24%. Indian Muslims mostly live in cities. So it is upon you. You can bring your cities to a halt. If anyone asks you not to, disown them” he was heard saying in the viral video.

There is another aspect that needs to be investigated here. A thorough investigation needs to be conducted into the extent of the collusion, if there was any, between Sharjeel Imam and the students of Jamia who gave a call for Jihad. As we have reported earlier, days before violence erupted in the national capital, the students Barkha Dutt labelled ‘Shero’ gave a call for violent Jihad. While Sharjeel Imam eulogized the man responsible for the partition of the country, the Jamia Jihadans eulogized the men responsible for the Moplah massacre which resulted in the slaughter of hundreds and thousands of Hindus. Like Sharjeel, one of them did express great grief at the execution of Yakub Memon.

The role of the media also needs to be investigated amidst the current unrest. Slogans such as ‘Hinduon se Azadi‘ and yet, they were whitewashed the media. Slogans of ‘Jinnah Wali Azadi‘ were raised at the Shaheen Bagh protests and still, these protests were painted as secular. It needs to be investigated whether the Liberal Media is doing so due to their ideological affinity towards Radical Islam or whether there are more sinister reasons behind it.

The role of politicians needs to be investigated as well. AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan was spotted with Sharjeel Imam, it also needs to be mentioned that Amanatullah himself is accused of inciting riots. He had created ruckus outside Delhi police demanding the release of a 22-year-old Muslim youth named Furkan who is accused of instigating riots in Jamia Millia University in December. There is every indication of a grand conspiracy here. And as had said earlier, this is truly the Khilafat 2.0.

Education reformer Sonam Wangchuk thanks Narendra Modi government for considering his proposal to declare Ladakh UT as Schedule VI area

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Sonam Wangchuk(Source:Guernika)

One of the leading Indian engineers, education reformists and innovator, Sonam Wangchuk yesterday took to Twitter to express his gratitude for Tribal Minister Arjun Munda and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for considering to declare the Union Territory of Ladakh as a protected area under Schedule VI of the constitution.

Earlier, Wangchuk had uploaded a video on social media website Facebook, raising concerns for the need to preserve the culture and identity of people residing in the Union Territory of Ladakh following the central government’s decision of abrogating Article 370 and the subsequent bifurcation of the state into two union territories- Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Allaying Wangchuk’s concerns, the Tribal Minister Arjun Munda had sent a letter dated December 24, 2019, informing him that he has sent a proposal to the Ministry of Home Affairs to consider the declaration of the Union Territory of Ladakh as Schedule VI area.

Read- Ladakh residents organise thanksgiving ceremony to celebrate their region becoming a Union Territory

The Constitution of India provides special provisions for the administration of the tribal-dominated areas. As of now, some areas in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram are designated as “Tribal Areas” as per article 244 and 6th Schedule which is technically different from 5th Schedule. Both Schedule 5 and Schedule 6 deals with the dominance of tribal people. While executive powers of the union extend in Scheduled areas with respect to their administration in 5th schedule; the 6th schedule areas remain within executive authority of the state.

After receiving the letter signed by Tribal minister Arjun Munda, Wangchuk expressed his thanks for heeding his demands of preserving the land, culture and environment of the deprived and vulnerable tribes. He also revealed that he was contemplating upon fasting unto death but the government’s favourable response to his demands has stopped it. Wangchuk thanked PM Modi and Union HM Amit Shah on behalf of the people of Ladakh for safeguarding the rights of the susceptible tribal population of the Union Territory.

Women’s college in Patna bans burqa in the campus, later withdraws the order after facing protests

JD Women’s College in Patna on Saturday withdrew an order banning burqa in the campus after facing backlash for the decision. Earlier in the day, the college had imposed a dress code on the campus which had said that students will not be allowed to wear the burqa in the college premises. In a notice signed by the college proctor and principal, students had been asked to comply with the new dress code.

The college administration also imposed a fine of 250 rupees in case anyone is found violating the dress rules.

The notice reads: “All students have to come to college in the prescribed dress code, every day except on Saturday. Students are prohibited from wearing ‘burqa’ in the campus and classrooms. A fine of Rs 250 will be imposed for the violation of the prescribed dress code”.

