Snooping of Citizens

NSO (Niv, Shalev and Omri) Group Technologies, an Israeli firm established in 2010, has developed a spyware called “Pegasus”. The said spyware enables the remote surveillance of smartphones. The spyware is sold to only “Vetted Governments” of the world. India is one among such vetted governments. This military grade spyware is licensed by an Israeli firm to governments for tracking “Terrorists and Criminals”.

The roots of the spyware are in repression “through its cooperation with Israel and the NSO group, the government does so using technologies that are developed through usage against Palestinians. While the group asks for accountability from the Indian government, it also recognises that the import of such surveillance technology by this same government is done by a policy that regards Israel as its model. The Citizenship Amendment Act mirroring the Law of Return and abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir opening the doors for ‘Israel-style settlements’ have been a starting point. The scandal of anti-democratic snooping shows how Israeli methods are being used against anyone that opposes the wills of those in power. Intrinsically, our struggles for democracy and equality are linked to the Palestinian liberation movement, as well as people across the world resisting human rights violations. 250 citizens of India have condemned import of Israel policy in Pegasus use as “Partnering with Apartheid” (The Wire)

Abdul Rahman Sharief

Via Email

Danish Siddiqui Made India a Proud Country

The killing of Indian Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was covering live fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban near Pakistan border, is unfortunate. “Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioun”. May his soul rest in peace forever in Jannah. Ameen.

On the other hand, Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid while regretting has expressed that they were unaware of the photojournalist’s presence in the war zone area and during whose firing he was killed has surprised them.

The death of the photojournalist has not only shocked the journalism fraternity, but also the people across the world.  He had captured as many as amazing photos during hard times, particularly when the people were protesting in the capital against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The photographs of a teenage man holding a pistol in his hand and opening fire against the anti-CAA protesters to shoot them, and the images of 2020 Delhi riots that took more than 50 innocent lives of the people and properties worth crores of rupees had  been damaged or burned to ashes as well as pictures of mass cremation of Covid victims in the capital have been widely circulated in the international media across the globe.

Moreover,  Danish Siddiqui had excellently exposed the world through his images – the Myanmar’s army brutality and genocide of Rohingya Muslims wherein Rohingya refugees were fleeing Myanmar country via seashore entering into the lands of Bangladesh to acquire shelter to protect themselves to safeguard their lives.

Danish Siddiqui was the first Indian Muslim to win Pulitzer prize in 2018 in 100 years for India. Indeed, people like Danish born in centuries.

Last, but not the least – as a photojournalist, Danish Siddiqui’s contribution to the national and the international journalism stands unparalleled.  His sincere hard work in the profession of photojournalism should be written in gold in the history of Indian journalism as he made India a proud country.

Syed Amjad Ali

Secunderabad

Telangana State

It’s Unfortunate

It’s unfortunate that the death of Fr. Stan Swamy did not evoke the kind of condemnation from the people that it deserved, given the circumstances under which he met his end. Apart from the isolated outrage expressed by the print, electronic and social media and candlelight marches in a few places, there were hardly any reports of mass indignation elsewhere.

This lack of concern is indeed worrisome and raises the question whether we as a nation have become indifferent and insensitive to human sufferings in general and politico-judicial injustice in particular. It’s difficult to find an answer.

Bhaskar Roy

New Delhi

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