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Are Indian Muslims Are Being Systematically Demonized For Spreading Covid-19 Infection?

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A recent report by Delhi Police has claimed that Pakistan is deliberately running a disinformation campaign to instigate Indian Muslims to defy Covid-19 lockdown. Earlier, Delhi Police strangely also discovered Pakistani link to the riots that occurred in northeast Delhi.

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A report titled Project Digital vaccine: Weaponising Disinformation to Destroy Covid-19 lockdown prepared by the cyber experts of Delhi Police’s Special Branch stated that several videos appeared to have been shot in Pakistan and the Middle East with audio in Hindi superimposed on them.

The report further states that the videos show Muslims refusing to get medical treatment and assault health workers with requests to fellow Muslims to follow the same and adds that such videos are being viewed by a large number of people and may end up influencing a large section of people of the targeted religion.

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The report also mentions that timely removal and quick rebuttal of such deliberate disinformation campaigns is required to ensure Indians from all religions follow social distancing and adhere to lockdown guidelines.

The report also claimed that popular Chinese app TikTok is being used as the primary medium to spread the disinformation campaign and the videos are further being shared on Whatsapp, Facebook and other social media sites.

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According to the investigation of the Delhi Police, as per media reports, hundreds of high impact videos with fake news are being circulated to stoke religious sentiments in Muslims. A senior police official said that thousands of such videos were circulated on Twitter and TokTok alone and were shared widely through Whatsapp.

Initial reports have revealed that 10 million users have already watched the videos. The official also revealed that several accounts of the original video uploaders have been found to be deleted suggesting a disinformation campaign.

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The Delhi Police in its report also revealed that a lot of youtube channels with lakhs of followers uploaded videos of Maulana Saad, the organizer of the infamous Tablighi Jammat congregation where he is seen asking Muslims to make fun of social distancing and ignore lockdown protocols.

However, the Delhi Police blaming Pakistan in its report seems rather convenient especially given the increasing communal tension in Delhi after the Tablighi Jamaat congregation and the riots that took place in February, according to experts.

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According to Amir Ali a professor at Jawaharlal National University, who spoke to Times.com, Islamophobia has been transposed onto the coronavirus issue.

Even as the details about the Tabligh Jammat congregation were emerging #CoronaJihad, #NizamuddinIdiots, #Covid-786 began trending. #CoronaJihad was shared 300,000 times and potentially seen by 165 million people on Twitter as per the data shared by Equality Labs.

#CoronaJihad tweets had falsely shown a Muslim man from Delhi intentionally coughing on somebody when in fact the video was shot in Thailand. However, that did not stop some from labelling Muslims as ‘vile minded people’ and referring to the virus as #TabighiJamaatVirus. Another video purportedly showing Muslims intentionally sneezing on another was debunked.

Memes showing China as the producer of virus and Muslims as the distributors have also surfaced.  Such trends on online media have unnerved Muslims especially as it comes on the backdrop of Delhi riots.

Various tweets lambasting Muslims were tweeted and retweeted thousands of times. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, a minister in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party Government had called the congregation as Talibani crime.

Indian television news channels also flashed headlines such as “Save the country from Corona Jihad” and “Who is the villain of Nizamuddin?”

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In such a situation and amidst the backdrop of anti-CAA protests, a law which Muslims believe to be detrimental to them and the Delhi riots and the Tablighi Jamaat congregation that has once again increased communal tension, blaming Pakistan’s hand could be a way out for Delhi Police to divert people’s attention and deflate the tension.

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China Warns India Of Economical Repercussions If It Supports The US In Cold War Against China

China’s aim of upholding friendly ties with India hasn’t changed, so Beijing will still provide assistance to India by boosting bilateral partnership to help its economic recovery and expanding bilateral trade ties.

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As US-China tensions intensify, Chinese state media – Global Times writes that many experts are predicting that both nations are set to enter a Cold War and advises India to stay away from US-China rivalry.

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GT writes – with sentiment building in India, many experts have urged New Delhi to join the new Cold War and utilise the situation. Such senseless opinions are nothing but ridiculous and should not influence the Indian government’s position.

GT claims that India has little to gain from interfering in US-China dispute and Modi government needs to face the new geopolitical development objectively and reasonably. India needs to be cautious not to include the US factor in its approach with China.

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The same holds true in China-India border conflict and the offer of US arbitration is worthless as both China and India have the ability to resolve their problems bilaterally.

In a possible US-China Cold War, India must not favour the US or becomes a US pawn against China as it would deteriorate economic ties between both the nations and the Indian economy may not be able to take ‘financial hit’ at such time, GT cautions.

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China’s aim of upholding friendly ties with India hasn’t changed, so Beijing will still provide assistance to India by boosting bilateral partnership to help its economic recovery and expanding bilateral trade ties.