JD women's college in Bihar imposed dress code on students.
Earlier dress code issued by JD women’s college

After Students staged a protest against this ban, the college administration backed out its decision of imposing a dress code amounting to a burqa ban inside college premises.

Dr. Shyama Rai, Principal said, “The college has withdrawn its statement regarding burqa in its recent direction on dress code for students in the college”.

“We have prohibited the use of mobile phones in college. We have facilitated a particular zone for mobile usage. There is no blanket ban on wearing a burqa in the college premises but students could remove burqa in classrooms if they want. Our only motive is that there is the discipline in the college”, Rekha Mishra, a teacher of the college told ANI.

The updated notice issued by the College

The college said that although the ban on burqa has been lifted, the students will still have to come in uniforms and will be fined if they violate the dress code. “The students have to come in the prescribed dress code. If they do not come in the prescribed dress code then a fine of Rs250 will be slapped on them”, Dr Ashok Kumar Yadav, Head of Department of Sanskrit and Examination controller of JD women’s college said.

The college replaced the earlier notice with new notices enforcing dress code and restricting mobile phone use. The notice says that students will not be allowed to enter the college if they don’t come in prescribed uniforms, and bans use of mobile phones in the college campus. Mobile phones are allowed only in the zero zone, which is the temple premises and the common room. Rs 500 will be fined if anyone is found using phone outside the allowed zone.

Rahul Gandhi hails Bhima Koregaon violence as resistance after the case was transferred to NIA

Rahul Gandhi hails
( Photo Credits: Zee News and The Economic Times )

On Saturday, the Union Home Ministry confirmed the transfer of the Bhima-Koregaon violence case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from the Maharashtra law enforcement. The case dates back to 2018 when a clash broke out between Dalits and Marathas near Pune in the village of Bhima Koregaon. One person had died during the scuffle.

The move of the central govt came after the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra was considering forming an SIT into the case and possibly drop the charges against left-wing intellectuals charged in the case. After the case was transferred to NIA, former President of the Indian National Congress, Rahul Gandhi, took to Twitter to vent out his frustration. He claimed that “Bhima Koregaon” is a symbol of “resistance” and labelled the NIA officers as “stooges.”

Rahul Gandhi’s attempt to glorify violence in Bhima Koregaon as some sort of a “resistance” mirrors the rhetoric often peddled by far-left activists on Twitter. Not only the case relates to a riot which caused the loss of life and property, the event that led to it was also questionable as the event was organised to celebrate the victory of British forces over Maratha forces.

The event by the name of “Elgar Parishad” was organised to commemorate the Battle of Bhima Koregaon of 1818, wherein the Peshwas fought against the between East India Company. In the war, an army of Dalit soldiers had fought under the British forces against the Peshwa, the reason for the celebration by Dalits. Violence erupted the following day of the event, when a large number of Dalits had gathered for the event and some of them had resorted to stone-pelting.

Read- Pune police unhappy with Maharashtra government for casting aspersions on Bhima Koregaon violence probe: reports

The Pune police had arrested a total of nine supposed “intellectuals” such as Sudha Bharadwaj, Rona Wilson, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Shoma Sen, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, and Varavara Rao for inciteful speeches. An alleged letter recovered from Rona Wilson had revealed a sinister plan to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The police dubbed them as “Urban Naxals” and found that they were allegedly associated with the Communist Party of India (Maoist). The decision of the Union Government came at a time when the Maharashtra coalition government was pondering on whether to drop charges or set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the case.

The State Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh, claimed that the permission of the Maharashtra government was not sought before the transfer. He also called the move “unconstitutional.”

NCP Supremo, Sharad Pawar, had earlier written a note to the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackrey, asking for the formation of an SIT and suspension of officers involved in the case.

Devendra Fadnavis, the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, hit back at the Maha Vikas Aghadi and stated that the coalition government had been demoralising the police for “the sake of votes.” He further added that even the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the police.

Jharkhand: Naxals kill employee of firm engaged in road construction, burn machines and issues orders to stop the work

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Naxals killed a contractor’s clerk and set ablaze one JCB machine, one tractor and one motorcycle engaged in road construction work in Gomia’s Tutijharna under Gomia block in Bokaro in Jharkhand on Friday. The Munshi (clerk) was identified as Ramesh Manjhi, ASP Anjani Anjan said.

