The February visit would be a welcome distraction for both nationalistic leaders, who face deepening political troubles at home.
Arjun SethiTrump & Modi: fascists love company.
I bet they’ll discuss how to divide communities, deport entire populations, discriminate against Muslims, curtail good journalism & spread fake news.
Like ancient Athens, the United States risks using its financial power to alienate allies and precipitatate its own downfall in the process.
Arjun Sethi“More and more often, the U.S. is using its privileged role as custodian of the global financial system to coerce & punish those who object to its methods, be they friend or foe.”
Case Study #1: threatening to freeze Iraq’s accounts at the Federal Reserve
Housewives, grandmothers and students in Delhi at centre of resistance to new citizenship laws
Arjun Sethi"The loudest voices of dissent have largely been women. From activists and lawyers to students, housewives and grandmothers, both Hindu and Muslim, women across India have been at the forefront of the resistance..."
The only real debate about India’s economy is exactly when things were as bad as they are in 2020.
Arjun SethiTurns out:
*rising gender violence against women
*persecuting Muslims & Dalits
*illegally annexing Kashmir
*silencing dissent & promoting fake news
*disenfranchising entire sectors through demonetization
Are bad for the economy.
The crowd scattered and word spread up the street in panic: “Police, police.” While protesters scrambled to flee over the rooftops of the block in old Lucknow, dozens of officers burst in below...
Arjun SethiIf you aren’t already, please follow the protests in India. The images are searing.
People are risking their lives to take on fascism & authoritarianism and are facing arrest, police violence & death.
The Indian people need our support & solidarity.
The BJP's Bollywood go-between Mahavir Jain has invited stars like Karan Johar, Kabir Khan, Ritesh Sidhwani for a meeting with Union Minister Piyush Goyal in Mumbai on Sunday Jan 5.
Arjun SethiModi has organized a conversation tomorrow in Mumbai with Bollywood celebrities to gain their support for the citizenship bill. It’s “followed by a scrumptious dinner.”
Do these people have any conscience? History will remember you supported a tyrant.
Three minors, describe in detail, the over 48 hours they spent in police detention in Nagina, Bijnor.
Arjun SethiPolice in Uttar Pradesh are torturing children. Sleep deprivation, beatings & threatening to gouge their eyes.
It isn’t just UP. There are reports of police detaining & torturing children across India.
Only the completely depraved treat kids this way.
Uttar Pradesh Police filed an FIR against 1,200 Aligarh Muslim University students for carrying out a candlelight march. The case has been registered under Sections 188 and 341 of the Indian Penal Code for violating Section 144 of the Criminal...
Arjun SethiFirst they tear gassed & violently beat Aligarh Muslim University students.
Now Uttar Pradesh Police have filed an FIR or criminal complaint against 1,200 AMU students for a candlelight march.
All 1,200 could be rounded up & arrested in the coming days.
The Prime Minister’s Hindu-nationalist government has cast two hundred million Muslims as internal enemies.
Arjun SethiIn Gujarat, Modi told police to allow “people to vent their frustration & not come in the way of the Hindu backlash.” He hoped “the Muslims be taught a lesson to ensure that such incidents do not recur.”
Modi is inciting pogroms today like he did then
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stridently backed a law establishing a religious test for migrants that has led to deadly protests.
Arjun SethiBe worried about India, very worried.
In his latest interview, Modi defends the citizenship bill, calls the police “martyrs” & refuses to even acknowledge that protestors have been killed.
The conditions for wide scale mob violence & pogroms are in place
Fake sites and groups lobbying for India influenced decision makers in Europe, researchers say.
Arjun SethiModi has created one of the most sophisticated fake news regimes in the world consisting of 265 sites that peddle falsehoods & demonize dissent.
The world must support the protesters in India & int’ll media outlets must document & share their stories.
India's external affairs minister called off a meeting with senior congressional members after the group of lawmakers refused to exclude Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who has been critical of India's policies in Kashmir.
Arjun SethiIf @RepJayapal was a white man, the Indian government would never have cancelled this meeting.
This incident is about her critical advocacy on Kashmir & human rights in India, but it’s also about misogyny & silencing women.
BJP says its worker not involved in attack on train engine
Arjun SethiDisturbing report from Murshidabad.
A BJP worker, and five associates, were caught throwing stones at a train. The men were wearing skullcaps & lungis, so that they looked like Muslims.
They were trying to spread fake news & mob violence.
A bill establishing a religious test for immigration to India is expected to pass Parliament, a major step for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist agenda.
Arjun SethiMassive detention camps in Assam. Revocation of autonomy in Kashmir. Legal precedents like Ayodhya which embolden mob violence. And now the Citizenship Amendment Bill
which will block Muslims from becoming citizens.
Modi & Amit Shah are hateful fascists.
India News: Analysts estimate WhatsApp's inactive accounts policy may have cost them almost 1.5 million users on a single day
Arjun Sethi1.5 million WhatsApp accounts have been deactivated in Kashmir b/c users that are inactive for 120 days are removed.
Take a moment, search Twitter & see how painful it is for Kashmiris to see their loved ones disappear from family chats that are years old
The woman says one of the men who attacked her on Thursday is the same man who raped her last year. It's another horrifying incident in a country grappling with high levels of sexual violence.
Arjun SethiA woman in India was raped by a man.
On her way to court to testify against him, a group of men attacked her & set her on fire.
The group of men included her rapist.
She’s now in critical condition struggling for her life.
A doctor mourns a wholly avoidable epidemic of visual and moral impairment
Arjun SethiIndia is intentionally maiming & blinding Kashmiri children.
"Each cartridge releases 300 to 600 lead-based pellets...which can easily penetrate soft tissues & damage internal organs...at close range...it can result in permanent disability or death."
Arjun SethiFacebook is a megaphone for hate in India.
In Assam, where Muslims are being stripped of citizenship, posts calling Muslims “pigs,” “terrorists,” “dogs,” “rapists,” & “criminals” were shared 100,000 times & viewed 5.4 million times, yet FB did nothing
The Uighur internet has been transformed from a space that fostered a cultural flourishing for Uighurs into a space that controls many aspects of their lives.
Arjun Sethi12 million Uighurs are now subject to the most invasive surveillance system in history.
They’re required to carry smartphones & IDs listing their ethnicity, and forced to pass through thousands of face surveillance checkpoints.
Great reporting @dtbyler