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‘LIES AND PROPAGANDA’ 16 Youtube channels blocked by the Government

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KHUSHI SHAH – Mumbai Uncensored, 26th April 2022

Fake news has been around as long as human civilisation, but it has been  turbo-charged by digital technology and the transformation of the global  media landscape.  

Fake news articles that are intentionally designed to manipulate people’s  perceptions of reality and have been used to influence politics and promote  advertising. It has also become a method to stir up and intensify social  conflict. Stories that are untrue and intentionally mislead readers have  caused growing mistrust among Indians.  

Earlier India had banned 22 YouTube channels in April 2022 for spreading  misinformation about India while 20 more were banned in December last  year. Continuing to crack down on the disinformation campaign against  India, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting banned 16 more  YouTube channels, 6 of them from Pakistan and 10 of those from India. As  per the ministry, these channels were involved in targeted disinformation  against India, that was designed to hurt India’s internal security, foreign  relations, and public order. 

The Government of India has blocked these YouTube channels by exercising emergency  powers under the IT Rules 2021. These YouTube channels were trying to incite anti-national  views, communal hatred and create an atmosphere of panic in India. There were more than 68  crore subscribers on these channels.The Youtube channels from Pakistan, were found to have  been used in a coordinated manner to post fake news about India on various subjects such as  the Indian Army, Jammu and Kashmir, and India’s foreign relations in the light of the situation  in Ukraine, etc. 

The ministry also provided several examples of offending headlines, some translated from  Urdu, including, “Germany demands sanctions on India”, “Saudi announces to stop oil export  to India, “America demands Kashmir from India”, “Thousands of Taliban militants infiltrate  India”, and so on.The blocked Indian channels together had over 25 lakh subscribers and  collective views of more than 42 crore. They comprised Defence News24x7, SBB News,  Latest Update, Aaj Te News, Technical Yogendra, Hindi Mein Dekho, MRF TV LIVE, The  Study Time, Saini Education Research, and Tahaffuz-E-Deen India.Pakistan’s blocked  channels had more than 17 lakh subscribers and had racked up 26 crore total views. They  included AjTak Pakistan, Discover Point, Reality Checks, Kaiser Khan, The Voice of Asia, and  Bol Media Bol. 

With so much free information online it’s easy to get distracted by all the false materials  polluting the web. Authoritative resources that were once considered official, have been  overrun by online websites that are intentionally created to share and spread low quality, false  information.A generation ago, information that appeared in print enjoyed a certain legitimacy  whatever the source, but today, people tend to trust and believe those closest to themselves,  and end up in their own echo chamber. I firmly believe that the sources which will flourish in  the future will be the sites that are trusted, with accurate information. The need for high  quality news is greater than ever.

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Supreme Court of India announces Historical Judgement on Sexworkers.

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Recognizes the Sexworkers’ Profession as Legal; Will this Intervention change the life of Sexworkers?

Shobhit Chandola – Mumbai Uncensored, 27th May 2022

What could be hailed as a significant and progressive move, the Supreme Court of India on 26th May, 2022 announced the decision to officially recognise the sex work as a No Offence. 

Although Prostitution is Legalized in India but the activities of Brothel management, Procuring, Child Prostitution, Soliciting and Kerb Crawling were subject to illegal activities.The Apex court was hearing the plea of the hindrances faced by thesexworkers since the Covid 19 times. What a 3 Judge Bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao ordered as final verdict, it has been ensured that now Sex workers won’t be harrased, exploited, punished and thus, the sexwork be regulated. The panel of Sexworkers were constituted by the Apex Court and primarily the 3 aspects were addressed:

  • Prevention of Human Trafficking
  • Resettlement of the Sexworkers who want to leave Sex work.
  • Favourable safe working conditions to be created for the continuing sex workers with utmost nobility.