The incident took place between Gomia and Tutijharna villages, where the road construction work was going on under the Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana, the ASP said.

A group of armed Naxals stormed the construction site, located around 17 km from Gomia town and about 45 km from the Bokaro Steel City, and threatened the labourers to stop the work.

“The goons then set ablaze a JCB machine, one tractor, and a motorcycle after that they then dragged Ramesh Manjhi out and shot him dead. Later, Manjhi’s body, with his head smashed with an axe, was found near the construction site”, he said.

The Naxal terrorists took out diesel the JCB engaged in the road construction, poured the fuel on the earthmover and torched it, along with other two vehicles.

Before leaving the spot, the Maoists left posters saying that they are not pleased with the road construction and ordering the contractor to stop the work. The posters said that the state government was constructing the road to pave the way to loot minerals from the area.

Read- As Communists fade electorally in Bengal, is their inner Naxal emerging?

The deceased, 60-year-old Ramesh Manjhi, is a native of Pindra village in Gomia Block of Bokaro district, and a relative of the contractor who had won the tender to build a road from Pindra to Tuti Jharna under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.

Soon after getting information about the Naxal attack, security forces were rushed to the spot and the Manjhi’s body was brought to Tenughat for post-mortem. A search operation has been launched to trace the Naxals. Earlier, Naxals had burnt several vehicles and machines engaged in road construction between Gomia and Jhumra in the district.

Naxals have frequently tried to disrupt road construction works in the Bermo subdivision, by launching attacks on security forces and damaging the roads, and vehicles and machines used in the work, a senior police official had earlier said.

Team being sent to arrest him: SSP Aligarh says case lodged against Sharjeel Imam, the mastermind of Shaheen Bagh and The Wire columnist

We are sending a team to arrest him: SSP Aligarh says case lodged against Sharjeel Imam, the mastermind of Shaheen Bagh and The Wire columnist
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The SSP of Aligarh Police has confirmed that a case has been lodged against Sharjeel Imam, the mastermind of Shaheen Bagh protests and The Wire columnist, for the seditious statements he made.

SSP of Aligarh said, “He made anti-national statements at AMU students protest on Jan 16. Based on the video of his speech, case registered. Team is being sent to arrest him”

The anti-CAA protests, especially at the Shaheen Bagh, which had turned rampantly communal, is now caught pushing dangerous secessionist agenda which aims for a second partition. A series of videos had gone viral on social media in which Sharjeel Imam, the chief co-ordinator of Shaheen Bagh protest and a The Wire columnist was seen instigating Muslims of the country to break India by cutting of North-east from the rest of the country. Interestingly, earlier, ‘Jinnah Wali Azadi’ slogans were raised at Shaheen Bagh which also pointed towards the main agenda of these anti-CAA protests, specifically at Shaheen Bagh, is the second partition of India.

Read: It’s official: Endgame of Shaheen Bagh protest is second partition of India. Listen to what mastermind and The Wire columnist says

In the video, Sharjeel Imam, the mastermind Of Shaheen Bagh ‘protests’ and The Wire columnist, while speaking to Muslim mobs, says, “Our main aim is to permanently cut Assam and North-east India from rest of India”.

He adds, “If 5 lakhs Muslims are organised then we can cut the North-east from rest of India. If we cannot do permanently, at least we can cut North-east from India for months. Our responsibility is to cut the Assam from India then Govt will hear our voice. If we have to help the Assam then we will have to cut the Assam from rest of India.”

Read: Shaheen Bagh protests: The Wire columnist Sharjeel Imam pulls out to prepare for ‘Hong Kong style’ round 2, women say ‘chakkajam’ still on

Imam in the video, Imam further says that the non-Muslim population of the country should now stand with the demands of the Muslims. Inciting Muslims by spreading fake news, Imam says that Muslims are being discriminated through the Citizenship Amendment Act and are being put into a detention camp.

Shockingly, Imam continues his fear-mongering by claiming that Muslims are being killed in Bengal. “We need block Assam including the movement of Armed Forces and the supplies. Chicken Neck belongs to Muslims,” he claims.

