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No Boycott of Electoral Politics

Rekha Chowdhary In a very recent statement, the newly re-elected President of National Conference, Farooq Abdullah has stated that the NC will not boycott any future election. Regretting his partys decision to boycott the 2018 Panchayat elections, he has reiterated the point made many a time by Omar Abdullah as well that the party will participate in every coming election. This statement while reflecting the personal response of Farooq Abdullah to the political options before the NC to the emergent [] The post No Boycott of Electoral Politics appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .

Daily Excelsior 10 Dec 2022 12:51 am

Silencing Russian music plays into Putins hands | Letters

Readers on the Ukrainian culture ministers call for a boycott of Russian culture, in protest at the invasion of Ukraine I am appalled by what is happening in Ukraine, but I was sad to read the suggestion of Oleksandr Tkachenko, Ukraines minister of culture, that we should refuse to perform Tchaikovsky ( As Ukraines culture minister, Im asking you to boycott Tchaikovsky until this war is over, 7 December ). During the second world war, the day after Germany invaded Holland, the German mezzo-soprano Elena Gerhardt, exiled in London, sang a programme of German song with the pianist Myra Hess at the National Gallery. Gerhardt had said to Hess that nobody will want to hear the German language, but Hess persuaded her to sing nevertheless. As she stepped on to the platform, she received such an overwhelming ovation that it took her some time before she was able to sing. The audience understood that the great works of German music represented the best of German civilisation at a time when the Nazis were destroying it. Likewise, Tchaikovsky represents the best of Russian civilisation. Tchaikovsky himself wrote to a fellow composer though born Russians, we are at the same time even more Europeans. He too would have been appalled at what Putin is doing to Ukraine. Robert Philip Edinburgh Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:04 pm

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael to host Golden Globes 2023

The awards for film and television return to screens next month after network NBC had cancelled its January 2022 airing of the ceremony and major Hollywood studios and actors boycotted the event

The Hindu 9 Dec 2022 5:42 pm

I, A Football Fan, Boycott FIFA In Qatar After My Migrant Worker Uncles Death

I chose not to watch World Cup this year played in stadiums, many people died constructing. My uncle is one of them.

