Telganana's Cabinet will be meeting today to discuss the extension of lockdown. I must reiterate my opposition. It's not a strategy to combat COVID-19. It APPEARS as a "hard on pandemic" strategy but all it does is destroy the lives of poor. 1/5
As data shows, COVID cases were already reducing much much before lockdown was imposed on 12th May. It's quite clear that it's not lockdown that helped. It's also clear that COVID can be combatted without lockdown 2/5
We have to accept that the pandemic is a long term reality. One can combat it only by educating the public about mask use & social distancing, and tweaking govt policies to encourage and enable such lifestyle change. 3/5
The only long-term solution is universal vaccination. Lockdowns give a cruel choice to the poor: poverty, police atrocities or pandemic. They make a public health crisis into a law and order problem. They are neither a scientific nor a humanitarian strategy. 4/5
Strongly urge @TelanganaCMO to not extend lockdown. If goal is to reduce crowding, then we may consider evening curfews (6 PM onwards) or mini-lockdowns for COVID clusters. But expecting ~3.5cr people to live for weeks with just a 4 hour lockdown relaxation is not fair at all 4/5

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27 May
उ.प्र के खतौली, मुजफ्फरनगर में मस्जिद को SDM इन्द्रकांत द्विवेदी ने शहीद कर दिया।मस्जिद वक़्फ़ की ज़मीन पर बनाई गयी थी।5 महीनों से मस्जिद में नमाज़ अदा की जा रही थी।लॉकडाउन में भी नमाज़ पढ़ी जा रही थी।मस्जिद को शहीद करने से पहले मुतवल्ली से वक़्फ़ के काग़ज़ात तक नहीं मांगे गए 1/4
बाराबंकी के बाद ये दूसरी मस्जिद है जो उ.प्र में शहीद कर दी गयी है। बाराबंकी में मस्जिद को शहीद इस बहाने से किया गया की मस्जिद सरकारी ज़मीन पर बनी है हालांकि मस्जिद के ज़िम्मेदारों के पास वक़्फ़ के तमाम काग़ज़ात थे। 2/4
हाई कोर्ट ने भी बाराबंकी की मस्जिद को मिस्मार करने पर और नमाज़ियों को बेदखल करने पर 31 मई तक रोक लगायी थी।

लेकिन मुज़फ्फरनगर में तो मस्जिद भी वक़्फ़ के ज़मीन पर थी, फिर भी शहीद कर दी गयी। 3/4 ImageImageImageImage
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10 Apr
| @MamataOfficial's celebrated poll strategist is speaking his fact-free mind here. Instead of introspecting on how she allowed majoritarian communalism to take root in Bengal, he chooses to scapegoat Muslims for her failures. Muslims are 27% of the state BUT... [1/n]
....have only 6% govt jobs, only 11% of students in higher education are Muslims & 80% of rural Muslims earn less than ₹5k. 6 worst performing districts on healthcare have a Muslim population share of more than 25%. But their share in prison population is 37%. [2/n]
People in Malda, Murshidabad, etc have to drink arsenic contaminated water. These are fruits of "blatant appeasement". The Left's mistreatment of Muslims is recorded by Kundu & Sachar Committee. Their most famous land reforms didn't reach Muslims. 3/4th of them are landless [3/n]
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8 Apr
The legality of this order is doubtful. In Babri judgement SC said “A finding of title cannot be based in law on the archaeological findings which have been arrived at by ASI..." ASI has acted as a midwife to all kinds of Hindutva lies, no one expects objectivity from it 1/n
|@AIMPLB_Official and Masjid Committee must IMMEDIATELY appeal before this order & get this rectified. ASI is only likely to perpetrate a fraud & history will be repeated as was done in the case of Babri. No person has any right whatsoever to change nature of a masjid 2/n
It is clear that the people who committed the "egregious criminal act" of demolishing Babri Masjid have been emboldened & will not stop at anything to take India back to violence of 1980s-90s & constant bickering over fictitious "history". 3/n
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2 Apr
On 30 April 2002, as Gujarat was burning & victims were still in camps, Lok Sabha was discussing a motion to condemn Gujarat pogrom. @MamataOfficial voted against it & for BJP

Did she sell off Gujarat's victims for a price, for free or for a ministerial position?

Only criminal gangs divide up territories between themselves & attack each other when someone enters. Since I'm not part of this criminal syndicate, it's natural that @MamataOfficial is rattled

You can't buy people who have no Gotra. You can't scare people who know no fear 2/n
Apart from saying "BJP aajayega", what exactly have you done for Bengal's Muslims?

15% of Bengal's Muslims are outside formal education (3rd highest after UP & Bihar)
80% live on less than ₹5000
38.3% in rural Bengal earn ₹2500
More than 3/4 Muslims have no land

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16 Mar
Spoke in Lok Sabha to oppose the Demand for Grants of Ministry of Education because there have been no steps in 6 years to improve the state of education for Muslim minorities or to reduce their drop out rate. The literacy rate of Muslims is 68.5% vs the national rate 74.04% 1/n
Muslim female literacy rate is 62% vs overall rate of 65.44%. @EduMinOfIndia data says that Muslim enrolment in primary & higher education is only 13.14%. #AISHE says that there are only 19.5 lakh Muslims in higher education. This is only 5.23% of total enrolment 2/n
|@PMOIndia patronisingly wanted to give Qur'an in one hand & computer in another to Muslims. But 2018-19 data says only 16% Muslim households have computers which is 2nd lowest. Only 32% households have internet also the 2nd lowest, only 38% have ability to operate a computer 3/n
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8 Mar
Our MANY traditions are already celebrated & we're also recognised for our modern achievements: being one of only former colonies that's striven to be secular republic despite men like him. Sangh is allergic to secularism because it wants us to be seen as a majoritarian state1/n
Secularism is part of Basic Structure of Constitution. It's reflected in various parts of Constitution. “Liberty of thought belief faith & worship” is part of Preamble, as are fraternity & equality. Articles 14 19 22 25, 26, 29 & 30 are all reflection of our secular tradition 2/n
Sangh speaks of secularism with a forked tongue. On odd days they say that India is secular because majority of Indians are secular. On even days they say that secularism has prevented global recognition of our traditions. We're secular because of our Constitution 3/n
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