In an exclusive OpIndia expose, we had reported how the protests at Shaheen Bagh in the name of saving the constitution are being organised by people who had planned to burn the Constitution.

Read: As AAP grandstands and dares BJP to arrest Sharjeel Imam, video surfaces where AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan is seen with Imam

On December 31, OpIndia had published screenshots of a WhatsApp conversation where Sharjeel Imam had said that he would prefer to burn the constitution, as burning the 1500 page Ayodhya judgement would be difficult. He had said this while planning protests after the historic Ram Mandir verdict was given by the Supreme Court.

Read: Shaheen Bagh protests: Deep dive into how JNU ‘student’ and The Wire columnist Sharjeel Imam went from ‘let us burn Constitution’ to ‘saving it’

Sharjeel Imam is a PhD scholar from JNU who was earlier caught discussing regarding burning the constitution one day ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the long-contested Ram Janmabhooomi-Babri Masjid dispute. Moreover, a video was posted by Facebook group ‘Muslim Students of JNU’ on 14 December 2019 – a day ahead of the Shaheen Bagh protests telling the crowds to block the roads of Delhi. He was seen instigating Muslims saying ‘Don’t Muslims even have that much in them to shut down cities of north India?’

“An enemy community was foisted upon the Muslims after Independence”: Shaheen Bagh mastermind Sharjeel Imam reveals real-agenda behind CAA protests

Sharjeel Imam made explosive assertions, revealing the communal propaganda of Shaheen Bagh protests
Sharjeel Imam

In a disconcerting video that emerged on Saturday, one of the co-organisers of the Shaheen Bagh protest, Sharjeel Imam, was seen instigating Muslims to flare up riots across the country. Addressing an audience, Sharjeel admitted that the protests happening across the country has communal undertones while exhorting Muslims to be a force to reckon with and shun secularism, that is responsible for the plight of Muslims for the last 70 years. Sharjeel also claimed that the Father of Nation- Mahatma Gandhi was the biggest fascist of the 20th century and the earliest enabler of the Hindu Rashtra.

Lashing out at the left and the CPI (M), Imam affirmed that these parties have always been against the Muslims and the wretched condition of Muslims in West Bengal and Kerala is testimony to it. He criticised CPI(M) as one of the most violent parties and claimed that the CPI(M) members who engage in violence absconded the JNU when the law enforcement agencies came in the University, leaving the innocent students to suffer the beatings.

“Left had never been with Muslims. Look at West Bengal and Kerala. They have staunchly fought against implementing Mandal commission. They were against reservations for Muslims. Backward Muslims were counted as Generals. For the last 70 years, they have stifled the growth of Muslims,” Imam said.

Sharjeel Imam said that Muslims should not fear that their movement will be called communal. He said Muslims should try to get non-Muslims to join the movement, but they should do so on the conditions of Muslims. ‘Now it is time to say to non-Muslims that if you sympathise with us, stand with us on our conditions. If you don’t agree with our condition, you are not sympathiser of Muslims,’ he asserted.

Read- It’s official: Endgame of Shaheen Bagh protest is second partition of India. Listen to what mastermind and The Wire columnist says

In addition, Imam laid bare the elaborate plan of the Islamists to severe Assam and the North East from the rest of India. He stated that Muslims should take control of Chicken Neck, a narrow stretch of land of about 22 kilometres located in the Indian state of West Bengal, that connects India’s northeastern states to the rest of India, so that Armed Forces cannot reach the North-East and the passage to Assam can be blocked.

“If 5 lakhs Muslims are organised then we can cut the North-east from rest of India. If we cannot do permanently, at least we can cut North-east from India for months. Our responsibility is to cut the Assam from India then Govt will hear our voice. If we have to help the Assam then we will have to cut the Assam from rest of India,” Imam said.

Making a shocking revelation, Sharjeel Imam said that the Muslims have gathered at Shaheen Bagh not for CAA, not to save the constitution. Many of the crowd don’t even know what is CAA and NRC. But now as Muslims have come onto the streets, they are charged, they must be incited further, he said. This is not about CAA, it is about long term injustice done against Muslims, he added.

