15Apr/16
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NOT IN OUR NAME! – TORIES INVOKE MODI IN RACIST AND ISLAMOPHOBIC MAYORAL CAMPAIGN

As a desperate Zac Goldsmith accuses Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan of giving ‘cover to extremists’ the racism and Islamophobia of the Conservative Mayoral campaign could not be more blatant. One element of this has been the barrage of recent propaganda material  targeted at Indian and Sri Lankan voters which is not only deeply racist and a despicable attempt at colonial-style divide and rule, but also completely misrepresents the views of South Asian people in London about Indian PM Narendra Modi.

We condemn the campaign by Zac Goldsmith and David Cameron which:

  • Dredged up once again tired racist stereotypes of Asians as all owners of ‘corner shops’ and other small businesses for whom ‘protecting property’ was the only concern (never mind the Tory policies which have forced small owners out of business in favour of its corporate retail giant friends and funders), whilst simultaneously using these stereotypes to promote the usual dog-whistle scapegoating of the people the Tories would like us to believe commit robberies (surprise, not the Camerons and the others named in the #PanamaPapers).
  • In an almost pathetically transparent and inept piece of scaremongering, simply invented a devilish Labour ‘jewellery tax’ because, apparently, everyone knows that all Indians and Sri Lankans have piles of gold jewellery stashed away which they are much more worried about than jobs, housing, transport or any of the issues which other Londoners are voting on in these elections.

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22Mar/16
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What took place at the LSE Students Union India Forum

Saunvedan Aparanti

When I saw the following details for the LSE debate on Facebook, I knew I had to be part of it as the Kanhaiya Kumar JNU phenomenon has awoken the revolutionary in me and I believe we are witnessing something in India that hasn’t been seen since the Indian independence movement.

‘The events at Jawaharlal Nehru University that led to the arrest of Mr. Kanhaiya Kumar have become the source of the latest political controversy in India. But who’s right and who’s wrong? Is this a simple question of nationalism vs. free speech? Or is there more? What of the role of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (right-wing all India student organisation)? And is there still a place for sedition laws in contemporary India?
Come find out about this and pose your questions to our panelists, who will shed light on both sides of the debate.
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Moderator: Mr. Suhel Seth
Speakers: Dr. Sambit Patra (National Spokesperson, BJP); Mr. Sachin Pilot (Member of Indian National Congress); Mr. Manish Sisodia (Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party)’

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20Feb/16
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Fighting Caste Discrimination and the Hindu Right in India and Britain-Panel Discussion

 

In India the suicide of Dalit research scholar and activist Rohith Vemula has led to a massive movement against caste discrimination and violence, highlighting both the continuing institutionalized violence of caste at all levels of Indian society as well as the particular determination of the current Modi government and its associated stormtroopers of the Hindu Right like the RSS and the ABVP to crush Dalit political assertion and demands for basic rights.

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29Jan/16
Dr Gautam Sen

Casteist Belligerence and abuse from UK Hindutva leaders at caste legislation debate

On 23rd January, at a debate on UK’s caste legislation organised in Leicester, senior Hindutva figures in the UK hurled insults at Babasaheb Ambedkar the author of the Indian Constitution and openly promoted what they called the ‘position of Brahmans’. Organised by Vichar Manthan a forum for propagating Hindutva ideology, the debate involved two speakers Mr Satpal Muman (CasteWatch UK ) who argued for the implementation of UK’s anti-caste discrimination and Dr Prakash Shah (Queen Mary, University of London) who argued against the anti-caste discrimination law. The debate was chaired by Anuja Prashar former executive board member of the Hindu Council of UK (HCUK)and regular contributor to India Inc a Hindu Right financial and propaganda outlet whose CEO is Manoj Ladhwa (Narendra Modi’s main PR man the UK). Prashar ensured that the challenges to Dr Shah were kept to a minimum, even preventing Mr Muman from taking on his arguments. Continue reading

28Jan/16
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Justice for Rohith Vemula – Killed by Institutional Brahmanical Casteism! Candelight Vigil in London

M Ghazali Khan

LONDON — Representatives of rights groups, Indian diaspora and Dalit organizations marked India’s Republic Day eve by holding a candlelit vigil outside the Indian High Commission in London.

A press release issued by the South Asia Solidarity Group described the vigil as a display of solidarity with the hunger-striking students of the University of Hyderabad and other places across India against the “institutional murder of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula by university authorities and Indian cabinet ministers.”

Holding banners, portraits of Rohith Vemula and Dr Ambedkar and candles in their hands and raising placards Continue reading