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Hijab: Protests in Kerala in support of Iranian women, but in Karnataka another story

On September 16, Mahsa Amini’s custodial killing by the Iran’s morality police in Tehran sparked massive protests across the country. Reports said Mahsa Amini was taken into custody for not following the government-ordered dress code which included wearing the hijab.

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By Utkarsh Tripathi

Muslim women in Kerala on Monday burnt their hijabs in solidarity with the ongoing Iranian anti-hijab protests. At the seminar, which was organized by the Kerala Yuktivadi Sangam, women added to the anti-hijab dissent rocking in Iran and getting massive mileage in the Western media.

The seminar held in Kozhikode was titled Fanos-science and free-thinking. As a part of the seminar, Muslim women added to the discourse as they burnt the hijab, which, in Iran, imposed laws on women in the country.

Along with burning the hijab, the activists raised slogans and used placards to express their solidarity with Iranian women. Reports said the seminar was not only attended by Muslims but also by other communities.

Iran’s anti-hijab movement

On September 16, Mahsa Amini’s custodial killing by the Iran’s morality police in Tehran sparked massive protests across the country. Reports said Mahsa Amini was taken into custody for not following the government-ordered dress code which included wearing the hijab.

After Amini’s death, the anti-hijab protest spread throughout the country as Iranian women began to question the established dress code as well as the prioritisation of women’s choices. The hijab has been the cornerstone of women’s disaffection since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, which catapulted the Ayatollahs to power. This is the first outpouring of rage against what was taken to be a daily item of women’s clothing in Iran all this while since 1979.

Post-Amini’s death, women chopped off their hair, burnt the hijab, and even knocked off the turbans of Islam clerics in their battle against the repressive law.

India joining in on anti-hijab protest and the contradiction

In July 2021, Muslim girl students were refused entry to attend classes in a government junior college in Karnataka’s Udupi for wearing hijab. After reports of the incident came to light, it took over the headlines and triggered debates across the country on the topic which ranged from the validity of wearing a hijab in Islamic law to fundamental rights.

The Udupi college stood stern since it was a government order that had decreed so. The college students even approached the Karnataka High Court for some relief, as well as, many petitions were filed for the same in January this year. The High Court ruled against wearing the hijab in educational institutions. The appeal to the Supreme Court ended in a split verdict, with two judges giving contrary orders.

Two opposing protests but still a woman’s right

Returning to wearing the hijab in Karnataka’s educational institutions, a student petitioner told media that her reasons for wearing the hijab is her independent and individual choice. Whereas, another person who shared the same sentiments on a woman’s choice was actor Elnaz Norouzi, who is from Iran but is in India currently. Norouzi said it was a woman’s choice to wear the hijab or not to as well.

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PM Modi says Congress leaders consider themselves above Lord Ram

PM Modi slammed Congress during a rally in Chhattisgarh, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2024

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Congress party for declining to attend the pran pratishtha ritual at the Ayodhya Ram temple on January 22 this year.

The prime minister said Congress leaders consider themselves above Lord Ram and denied invitation for Pran Pratishtha at Ram Temple, while speaking at a rally in Janjgir-Champa, Chhattisgarh. The PM question the people present at the rally that is it not a disrespect of Mata Shabri? Congress leaders inclination toward appeasement politics runs in their family.

For political appeasement, they won’t think twice about stealing the rights of Adivasis, the poor, and Dalits. Poor, young, and women are BJP’s top priorities, Modi said.

PM Modi criticized the Congress again during the rally for claiming that the BJP would alter the constitution.

The leaders of Congress recite the same old phrases whenever an election is about to happen, the PM said. He also said they claim that if the BJP wins power, it will renounce the constitution and abolish reservations. For how long will you continue selling lies?” he asked.

The prime minister continued saying that nobody can change the Constitution, even if Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar were to come and insist on it, it wouldn’t happen.

Those in the Congress threaten to break Modi’s head. Nobody can harm Modi as long as the mothers and sisters of this county stands by him. These mothers and sisters are Raksha Kavach, Modi remarked.

The prime minister further attacked the Congress after Viriato Fernandes, the party’s candidate for South Goa, asserted that Goa was forced to adopt the Indian Constitution.

Referring to his conversation with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Fernandes said he had told him, when Goa was liberated in the year 1961, the Indian Constitution was forced upon us.

The prime minister said, Congress candidate from Goa says Constitution was forced upon Goans; is this not an insult of Ambedkar and Constitution.

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Amit Shah says neither Congress nor Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee can interfere with CAA

Amit Shah revealed the BJP’s target for West Bengal and said they have set a target of winning 35 Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal.

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Union home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said neither Congress nor Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee can interfere with the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). He was speaking at the Karandighi rally in West Bengal where he also made the prediction as to how many seats BJP will win in the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal.

The union home minister asked the masses to cut the money culture. Amit Shah revealed the BJP’s target for West Bengal and said they have set a target of winning 35 Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal. In 2019 Lok Sabha elections the BJP had won 18 out of 42 seats in West Bengal. He asked Mamata Banerjee, what problem will she have if the Buddhist and Hindu refugees from Bangladesh get citizenship in India?

Shah further added if the people of West Bengal want to stop infiltration in the state, then they will have to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of India again. He said if the people of West Bengal want to free Bengal of violence, stop infiltration in the state, give citizenship to refugees, to stop disrespecting mothers and sisters of the state as it happened in Sandeshkhali, then  only way is to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister.

Amit Shah said that PM Modi had sent Rs 7 lakh crore to West Bengal but the TMC indulged in corruption. He said one can see the houses of Trinamool Congress leaders; 10 years ago they used to live in a hut, moved on cycle and now all of them have 4-storey houses and move around in big cars. He added this is the money of people of West Bengal.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), will make it easier for non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh to get Indian citizenship, was enacted in 2019. But the rules were notified in March this year by the Centre.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says listening to Hanuman Chalisa under Congress rule is a crime

PM Modi was addressing an election rally in Rajasthan’s Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, on a day as India celebrates Hanuman Jayanti.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hit out at the Congress and said even listening to Hanuman Chalisa has become a crime under the party’s rule. The Prime Minister also said it was difficult to follow one’s faith under the party and accused it of hatching a deep conspiracy to snatch people’s wealth and distribute it among selected few people in the society. PM Modi was addressing an election rally in Rajasthan’s Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, on a day as India celebrates Hanuman Jayanti.

PM Modi said in a state like Rajasthan where people chant Ram-Ram, Congress banned Ram Navami. He reffered to the redistribution of wealth remarks he had made during a rally in Rajasthan’s Banswara on Sunday and said it has angered the Congress and INDI Alliance so much that they have started throwing abuses at Modi everywhere.

The Prime Minister said that Congress has written in their manifesto that they will survey the wealth. He said the Congress leadership had said in a speech that an X-ray of wealth will be done. He added when Modi exposed the secret then the hidden agenda came out and this has left the people trembling. PM Modi further added that the Congress party has played with the Constitution of the India.

He said when the Constitution was drafted, reservations based on religion were opposed, so that Scheduled Casts (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) could get protection. He said former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had said that Muslims have the first right to the country’s resources.  The prime minister further added Congress’s ideology has always been of appeasement and vote bank politics. He said stones would still be pelted in Jammu and Kashmir, and enemies would still be cutting off the heads of India’s soldiers had Congress been in power.

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