In an oblique reference to ruinous riots, Imam said that if Muslims do not organise and respond in an unorganised way against this long term injustice, then nobody will save them. Calling upon the Muslims to stage an organised protest, Imam stated that since the people are out on streets against the citizenship law, Muslims should exploit this opportunity and not only educate the protestors on the controversial provisions of CAA, NRC but also about Nelli massacre and Enemy Property Act etc.

Read- Shaheen Bagh protests: Deep dive into how JNU ‘student’ and The Wire columnist Sharjeel Imam went from ‘let us burn Constitution’ to ‘saving it’

Alleging that both judiciary and executive have been prejudiced against Muslims, Imam contended that the judiciary and executive both were more impartial during the British rule than in independent India. “Muslims never got independence. After Independence, an Enemy community was foisted upon the Muslims,” he said.

Imam also alleged that the successive Indian governments after 1950 were much more colonial and biased against Muslims than the last 50 years of the British rule. “Compared to what came after 1950 has been clearly more colonial than the last 50 years of British colonial rule. We (Muslims) should say this without hesitation that we were put through a severe colonial rule after 1950,” Imam said.

Talking about the plan going forward, Imam exhorted the Muslims to create an “Intellectual cell” in which there should be no attachment towards Gandhi, Nation and such similar things and there should be clarity among the Muslims that these are their “enemies”. Imam also stated that the founder of the Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was a moderate as opposed to extremist, as he is fancied in the historical context.

“We (Muslims) should all know that Gandhi was the biggest fascist of the 20th century. Who brought the concept of ‘Ram Rajya’ to the fore? Who converted the Congress party into a Hindu Party? Who floated the concept of moderate nationalism and extremist nationalism? Jinnah was a moderate nationalist,” Imam said.

The former JNU student excoriated past Muslim leaders, especially the Deobandi Muslim section for supporting Congress on the issue of Cow Protection. “The support of prominent Muslim leaders and Deobandi Muslim section for cow protection during the time of independence has proven to be a bane for the Muslims today. Unlike Deobandi, Barelvi Muslim section, which was often dismissed as British agents, firmly stood against the cow protection which was brought by Gandhi and Congress,” Imam said.

Imam also spoke against the “Nation of India”, calling it a “fascist project”. According to him, no intellectual can support the fascist idea of supporting the nation of India. He continued stating that an illusion has been created about this concept by the historians and Muslims should not buy into this notion. “The history of Indian Muslims has never been written. It won’t be written until we take the initiative of writing it. So far, our history has been distorted and it will continue to remain distorted till the history is written by these lackeys of Gandhi,” Imam said.

Criticising the month-long protests in Jamia, Imam said that students of Jamia are indulging in a futile exercise by protesting inside the university. Alluding students to foment anarchy in Delhi, he urged the students to hit the streets and canvass support for the cause from the residents of Delhi and bring the city to a “stop” instead of proceeding with this mindless protests inside the university.

Here are the 4 things that were wrong about the privileged ‘liberal’ vs Ola cab driver episode

Everything wrong about the privileged 'liberal' vs Ola cabs driver episode

Yesterday, social media was abuzz about this incident. Everyone was talking about Ola cabs.

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Well done Ola cabs for explaining the basics of democracy, the right to free speech and the importance of the free exchange of ideas in the public sphere. They were referring to this incident.

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The pity is that Ola had to explain these basics to a person who holds himself out to the world as an employee of a top consultancy firm and a graduate from the reputed Indian School of Business.

As social media pointed out, there is a lot that was wrong about this incident. It brings up issues about democratic mindsets, liberalism, intolerance, class privilege and a lot more. In fact, this incident can be a learning experience as well as a moment of clarity for all. So let me state in four key points everything that the privileged liberal got wrong here.

Liberalism or fascism?

The first rule of business is that the customer is always right. Fine. The first rule of democracy is that we all get one vote each. You can’t mix the two up. Good customer service does not include the expectation that others should submit to your political views.

Did the cab driver complain against the rider for having a different political view? Presumably not. It may be hard for the privileged rider to believe this, but cab drivers are allowed to complain too. But it seems that the cab driver had heard about democracy. The liberal rider had not.

