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Interview: Annie Zaidi, Author, Prelude to a Riot

By Chintan Girish Modi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 08:22 PM IST
A timely tale about religious intolerance, political propaganda, and fragile intimacies, Prelude to a Riot is one of the five books shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature
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We strongly protest this criminalising of peaceful protests in defence of India’s Constitution, said CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury(PTI)
We strongly protest this criminalising of peaceful protests in defence of India’s Constitution, said CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury(PTI)

Leaders hit out at riots charge sheet

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 05:34 AM IST
A statement issued on Sunday by the CPI (M) politburo said:” The CPI(M) condemns the obnoxious action by the Delhi police to further the narrative of its political masters and urges the government to detest from such acts of criminalising peaceful political protests...”
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Police stand guard in a riot affected area following clashes in northeast part Delhi(REUTERS)
Police stand guard in a riot affected area following clashes in northeast part Delhi(REUTERS)

Mumbai’s story: Vicious riot and elusive justice

By Smruti Koppikar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2020 01:03 AM IST
In Delhi, policemen were either mute spectators or predators as mobs wreaked havoc and violence on innocent citizens.
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There was violence from both sides but reports show that the scale, intensity and viciousness against Muslims were spine-chilling.(HT Photo)
There was violence from both sides but reports show that the scale, intensity and viciousness against Muslims were spine-chilling.(HT Photo)

Communal riot and inter-ethnic tapestry of cities

By Smruti Koppikar | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2020 12:13 AM IST
A city is never the same after a communal riot or pogrom; it does not completely heal, it does not go back to being quite the tapestry it used to be
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1984 anti-Sikh riots: Gujarat high court rejects plea for relief to Sikh families

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2020 10:59 PM IST
The court also said that no factual details were provided to justify the claims of the families, and that “a few non-suited persons” (petitioners) were espousing their cause
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1984 Riot: Sikh passengers dragged out of trains and killed, police arrested none: SIT

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2020 10:56 PM IST
The report said the incidents had happened on November 1 and 2, 1984, at five railway stations of Delhi — Nangloi, Kishanganj, Dayabasti, Shahdara and Tuglakabad
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Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring their fifth goal and completing his hat-trick(REUTERS)
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring their fifth goal and completing his hat-trick(REUTERS)

Sterling blasts 11-minute treble as Manchester City run riot

By AFP | Manchester
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2019 09:38 AM IST
Guardiola’s side were rocked by Ruslan Malinovsky’s first half penalty in the Champions League clash at the Etihad Stadium.
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Battered and torn: A familiar sight after bouts of mob violence.(AFP)
Battered and torn: A familiar sight after bouts of mob violence.(AFP)

Review: Prelude to a Riot by Annie Zaidi

By Saudamini Jain | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2019 09:41 PM IST
Annie Zaidi’s Prelude to a Riot captures the anger and anxiety of our times
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The Delhi High Court has sought a response from the Centre over the legality and validity of an order of the Union ministry of the home affairs directing reinvestigation and investigation of closed cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.(Mint)
The Delhi High Court has sought a response from the Centre over the legality and validity of an order of the Union ministry of the home affairs directing reinvestigation and investigation of closed cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.(Mint)

1984 riots: Delhi HC seeks govt response on convict’s plea

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 10:30 PM IST
A bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice I S Mehta issued notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on the oral objection of Yashpal Singh, who was sentenced to death for killing two men during the anti-Sikh riots.
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Riots and communal clashes in Delhi are hardly political, rather the trigger is most often a trivial issue such as quarrel over a cricket match, tiff over parking, kids fighting over a stray kite or road accidents, investigations carried out in different cases by the Delhi Police have shown.(AFP Photo)
Riots and communal clashes in Delhi are hardly political, rather the trigger is most often a trivial issue such as quarrel over a cricket match, tiff over parking, kids fighting over a stray kite or road accidents, investigations carried out in different cases by the Delhi Police have shown.(AFP Photo)

Petty issues trigger most riots in Delhi, shows police probes

By Prawesh Lama | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2019 12:02 PM IST
“Unlike other states, the genesis of a riot in Delhi is usually not political. But then it takes political colour quickly. Maybe it is the north Indian heat that makes Delhi residents aggressive and violent,” a senior police officer said.
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Protest organisers have announced plans for another mass rally for Sunday.(AFP File Photo)
Protest organisers have announced plans for another mass rally for Sunday.(AFP File Photo)

Hong Kong protests against extradition bill were ‘riots’: Beijing

By Agence France-Presse | Beijing
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2019 03:37 PM IST
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang Thursday said the largely peaceful protests were “an act that undermines Hong Kong’s stability.”
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Among the 10 candidates in the fray, the main contest was between Sanjeev Baliyan of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal’s (RLD) Ajit Singh, who was part of the grand alliance that also includes the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.(AFP file photo)
Among the 10 candidates in the fray, the main contest was between Sanjeev Baliyan of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal’s (RLD) Ajit Singh, who was part of the grand alliance that also includes the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.(AFP file photo)

