Bulletin: 01/2018

Here is the Information Factory Bulletin for the 1st week of 2018.

Following an incident where the renowned Kanaka Durga temple in Vijayawada was opened at midnight on December 26 and rituals were performed, the government of Andhra Pradesh has transferred the executive officer of the temple, Suryakumari. This incident once again highlights why representatives of Indian state with their primary allegiance is to “secular” Indian constitution, and not to Hindu dharma, shouldn’t be controlling our temples.

It was reported that Ishrat Jahan, whose petition was responsible for the Supreme Court of India outlawing the practice of instant Triple Talaq, has joined the BJP in West Bengal. This was also the week when the Congress party used its numbers in the Rajya Sabha to block the passage of the bill banning Triple Talaq. The bill had earlier passed through Lok Sabha where the BJP has a majority. This development leads one to wonder if Congress party’s claims of working for women’s empowerment doesn’t extend to Muslim women.

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, the General Secretary of the Kerala unit of CPI(M), advised his party cadres that physical violence is the only means to counter the growing influence of RSS in the state. It is worth noting that since the current CPI(M)-led LDF government came to power in Kerala, almost 20 volunteers of BJP/RSS have been murdered in the state.

Kerala office of the Censor Board has banned a documentary called the “21 months of hell”. The docu-fiction documents the inhuman torture techniques employed by Kerala police during the Emergency imposed in 1975 by the Congress government headed by Indira Gandhi. This incident is yet another demonstration that the Congress may be out of government but not out of power.

A major tragedy was averted in Kerala when a landmine was discovered near a bridge on National Highway 66 at Kuttipuram in Malappuram district before it could go off. Police observed that it was probably not planted but abandoned there. More worryingly, police also observed that this landmine was similar to what is used by the Army.

Indian Currents, a Delhi based publication of the Catholic Church, has been forced to withdraw a cover article “Cardinal Sin” and the associated Editorial. The article discussed the allegations of a land scam against Cardinal Mar Allencherry of the Syro-Malabar Church. The article was withdrawn following instructions from the Provincial House.



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