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Under the guise of being open-source platforms, the social media universe has created its own code of conduct where the lines between free speech and hate speech are often blurred(Shutterstock)

Communalism: The other virus in India | Opinion

UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 05:43 AM IST
Hate is an infection that is contagious when it is normalised as has happened in recent years
Swami Agnivesh was suffering from liver cirrhosis and was critically ill for the last few days.(ANI photo)
Swami Agnivesh was suffering from liver cirrhosis and was critically ill for the last few days.(ANI photo)

Swami Agnivesh passes away at 80, was suffering from liver disease

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hinustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 10:53 PM IST
Social activist Swami Agnivesh, who was critically ill and was hospitalised due to liver cirrhosis early this week, passed away on Friday. He was 80.
Taking his cue from Sri Lanka banning face veils in the wake of Easter bombings, social activist Swami Agnivesh on Sunday made unusual remarks about the burqa, calling it odd and scary.(ANI)
Taking his cue from Sri Lanka banning face veils in the wake of Easter bombings, social activist Swami Agnivesh on Sunday made unusual remarks about the burqa, calling it odd and scary.(ANI)

Swami Agnivesh appeals for ban on burqa. Then calls it ‘odd and scary’

Bhopal | By Shruti Tomar
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2019 09:00 PM IST
“Both burqa and ghoonghat needed to be banned. Muslim women should come forward to ban it not in India but across the world. At least a reform should start after the Sri Lanka episode,” Swami Agnivesh said.
Former SAD MP Tarlochan Singh (Centre)in Amritsar on Monday.(HT Photo)
Former SAD MP Tarlochan Singh (Centre)in Amritsar on Monday.(HT Photo)

Blasphemy case: ‘Dera chief was pardoned by Akal Takht on basis of 8-year-old letter’

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Surjit Singh
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2019 10:40 PM IST
Ex-MP reveals he had drafted the letter brought by Swamy Agnivesh in 2007; endorses Giani Iqbal Singh’s claim that word ‘apology’ was added to it by Akal Takht in 2015
(From L) Justice PB Sawant (retd) and Swami Agnivesh during the ‘Matdar Jagruti Parishad’ conference on Sunday at Ganesh kala Krida Manch.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
(From L) Justice PB Sawant (retd) and Swami Agnivesh during the ‘Matdar Jagruti Parishad’ conference on Sunday at Ganesh kala Krida Manch.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

My India my vote: city activists raise questions that voters need to ask

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2019 04:31 PM IST
Swami Agnivesh, social activist; Teesta Setalvad, human rights activist; Justice PB Sawant (Retd); Niranjan Takale, journalist and Sripad Sabnis, litterateur spoke on the topic ‘Lok Sabha elections and challenges before the country
Activist Swami Agnivesh after he was allegedly assaulted by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers during his visit to Pakur, Jharkhand, in July.(PTI)
Activist Swami Agnivesh after he was allegedly assaulted by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers during his visit to Pakur, Jharkhand, in July.(PTI)

Activist Swami Agnivesh roughed up outside BJP office on way to pay homage to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 03:43 AM IST
This is the second time Agnivesh has been attacked. He was recently assaulted in Jharkhand’s Pakur district in Jharkhand when he was on way to attend a public function in a village.
Swami Agnivesh, who was in Jharkhand’s Pakur to attend an event on July 18, was in his hotel when a group of ABVP and BJYM workers allegedly thrashed him.(PTI/File Photo)
Swami Agnivesh, who was in Jharkhand’s Pakur to attend an event on July 18, was in his hotel when a group of ABVP and BJYM workers allegedly thrashed him.(PTI/File Photo)

Unhappy over no arrest, Swami Agnivesh to move Supreme Court for probe into attack on him

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2018 10:30 PM IST
Social activist Swami Agnivesh on Sunday said he might approach the Supreme Court for a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the attack on him two weeks back in Jharkhand, in which, he claimed, there had been no probe or arrest yet.
File photo of a protest against Maharashtra government’s been ban order. RSS leader Indresh Kumar has said many crimes could be curtailed if the practice of eating cow meat was stopped.(Arijit Sen/ HT File Photo)
File photo of a protest against Maharashtra government’s been ban order. RSS leader Indresh Kumar has said many crimes could be curtailed if the practice of eating cow meat was stopped.(Arijit Sen/ HT File Photo)

Many crimes can stop if people don’t eat cow meat, says RSS leader Indresh Kumar

Ranchi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2018 12:17 PM IST
RSS leader Indresh Kumar also said that killing a cow was not approved by any religion.
Social activist Swami Agnivesh was assaulted allegedly by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers, during his visit to Pakur on Tuesday, July 17, 2018(PTI)
Social activist Swami Agnivesh was assaulted allegedly by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers, during his visit to Pakur on Tuesday, July 17, 2018(PTI)

To curb lynching, our hopes are pinned on the judiciary

By Shashi Shekhar
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2018 07:22 PM IST
I feel if the Supreme Court takes suo moto cognisance of attack on Agnivesh in Pakur, the callousness that the authorities display while dealing with such incidents can be reined in
Alleged Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers assault social activist Swami Agnivesh during his visit to Pakur on July 17.(PTI Photo)
Alleged Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers assault social activist Swami Agnivesh during his visit to Pakur on July 17.(PTI Photo)

Jharkhand govt begins probe into Swami Agnivesh assault

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Sanjoy Dey, Ranchi
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2018 08:15 AM IST
Strap: Santhal Paragana commissioner and deputy inspector general visited Pakur and collected evidences. Police still clueless about the named accused, while accused claimed they were in town
Swami Agnivesh after he was allegedly assaulted by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers, during his visit to Pakur on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
Swami Agnivesh after he was allegedly assaulted by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers, during his visit to Pakur on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

Jharkhand minister says Swami Agnivesh a ‘fraud’; social activist blames govt for attack

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Sanjoy Dey
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2018 05:28 PM IST
A day after he was thrashed allegedly by BJP youth wing workers, Agnivesh said he wanted to raise the issue with Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu but could not meet her on Wednesday as his appointment of 11 am was cancelled.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi speaks during 'Chaupal pe Charcha' an interaction session with farmers at Nanded village in Maharashtra.(PTI File Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi speaks during 'Chaupal pe Charcha' an interaction session with farmers at Nanded village in Maharashtra.(PTI File Photo)

Who am I? Rahul Gandhi tweets second pop quiz after attack on Swami Agnivesh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2018 11:28 AM IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked the government using a pop quiz that asked people to the name the “perpetrator of hatred and fear”.
Social activist Swami Agnivesh after he was allegedly assaulted by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers, during his visit to Pakur on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.(PTI Photo)
Social activist Swami Agnivesh after he was allegedly assaulted by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers, during his visit to Pakur on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.(PTI Photo)

Swami Agnivesh alleges attack by BJP youth workers in Jharkhand

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Sanjoy Dey
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2018 07:17 PM IST
The activists raised slogan against Swami Agnivesh and showed black flags before attacking him in Jharkhand.
Members of an organisation carry posters and shout slogans against the release of the Bollywood film Padmaavat near the office of Central Board of Film Certification in Mumbai on January 12.(AP file photo)
Members of an organisation carry posters and shout slogans against the release of the Bollywood film Padmaavat near the office of Central Board of Film Certification in Mumbai on January 12.(AP file photo)

SC dismisses Agnivesh’s plea seeking deletion of scenes from Padmaavat

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2018 01:57 PM IST
Once CBFC clears the movie, deletion of scenes cannot be directed, it said.
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