South Asia Papers – #2 Muslims of Bangalore under Narendra Modi’s regime: Perspectives from South India
In May 2014, the victory of the Hindu nationalists at the legislative elections led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), allowed Narendra Modi to rise to power as Prime Minister, though his level of responsibility in the anti-Muslim pogroms in Gujarat in 20022 was at the centre of a number of controversies 3. Modi certainly did lead a campaign focused on a type of development in India that would associate society as a whole, including religious minorities. However, a few months into the BJP’s victory, the highest spheres of the central State led attempts to polarise the Hindu majority and the religious minorities.
Exiled Between Two Authoritarianisms: the Sudanese Exiled in Cairo, from Hosni Mubarak to Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
by Maaï Youssef
The travesty election of the Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the presidency of the Republic in July 20131 demonstrates the permanence and the solidity of the authoritarian basis of the Egyptian State apparatus. Despite the political changes that have taken place since 2011, the prolonged presence, including during Mohamed Morsi’s presidency, of the same political actors within the security apparatus, has led, if not to an authoritarian “restoration”, at least to its re-composition within a counter-revolution movement.
In November 2014, the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) managed, rather surprisingly, the best take of their history: a general of the Colombian army, captured in the Chocó department. Newly re-elected in June 2014, Juan Manuel Santos then immediately suspended the peace talks taking place since 2012 in Havana between the guerrilla and the government.
“Yarmouk has been living under siege for over 650 days; water and electricity have been cut for over 200 days… Yarmouk’s suffering is more than a few days old!” explains Basela, a 45 year-old Palestinian from Syria and an activist in the humanitarian field. Whilst in April, the media focused on Yarmouk for a while, a Palestinian refugee camp south of Damascus targeted by a raid from the Islamic State organisation, the torment lived by its population is however not a recent event and seems to have no end in sight.
This upcoming May 26 will mark the end of the first year of the Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi’s mandate at the head of the Indian government. To underline this anniversary, this article aims at delving on the situation of the Muslim minority in a country governed by the Bharatyia Janata Party (Indian People’s Party, BJP), a Hindu nationalist political formation ideologically based on hindutva, which promotes the “Hinduness” of India, regardless of the other ethnic minorities of the country – notably the 14% of Muslims and 3% of Christians.