Assam Photographer’s Brutality

With reference to the Radiance Viewsweekly dt. 9th Oct.2021, Editorial “Callous, Insensitive to the Core” Assam’s helpless and poor 8000 Muslim families were displaced and left to live under open sky by the BJP regime. All relevant matters were mentioned but you didn’t say about  the dead body of a Muslim youth in which the Assam brutal photographer shows his hateful rage by jumping repeatedly on the dead body twice in the presence of policemen. The photographer’s inhuman act is very condemnable; nobody could have seen such a barbaric act. The video went viral on social media and it was widely circulated in the Muslim world, promoting calls for a boycott of Indian products.

Chowdhry Nisar Ahmed

Noorullah Pet, Ambur

Tamil Nadu

Belated Arrest of Ashish Mishra

The brutal mowing down of farmers from behind by speedy cars in Lakhimpur Kheri has earned wide condemnation from farmers and the civil society as well as the highest palladium of justice. Under this mounting pressure, the police have belatedly arrested Ashish Mishra, son of Minister of State for Home, Ajay Mishra. Ashish has been sent to 14-day judicial custody. And the Opposition parties are asking why hasn’t the junior minister in the Ministry dealing with law and order stepped down. And, why hasn’t the ‘party with a difference’ has sacked him. This is high time Ajay Mishra tendered his resignation. But one thing is certain that only a person with sound sense of morality would dare do so. Almost everyday we are tarnishing our image in the comity of nations.

Aqueel Akhtar

Lucknow, UP

Iraq’s Test for Democracy

Iraqis have lost faith in the democratic system brought in by the US-led invasion of 2003. However, they are being pushed to swallow the pills of democracy. On October 10, Iraqis were voting in small numbers in a parliamentary election. The election is being held several months early under a new law designed to help independent candidates.

The established, Shia-dominated ruling elite, whose most powerful parties have armed wings, is expected to sweep the vote. The Shia leader Moqtada al-Sadr, who opposes all foreign interference and whose main rivals are Iran-allied Shia groups, is seen emerging as parliament’s biggest faction.

Such a result would not dramatically alter the balance of power in Iraq or the wider Middle East, say Iraqi officials, foreign diplomats and analysts, but for Iraqis it could mean that a former insurgency leader and conservative Islamist could increase his sway over the government.

Sharique Hasan

Basrah, Iraq

‘Secret Plan’ to Place UAE Police Chief as Interpol Head

Politicians do not tire of playing political machinations. Every morning story after story confirms this fact. A news report has revealed that four former British ministers have been found to be involved in a secret plan to place the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its police chief as the head of Interpol, in documents that were leaked on October 9.

Last year, the UAE’s police chief Major General Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi was nominated as a candidate to lead the international policing organisation. However the development has sparked criticism due to allegations of his torturing of detainees and his poor human rights record.

The UK-based news outlet the Daily Mail has reported that it has seen leaked documents of the British lobbying firm Project Associates’ (PA) planning of a secret campaign to get al-Raisi appointed.

The four British politicians involved in the campaign reportedly consist of the former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon, former foreign office minister Alistair Burt, former MP Sir Richard Ottoway and former Labour Cabinet minister Baroness Catherine Ashton.

The question is what purpose Al-Raisi would serve to the cause of Britain.

Rizwan Alam

New Delhi

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