The Quint 9 Dec 2022 4:42 pm

Chrisanghis: The rise of the Christian right in Kerala

Religion Though the term Chrisanghi has been around for some time, it became popular in August 2021 after it featured in a speech delivered by a young priest named James Panavelil. Haritha John Photo: CASA | Facebook The ancient rivalry between the two Abrahamic religions Christianity and Islam has often degenerated into bloody conflicts in other parts of the world. But in India, the relationship between Christians and Muslims has been shaped less by their differences and more by their shared experience of living as minorities among a Hindu majority. This common ground is beginning to erode in Kerala with the emergence of a virulently Islamophobic generation of upper-caste Catholics who are building deep ideological bonds with right-wing Hindutva over a shared hatred of Muslims. Dismissed as fringe elements by the Christian intelligentsia until a few years ago, they were disparagingly labelled Chrisanghis for pursuing the agenda of the Sangh Parivar. These right-wing Christians have gone on to own the label and today many of them proudly self-identify as Chrisanghis. One such self-defined Chrisanghi is 33-year-old George M who migrated to Canada two years ago but continues to watch political developments in Kerala with a hawk-eye. George is an active member of the Christian Association and Alliance for Social Action (Casa), a group in north Kerala defined by its contempt for Muslims. He is an active participant in district-level Casa WhatsApp groups and other groups like the Warriors of Cross. They tend to be confused with the other CASA (Churchs Auxiliary for Social Action), a humanitarian arm of 24 Protestant and Orthodox churches, but their agenda is diametrically opposite. The Casa and Warriors of Cross have one thing in common their revisionist stands on Christianity and their unbridled hatred for Islam and Muslims. Like every other person in these groups, George also believes most of the hate speech and propaganda he hears, such as that the Muslim population is skyrocketing, or that Muslims are taking over the country. George states clearly that he doesnt mind being called a Chrisanghi. Though the term has been around for some time, it became popular in August 2021 after it featured in a speech delivered by a young priest named James Panavelil. James is an assistant vicar at St George Church in Ernakulams Varapuzha. He was criticising the controversy over the Malayalam film Eesho, directed by Nadirshah, who happens to be a Muslim. Many Christian fundamentalists, including priests, had questioned giving the film the Malayalam version of Jesuss name. Be a human first, then you will be a saint. When the film was titled Eesho, Christians here lost their cool. There were many films in the past with similar names but this time they have started a war. In social media, we have a new name Chrisanghi. We were not like this earlier. Now, we have more hatred in us than others. This is religiosity, we dont need that. We need spirituality, which is to love each other, the priest had said in a viral speech. Following the speech, he was subjected to massive cyber bullying. Though James used the term to criticise fundamentalists, it ended up lending legitimacy to the word itself. Soon, many people started saying Proud to be a Chrisanghi on social media profiles, comments, and shows. Growth of Christian extremist groups in Kerala Casa is a growing organisation with committees in every district. They were one of the first among the many Christian extremist groups that emerged in Kerala in recent times. Several other groups and YouTube channels with preachings that are capable of harming communal harmony have also gained popularity. Groups like Casa have a ready roster of issues around which they mobilise Christians against Muslims. They run social media campaigns about narcotic jihad, love jihad, halal food, and the hijab. Never mind that there is no evidence to back these conspiracy theories. George regularly posts crime stories on his social media profiles in which Muslims are the accused. Casas social media pages are filled with posts on love jihad, narcotic jihad, and the anti-halal campaign. They bombard their audiences with content about Christian persecution in Islamic countries but conveniently ignore the state of affairs in India, where attacks against Christians and their institutions by Hindutva groups have seen an alarming spike since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power. Even the 2021 attacks on Karnataka churches were not condemned by Casa or other such groups. It is common to find posts calling for an economic boycott of Muslims, an idea also advocated by a handful of mainstream politicians. We have WhatsApp groups, discussions of current situations, and some casual meetings in church. We keep a keen eye on all the girls in our church. Any attempts by them to get into any relationship with Muslim boys will be blocked, a youth from Kasaragod, who is an active member of Casa, said. I know that Casa might be linked to the BJPs Minority Morcha or some Sangh Parivar groups, I am not sure, but we share common interests with the BJP. We have a common enemy, we will not let India turn into an Islamic country, George added. Preventing interfaith marriages, particularly those where the groom is Muslim, is one of Casas top priorities. The recent death by suicide of college student Nanda Vinod (19), where the man accused of abetting the suicide MK Abdul Shuhaib (20) is a Muslim, was used by Casa and its satellite groups to run a massive hate campaign against Islam and Muslims. Whether it is the Coimbatore car blast or the Mangalore RSS workers murder, all are employed to run political campaigns against Muslims by Casa. Most heated discussions organised by these new-age Christian right-wing groups take place on the Clubhouse app. It has several groups that hold discussions on Islam. Most of the discussions are framed to challenge the historic fact that both Muslims and Christians have a common prophetic tradition started by Ibrahim or Abraham. They do not believe that Moosa and Isa are Moses and Jesus. Many even claim that these similarities were spread by Islam to target Christianity. Christheeya Viswasa Prathirodikal (Defenders of Christian Belief), Proud Catholics, Apologists Preach Islam, Warriors of Cross, and Christian Youths are some of the organistaions that hold discussions on such topics. Even priests, pastors, and nuns participate in these talks. Love jihad was the most popular topic until sometime ago, many citing certain interfaith marriages to prove that it exists. Historical issues between Islam and Christianity in Armenia to Hagia Sophia have been discussed in these groups. These discussions stress that Christianity should not have a fraternal relationship with Islam. Besides the hatred and mistrust towards Islam, Keralas contemporary politics, in which the Hindu right is making deep inroads, has also paved the way for the growth of these groups. Though most of the Christian population has traditionally been supporters of the United Democratic Front (UDF) headed by the Congress, two factors have led to their estrangement. One factor is that a section of the Catholic church has drifted towards the BJP and the second is the traditional rivalry between Christian groups and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), a powerful party within the UDF formation. Among these, Christian right groups believe that UDF is ruled by the IUML. According to them, IUML functions only for the Muslim community. The rift between Muslims and Christians had resulted in a split in the vote share too. PC Georges defeat in Poonjar in the 2021 Assembly elections has been attributed to the alienation of the Muslim population owing to his Islamophobic comments. The IUMLs vote share also decreased in some prominent Christian areas. Syro-Malabar Christians, also known as Syrian Christians, are a traditionally wealthy, landed community who claim Hindu-Brahmin origins. They have also accumulated enormous social capital compared to the Latin Catholics. In an earlier article published in TNM, G Pramod Kumar explained the reasons that attract the BJP to the Syro-Malabar population. They carry with them the same caste-based elitism thats associated with Hindus. They are considered to be upper-caste Hindu converts, he wrote. Many leaders of the church have cited an inequality in the distribution of minority scholarships between Christians and Muslims. They blame the IUML and the political pressure it exerts as the major reason for this. A Kerala High Court order on May 29, 2021, quashed a state government order from 2015 providing scholarships in 80:20 ratio to Muslims and to Latin Christians and converted Christians, saying it was legally unsustainable. Kerala witnessed much tension between various groups leading up to the judgement. Casa and its connections Though some group members believe that Casa has links with the Sangh Parivar, the leadership has always denied this. Casa president Kevin Peter had participated in the Hindu Maha Sabha conference in April in Thiruvananthapuram. However, he denied any connections with the Sangh Parivar. Are the Catholic churches in Kerala, especially the oriental rite of Syro-Malabar, backing the extremist group? Though none of the dioceses have openly extended support to the group yet, many of the leaders have been supporting Casa covertly. We have huge support from many priests. During the last Assembly elections (2021), we had gone to different parishes to campaign for BJP candidates. We were welcomed by the parishes, a Casa member from Kasaragod said on the condition of anonymity. The fact that they do not openly endorse the BJP allows these groups to gain a wider audience among those Catholics who are wary of the Hindu right but also Islamohobic in their outlook. On May 26, a video of prominent Catholic preacher Xavier Khan Vattayil extending support to Casa appeared on social media. He said that the organisation is in the hearts of many Catholics across Kerala and that the organisation is not alone. The Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC) had extended support to the love jihad and narcotic jihad claims. But on September 12, Father Joshy Mayyattil, a representative of KCBC, posted in his Facebook page that Casa is a terrorist organisation within the Christian community. He condemned Xavier Khans post supporting Casa. These saffron flag-bearers who pray by making the sign of the cross make us think that the Syro-Malabar Church is moving towards saffronisation. These people persuaded Achan [Xavier Khan] to openly support a movement that had rooted itself in hatred and joined hands with the Hindutva forces, Joshy said. The priest also lashed out at the YouTube channel Shekinah News for allegedly supporting Casa by spreading false news. The priest also spoke about how Casa originated and alleged that it has close connections with the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Casa was seeded through an RSS network called Christian Helpline, but now BJPs Minority Morcha is behind it. A considerable number from the Syro-Malabar Church is within their net. It is also true that the extremist Chaldeans and those caught up in their social media groups Modi devotees have started proudly calling themselves Chrisanghis. But there can be no doubt that the synod, bishops, priests, monks, and laity of the Syro-Malabar Church are committed to preserving Christian love, the unity of the Church, and the secularism of India, he said. Christian Helpline was instituted in 2017 by the Kerala BJP Minority Morcha with the intention of campaigning against love jihad. The helpline was initiated by Renjith Abraham Thomas, who is the former Malappuram district secretary of the Minority Morcha. Church and Islamophobia It is not just groups like Casa that are spreading Islamophobia. Many Catholic churches do this both directly and indirectly, with the endorsement of the higher clergy. During the Sunday mass on September 4 in a Catholic church in Kasaragod, the parish priest was furious that the attendance in a meeting held for mothers was low. He said, What are you waiting for, the evil has reached your homes. Your daughters are going on the wrong path. There are predators from terrorist groups waiting for your daughters. The girls of our community are easily falling for them. Mothers are responsible for their daughters. That is why you should participate in the class. This warning from the priest came only a few minutes after a circular from the Thalassery Archbishop Joseph Pamplani was read out. In the circular, the bishop had said that the eight-day Lent from September 1-8 is a remembrance of the incident where Christian women gathered inside a church seeking protection for their virginity from gentile kings. He went on to add that the Lent should be dedicated to protect Christian girls from religious terrorist groups. In the last few years, the Catholic church in Kerala has never failed to find a reason to speak about love jihad and about how to prevent their women from marrying into the Muslim community. Various bishops have spoken about love jihad and alleged that Christian women are being lured by Muslim men. Last September, the Pala Bishop Joseph Kallarangat added the accusation narcotic jihad as well, which triggered a huge row, and barely avoided blowing up into communal violence. A huge rally, which had the potential of causing clashes, was conducted by Muslim and Christian groups in response to the bishop. A parish priest under the Thalassery diocese said, We had classes in the church under the leadership of KCBC and the Kerala Catholic Youth Movement (KCYM) for nuns and priests. Special classes will also be given to parents, separately and together. They cannot be careless and later grieve. We give them awareness that love jihad is not a bogey, that it exists in our society. He added, Mothers are responsible for what path their daughters choose. The different Syro-Malabar Catholic dioceses in the state receive frequent circulars from their respective bishops regarding this. In January 2020, a synod (a high profile meeting of bishops) of the Syro-Malabar Church was held, where it stated that love jihad is real and that Christian women are under the threat of being forced to undergo religious conversion after being allegedly trapped in fake relationships. A circular was sent by Cardinal George Alencherry based on the discussions in the synod over love jihad. However, some of the churches under the Ernakulam-Angamaly diocese refused to read them. This may not be seen solely as an expression of dissent towards the churchs view on love jihad. The Ernakulam-Angamaly diocese is also in the midst of a huge row sparked by financial discrepancies and liturgical conflicts that have turned a large section of the priests against Alenchery. Following this, a few other dioceses also issued circulars warning about Christian women falling in the trap. The Thamarassery diocese even published a handbook on love jihad, which claimed that more than 160 girls had fallen prey to it. The book was meant for class 11 and 12 catechism students. Antony Tharekkadavil, a north Kerala priest, is popular for his talks that are telecast on different Christian YouTube channels. His statements, such as those referring to characters in the Quran as fictional, have provoked the spread of religious hatred. He argued that Christian women are the most easy target of Jihadis. The church and the organisations associated with it, such as the KCYM, have openly supported him and have given him a heroic status. He was one of the torchbearers of the anti-halal campaign that claimed that it is a sin for Catholics to consume halal food. The church and love jihad Many consider the developments in the church as a reflection of the Islamophobia present all over the world. J Prabhash, former pro-vice-chancellor and head of the department of Political Science in the University of Kerala, said that globally there is a tension between the two religious communities, which is being reflected here also. What we see in Kerala is a reflection of the global scenario, he explained. Prabhash, however, added that in reality, there are many interfaith marriages between Christians and Muslims, Christians and Hindus, and Muslims and Hindus. Highlighting the inherent patriarchy of religious communities, he pointed out, It is not that a particular religion targets girls from other religions, but these communities are worried only about their girls marrying men belonging to other religious backgrounds. Many church reformists have pointed out that the Catholics in Kerala are insecure about losing their members. Even earlier too, Hindu-Christian marriages received more acceptance than Muslim-Christian ones. Hinduism was not considered a major threat then. But Islamophobia was always present in the church, as was the case with any other community, Jaiby Joseph, social critic and popular YouTuber said. According to him, love jihad discussions have now become more explicit after 20 Keralites left the country and joined Islamic State (ISIS). Some among them were Christians who converted to Islam. Jaiby also alleged that the church has close connections with the BJP. Even when it came to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the KCBC supported the BJP government. Father Varghese Vallikkatt, spokesperson and secretary of the KCBC, wrote an opinion piece in the RSS mouthpiece Janmabhoomi on January 7, 2020 supporting CAA. He stated, No other party except the BJP has understood or taken a stand on how to tackle political Islam. None of the political parties in the country which focus on the minority vote bank will have the courage to do this. In January 2021, the heads of all three Catholic denominations (Syro-Malabar, Syro-Malankara, and Latin) met with PM Modi to reportedly discuss various issues, including the Kerala Catholic churchs stand on love jihad. The bishops also raised the issue of their discontent with the distribution of scholarships for minority students. A month before that, in December 2020, Modi had met with representatives of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church, both Syrian denominations although not Catholic, to broker peace in a decades-old property feud. The Supreme Court had ruled in favour of the former in July 2017. The churchs sudden affinity with the BJP has been cited as the next reason for its explicit Islamophobia. Indulekha Joseph, a lawyer and member of the Kerala Catholic Church Reformation Movement (KCRM), said that the Catholic leaders who spew hatred are opportunists who dont have any ideology of their own. They go with the politics that are beneficial to them. The church has great wealth and it serves their need to go with Sangh Parivar interests as they can hide all their illegal wealth accumulations, she alleged. Edited by Maria Teresa Raju Also read: Kerala Catholic Church taking right-wing stand on Love Jihad and CAA: Reformists The right turn by a section of Keralas Catholic church is sheer opportunism Kerala Church and the BJP: A shift towards the right or seeking patronage?

