Founder & ExecDirector, @project_polis. Barrister | Researcher | Photographer | Author : Midnight’s Borders: A People's History of Modern India (@melvillehouse)
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Jun 24 • 11 tweets • 5 min read
Thread on Rep @Ilhan's resolution introduced in the US House of Representatives condemning India for the alleged human rights violations, specifically those targeting Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Dalits, Adivasis, and “other religious and cultural minorities”.
The resolution, co-sponsored by Congresswomen @RepRashida and @JuanVargas4CA, urges the US Secretary of State to designate #India as a ‘Country of Particular Concern’ under the International Religious Freedom.
Modi’s India Is “One of the Most Dangerous Countries for Journalists”. The police now routinely file criminal charges against journalists, including sedition charges, for the crime of reporting. @kiccovich and I write for @thenation thenation.com/article/world/…
"Most recently, others have been harassed and threatened for reporting and documenting anti-Muslim violence in the Indian state of Tripura, where Hindu mobs attacked mosques and properties owned by Muslims."
Jun 14, 2021 • 13 tweets • 2 min read
I am not sharing the video of the elderly man that is being circulated online. His name is Abdul Samad, he was kidnapped by locals who took him to an isolated place, assaulted him, and forced him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Mataram’. This is majoritarian Hindu terror.
Lynching: A Primer
1. Lynching is not just punishment without due process; it is punishment where no crime exists.
Hany Babu, an undertrial prisoner in the #BhimaKoregaon case, who has been in custody since July 2020 without trial, has developed an acute eye infection in Taloja Jail.
“He has little or no vision in his left eye due to the swelling, which has spread to the cheek, ear and forehead, compromising other vital organs as well, and posing a significant risk to his life if it spreads to the brain.”
May 10, 2021 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
Midnight's Borders arrives in the US and UK when India is in the middle of a devastating second wave.
The book will be released on May 25th in U.S and 27th in UK published by @melvillehouse
It is now available for pre-order. mhpbooks.com/books/midnight…
The news coming from India is dire as every day brings news of more death and devastation.
I hope to use the book and the conversations as a way to center on what's happening in India.
May 9, 2021 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Less than a week left! Nathalie Etoke on #BlackLivesMatter in the US, the murder of George Floyd, police brutality, the complex symbolism of Barack Obama and Kamala Harris, and attendant questions of violence, oppression, dispossession, inequalities👇🏿
Donation links for Kashmir #Kashmir is struggling in its fight against the Coronavirus pandemic due to its poor healthcare infrastructure. Kashmir has just 59 beds per 100K population. The only two tertiary care hospitals in Kashmir are located in the capital city of Srinagar.
Kashmir based non-profit Athrout is on the ground and responding to the crisis. It is acquiring Concentrators, therapeutics & oxygen cylinders while continuing its mission to get food & basic supplies to those in need.
So @Tejasvi_Surya say he read a list given to him, claims that he simply read out the names he was given.
Who gave you the list, and why read an unverified list ?
Your apology still doesn’t count for the humiliation or harassment you put them through. thenewsminute.com/article/i-just…
This was the smoke screen to divert attention from actual culprits — MLA Satish Reddy from BJP who has reportedly been using his influence to get beds blocked by the Bommanahalli Zone War Room. timesnownews.com/bengaluru/arti…
May 6, 2021 • 12 tweets • 4 min read
As India reeled from the devastating covid-19 deaths, it censored critical content on social media. @project_polis's @watchthestate was temporarily restricted twice in one week. @kiccovich and I write about this censorship for the @washingtonpost washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/…
Since March, as the Indian health infrastructure completely crumbled, social media platforms have become the de facto helplines where helpless citizens ask for help and offer mutual support.
May 6, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Hindu Or Muslim?’ ‘Nude Photos’: Covid-19 Volunteers Bear Brunt Of @TejasviSurya’s Communal Outburst
~ 205 mobile numbers were leaked
~ Covid-19 volunteers are being harassed with question: “Are you Hindu or Muslim?”
~ women asked to send nudes
Pick your battles.
Your allies will never be perfect. There are no messiahs.
Not every disagreement has to be in the public eye.
Please don’t lose sight of the regime that has and is bludgeoning the democracy and its people.
Pick your battles, and be safe.
If I know someone is fighting the same battles, I trust that they are here for the fight; no matter how imperfect, I will not call them out. I will hold my peace in public but will speak my truth in private. This is as much a strategy as it is about the larger fight.
Apr 24, 2021 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
There Is No Case. Release the Bhima Koregaon 16 and Compensate Them m.thewire.in/article/rights… by @meenakandasamy and @jigneshmevani80
“This leads us to the inevitable question, why has the Modi government were targeted and incarcerated the Bhima Koregaon 16?
None of them committed crimes of any sort. None of them indulged in any violence.”
If anything the book& the poem you listed - details the invasion and conquest of the Madurai Sultanate by the Vijayanagara empire and the temple chronicles also speak of board time period of various invasions. To weaponize the “sultanate” now is just dog whistle.
To retell history through communalized goes to the heart of politics seeking to manipulate, manufacture and mobilise public support to consolidate the power of the majority.
Mar 12, 2021 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
A friend just sent the petition being circulated by Hindu students against Prof @AudreyTruschke. Am not sharing that. What insufferable, ill-informed toxic fragility is this? If scholarship threaten your safety, and your religion. Perhaps time to rethink what those values are.
I want to take this moment to share Prof @KanitkarT ‘s talk
It’s a good indication of where we are as a society and a community. We have lost any capacity for robust interrogation or rational thought.
A year since the #Delhipogrom sharing a thread of all the important essays, and reports published by @project_polis
Deadly violence in India’s capital.. hasn’t ended with the anti-Muslim pogrom that it was. It continues in the politics of being termed a riot, an old tactic of flattening the gigantic power inequality between the country’s Hindus & Muslims @IrfanHindustan bit.ly/2ZIZmfO
Jan 2, 2021 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
When the state regulates humor: a look back at history, we realize that dystopias are not imagined futures on the verge of realization. But the record of what has been, what needs to be excavated and remembered.
Below a thread on how the Third Reich “regulated” humor.
In 1934, the Nazi state passed a “Law Against Treacherous Attacks on the State and Party and for the Protection of the Party Uniform,” — “which made laughing and telling jokes about the regime a capital offense.”
Jan 2, 2021 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
Thread: Munawar Faruqi (@munawar0018) a stand-up comedian who was performing in Indore has been arrested, denied bail, and remanded to judicial custody for the crime of committed comedy.
BJP MLA @GaurMalini 's son Eklavya Singh Gaur, who was at the show, "roughed up" Munawar, stopped the show and filled the complaint that got Munawar and four other arrested others -- Edwin Anthony, Prakhar Vyas, Priyam Vyas, and Nalin Yadav arrested.
Dec 22, 2020 • 24 tweets • 5 min read
The Office of Communications (Ofcom), government regulatory and competition authority for the broadcasting, telecommunications, and postal industries has imposed a £20,000 financial penalty on Worldview Media Network Limited, which operates @republic Bharat in the UK
The @republic aired an offensive episode of ‘Poochta Hai Bharat’ lives= on 6th September 2019 at 14:26. Ofcom ruled that the show contained un-contextualized and highly offensive hate speech .