GT warns that China doesn’t want to see a situation where politics leads to financial consequences, so Modi government is encouraged to view the India-China ties with the practical mindset instead of being lured by nationalist sentiment.

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Indian Diplomacy Fails As Nepal Set To Clear New Map To Include Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura, Kalapani As Nepali Terrority

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Nepal’s major opposition parties have tilted towards PM Oli’s move to constitutionally update Nepal’s map to include the disputed territories of Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani.

Nepal’s Law Minister, Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe has tabled the country’s new political map’s constitutional amendment in Nepal’s House of Representatives or Lower house of Nepali Parliament today on 31st May.

Post the passing of the controversial constitutional amendment by the Nepalese Parliament and then by the President, it will equip the country with a constitutional backing to the new map that depicts the alleged Indian territories of – Lipulekh, Kalapani, Limpiyadhura as Nepali territories.

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Toeing the line further for worsening Indo-Nepal relations, Nepal chief opposition party, the Nepali Congress (NC) along with other minor parties like the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), Samajbadi Janata Party Nepal and Rastriya Janata Party Nepal have decided to fully back PM Oli’s move to grant constitutional status to the updated map of Nepal.

After securing the crucial support of Nepali Congress, the Nepal Communist Party-led government will secure more than two-thirds majority in the parliament for getting the new map guaranteed constitutionally through the amendment.

It is reported that, since the issue has gathered an enormous nationalistic sentiment along with vast public support, therefore, overstepping the popular sensibility might become equalled to low electoral prosperity.

The TOI reports that an Indian official has observed that “these are issues that bind parties together irrespective of their ideological moorings. Senior Nepali politicians have been threatened by their cadres on this issue.”

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The new political map that Kathmandu had formulated earlier this month depicts Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani as a part of its territory, while the regions are also claimed by New Delhi as a part of the Uttarakhand state of India.

The spat with Nepal picked pace when India inaugurated an 80 kilometres long road which originates from Ghatiabgarh and terminates at Lipulekh Pass, a disputed region claimed both by India and Nepal.

Post the inauguration, hundreds of youths in different cities of Nepal began demonstrating against the alleged encroachment by India. The Nepal Ministry of Foreign Affairs also brought out a sharp objection, which mentioned that “In light of this development (the road), the Government of Nepal called upon the Government of India to refrain from carrying out any activity inside the territory of Nepal.”

A few weeks later after, Nepal came up with the new map officially including the disputed territories. Nepal has accused India of taking unilateral actions like building roads in the disputed Kalapani territory.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs had stated last week that, “India is open to engaging with all its neighbours on the basis of mutual sensitivity and mutual respect, in an environment of trust and confidence. This is a continuous process and requires constructive and positive efforts.”

 The Chinese connection

As EurAsian Times had previously reported, experts on the issue had called a leaf out of the Chinese books regarding the Indo-Nepal conflict.

It was reported that major defence experts including India’s Army General hinted at the involvement of China in Nepal’s politics as the road holds a strategic value for being the first road that provides connectivity to the Indian troops deployed on the Line of Actual Control.

However, Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali had told Indian media that “Nepal would never allow any sort of interference in its internal matters. We have good relations with China that’s true, but that does not mean Nepal picks a side.

Nepal always pursued neutral foreign policy. We have good relations with two foreign neighbours. So, to attribute anything between Nepal and India to a China factor is completely wrong.”

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Pakistan Invites ‘UN Military Observer Group’ To LOC To Verify Indian Aggression

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Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has prompted the United Nations in preventing any military escalation between India and Pakistan and reemphasised Pakistan’s offer to the UN Military Observer Group to visit the Line of Control.

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As part of Pakistan’s steadfast attempts, Qureshi has written another comprehensive communication to the UN Security Council President and the UN Secretary-General, notifying them of the latest situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

As per reports, Qureshi comprehensively briefed the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir. In his letter, he wrote about towards newly-notified “Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Order 2020” and “Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate Rules 2020” which Islamabad believes will change the demography of the volatile region.

Qureshi also underlined Modi governments exploitation of the ongoing pandemic to reinforce its military crackdown in the region and rejected Indian attempts to weaken Kashmiris’ indigenous fight against so-called Indian occupation and their brutalization by terming it as “terrorism.”

Qureshi also highlighted sustained Indian ceasefire violations at the Line of Control and the Working Boundary and intentional targeting of innocent civilians. Rejecting the groundless Indian allegations of terror “launch pads”, Qureshi reemphasised Pakistan’s offer to the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan to visit the sites to confirm the truthfulness of Indian claims.

He emphasised that the real Indian reason behind blaming Pakistan is to create a pretext for a “false flag” operation, about which Islamabad has been cautioning the global community.

The Pakistan Foreign Minister also demanded that India be urged to abstain from committing crimes against Kashmiri civilians which include extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detentions and confinements, use of pellet guns and live ammunition, burning and looting of the houses of people to inflict “collective punishment.”

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