The News Minute 9 Dec 2022 4:26 pm

An Action Hero Box office: Ayushmann Film soon to be replaced in theatre

Ayushmann Khurrana s An Action Hero is already hit the theatre screen. Recently the remake of Jedha Nashas song was released and Aap Jaisa Koi featuring Ayushmann Khurrana, and Malaika Arora was released from the film. After Doctor G, Ayushmanns this movie also opens up with a slow start. An Action Hero is the third Bollywood release for Ayushmann Khurrana this year. Previously, he saw the release of Anek and Doctor G As per the Box office collection On Day 7, the numbers of the film at the box office were very low as it hardly saw an audience. Its single-day collection was just Rs 85 lakh, taking the total net earning of the movie in the vicinity of Rs 9.58 crore, according to trade reports. The film doesnt seem to be growing at the box office. At this rate, it could soon be replaced from theatres. Meanwhile, An Action Hero had an overall 8.45 percent Hindi occupancy on December 8. Speaking about the movie, the actor played the role of a superstar and popular youth icon, Maanav sees a downfall in his movie career when he is caught up in a dramatic accident while shooting in Haryana, after which he runs for his life from an avenging politician who will go to any extent to satisfy his ego in the name of revenge. Maanav flies to London to prove his innocence on his own terms. The movie enthralls with its slick action and offbeat satirical sense of humor. The films highlight the celebrity culture where many of famous personalities are exposed to public backlash, media trials and the boycott trend. An Action Hero is Helmed by Anirudh Iyer, the film also stars Jaideep Ahlawat in the lead role and is all set to hit the theatres on December 2, 2022. The film marks the 'Dream Girl' actor's first action-packed role of his career. In the film, Ayushmann plays a famous actor Manav, who could be seen in an action-packed chase against a goon, played by Jaideep Ahlawat. Helmed by Anirudh Iyer the film is produced by Anand L Rai and Bhushan Kumar. Hope People focus on making a good film, Ishaan Khatter on Bollywood's current status Rashmika Mandanna on trolling for not watching Kantara and Banned in Kannada Industry Watch, This old song of Sidharth Shukla and Monalisa going viral, fans shocked after seeing Sidharth

News Track 9 Dec 2022 3:52 pm

Inside the village that boycotted the municipal polls

Dejected residents of Katewara village, which falls in Nangal Thakran ward, say they will continue to boycott elections till their demands are met; MCD official says the civic body never received any formal complaint about the lack of basic facilities.

The Hindu 9 Dec 2022 1:38 am

NOTA share rises: Over 57,000 voted, but for none in MCD elections

In northwest Delhis Bawana, a whole village, angered by the negligence of the government towards their grievances, boycotted the elections on December 4.

The New Indian Express 8 Dec 2022 8:43 am

Jharkhand Labour Minister faces social boycott as son set to wed outside tribe

Satyanand Bhokta marrying son outside ST for political benefits

The New Indian Express 8 Dec 2022 8:28 am

Beautiful Message: Iran Ex-President Backs Anti-Government Protest

Many Iranian workers went on strike and students boycotted classes Wednesday, rights groups said, as a former president offered public support for the protests sparked by Mahsa Amini's death.

NDTV 8 Dec 2022 3:06 am

Producer Vipul Shah talks about #BoycottBollywood, Laal Singh Chaddha failure, says 'ek aise samaaj mein...' | Exclusive

In an exclusive interview, Vipul Shah decoded 2022. Talked about boycott calls, the biggest disappointments, and Bollywood forgetting the masses.

DNA India 7 Dec 2022 7:29 pm

Boycott of Jharkhand minister, family for marrying son outside caste

Ranchi: A caste organisation in Jharkhand has announced the boycott of state minister Satyanand Bhokta and his family. According to sources, Kharwar Bhokta Samaj Vikas Sangh issued the decree in view of Bhoktas son marrying outside his caste. The organisation strongly objected to this and stated that the minister was breaking caste traditions. Bhokta termed Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 7 Dec 2022 6:35 pm

As Ukraines culture minister, Im asking you to boycott Tchaikovsky until this war is over | Oleksandr Tkachenko

Russia is trying to destroy our nations history. Alongside sanctions, lets pause performances of Kremlin-favoured works Ukraine calls on western allies to boycott Russian culture Russia isnt just physically attacking Ukraine; it is also trying to destroy our culture and memory. In the occupied territories, Ukrainian libraries have been liquidated, the word Ukraine has been erased, and Ukrainian museums have been destroyed. Our ministry of culture and information policy has recorded more than 800 cases of destruction: monuments and works of arts, museums, valuable historical buildings. This war is a civilisational battle over culture and history. On 5 September this year, Vladimir Putin signed a decree that refers to the Russian peace. The Kremlin made clear in the document that culture was a tool and even a weapon in the hands of the government, and that it would actively use all the opportunities available to it, from promoting Russian ballet to protecting the rights of Russian speakers abroad, in order to advance its interests. Continue reading...

The Guardian 7 Dec 2022 3:30 pm

An Action Hero Box office: Here is how much Ayushmann's film earned on Day 5

Ayushmann Khurrana s An Action Hero is already hit the theatre screen. Recently the remake of Jedha Nashas song was released and Aap Jaisa Koi featuring Ayushmann Khurrana, Malaika Arora released from the film. After Doctor G, Ayushmanns this movie also opens up with a slow start. An Action Hero is the third Bollywood release for Ayushmann Khurrana this year. Previously, he saw the release of Anek and Doctor G As per the Box office reports, Ayushmann Khurrana films earning a very low amount since its first day. As per the Box office reports, On Day 5 however, the numbers for the film were very low as it hardly saw an audience. Its single-day collection was just Rs 30-40 lakh, taking the total nett domestic biz of the movie in the vicinity of Rs 8 crore. The film doesnt seem to be growing at the box office. If its earning did not increase then it will be proved as disaster. Speaking about the movie, the actor played the role of superstar and popular youth icon, Maanav sees a downfall in movie career when he is caught up in a dramatic accident while shooting in Haryana, after which he runs for his life from an avenging politician who will go to any extent to satisfy his ego in the name of revenge. Maanav flies to London to prove his innocence on his own terms. The movie enthralls with its slick action and offbeat satirical sense of humor. The films highlight the celebrity culture where many of famous personalities are exposed to public backlash, media trials and the boycott trend. An Action Hero is Helmed by Anirudh Iyer, the film also stars Jaideep Ahlawat in the lead role and is all set to hit the theatres on December 2, 2022. The film marks the 'Dream Girl' actor's first action-packed role of his career. In the film, Ayushmann plays a famous actor Manav, who could be seen in an action-packed chase against a goon, played by Jaideep Ahlawat. Helmed by Anirudh Iyer the film is produced by Anand L Rai and Bhushan Kumar. Bollywood is all set to ruin historic character, Akshay Kumar brutally trolled for his Shivaji looks Aryan Khan confirms his Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh Khans Production House Kolkata Police summoned Paresh Rawal for his comment Cook Fish for Bengalis

News Track 7 Dec 2022 11:52 am

Reallot land for hostel or will boycott Cong netas

Muslim organisations have threatened to boycott the entry of Congress MLAs and leaders if they dont reallot the land allocated by the state government for a minority hostel in Sanganer.

The Times of India 7 Dec 2022 8:26 am

In Photos: Why Residents of Delhi's Katewara Village Boycotted MCD Elections

The village boycotted the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections on 4 November.