Shadow of riots, Dalit discontent mark voter in Muzzafarnagar

By S Raju | Hindustan Times, Muzaffarnagar
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2019 12:42 PM IST
In 2013, communal riots here claimed the lives of 64 persons, and displaced 50,000, forcing many Muslims to flee their villages and live in shelter camps
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Wickremesinghe said the unrest would hinder investigations into the April 21 attacks that targeted three Christian churches and three luxury hotels, killing 258 people and wounding nearly 500(REUTERS PHOTO)
Wickremesinghe said the unrest would hinder investigations into the April 21 attacks that targeted three Christian churches and three luxury hotels, killing 258 people and wounding nearly 500(REUTERS PHOTO)

Mob kills one in Sri Lanka as communal riots spread despite nationwide curfew

By Agence France-Presse | Colombo
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2020 04:00 PM IST
Mobs slashed to death a Sri Lankan Muslim man despite a nationwide curfew imposed Monday night after anti-Muslim riots spread to three districts north of the capital in a violent backlash against Easter suicide bombings.
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A nationwide six-hour night curfew after anti-Muslim riots spread to several districts just north of the capital Colombo has been imposed by the Sri Lankan police(AFP)
A nationwide six-hour night curfew after anti-Muslim riots spread to several districts just north of the capital Colombo has been imposed by the Sri Lankan police(AFP)

Sri Lanka imposes nationwide curfew as riots erupt weeks after Easter bombings

By Agence France Presse | Colombo
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2020 03:45 PM IST
Three districts were brought under a curfew earlier in the day in response to Christian-led mob attacks on several Muslim-owned businesses and mosques.
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The Prime Minister repeated Pitroda’s words “hua toh hua” and told the crowd at the rally that the true colours of the Congress were exposed
The Prime Minister repeated Pitroda’s words “hua toh hua” and told the crowd at the rally that the true colours of the Congress were exposed

PM Modi slams Sam Pitroda for his comments on 1984 anti-Sikh riots, says it shows ‘Congress’s arrogance’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2020 07:12 PM IST
On Friday, Sam Pitroda accused the BJP of “twisting his words and “distorting facts to hide their failures”.
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Mohammad Saleem, father of Shahnawaz, who was allegedly killed by members of Jat Community in 2013 in Muzaffarnagar village(Hindustan Times)
Mohammad Saleem, father of Shahnawaz, who was allegedly killed by members of Jat Community in 2013 in Muzaffarnagar village(Hindustan Times)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Uneasy calm in Muzaffarnagar village marked by 2013 riots

By Anisha Dutta | Muzaffarnagar
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 08:18 PM IST
In August 2013, members of the Jat community of nearby Malikpura village, around 4 km from Kawal, allegedly killed Shahnawaz, a Muslim youth, after an altercation. In retaliation, a mob from Kawal killed two Jats – Sachin and his cousin, Gaurav. This sparked the violence.
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BSP chief Mayawati has termed the BJP’s claim of having made Uttar Pradesh riot-free in the last two years as farce.(PTI)
BSP chief Mayawati has termed the BJP’s claim of having made Uttar Pradesh riot-free in the last two years as farce.(PTI)

BJP’s claim of no riots in Uttar Pradesh in 2 years a ‘farce’, says Mayawati

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2019 02:38 PM IST
BSP chief Mayawati has said that Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath’s claim of the state being riot-free under his watch is a farce.
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Rioters looted and torched shops and businesses on the famed Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on Saturday, on the 18th weekend of French “yellow vest” protests, characterised by a sharp increase in violence after weeks of dwindling turnout.(AFP)
Rioters looted and torched shops and businesses on the famed Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on Saturday, on the 18th weekend of French “yellow vest” protests, characterised by a sharp increase in violence after weeks of dwindling turnout.(AFP)

Paris luxury stores looted, burned in ‘yellow vest’ riots

By Agence France-Presse | Paris
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2019 09:33 PM IST
President Emmanuel Macron cut short a skiing trip in the Pyrenees to return to Paris for a crisis meeting, as hooded protesters went on the rampage in Paris, leaving a trail of destruction in the touristic heart of the city.
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Sajjan Kumar has challenged in the top court the Delhi High Court’s December 17, 2018, verdict sentencing him to life term in a case related to killing of five Sikhs(HT File)
Sajjan Kumar has challenged in the top court the Delhi High Court’s December 17, 2018, verdict sentencing him to life term in a case related to killing of five Sikhs(HT File)

1984 anti-Sikh riots: CBI opposes Sajjan Kumar’s plea, says he tried to derail trial and influence witnesses