     Supreme Court’s Guidelines on Sexwork Legalisation

The Bench came up with the final recommendations made by the panel of sexworkers which has been directed by the Supreme Court to the Union territories and the States in order to be followed with stern adherence. As the Supreme Court terms Voluntary sex work as No Crime, it has come up with the Guidelines to be followed by the states & unions once the Government of India accepts the order. Glance briefly at the SCI’s guidelines below:

  • Adults are the Keyholder and Consent is the key. Since the adult’s participation in the sexwork is on his personal volition. Therefore the Police are abstained to charge any criminal case or act on them. This comes as a matter of fact that Police carry presumingly an ill image for the prostitutes and often spark the usage of Verbal or physical abuse on them.
  • When the Sexworker lodges an FIR against any offence that may be criminal/ civil or sexual in nature, the police are entitled to accept it earnestly and act in conformity with law.
  • Just for the sole reason of Mother being indulged in the profession of Prostitution, the detachment of her from the child should not be caused.
  • Sexual Assault on a Sexworker will be equivalent to the same on sexual assault survivor. Hence the sexworker will be entitiled to receive all the facilities of the latter including instant medication.
  • Press Council of India is accountable to issuance  of certain guidelines for the Media on moral grounds which should comprise:  a)- To not publish, telecast and disclose the identities of the sexworkers during raid/arrest/ rescue operation even if the subject is found to be victim or accused.
  • It is the duty of the government to seek participation of sexworkers or their spokesperson in the formation of the policies, guidelines or act formation for the sexworkers.

     The Transition in India if the Centre accepts the SCI’s verdict ? What could be the Cons of Legalising Prostitutions ?

     If the Central Government supports the decision than it will come into existence and the Prostitutions will be legalised and regulated. But the decision has simultaneously raged a big clash of opinions. One phase of Neitizens seems to be disappointed with the verdict and has coined the possible aftermaths of legalization of Prostitution:

  • No guarantee to stop Human trafficking. A Vice-versa uptrend shall initiate 
  •  Health of women seems to be compromised. Also they will be more vulnerable to Government of India’s tax policies.
  •  Legal Prostitution may increase Child prostitution due to relaxed proceeding of the law.
  •  It may serve as a gift to the Sex industry & Sex Tourism but pro western/ developed nations’ elites shall play with the helplessness of lower class prostitutes.
  • There are a fair share of  chances that adultery would increase.
  •  Even though it shall lead to decrease in sexual assault cases, It shall make the Sex worker Morality go down ironically.

Only time will tell how effective and efficient this SCI’s decision will be. But for now, it looks the need of the hour as all the developed nations has the legalised prostitutions which are well regulated in contrast to India where the scenario gets worst with respect to the in-depth reality.

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Qutub Minar Excavation Reports Denied By the Ministry

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Following the Gyanvapi Mosque survey reports said that the government had asked the Archaeological Survey of India to conduct excavations to ascertain the builder of the minaret.

Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 23rd May 2022

Union Minister of Culture, GK Reddy has denied media reports that his ministry has asked the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct an excavation at the Qutub Minar complex to ascertain the facts behind its origin. “No such decision has been taken,” 

After the Gyanvapi Mosque survey, a controversy erupted over Delhi’s Qutub Minar. Some believe it was erected as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. Others say it served as a minaret to the muezzins to call the faithful to prayer. Dharamveer Sharma, the former Regional Director of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), recently claimed that Qutub Minar was actually Surya Stambh a “sun tower” 

Dharamveer Sharma is one of the most respected archaeologists in India. He has served as Superintending Archaeologist in the Delhi division of ASI three times. As per a report in Hindi daily Jagran, he had worked extensively on the conservation of Qutub Minar and went inside the Minaret multiple times. He said he had seen Devanagari writing in the inner parts of the minaret. Every year on June 21, he takes astronomers to the complex.

History states that the Qutub Minar was built in the beginning of the 13th century by Quṭb al-Din Aibak and completed by his successor, Iltutmish. He said it was erected by Emperor Vikramaditya, not the Mughals. He presented a 20-point fact sheet to prove his theory that Qutub Minar was an observatory.

The origins of Qutab Minar are shrouded in controversy. According to certain groups, Qutub Minar was earlier a site of Hindu and Jain temples. 

Two weeks ago, members of a right-wing group recited the Hanuman Chalisa outside the Qutub Minar complex and staged a protest demanding that the iconic monument be renamed ‘Vishnu Stambha’. 