The Quint 6 Dec 2022 8:02 pm

Asian shares decline as positive data dampen expectations for a dove Fed

Bangkok: After Wall Street retreated on Tuesday, shares in Asia mostly declined as an unexpectedly positive economic report highlighted the difficulty of the Federal Reserve's fight against inflation. Tokyo grew as other local markets declined. Oil prices rose along with US futures. Fitch Ratings revised down its forecasts for global economic growth on Tuesday as the Fed and other central banks raised interest rates, raising concerns about the prospect of a recession. In its Global Economic Outlook report, it revised its September forecast for 2023 to 1.4% from 1.7% global growth forecast. China's projected growth rate was reduced from 4.5% to 4.1% per annum. Also Read: Excluding the effects of pandemics, the global economy is projected to grow by 2.8% in 2023 China is expected to move forward with easing its strict pandemic restrictions, which has given markets relief from pressure on business, manufacturing and consumer spending. .However, investors are also eyeing the Fed in hopes that it will slow interest rate hikes, aimed at preventing inflation from remaining too high. The services sector, which accounts for the majority of the US economy, experienced unexpected growth in November, according to a report released Monday by the Institute for Supply Management. According to other reports, both business orders and durable goods orders at US factories grew more than expected in October. While this news is good for the overall economy, it complicates the Fed's fight against inflation because it probably means interest rates will need to rise to ease price pressures. According to Oanda's Edward Moya, Inflation is likely to remain more stable, and the service sector of the economy is unlikely to contract. It is likely that the Fed may need to take additional action. Also Read: Global economy in a bind, according to Paul Hickin of S&P Global Insights The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates by half a percentage point at its meeting next week, representing a break from a recent three-quarter percentage point rate hike. Since March, it has raised its benchmark rate six times, bringing it to a range of 3.75% to 4%, the highest in fifteen years. By mid-2023, Wall Street expects the benchmark rate to reach a peak range of 5% to 5.25%. The aim is to slow growth without slamming the brakes and precipitating a recession that will slow business and consumer spending in the global economy. Already volatile global energy markets are being further agitated by Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine. US crude oil fluctuated before shedding 3.8% after a group of world leaders decided to boycott most of Russian oil. In addition, they agreed to a $60 per barrel price cap on Russian exports. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong fell 1.1% to 19,300.90 during Asian trade, while the Kospi in South Korea fell 0.6% to 2,404.39. At 3,209.27, the Shanghai Composite index shed 0.1%. The Nikkei 225 index rose 0.3% to 27,909.65 in Tokyo. Shares in Thailand and Bangkok also declined. On Monday, the S&P 500 fell 1.8% to 3,998.84. The tech-heavy Nasdaq fell 1.9% to 11,239.94 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.4% to 33,947.10. Further losses in small-company stocks sent the Russell 2000 index down 2.8% to 1,840.22. Shares of oil and gas companies fell as a result of a general decline in energy prices, which saw natural gas prices fall by 11.2%. Exxon Mobil declined 2.7%. Nearly 95% of stocks in the benchmark S&P 500 index were down overall, with technology firms, banks and retailers accounting for some of the biggest market weights. Nvidia, a chip maker, dropped 1.6%, Bank of America fell 4.5%, and Amazon fell 3.3%. Most bond yields have gone up. Mortgage rates are influenced by the yield on the 10-year Treasury, which rose to 3.59% from 3.49% late Friday. Thursday will bring a weekly update on unemployment claims on Wall Street. The monthly report on producer prices for November is due on Friday. Besides, benchmark US crude oil rose 63 cents to $77.56 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Tuesday. It fell $3.05 to reach $76.93 a barrel. Brent crude, the benchmark price for international trade, rose 57 cents to $83.25 a barrel. Also Read: Korea wants to assist Vietnam in upgrading its economy As of late Monday, the US dollar had risen to 136.88 Japanese yen from 136.71 yen. The euro rose from $1.0491 to $1.0497.

News Track 6 Dec 2022 4:22 pm

Gujarat elections: Muslim villagers claim they boycotted phase-2 voting; poll officials deny - Deccan Herald

Gujarat elections: Muslim villagers claim they boycotted phase-2 voting; poll officials deny Deccan Herald

Google News 6 Dec 2022 9:40 am

Gujarat polls: Villagers claim they boycotted voting over flogging incident

As many as 1,400 Muslim voters from Undhela village in Gujarat's Kheda district boycotted voting during the second phase of the state Assembly polls in protest against the public flogging of some men from the community by police two months ago, community leaders have claimed. Poll officials have denied the claim saying there was no boycott call. Seven persons, including a policeman, were injured when stones were thrown at a Garba event in Kheda district in October by a group allegedly comprising members of the Muslim community. They had objected to holding the event near a mosque. Later, videos showing policemen in plain clothes beating some men, suspected to have thrown stones, with sticks in front of other villagers went viral on social media, causing an uproar. On Monday, community leaders said all 1,400 Muslim voters of the total 3,700 voters in Undhela village, situated in Matar taluka, joined the protest and didn't exercise their franchise when polling was held across 93 ...

Business Standard 6 Dec 2022 9:40 am

Watch: Bengalurus Rex Theatre revamped with luxury seats, gourmet cuisine

Theatre The Directors Cut multiplex boasts of several luxurious features including recliner seats and gourmet cuisine and was inaugurated by actor Kichcha Sudeep. TNM Staff Twitter Bengalurus iconic Rex Theatre, which was shut down in 2018, is now back as Directors Cut, a luxurious multiplex. The multiplex, launched by PVR Cinemas, is touted as south Indias first Directors Cut, and is located at Forum Rex Walk shopping center on Brigade Road. Actor Kichcha Sudeep inaugurated the movie hub on December 2. PVR Managing Director Ajay Bijli said that the new Directors Cut has a total of 243 seats in its five luxurious thematic auditoriums. The property is equipped with the technological offerings for a good viewing experience, plush leather recliners, a 4K laser projection system, and razor-sharp image quality along with a 7.1 Dolby surround system and Real-D 3D technology. The auditorium will have 1.2 metres legroom and 750 mm seat width. Youve got a call button, youve got a swivel seat, youve got a torchlight, and therefore there will be service to your seats, Bijli told PTI. He also added that customers can choose between a variety of cuisines while watching the movie. On ticket prices, the PVR MD said that currently, the average cost is about Rs 900 per ticket. There will also be dynamic and flexible pricing on weekends, peak hours and weekdays to meet all types of consumers, he added. Bijli further said, PVR Ltd opened its first Directors Cut in 2011 in Delhi with an idea to attract people to cinema theatres who wanted a different experience, and the response they got was phenomenal. The company is planning to set up Directors Cut movie halls in Noida, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, and Chandigarh, he added. Luxurious PVR theatre to open for public from Dec 9th I am wondering how much will be the ticket price?? FORUM REX WALK MALL ,BRIGADE ROAD#pvrcinemas #pvr #cinema #Cinema #Kiccha46 #KicchaSudeep #movie #KFI #Sandalwood pic.twitter.com/UrtS5P6lRJ PRASHANT (@Prashh1111) December 5, 2022 Bijli also said the latest launch in Bengaluru is the 884th screen of PVR Limited, which opens 100-odd screens every year. This quarter itself, we have 20 more screens coming up, the MD said. To a question on the performance in the last two quarters in the wake of an alleged social media boycott, he said the boycott did not really impact PVR much. There has been a little up and down. The first quarter was just phenomenal when we got almost 25 million people in our cinemas. In the second quarter, we got about 18 million. But the volatility did not happen due to any social media boycott, according to me. The volatility only happened because of the content, he explained. The PVR MD attributed the below-par business performance to the poor content of the films instead of the social media boycott. Sometimes, consumers connect with the cinema, and sometimes they dont. So when they connect, obviously box office revenues go up and if they dont connect, then, of course, the volatility brings the footfalls down, Bijli said. With PTI inputs Read: 80 years of cinema: Credits roll on Bengaluru's Rex Theatre as it shuts on Dec 31

The News Minute 6 Dec 2022 9:18 am

Boycott Chetans movies

Panchamsali Lingayat leaders have called upon the community to boycott all movies of actor Chetan. The actor recently opposed according 2A category reservation to Panchamsalis. Chetan had said the demand was not justifiable.

The Times of India 6 Dec 2022 8:31 am

Three Villages Boycott 2nd Phase of Gujarat Assembly Polls Over Unresolved Water Shortage Issue

At least 5,200 voters from three villages in Mehsana district of Gujarat on Monday boycotted the second and final phase of voting alleging the state government has failed to resolve their longpending issues including water shortage.