The complaint might actually have affected the ability of the cab driver to earn a living. And it is likely that the rider understood this well. Now what kind of human being would be so heartless as to do something that might take away the daily bread of a humble man and his family? Perhaps someone who cannot see his political opponents as real people, with real lives. Is that liberalism or fascism? Are the two the same?

Keep this in mind for the next time a liberal tries to give a lecture on dissent.

The class angle: privileged liberal vs humble cab driver

This one really stands out in this episode. Considering the vast urban support base of the Hindu right, I suppose this privileged liberal would have met several others who disagree with him. Say at work or in his neighbourhood. At least, let us hope he is not living in such a bubble that he has never even heard an opposing view.

But I am guessing he does not make formal complaints against all of them. Perhaps there was something uniquely irritating about his views being challenged by an Ola cabs driver that sent him over the edge?

Keep this in mind for the next time a ‘liberal’ talks about how they care about the less fortunate in society.

The iron: Are only some people entitled to ‘personal views’?

Notice anything?

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Shri Kanav Sharma has been careful enough to mention that his Twitter activity reflects “strictly personal views.” Presumably, he doesn’t want his employer to be bothered by vindictive people who might be looking to get him into trouble at work because of his personal views. Fair enough.

How different is it with the Ola driver? Why should he expect Ola to get involved with the driver’s personal views? Or did the Ola driver forfeit the right to have personal views? When and why? Is the Ola driver not a person or not qualified to have a view?

And finally, the fallacy

Beyond the double standards, here is what the entitled liberal really missed while making his core argument:

The depth to which BJP’s propaganda and fake news has reached, it is getting really scary

Let’s suppose for a moment that the rider truthfully narrated what the driver what had said to him. Let’s suppose that the driver did make some factual errors while talking about the history of our beloved Bharat Ratna winning political dynasty. Let’s suppose the rider was 100% factual (and has always been factual) about everything he said (or has ever said).

There’s still a huge fallacy.

In claiming that people of a certain political view are misinformed, he forgot to adjust for education and privilege. To establish his claim, he must compare his cab driver with those of similar education level on the other end of the political spectrum.

A graduate from one of India’s top business schools is almost always going to be more informed than a cab driver who may not have had all those great opportunities in life. This would likely have been just as true if the business school graduate was on the right and the cab driver on the left.

To conclude something about whether people on the right are well informed, Mr. Liberal must debate with those of his own education level but with an opposing political view.

The fact that a business school graduate could not understand this crucial point speaks very poorly of his intellectual abilities.

But keep this in mind for the next time a liberal accuses other people of going to “Whatsapp University.”

As AAP grandstands and dares BJP to arrest Sharjeel Imam, video surfaces where AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan is seen with Imam

Sharjeel Imam with AAP leader Amanatullah Khan

The nexus between the ant-India brigade and the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party to instigate violence on the streets of Delhi has been exposed. In a video which has surfaced on social media, it can be seen that AAP leader Amanatullah Khan, who is accused of instigating Muslims to indulge in violence, was present alongside Sharjeel Imam – the chief co-ordinator of the Shaheen Bagh protest, who has been seen pushing secessionist agenda.

In a shocking video, it can be seen that AAP leader Amanatalullah Khan was present next to anti-India propagandist and Shaheen Bagh ‘protests’ mastermind Sharjeel Imam during an anti-CAA protest. In the video, it can be clearly seen Khan asking whether people want to protest or prepare for Friday prayers in Mosques.

Earlier, there were serious allegations against Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP for instigating riots in Delhi by inciting Muslim mobs against the Modi government ahead of the Delhi assembly elections under the guise of protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which has nothing to do with Indian Muslims.

It was also manifested with AAP leader Amanatullah Khan openly standing with Jamia Nagar protestors which turned violent in December. Later, an FIR was also filed against him for instigating violence through social media.

In an inflammatory speech on December 15 at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, Khan had attacked the BJP government for enacting the Citizenship Amendment Act by claiming that it was discriminatory for Muslims of the country. Khan had also alleged that the silence of Muslims on the Triple Talaq Act was taken as their weakness by the central government.

