[WSMDiscuss] Caste, Community and Religion as Contagion

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Sun Apr 26 15:39:43 CEST 2020

Dear Friends

Greetings! Caste, community andreligion are used as an excuse for scapegoats in pandemic situations. So it isnot a surprise that caste, community and religion have also become a target forbeing a contagion. 


Do pass it on to others in yourcircle/network. 


Caste andcontagion

Mukul Kesavan, Opinion, The Telegraph, April 26, 2020 



Covid-19 is a desi disease accidentally invented by theChinese




Kashmir:The Lockdown Within the Lockdown

Shahnaz Bashir, The Wire, April 24, 2020 



One blushes at theidea of writing a lockdown diary, when we have spent so long reading, orwriting, prison notebooks and torture testimonials.




Covid-19: Even in a pandemic, mainland India is stillracist and intolerant towards North Easterners

Gertrude Lamare, Scroll, April 24, 2020 



Among the many displays of racism against North Easterners, spitting onthem has become revoltingly familiar.




As the world looksfor coronavirus scapegoats, Muslims are blamed in India

JoannaSlater and Niha Masih, Washington Post, April 23, 2020 



In India, the searchfor scapegoats during the coronavirus pandemic has focused squarely on thecountry’s sizable Muslim minority, a community of 200 million that feltunder threat even before the advent of covid-19.




Muslims as contagion: The image of “terrorists” carryingCOVID-19 in India 

BrahmaPrakash, ICF/IWF, April 23, 2020 



Ifwe believe our government and the national media, then the most dreadedterrorists in India do not carry grenades, rocket launchers or AK-47s. Instead,they carry COVID-19; bio-terrorists are equipped with the latest biologicalweapons imported from the Maoist China; Tabligi Jamaat, the organizationresponsible for a congregation in Delhi have implanted viral chips on Muslimbodies that produce a contagion to eliminate Hindus. In place of explodinggrenades, the new "terrorists" sputter coronavirus. They spit onfruit, they sneeze from windows, they cough from their houses, and they vomitfrom buses, as part of their new "attacks". 





Umakant,Ph. D 



My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality. 
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