News18 5 Dec 2022 7:04 pm

Four villages in Gujarat's Mehsana boycott polls over lack of development

The voters in four villages of Gujarat's Mehsana district said they were boycotting the elections as no development had taken place in their areas

Business Standard 5 Dec 2022 6:57 pm

Oil prices rose after the Russia price cap pact, with world shares mixed

United States: World stocks were mixed and oil prices rose after the European Union and the Group of Seven democracies decided to boycott the majority of Russian oil and agreed a $60 per barrel price cap on Russian exports. The CAC 40 in Paris fell 0.2% to 6,728.57 and the DAX in Germany fell 0.3% to 14,490.99. In Britain the FTSE 100 rose 0.1% to 7,562.40. S&P 500 futures declined 0.4%, while Dow futures lost 0.3%. A barrel of US benchmark crude rose 55 cents to $80.53 a barrel, in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell by $1.24 to $79.98 a barrel on Friday. Also Read: What to Watch out for from RBI MPC's upcoming meet Brent crude rose 56 cents to $86.13 a barrel on Monday after Western countries imposed a $60-a-barrel price cap and imposed sanctions on some types of Russian oil. The two sanctions measures may have resulted in an unknown amount of Russian oil being removed from the market, reducing supply and driving up prices. Turkey, the world's second-biggest oil producer, was able to redirect the majority, but not all, of its previous European shipments to customers in China and India. The Saudi-led OPEC oil cartel and its allies, which include Russia, decided on Sunday not to change their plans to supply oil to the world economy. The OPEC+ alliance decided in November to cut production by 2 million barrels per day; This deduction is still in effect. Also Read: World will see the power of 'Indian toys', Modi govt will help Hong Kong's benchmark rose 4.5% to 19,518.29 during Asian trade. The Shanghai Composite rose 1.8% to reach 3,211.81. Market participants claim manufacturing and trade disruptions will ease as Chinese authorities ease some of the toughest rules imposed to control the coronavirus outbreak, while pursuing their zero-covid strategy, which aims to kill every infected person. Is to separate, still in progress. place. Restrictions include lockdowns of certain areas or structures, routine testing requirements and the closure of factories and other businesses. Shanghai and Beijing, among other Chinese cities, recently experienced several days of protests as anger over COVID-19 restrictions reached a boiling point. In an extraordinary display of public disapproval in a society where the ruling Communist Party exercises near total control, some people called for Chinese President Xi Jinping to resign. The Kospi fell 0.6% to 2,419.32 in Seoul, while the Nikkei 225 rose 0.2% to 27,820.40 in Tokyo. The S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.3% to 7,325.60 in Sydney. Mumbai shares declined, but increased in Singapore and Taiwan. Thailand's markets remained closed due to the holiday. A report showing accelerating US wages prompted investors to worry about inflation, leading to a mixed stock performance on Wall Street on Friday. It rekindled concerns that the Federal Reserve may not be able to scale back its key interest rate hikes as expected. The Dow Industrial gained 0.1% while the S&P 500 declined 0.1%. The Nasdaq's overall index declined 0.2%. Since the beginning of the month, stocks have been rallying on hopes that inflation may peak. This allows the Federal Reserve to reduce rate increases with the aim of reducing inflation by slowing the economy and lowering the price of stocks and other investments. But according to a labor market report released Friday, workers' wages increased by 5.1% last month compared to a year earlier. That's an increase from the 4.9% gain in October and easily exceeds economists' predictions for a recession. Last month, American businesses added 263,000 new jobs. More than 200,000 were forecast by economists, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7%. With a higher percentage of people either not working or looking for work than before the pandemic, many Americans are also outright unemployed, which could put more pressure on employers to raise wages. Also Read: Watch: Top 10 fastest-growing major state economies of India The US economy will enter a recession next year, according to a growing number of economists, primarily as a result of higher interest rates. In foreign exchange, the dollar fell to 135.31 yen from 134.39 Japanese yen late on Friday. The euro rose from $1.0540 to $1.0553.

News Track 5 Dec 2022 3:15 pm

Four Gujarat villages boycott polls over lack of development - Economic Times

Four Gujarat villages boycott polls over lack of development Economic Times

Google News 5 Dec 2022 3:11 pm

Rajasthan: Media has `boycotted` Rahul Gandhi`s Bharat Jodo Yatra, says Gehlot

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot along with PCC chief Govind Singh Dotasra, former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, ministers, MLAs and many other leaders and workers joined Rahul Gandhi during the yatra

Mid Day 5 Dec 2022 1:27 pm

An Action Hero Box office: Here is how much Ayushmann film earned on Day 3

Ayushmann Khurrana s An Action Hero is already hit the theatre screen. Recently the remake of Jedha Nashas song was released and Aap Jaisa Koi featuring Ayushmann Khurrana, Malaika Arora released from the film. After Doctor G, Ayushmanns this movie also opens up with a slow start. An Action Hero is the third Bollywood release for Ayushmann Khurrana this year. Previously, he saw the release of Anek and Doctor G According to the early Box office reports. The film is Ayushmann's first full actioner.On day one the film earned 1.5 crores On Day 3, it registered a 60 per cent growth, however, the numbers are still low. Its single-day collection was Rs 2.40 crore, hence taking the total number to Rs 5.87 crore. Meanwhile, An Action Hero had an overall 16.69 per cent Hindi Occupancy on Sunday, December 4. Speaking about the movie, the actor played the role of superstar and popular youth icon, Maanav sees a downfall in movie career when he is caught up in a dramatic accident while shooting in Haryana, after which he runs for his life from an avenging politician who will go to any extent to satisfy his ego in the name of revenge. Maanav flies to London to prove his innocence on his own terms. The movie enthralls with its slick action and offbeat satirical sense of humor. The films highlight the celebrity culture where many of famous personalities are exposed to public backlash, media trials and the boycott trend. An Action Hero is Helmed by Anirudh Iyer, the film also stars Jaideep Ahlawat in the lead role and is all set to hit the theatres on December 2, 2022. The film marks the 'Dream Girl' actor's first action-packed role of his career. In the film, Ayushmann plays a famous actor Manav, who could be seen in an action-packed chase against a goon, played by Jaideep Ahlawat. Helmed by Anirudh Iyer the film is produced by Anand L Rai and Bhushan Kumar. Things against Pakistan, Akshay Kumar replied to a Pakistani who criticized his film Bell Bottom Video!! Hansika Motwani ties the wedding knot to Sohael Kathuriya, glimpses of her wedding Watch: Hema Malini recreates iconic scene from 'Seeta Aur Geeta'

News Track 5 Dec 2022 10:00 am

Bereft of basic needs, this Delhis Bawana boycottMCD polls

The capital city, Delhi went under polls on Sunday, while voters of Katewara (ward no.31) did not reach the polling stations to cast their votes.

The New Indian Express 5 Dec 2022 8:05 am

Delhi's Katewara village boycotts MCD polls

While there was a beeline of voters at polling stations across the city, the polling booth in village Katewara in northwest Delhi wore a deserted look.

The Times of India 4 Dec 2022 4:10 pm

Messy Corporation

With mud-slinging a routine and no-confidence motions hugely frequent, Srinagar, the Shehr-e-Kashmir, could be the collateral of the politicking within the SMC, reportsYawar Hussain In September 2018, when Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) went for elections after 13 years, National Conference (NC) boycotted. Then, Apni Party had not been floated. Four years later, Srinagar has Apni []