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2019 07:17 PM IST
In response to Kumar’s application seeking suspension of sentence and grant of bail, the CBI has said that he is capable of “influencing/terrorising witnesses” and fair trial would not be possible in the case pending against him, if he is granted bail.
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Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who was convicted and sentenced by Delhi High Court to life imprisonment in a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, has written to party president Rahul Gandhi, saying he is resigning from primary membership.(PTI file photo)
Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who was convicted and sentenced by Delhi High Court to life imprisonment in a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, has written to party president Rahul Gandhi, saying he is resigning from primary membership.(PTI file photo)

Anti-Sikh riots convict Sajjan Kumar writes to Rahul Gandhi, quits Congress

UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2018 01:33 PM IST
Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who was convicted and sentenced by Delhi High Court to life imprisonment in a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, has written to party president Rahul Gandhi, saying he is resigning from primary membership.
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Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi addresses a press conference in New Delhi.(PTI)
Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi addresses a press conference in New Delhi.(PTI)

Attacked over Sajjan Kumar, Congress hits back with Gujarat riots barb

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2018 04:30 PM IST
The verdict against Sajjan Kumar gave a fresh handle to the BJP to attack the Congress just when it was celebrating the electoral victories in three states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
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Congress leader Sajjan Kumar leaves Patiala House court in New Delhi.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
Congress leader Sajjan Kumar leaves Patiala House court in New Delhi.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

Who is Sajjan Kumar, convicted in 1984 anti-Sikh riots?

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2018 04:40 PM IST
1984 anti-Sikh riots: The Delhi High Court has held Congress leader Sajjan Kumar guilty in the murders of five members of a Sikh family in the aftermath of the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi.
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UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses a press conference at his residence in Lucknow on Friday.(PTI)
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses a press conference at his residence in Lucknow on Friday.(PTI)

Court orders FIR against Yogi Adityanath case complainant over ‘doctored video’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Gorakhpur
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2018 09:11 PM IST
A local court, which is hearing a hate speech case against Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, has ordered an FIR against the main complainant after the investigating agency told the court that a doctored video was submitted as evidence.
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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh told Sukhbir Singh Badal that when the 1984 riots broke out “you were in California in a University”.(PTI File Photo)
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh told Sukhbir Singh Badal that when the 1984 riots broke out “you were in California in a University”.(PTI File Photo)

Amarinder Singh defends Rahul Gandhi, says ‘Congress not connected with 1984 riots’

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2018 12:36 PM IST
The Punjab chief minister even named some Congress leaders, whose names, he claimed, he had heard at camps after the riots.
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Police patrolling Aligarh town in Uttar Pradesh on 07 June, 1972, after curfew was imposed due to communal riots.(KK Chawla/HT Photo)
Police patrolling Aligarh town in Uttar Pradesh on 07 June, 1972, after curfew was imposed due to communal riots.(KK Chawla/HT Photo)

Review: Everyday Communalism: Riots in Contemporary Uttar Pradesh by Sudha Pai and Sajjan Kumar

By Shaikh Mujibur Rehman | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2018 07:03 PM IST
An insightful new book explains why and how communalism has become widespread in Uttar Pradesh
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The riots had claimed two lives and injured more than 100 residents in the city.(HT PHOTO)
The riots had claimed two lives and injured more than 100 residents in the city.(HT PHOTO)

Following riots, Aurangabad gets new police commissioner

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2018 12:53 AM IST
Special inspector general of Nanded range Chiranjeev Prasad was appointed as Aurangabad police commissioner on Monday
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A police patrol party in Raniganj, Burdwan, were clashes and incidents of arson were reported following a Ram Navami procession.(PTI)
A police patrol party in Raniganj, Burdwan, were clashes and incidents of arson were reported following a Ram Navami procession.(PTI)

Ram Navami communal clashes: Want peace, if you strike back I’ll leave, says Asansol imam who lost son

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Midnapore
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2018 11:59 PM IST
Maulana Imdadul Rashidi’s son was found dead after the violence that followed Ram Navami celebrations in the West Bengal town.
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While he was a member of the Ontario provincial parliament, Singh had moved such a motion there in 2016.(AP File)
While he was a member of the Ontario provincial parliament, Singh had moved such a motion there in 2016.(AP File)

Jagmeet Singh faces criticism for pushing Canada’s parliament to give ‘genocide’ tag to 1984 riots

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya | Hindustan Times, Toronto, Toronto
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2018 11:24 PM IST
The NAIC said it supports harmony in the Indo-Canadian community and expects Canadian leaders like Jagmeet Singh to focus on matters that concern Canadians and not to hurt relations between Canada and India.
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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe looks on during a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka February 16, 2018.(Reuters File Photo)
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe looks on during a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka February 16, 2018.(Reuters File Photo)

Sri Lanka riots: President Sirisena removes PM Wickremesinghe as law and order minister

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Colombo
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2018 01:14 PM IST
Wickremesinghe’s 11-day tenure as the law and order minister was marred by racial tension in the central district of Kandy since Monday.
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