Read- It’s official: Endgame of Shaheen Bagh protest is second partition of India. Listen to what mastermind and The Wire columnist says

The speech which was attended by thousands of impassioned people gathered to protest against the CAA was allegedly delivered just minutes before the violence broke out on the streets of Delhi.

Just yesterday, AAP leader Amanatullah Khan who had allegedly instigated riots near Jamia Millia university had created ruckus outside Delhi police state demanding the release of a 22-year-old Muslim youth named Furkan who is accused of instigating riots in Jamia Millia University in December.

With new evidence emerging that expose AAP’s nefarious relationship with Sharjeel Imam strengthens the allegations that AAP was indeed behind the anti-India and anti-Hindu propaganda at the Shaheen Bagh protests.

It is important to note that Sharjeel Imam, the chief co-ordinator of Shaheen Bagh protest and a The Wire columnist was seen instigating Muslims of the country to break India by cutting of North-east from the rest of the country.

With that expose of real intentions behind Shaheen Bagh protests, beyond any doubt, it was established that the anti-CAA protests, especially at the Shaheen Bagh, which had earlier turned rampantly communal, was now at the brink of pushing dangerous secessionist agenda aiming for a second partition.

Read- Shaheen Bagh protests: Deep dive into how JNU ‘student’ and The Wire columnist Sharjeel Imam went from ‘let us burn Constitution’ to ‘saving it’

It is important to note that the Shaheen Bagh protests, which were actually passed as an organic protest in a bid to ‘save the constitution’ later turned blatantly communal. It was earlier reported how protestors chanted slogans of “Jinnah Wali Azadi”, exposing the claims of “liberal-secular” media, who had earlier passed of these protests as peaceful.

Shockingly, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, understanding the importance of Muslim votes ahead of the Delhi assembly elections, had publicly declared that he stands in solidarity with Shaheen Bagh protesters, despite anti-India and anti-Hindu slogans were shouted during at the anti-CAA protests.

Facing severe criticism over joining hands with anti-India propagandist, the AAP party seems to be now in a damage control mode as Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, on Saturday challenged the BJP government to arrest Imam within 24 hours. Sisodia further alleged that if Imam is not arrested, then it would seem as if he was BJP’s insider sent to make such inflammatory statements.

Earlier in the day, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra had said Shaheen Bagh should be renamed as “Dishaheen bagh” or rather “Tauheen Bagh” based on the kind of propaganda that they were engaging in the garb of protests against the CAA.

Writer of Karan Johar’s next movie Takht, Hussain Haidry, turns out to be an Islamist: Read how

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Hussain Haidry, a poet and writer who is also working with Bollywood Director Karan Johar in his new period drama ‘Takht’ has been exposed on social media for his past ‘Jihadi’ posts where he had fantasised killing people.

A series of old tweets of Hussain Haidry has come to haunt him back in which he has openly made his intentions to kill and inflict pain on people. Hussain Haidry, who the “liberal-secular” ecosystem considers to be an emerging poet, in 2012 took to Twitter to unapologetically express his wish to kill people.

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In another tweet, dated in October 2012, Haidry had even composed a poem to fantasise his dream to kill people by hijacking aeroplane.

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Not only that, Haidry, like a true Islamist, had even instigated others to pick a fight with people, burn their house and kill a man if there was a chance.

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Haidry, following the path of fellow left-wing Sharia intellectuals, had also foul-mouthed Brahmins by calling them the root of all evils in the country.

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He also called News Nation editor Deepak Chaurasia, who was assaulted by anti-CAA protestors at Shaheen Bagh, as future war criminal.

Hussain also does not have great feelings for his country, saying he can’t love the country as it humiliates him every day.

Some other tweets showing his Hinduphobic mentality are attacked below.

Hussain Haidry has been forefront at the disinformation campaign against the Citizenship Amendment act to instigate people against the Modi government. He has been indulging in spreading false propaganda against the CAA by claiming that the law is discriminatory to Muslims.

He has also been spreading false rumours and inciting Muslims by claiming that they will be sent to detention camps.

Hussain Haidry, who is an out-and-out Jihadi propagandist, has been exposed in the past for being a pervert and expressing his sexual desperation out in the public.

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