KashmirLife 1 Dec 2022 9:21 am

Hindutva groups continue campaign, evict Muslim trader from Kodagu temple

The exclusion of Muslim traders in Kodagu is part of an aggressive campaign by Hindutva groups in Karnataka to boycott Muslim businesses at temples. TNM Staff Screengrab/Twitter A Muslim trader who had set up shop near a temple was evicted by members of a Hindutva group in Karnataka's Kodagu district, continuing the trend of Hindutva groups targeting Muslim traders in the state. The latest incident occurred at the Harihara Subramanya Temple in Ponnampet in Kodagu district on Tuesday, November 29. Ambika, a college lecturer and the district coordinator of the Durga Vahini, a Hindutva group, told Muslim traders that they were not allowed to conduct business near the temple.He (the trader) didn't have the necessity to hide his ID card to carry out business here. They could have come here showing their real ID cards. Despite us saying that we won't let anyone other than Hindus to do business here, they are doing business here with fake ID cards, Ambika is heard saying in a video showing a Muslim trader being evicted from the temple area. The exclusion of Muslim traders in Kodagu is part of an aggressive campaign by Hindutva groups in Karnataka to boycott Muslim businesses at temples. Earlier this week, Hindutva groups called for a boycott of Muslim traders during the religious fair at the Subramanya Swamy temple in VV Puram in Bengaluru. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal submitted a memorandum on Tuesday to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner, Tushar Giri Nath and Deputy Commissioner of Police for South Bengaluru, P Krishnakant, calling for a ban on Muslim traders. The move was condemned by the Federation of Street Vendors Union in Bengaluru. Street vendors are brought together by hard work and hunger not their caste and religion. They don't live their life begging from the government but instead face various difficulties in life. Misusing religion to ban vendors of a particular religion is unconstitutional. This is against their rights, a press statement by the federation said. The government's silence indicates that their stance is anti-constitutional. Such a move by the government will create a fearful atmosphere among street vendors, the statement added. In March 2022, Hindutva groups evicted Muslim traders from the Bappanadu temple fair in Mulki in Dakshina Kannada district as part of a similar campaign targeting temple fairs across coastal Karnataka. Read: 'We even went to Kumbh Mela': Muslim traders evicted from Karnataka temple fair The Durgaparameshwari temple in Bappanadu has a syncretic history which spans over 800 years. A sign installed in the temple premises describes it as a modern day testimony to communal harmony. The sign further reads, The temple, said to be built by a Muslim merchant, is today known for the rare practice of allowing Muslims to accept the prasada (blessings of the deity). Similarly, Muslim traders who took part in large numbers at the Kaup Maariamma festival were also barred this year. Read: Maari to Maariamma: Brahminising local deities threatens religious ties in coastal Karnataka

The News Minute 30 Nov 2022 8:00 pm

Hindutva groups demand boycott of Muslim traders at Bengalurus Subramanya Swamy temple

Bengaluru News Earlier this year, banners had been put up in Mulki town of Dakshina Kannada district which warned that Muslim traders will not be allowed to set up stalls at the Bappanadu temple fair. TNM Staff Right-wing outfits have called for a boycott of Muslim traders during the religious fair at Subramanya Swamy temple in Bengalurus VV Puram. Vishva Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal submitted a memorandum stating the same on November 29 to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner, Tushar Giri Nath, and Deputy Commissioner of Police for South Bengaluru, P Krishnakant. Similarly, Hindu Jagran Vedike called for a ban on non-Hindu traders at Koppal's Anjanadri temple. The group has put posters calling for the ban around the temple. Around Anjanadri mountain, which is a sacred Hindu religious site, many religious paraphernalia are sold and other businesses such as hotels run. In such a holy area, only Hindus should be allowed to trade, the Vedikes letter, submitted to Koppals District Magistrate read. The letter also alleged that Muslim traders in the area have been instigating terror in the guise of doing business and demanded that they should be banned. Calls for economic boycott of non-Hindus from Hindu religious sites are not isolated events but have recurred with several instances. VHP and Bajrang Dal in Kodagu had also put up similar posters prohibiting non-Hindus from setting up shops at Harihar Subramanya temples upcoming fair on November 29 and November 30. An aggressive campaign was earlier launched by Hindutva groups in coastal Karnataka to boycott Muslim businesses at temple fairs. Banners had been put up in Mulki town in March which warned that Muslim traders will not be allowed to set up stalls at the Bappanadu temple fair. Muslim traders were also barred from putting up stalls at the annual Mari Pooje festival in Kaup, near Mulki at the Bappanadu temple fair. Read: 'We even went to Kumbh Mela': Muslim traders evicted from Karnataka temple fair

The News Minute 30 Nov 2022 9:56 am

Bengaluru: Three right-wing members ask to boycott Muslim traders

The detainees had argued that when Muslims were not allowing any Hindu traders to carry out business in the surrounding areas of mosques, then why should the rules apply only to Hindu fairs only

Mid Day 30 Nov 2022 8:54 am

BJP leaders call for boycott of Richa Chadhas films

Activists of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday burnt the posters of Indian actress Richa Chadha near Mutthiganj area over her recent Galwan tweet and called up residents to boycott her movies.

The Times of India 30 Nov 2022 8:29 am

Court staff in Raj to boycott work today

Jaipur: The Rajasthan Rajya Karmachari Sangh will boycott all court works across the state in support of the agitating employees in Jaipur seeking a CBI probe into the death of a court employee, Subash Mehra under suspicious circumstances at the residence of a judge on November 10. TNN

The Times of India 30 Nov 2022 8:27 am

Karnataka: Hindu activists demanded boycott of Muslim traders, THIS happened with them - Zee News

Karnataka: Hindu activists demanded boycott of Muslim traders, THIS happened with them Zee News

Google News 29 Nov 2022 4:49 pm

Hindu activists detained for giving boycott call against Muslim traders

Hindu activists detained for giving boycott call against Muslim traders The Karnataka Police on Tuesday took three Hindu activists into preventive custody for threatening to stage a protest against the decision to allow Muslim traders to do business in the Subramanyeshwara temple in Bengalurus V.V. Puram locality. Bengaluru: The Karnataka Police on Tuesday took [] The post Hindu activists detained for giving boycott call against Muslim traders appeared first on Mangalorean.com .

Mangalorean 29 Nov 2022 3:31 pm

Patients suffer as doctors boycott work in Kota government hospitals

Resident doctors continued to boycott work on the second day on Friday in protest against the assault on their colleagues on emergency duty on Wednesday night. Police have so far detained two persons.

The Times of India 26 Nov 2022 11:39 am

AP advocates boycott court proceedings against transfer of two HC judges - Hindustan Times

AP advocates boycott court proceedings against transfer of two HC judges Hindustan Times

Google News 26 Nov 2022 12:03 am

Gujarat polls: Diamond workers union urges artisans to boycott BJP - Hindustan Times

Gujarat polls: Diamond workers union urges artisans to boycott BJP Hindustan Times

Google News 25 Nov 2022 1:56 pm

Woman attacks doc with chair after death of patient in Kota

Resident doctors at government-run MBS Hospital boycotted work on Thursday after a woman attempted to hit a doctor with a chair at emergency room.

The Times of India 25 Nov 2022 9:47 am

Angry over FRO killing, forest officials boycott gram sabhas

Protesting staff stop podu lands survey, seek weapons for protection

The New Indian Express 25 Nov 2022 5:39 am

Telangana Forest officer murder: Staff demand weapons for adequate protection

Death On November 22, Forest Range Officer Ch Srinivasa Rao of Bhadradri Kothagudem division was killed allegedly by a group of Guttikoya Adivasis over the podu land issue. TNM Staff Tension prevailed during the final rites of Forest Range Officer (FRO) Ch Srinivasa Rao on Wednesday, November 23, in Telanganas Khammam when agitated forest department employees attempted to disrupt the funeral, demanding justice for the slain forest officer. The FRO was killed allegedly by a group of Guttikoya Adivasis over the contentious podu (forest) land issue on Tuesday. Srinivasa Raos colleagues attempted to surround Forest Minister Indrakaran Reddy and Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay who had come to pay their respects to the slain forest officer with the primary demand of providing them with weapons for their self-protection. The employees took out a rally, displaying pictures of the deceased FRO and raising slogans demanding justice. Among other demands, the forest department staff demanded increased security to protect themselves, and for the Guttikoya community to be driven away from the forest. The officials claimed that the Guttikoya tribe is native to Chhattisgarh, and must be relocated. On Tuesday, FRO Srinivasa was hacked to death with axes and sickles in Yerrabodu forest in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, when the deceased and other officials went to the Bendalapadu tribal habitation, to prevent an alleged attempt by the residents to remove saplings planted by the forest department. As tensions mounted, the cultivators allegedly attacked the FRO with weapons. He was rushed to a private hospital in Khammam district, where he breathed his last. Read: Podu land rift: Telangana forest officer killed in clash with Guttikoya tribals The protesting forest department personnel also expressed anger towards the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders, for allegedly encouraging the adivasi communities by assuring them that they would be issued pattas while simultaneously instructing the forest officials to preserve forest land. There should be clarity on this. On one hand the leaders are encouraging the Guttikoyas and they are asking us to preserve forests. This has led to a confrontation between us, said a member of the forest department association. Sensing trouble, the ministers who had participated in the funeral left the site before the issue escalated. The forest department employees, however, said that they will continue to boycott their duties until their demands are met. The Guttikoyas are not natives of Telangana, they are from Chhattisgarh. They should be relocated, said a staff member. The Guttikoya community, who are engaged in shift agriculture, and the forest department officials have been at conflict with each other over the podu lands (forest lands used for shift agriculture). Both the parties claim ownership of these lands. While the forest department claims that the land belongs to the government, the Guttikoyas claim that they have been doing agriculture on forest land for centuries. The conflict has particularly intensified after the government introduced Haritha Haram project to enhance forest cover of the state by clearing encroachments and planting saplings. There have been, in the past, sporadic incidents of violence over podu lands. The issue came to the fore when a group of men led by Sirpur MLA Koneru Konappas brother, Koneru Krishna brutally attacked a woman Forest Range Officer with lathis for planting saplings on forest land as part of the Harita Haram initiative. Acknowledging the issue, the government had planned to resolve the issue by giving title deeds (pattas) to the deserving claimants. Though the process began in November 2021, it was stopped shortly after. The government is presently carrying out a last leg survey to identify podu lands in the forest fringe areas and find a permanent solution to the issue. Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party has blamed the Telangana government for the death of FRO Srinivasa Rao. They said that the delay in giving title deeds to the Guttikoya community by the government led to the murder of FRO Srinivasa. The Telangana government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh to the deceaseds family along with a job for a member of his family. The Kothagudem police have also arrested two persons -- Tula and P Nanga -- who allegedly killed the FRO.