International working president of United Hindu Front, Bhagwan Goyal, alleged that the Qutub Minar is the ‘Vishnu Stambha’, which was built by the “great king Vikramaditya”. “But later, Qutubuddin Aibak claimed credit for it. There were 27 temples in the complex and those were destroyed by Aibak. Proof of all this is available as people can find idols of Hindu gods kept in the Qutub Minar complex. Our demand is that Qutub Minar should be called as Vishnu Stambha,” Culture Secretary Govind Mohan had visited the monument on Saturday and had spent over two hours at the monument along with a team of senior officials and historians to discuss aspects related to the upkeep of the Qutub Minar complex

Recently, it was reported that last month a letter was written by the National Monument Authority to the ASI on moving two idols of the Hindu deity Ganesha out of the complex, “owing to their disrespectful placement”, and the idols were relocated to Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque.National Monuments Authority chief Tarun Vijay, who is also a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and a former member of the Rajya Sabha, had said that the placement of the idols was disrespectful. “I visited the site several times and realised that the placement of the idols is disrespectful,” he said. “They come near the feet of the mosque visitors.”Delhi court had last month directed the ASI not to remove two idols of Lord Ganesha from the Qutub Minar complex till further directions. A plea was filed in a Delhi Court against the removal of the idols by advocate Hari Shankar Jain on behalf of Jain deity Tirthankar Lord Rishabh Dev claiming that 27 temples were partly demolished by Qutubdin Aibak, a general in the army of Mohamad Gauri, and Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque was raised inside the complex by reusing the material. The court had directed the Archaeological Survey of India to maintain a status quo till further hearing of the case. It is also an established fact that Quwwat-Ul-Islam Masjid was built atop existing temples but the property was not being used for any religious purposes and no prayers were being offered here.

The court had observed that wrongs may have been committed in the past, “but such wrongs cannot be the basis for disturbing peace of our present and future”

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Mumbai Court gives orders to Rustom Ice Cream to vacate its premises

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Mumbai’s famous ice cream parlour told to vacate premise part of Brabourne Stadium

Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 19th May 2022

Iconic Rustom ice cream parlour was recently ordered small causes court in Mumbai, to vacate its premises at the North Stand Building, part of the Brabourne Stadium, within two months. The decision resulted from a 26 year old suit filed in 1996 by the Cricket Club of India (CCI).

The story began in 1953 with K. Rustom and his family selling bars of ice-cream on beautiful glass and porcelain plates to tourists and families of Marine Drive, but several years and disappearing plates later, they came up with what they’re now best known for their ice-cream biscuits. K Rustom was the first tenant of the reclaimed land from Marine Drive to Churchgate. He bought the property at the rate of 1 Rs per square yard. At the small causes court, CCI had submitted that they were landlords of the said property under the Bombay Rent Act. 

The land, upon suggestion from Lord Brabourne, was decided to use the space for CCI.The CCI told the court that they “need” the space.It was submitted that the club requires the premises for its activities. It said that the list of the club’s members has gone up substantially in the last 14 years and it needs more space to meet the growing requirement of the members. It said that it wants to start a coffee shop at the suit premises for its members as the current one at CCI is insufficient.

However, it has fought till the end, ensuring that the 84-year-old shop doesn’t shut down.
After the latest development in the long-standing legal battle, the news has sparked talk of a shutdown of the ice cream shop, with some urging Mumbaikars to “go and eat your last ice cream at K Rustom”.

The property in dispute comprises 3,070 square feet and a mezzanine floor of 950 square feet. The family has said that they will be filing an appeal against the order. The CCI submitted that a substantial portion of the premises were not in use by Rustom. CCI claimed that it was being paid a monthly rent of Rs 527 per month, ‘far below the standard rent’. Rustom replied by calling it an “incredible” statement as it does not mention the payment of electricity and water charges. 

The owner also claims that they have been a tenant of the suit premises prior to the declaration of the Second World War “when premises were freely available” in Mumbai. Rustom also denied that a portion of the premises is not in use and said that both the ice-cream shop and a shop selling readymade clothes were working full time. It also said that it has no other premises to do business and will be out on the streets if asked to evict the premises.

After the latest development in the long-standing legal battle,, the Court of Small Causes directed Rustoms “to hand over quiet, vacant and peaceful possession” of its premises. 

“It is already held that the plaintiffs have proved that, the suit premises are reasonably and bonafide required by the plaintiffs for their personal use for club activities and no hardship will be caused to the defendants if the decree of ejectment is passed in favour of the plaintiffs therefore, they are entitled to recover quit, vacant and peaceful possession of the suit premises,” Judge Todkar ordered.

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