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The Price of Hindutva

Ramachandra Goha in scroll.in, “Narendra Modi’s victory in 2014 has emboldened the Hindutva core to launch a full-fledged attack on independent-minded scholars and writers. Their language is far more crude than the Republicans of 1950s America; but the essence of their characterisation, or dismissal, is the same . . .  The term “McCarthyism” has passed into the dictionary, but in fact there is far more hostility to intellectuals in the India of today than there ever was in the America of the 1950s. Joe McCarthy and his henchmen worked to deprive independent thinkers and writers of their jobs; but the anti-intellectual Indians of today can go much further, and – as the examples of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, MM Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh show – even deprive independent thinkers and writers of their lives.” click here.

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Saudi Arabia: Silence is a sign of disloyalty!

Oliver Miles in the TLS, ‘At least three prominent Saudi clerics, Salman al-Awda, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Umari,  have been arrested in the last few days. They are not part of the state-backed clerical establishment. Saudi Arabia has always had problems with … read more

Evidence of 1904 genocide

Jason Burke reports in the Guardian, ‘The remains of victims of concentration camps in Namibia which were gathered by a German racialist scientist for use in experiments have been found in the collection of a major US museum, campaigners claim … read more

Rohingya in Pakistan

Mehreen Zahra-Malik reports in the New York Times, ‘. . . Outside Myanmar, and perhaps now Bangladesh, Pakistan is home to the highest concentration of Rohingya in the world, from a previous exodus of Rohingya in the 1970s and ’80s. A … read more

British Muslims’ concern for Rohingya

The Muslim Council of Britain today called on the government to move ‘beyond tepid statements of concern’ and be more pro-active in saving the Burma’s Rohingya community from further persecution, ethnic cleansing and genocide. Described as the most ‘persecuted minority on … read more

Nazi-sympathisers in the Forces

Jacob Davey in the Guardian, ‘the arrests of five current servicemen who were allegedly members of the banned neo-Nazi group National Action is the latest event in a year in which extreme-right activism and violence have risen significantly around the … read more

Myanmar: plight of Muslim Rohingyas

Jacob Judah reports in the Guardian, ‘. . . The Rohingya are from Myanmar’s western Rakhine state. Numbering about 1.1 million, there are now estimated to be more than 400,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. They face systematic discrimination in Myanmar and … read more

Immigration Statistics

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Heather Stewart et al in the Guardian, ‘Theresa May’s determination to continue counting foreign students in the government’s immigration target left her increasingly isolated on Thursday night, after official figures revealed that fewer than 5,000 a year stay on after … read more