The News Minute 24 Nov 2022 11:19 am

Erasure by design: How Indian Muslims are being rendered invisible

While growing up, a common remark I used to hear was, You don't look like a Muslim!. An innocent-sounding comment back then and I didnt really understand its implications. It was expected to be taken as a compliment. It was only much later that I realised what such a simple statement insinuated. I didn't wear the common identity markers of Muslims like the hijab, burqa, head cover, surma, or other hallmarks that are associated with the community. In the past few years, the meaning of that remark has metamorphosed into something else for me. What they actually meant was, Your appearance doesnt make me uncomfortable. I have seen this innocuous-sounding comment transform into a full-fledged Hindutva project. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, which makes no bones about being an organisation driven by the Sangh ideology, has taken many steps that aim at invisibilising the minority Indian Muslim population of India. It has launched a systematic project to limit minority voices and impose restrictions on their religious expression and identity markers in a bid to make the community invisible from public spaces and unofficially push them to the status of secondary citizens. Stereotyping of Indian Muslim in pop culture Indian films over the years have played a major role in pushing a particular image of the bad Muslim. A typical bad Muslim is mostly bearded, wears a skull cap, and more often than not has coal-lined eyes, all of which are supposed to be symbols of religious fanaticism rather than normal expressions of religiosity. On the other hand, the burqa, which is a cover used by practising Muslim women, has been an object of ridicule in most movies, mostly worn to carry on some shady business. The good Muslim, on the other hand, is someone who has a religion-neutral appearance, devoid of any religious markers, an ideal representative of secularism, who offers aartis and occasionally dances in Visarjans, abuses Pakistanis whenever possible and eventually dies for the country fighting Pakistan, because what better test of patriotism can an average Indian Muslim have? These stereotypes, propagated and emboldened over the years, are now a part of pop culture, with regular appearances in newsrooms, films, and even Tik Tok videos. Any deviation from this image is considered nothing less than an act of treason. Restrictions on religious freedom This started with an objection to the Muslim congregation for Friday Namaz. Last year, a campaign was started in Gurugram, Haryana, to stall the performance of Friday Namaz in any public space. A group of Hindu right-wing organisations began disrupting Friday Namaz week after week by occupying the designated Namaz spaces, even going so far as to perform havans on the said spaces as an expression of counter-activity. All this happened with the help of the administration and police, who acted as a convenient passive audience.The Haryana Chief Minister released a statement in which he instructed Muslims to perform their prayers in private or designated religious spaces and not in public spaces. Ironically, a section of the majority now insists on performing their religious affairs in those designated spaces itself. In Khargone, Madhya Pradesh, the Ram Navami procession was taken through a Muslim neighbourhood and loud music was played, which led to clashes and the resultant demolition of Muslim houses by the administration. In September this year, a Ganpati procession was taken out in Gulbarga, Karnataka, repeatedly playing provocative songs on loudspeakers in front of Mehbus Masjid. Similar incidents took place in Gujarat, Hyderabad, Siliguri, and Muzaffarpur. So, essentially, not only the public places have been claimed by the majority, barring Muslims from performing or following any religious acts, but even the designated places of worship for Muslims, or those theoretically private spaces, are being encroached upon by the majority by these acts of bullying and intimidation. Incarceration of journalists and activists Many strong and prominent Muslim voices have been lodged in jails in the past few years. Activists like Sharjeel Imam and Umar Khalid have been in jail for almost two years. Journalist Siddique Kappan is still in jail despite securing bail in the UAPA case as his bail application in the PMLA case was rejected. Recently, journalist Mohammed Zubair from Alt News was arrested and put in jail for an innocuous old tweet. All this happened when members of the Hindu Maha Sabha organised rallies and meetings and gave incendiary speeches against the minorities with no repercussions. This is a reiteration of the fact that, in New India, a Muslim is not allowed to show dissent in any form, or they would have to pay a price. In most cases, the administration has made examples out of them to serve as a warning for any future dissenters. Even the powerful not spared The public trial of Shahrukh Khan's son Aryan Khan was broadcast last year on many newsrooms by screeching, enthusiastic news anchors, and on social media by a dedicated section of trolls who didn't leave any stone unturned in vilifying and defaming the entire Khan family. These people rejoiced as if they had some personal scores to settle with the superstar and his family. Though the investigation was still in progress and numerous loopholes were already coming to light, some people had already pronounced Aryan Khan guilty. The fact that the irrational hatred had more to do with Shahrukh Khan's Muslim identity cannot be denied. Amir Khan has been the victim of numerous boycotts over the past few years, since the time he made a statement about the rising intolerance in the country. The fact that even stars like Amir and Shahrukh, who have been adored and loved by all for decades in this country, are not being spared by the hate wave against Muslims in the country and have been bullied into silence, is an indication of the current situation of commoners. Social media bullying of Muslim women Trolling and bullying of vocal Muslim women on social media platforms, especially Twitter, is not unheard of. But last year, right-wing extremists took it a step further by using the profile pictures of many vocal Muslim women from Twitter and other social media sites and using them on a virtual auction platform. It happened not once but twice, in the form of Sulli deals and Bulli deals. I and many other Muslim women, who dont subscribe to the ideology of the current political regime, were harassed by anonymous accounts and even after filing police complaints and the subsequent arrest of the perpetrators, no concrete action was taken. It was a reiteration of our fears that we should not expect any support from the system in case of any mishap. The result was that the majority of the Muslim women stopped using profile pictures in their bios, and many toned down their opinions, especially political ones. Another act of silencing Muslim voices was successfully executed. Instead of addressing or facing the issues raised by the Muslim minority, the current regime has chosen the convenient path of blatant use of power, to curb any and every form of criticism. Noam Chomsky said, If we dont believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we dont believe in it at all. Almost every Indian Muslim must have heard the phrase Go to Pakistan at least once in their life. While the majority recognises that it is not feasible to deprive nearly 17.2 crore Muslims in India of their citizenship, the next best option is to disenfranchise and silence them. Dr Nazma Parveen is from Kolkata and writes on socio-political issues. Views expressed are the author's own. Category: Voices Bread Crumb: Opinion Image Upload: Muslimwomenholdplacards_pti_21112022_1200x800-compressed.jpg Blurb: The BJP has launched a systematic project of limiting minority voices, imposing restrictions on religious expression and identity markers in a bid to make the community invisible. 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The News Minute 21 Nov 2022 3:29 pm

After 4 assaults, doctorsboycott emergency and OPD services in Delhi's Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital

A lady patient came with many attendants who forced us to treat her first.

The New Indian Express 13 Nov 2022 9:10 am

OPPOSE DICTATORSHIP, OPPOSE TOTALITARIANISM, OPPOSE AUTOCRACY: PROTESTERS IN CHINA SHARE ANTI-XI JINPING POSTERS USING AIRDROP

Days after Chinese officials went into overdrive to remove evidence of a rare protest in Beijing that featured enormous posters on a flyover calling for boycotts and the removal of Xi Jinping, protestors have discovered a new means to carry on their demands. According to reports, some protestors in China are sharing anti-Jinping posters using Continue reading OPPOSE DICTATORSHIP, OPPOSE TOTALITARIANISM, OPPOSE AUTOCRACY: PROTESTERS IN CHINA SHARE ANTI-XI JINPING POSTERS USING AIRDROP The post OPPOSE DICTATORSHIP, OPPOSE TOTALITARIANISM, OPPOSE AUTOCRACY: PROTESTERS IN CHINA SHARE ANTI-XI JINPING POSTERS USING AIRDROP appeared first on OurVoice | WeRIndia - Analysis & Opinion .

