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Video Showing Brave Sikh Police Officer Protecting Muslim Boy From Hindu Mob Goes Viral

May 25, 2018 (DESPARDES) — Video showing rare act of valor by a Sikh police officer shielding a Muslim man from being violently attacked by an angry mob in the Indian state of Uttarakhand has gone viral. The viral video posted on Facebook said, “Hats off to Gagandeep, he saved an innocent Muslim from the midst of wild goons in the hundreds of hundreds.” The incident took place on May 22 in Ramnagar, the local media reported. The mob, comprising extremist Hindus, wanted to lynch the boy, who was allegedlyRead More


Hindu Nationalists Disruption of Muslim Prayers and Demand for Removal of Jinnah Portrait in Aligarh

May 8, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — In India, where religion pervades every cubic inch of public space, the question of whether Muslims have the right to pray in the open has turned into a contentious debate, stirred up by Hindu nationalist groups and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Across the country, Hindu processions routinely tie up traffic, mosques use loudspeakers to call their faithful to prayer, and popular Christian preachers advertise themselves on billboards. Religion isn’t just plainly visible, it’s part of the fabric of daily life– Islam is the secondRead More


A ‘Muslim Bogey’ to Unite Hindus in India

By AIJAZ ZAKA SYED: COMMENTING on Hindutva’s ambitious project to “unite all Hindus”, Aakar Patel, former editor and current executive director of Amnesty International, offers an interesting argument. While it shouldn’t take much effort and imagination to unify an 85 percent strong majority, Hindus are not a monolithic community. Far from it. While Hindutva insists on bringing everyone under the overarching canopy of Hinduism, communities like the Sikhs, Jains and now even Lingayats bristle at being branded as Hindus. Much like Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism came into existence as reformRead More