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Indian Supreme Court ends Ayodhya dispute: Hindus receive land, Muslims get alternative site

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AYODHYA, India (Diya TV)  — In a decision over a subject that has been politically and culturally sensitive for several decades, the Indian Supreme Court awarded the entire 2.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya to Hindus, while deeming the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1991 a crime.

The unanimous decision by five justices, led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, paves the way for the construction a new Hindu temple at the site, believed to be Lord Ram’s birthplace. The decision ends the oldest land title dispute in India.

A board of trustees will be established in the next three months to determine construction plans for the temple. While the court ruled in favor of the Hindu petition, they ordered five acres of land to be set aside at an alternative site in Ayodhya for a mosque to be built.

Ahead of the verdict political leaders appealed for peace and calm. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the verdict in this sensitive case will “not be a matter of victory or loss,” appealing to his nation to “strengthen India’s great tradition of peace, unity and amity.”

The court was also clear the desecration of the Babri Masjid was still a criminal matter and a court case on that issue is still pending.

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Indian American Sikh man in New York City killed execution-style

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Authorities are searching for the person who shot and killed a Sikh man execution-style in New York City. Witnesses say 31-year-old Indian American Satnam Singh was sitting in a jeep near his home at the time.
Investigators say the motive is unclear. They all happened in the South Ozone Park neighborhood, which is next to Richmond Hill where two Sikh men had been assaulted in April in what police classified as hate crimes.

At least 51 people are dead after dozens were found inside a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas, in a suspected case of human smuggling. Investigators say some of the victims were teenagers. Most of the people found were Mexican citizens. 16 people were taken to the hospital for treatment. Three people are now into custody in connection to this case.

Syracuse just named Bakeer Ganesharatnam as its new head women’s volleyball coach. The Sri Lankan American becomes the 7th head coach in the program’s history.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden, Modi among world leaders at G7 summit

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BERLIN (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at the G7 Summit in Germany with other world leaders. Modi said his country’s dedication to climate commitments is evident from its performance. The PM also said they’ve achieved the target of 40 percent energy capacity from non-fossil sources nine years ahead of track. Modi touted the fact that even though 17 percent of the world’s population resides in India, its contribution of global carbon emissions is only 5 percent.

White House director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Dr. Rahul Gupta was this year’s keynote speaker at the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin annual convention. Gupta says he’s collaborating with the group to improve health, security, and the drug overdose epidemic. India’s ambassador to the U.S. Taranjit Singh Sandhu was also a speaker there and complimented the role of Indian American doctors during Covid-19.

Authorities say Muslim extremists in the Maldives stormed a yoga event organized by the Indian high commission which is the embassy.  More than 150 people, including diplomats and government officers, were taking part in an event celebrating International Day of Yoga. Earlier, the protesters brandished placards proclaiming that yoga was against the tenets of Islam.

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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar pushes resolution to declare India a country of particular concern

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WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who visited Pakistan on a non-state department sanctioned visit recently, has pushed along a resolution that would declare India as a country of particular concern in violation of religious freedom. This resolution has been in the works for 3 straight years, but ultimately nothing has materialized. This push forward by Omar represents another call to the Biden administration for India to be designated as a violator of religious freedom. Whether the resolution will go even further along is to be determined.

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Recently, Omar visited Pakistan and spoke with high-ranking Pakistani officials, Prime Minister Imran Khan being chief among them. She also has a history of siding with Pakistan in the past, so this resolution does not come as a total surprise. 

The details of the resolution go over how India has allegedly targeted Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and other religious minorities and thus, direct human rights violations. This has been said to be an issue for the past few years as mentioned before, the resolution has been trying to be sent through to the president for 3 consecutive years. 

Omar gave insight into why she believes this resolution must be passed along and brought to President Biden’s attention:

“The Indian government must be held responsible for human rights violations against religious and cultural minorities…In recent years, the Indian government has been escalating repressive policies against Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Dalits. It is past time for the State Department to acknowledge the reality of the situation in India and formally designate India as a Country of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act.”

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