Our Voice WeRIndia 21 Oct 2022 11:56 am

Trolling Aamir Khan: 'Ad' Nauseum?

Yet another ad has sparked a controversy and once again the Boycott trend took over social media. This time, it was an advertisement by the AU Bank of India, that attempted to shatter taboos but received flak from Hindu groups and a BJP minister instead. They say the ad which stars Aamir Khan and Kiara Advani has hurt their religious sentiments. On Breaking Views, we discuss whether this cultural policing happening just for publicity or is a form of dangerous politics.

NDTV 13 Oct 2022 9:24 pm

After BJP MP's Community Boycott Call, A Case Filed But Not Over Speech

BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma has sparked a huge controversy by his call for a otal boycott in a speech seemingly aimed at Muslims. At a public event at Dilshad Garden in North-east Delhi, Mr Verma is seen addressing supporters on what should be done to fix their head and set them straight.

NDTV 10 Oct 2022 10:53 pm

'Not Happy With Supreme Court Definition Of Hate Speech': Ex Judge To NDTV

Former Supreme Court judge Justice Madan Lokur told NDTV that there are enough existing laws to tackle hate speech but much more needs to done to implement them. Hate doesn't just lead to violence, he said, adding it can also affect people and communities psychologically. The comment came a day after BJP MP Parvesh Verma called for complete boycott of a community, seemingly aimed at Muslims, at a public event in Delhi.

NDTV 10 Oct 2022 8:36 pm

#BOYCOTTBRAHMASTRA WHY IS BRAHMASTRA SETTING A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT?

As the release date for the Bollywood big-budget movie Brahmastra nears, calls to boycott this movie are growing louder. While the producers, actors, and director have gone into overdrive to promote the multilingual release, the people seem to be in no mood to go watch the movie. According to online reports, the movie is supposed Continue reading #BOYCOTTBRAHMASTRA WHY IS BRAHMASTRA SETTING A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT? The post #BOYCOTTBRAHMASTRA WHY IS BRAHMASTRA SETTING A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT? appeared first on OurVoice | WeRIndia - Analysis & Opinion .

Our Voice WeRIndia 9 Sep 2022 11:12 am

Kamalamma and Boycott Bollywood!

Myself Kamalamma from Kunjibettu in Udupi. What to tell you nowadays, we are getting to learn new and big words. From Corona time we are hearing quarantine and distancing and sanitizer and now, it...

The Times of India 7 Sep 2022 5:30 pm

ASTRAVERSE THE CONCEPT ON WHICH BRAHMASTRA IS BASED IS NOT JUST ILLOGICAL, BUT LUDICROUSLY SHAMEFUL

Boycott Brahmastra: Really why? Have we become such imbeciles that we will boycott just about anything. And have been become so blind in our hatred towards Bollywood that we are ready to Boycott Brahmastra, a movie that celebrates our ancient glory. To boycott or not to boycott is an individual call but let us try Continue reading ASTRAVERSE THE CONCEPT ON WHICH BRAHMASTRA IS BASED IS NOT JUST ILLOGICAL, BUT LUDICROUSLY SHAMEFUL The post ASTRAVERSE THE CONCEPT ON WHICH BRAHMASTRA IS BASED IS NOT JUST ILLOGICAL, BUT LUDICROUSLY SHAMEFUL appeared first on OurVoice | WeRIndia - Analysis & Opinion .

Our Voice WeRIndia 7 Sep 2022 11:29 am

September 1, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Press Boycott

The Indian Express 1 Sep 2022 4:23 am

Bring Down Bollywood Brigade Is An Industry: Actor Swara Bhasker

There is a lot of negative hysteria that has been generated around Bollywood, a lot of it is lies, actor Swara Bhasker told NDTV on the Boycott Bollywood trend.

NDTV 31 Aug 2022 10:57 pm

Boycott Trends Don't Have Much Impact: Actor Swara Bhasker To NDTV

Actor Swara Bhasker says that boycott trends don't impact films' collections as much as people think, but they do create a perception. The outspoken actor also slams the ring down Bollywood brigade, calling it an industry in itself. She adds that Bollywood has been the biggest vehicle for secularism and the hate brigade doesn't like it.

NDTV 31 Aug 2022 6:50 pm

INDIA TODAY NORMALIZES HINDU HATE CHRISTIAN WRITER COMPLAINS OF TOO MUCH KRISHNA IN KARTHIKEYA 2

More screens were available for Karthikeya 2 as cinema halls decided to take down big-starrers Laal Singh Chadda and Rakshabandhan off the screens within the first week of their release with their boycott calls being a success. The infamous Bollywood coterie had tried their best to sabotage this film but failed miserably. The movie set Continue reading INDIA TODAY NORMALIZES HINDU HATE CHRISTIAN WRITER COMPLAINS OF TOO MUCH KRISHNA IN KARTHIKEYA 2 The post INDIA TODAY NORMALIZES HINDU HATE CHRISTIAN WRITER COMPLAINS OF TOO MUCH KRISHNA IN KARTHIKEYA 2 appeared first on OurVoice | WeRIndia - Analysis & Opinion .

Our Voice WeRIndia 23 Aug 2022 12:53 pm

#BoycottDobaaraa: Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap's film's Dobaaraa flops, netizens 'fulfilling their wish'

#BoycottDobaaraa: Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap's film's Dobaaraa flops, netizens 'fulfilling their wish'

India Today 20 Aug 2022 3:15 pm

JOKE! TOLERATED TOO MUCH SAYS BOLLYWOOD NEPO-KID, NOW WANTS TO TAKE ACTION ON AUDIENCE FOR BOYCOTTING FILMS, SAYS FILMMAKERS TOLERATED TOO MUCH

Arjun Kapoor, the star kid of the lesser famous Kapoor clan, whose father, uncles, cousins, step mother and step siblings have all been part of the tinsel town, in his recent interview with Bollywood gossip website Bollywood Hungama said that the film industry people need to come together to end the boycott trend. We have Continue reading JOKE! TOLERATED TOO MUCH SAYS BOLLYWOOD NEPO-KID, NOW WANTS TO TAKE ACTION ON AUDIENCE FOR BOYCOTTING FILMS, SAYS FILMMAKERS TOLERATED TOO MUCH The post JOKE! TOLERATED TOO MUCH SAYS BOLLYWOOD NEPO-KID, NOW WANTS TO TAKE ACTION ON AUDIENCE FOR BOYCOTTING FILMS, SAYS FILMMAKERS TOLERATED TOO MUCH appeared first on OurVoice | WeRIndia - Analysis & Opinion .

Our Voice WeRIndia 18 Aug 2022 11:33 am

Editorial with Sujit Nair: Why Boycott Movies???

Laal Singh Chaddha stars Aamir Khan in the titular role alongside Kareena. The film is an official Hindi remake of the 1994 Hollywood film Forrest Gump that starred Tom Hanks. Laal Singh Chaddha made headlines after the hashtag Boycott Laal Singh Chaddha started trending on Twitter ahead of its release.... The post Editorial with Sujit Nair: Why Boycott Movies??? appeared first on HW News English .

News View 17 Aug 2022 9:59 pm

FORMER ENGLAND CRICKETER MONTY PANESAR JOINS THE CALLS TO BOYCOTT AAMIR KHAN-STARRER LAAL SINGH CHADDHA

Aamir Khans much-awaited film Laal Singh Chaddha is already struggling at the box office amidst poor reviews and boycott calls from all over India, now it looks like the boycott calls have gone global as well. Former England international cricketer Monty Panesar has now asked everyone to boycott the film over its portrayal of the Continue reading FORMER ENGLAND CRICKETER MONTY PANESAR JOINS THE CALLS TO BOYCOTT AAMIR KHAN-STARRER LAAL SINGH CHADDHA The post FORMER ENGLAND CRICKETER MONTY PANESAR JOINS THE CALLS TO BOYCOTT AAMIR KHAN-STARRER LAAL SINGH CHADDHA appeared first on OurVoice | WeRIndia - Analysis & Opinion .

Our Voice WeRIndia 12 Aug 2022 11:06 am