Yes, we won. Now send them back: Post-Brexit surge in racism, intolerance in ‘Divided’ Kingdom

An Eastern European family in Rugby finds dog excrement shoved through its mailbox. A Londoner nearly gets into a fight over drunken slurs shouted on a crowded subway car. A Polish teenager in Gloucestershire is taunted with threats of deportation at her high school.

In the wake of last Thursday’s vote to leave the European Union, Britain has seen a surge in xenophobia expressed in taunts, threats and worse. For many, foreign- and native-born, the U.K. has suddenly become much scarier place.

“Before Friday we lived in a tolerant society,” said Oana Gorcea, a 32-year-old Romanian who has lived in Britain since she was a teenager. “I’ve been here 13 years, but I’ve never felt like I had to hide where I came from. But from Friday, things completely changed.”

Gorcea, who works for a multinational company in Rugby, about 85 miles (135 kilometers) northwest of London, said her street was being patrolled by “English commandos who walk around and try to intimidate non-white non-English people.” The talk of the neighborhood was the dog feces shoved through a local immigrant family’s mailbox.

Gorcea’s story and others like it have been echoing across social media for days. Eastern Europeans, Muslims – even Americans and Germans – have reported acts of intimidation and harassment. Victims describe an emboldened angry fringe emerging to crow over Thursday’s vote; a T-shirt sported by a man at an Armed Forces Day parade in the working class London borough of Havering over the weekend seemed to sum up the new attitude:


British reporters across the country have seen the resurgence of racism up close and personal. Adam Boulton, a presenter for Britain’s Sky News, posted a message to Twitter saying he and his family had witnessed three separate incidents of when-are-you-going-home?-style abuse aimed at Europeans over the weekend.

Channel Four’s Ciaran Jenkins said that within a five-minute span in the northern England town of Barnsley, three people had shouted “Send them home!” BBC reporter Sima Kotecha said that she was in “utter shock” after having returned home to the southern England town of Basingstoke and been abused with a racial slur she hadn’t heard “since the 80s.”

Police are investigating vandalism at a Polish cultural center in west London and incidents in Cambridgeshire in which cards were given to Polish residents calling them “vermin” and ordering them to leave the country. The National Police Chiefs’ Council said there had been a 57 percent rise in hate crime complaints in the past four days compared to the same period last month.

Britain’s sizeable Muslim community has also found itself caught up in the anti-immigrant backlash. Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said that “hundreds of hate crimes” had been reported across the country.

“The type of language that has been used, like ‘go back to your own country,’ ‘we voted this way, now you have to get out,’ that type of language indicates there is some sort of link” to the referendum, he said.

Those who championed the campaign to pull Britain from the EU have condemned the attacks.

“I’ve never, ever, ever encouraged or condoned behavior like that, and I never, ever would,” said United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, before adding that “the real prejudice is the prejudice that’s been there for a decade or more against anybody that dares stand up against the establishment, anybody that dares to say that we shouldn’t be part of the EU.”


Other politicians didn’t buy it.

“The leaders of the Brexit campaign have engendered an atmosphere where some people believe it is open season now for racism and xenophobia,” said lawmaker Harriet Harman, a former leader of the opposition Labour Party.

For the victims, the link between the referendum and the abuse is clear. Immigration was a key issue in the campaign, with Farage posing in front of a massive, truck-drawn poster carrying a photograph of hundreds of swarthy migrants under the words “Breaking Point.” Many “leave” voters cited the influx of foreigners as a top concern.

“Just because of one referendum … it’s coming out like woodworms,” said Julie Sauter Daoud, a French-German national who has lived in Britain most of her life. On Sunday she got a firsthand encounter with xenophobia when two men overtook her car shouting, “Go home, you (expletive) German.”

She said the attack, which happened while she was driving down a residential street in the northern English city of Sheffield, left her so shaken she was even scared to speak French to her youngest child at the supermarket.

“It’s terribly sickening,” she said in a telephone interview. “The first time ever in my life. Ever.” She paused for a second. “Probably not the last time now.”

The 44-year-old’s story is one of hundreds filling a Facebook group called “Worrying Signs,” which is gathering evidence of the recent surge in intolerance. By late Monday the site was jammed with stories and photographs of sinister graffiti and even broken windows. Polish-British national Natalia Nicholls wrote on the site that her 14-year-old sister was taunted by boys at her high school in the Cotswolds region of England who boasted that “now we can get rid of the Polish and the blacks.” Corinne Abrahams, 24, said she was returning from a music festival when she nearly got into a fight with an inebriated man yelling anti-foreigner epithets on the London subway. An American woman said she was recently accosted by people calling her a “Yankee (expletive)” in a parking lot.

The wave of rage has unsettled the country’s political class, already in disarray following the Brexit vote. Prime Minister David Cameron, in his first appearance before lawmakers since the vote to reassure Europeans and other ethnic minorities living in Britain that they would be protected.

“Let’s remember these people have come here and made a wonderful contribution to our country,” he said. “We will not stand for hate crime or these kinds of attacks. They must be stamped out.”

Only about 1,000 sex workers remain in Kamathipura now, compared to about 50,000 in the early 1990s

Mumbai red-light area gentrifies, putting sex workers at greater risk

Rising rents and redevelopment are forcing sex workers out of Mumbai’s oldest red-light district, leaving them vulnerable to further exploitation, according to a new report.

Police crackdowns and gentrification have pushed most sex workers out of the infamous Kamathipura district to the suburbs, from where they commute back to solicit on the streets, placing them in greater danger, said Ratoola Kundu, an assistant professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.

“Sex workers, most of whom have been trafficked … face not just the threat of, as well as actual violence, from the police, pimps, and the clients,” said Kundu, who co-authored the report on Kamathipura’s changing landscape.

“They also face the threat of being physically displaced through the processes of redevelopment,” she said.

India is both a destination and a transit country for women and children trafficked into the sex trade. Many are from poor rural areas, lured with the promise of good jobs or marriage.

Instead, they end up sold into prostitution in cities such as Mumbai. The financial hub is one of the biggest destinations in the country for women trafficked from other states, as well as from neighbouring countries Nepal and Bangladesh.


Kamathipura, where many of these women are brought, once serviced workers from the erstwhile textile mills and docklands.

Police crackdowns have shut some brothels down, while a development boom has led to the tearing down of many old buildings in which brothels were housed to make way for multi-storey residential towers, malls and offices.


Only about 1,000 sex workers remain in the neighbourhood now, compared to about 50,000 in the early 1990s, Kundu said.

But displaced sex workers continue to return to Kamathipura, and are forced to solicit on the streets, Kundu said.

Charities are also unable to keep track of them and offer help, including with health checks and securing identity papers.

“They are not in the relative safety of the brothels, and are vulnerable to all the risks that being on the street entails,” Kundu said.

“The ability of charities working with them to reach them is greatly reduced, removing an additional layer of protection and security,” she said.


South Asia is the fastest-growing region for human trafficking in the world, and the second-largest after Southeast Asia, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

More than 150,000 people are known to be trafficked within South Asia every year, but the trade is mostly underground and the real number is likely to be much higher.

“It’s not that this displacement of sex workers from Kamathipura is reducing the demand for sex workers or the trafficking of women to Mumbai,” said Kundu.

“It’s just making an already vulnerable section of women even more vulnerable,” she said.


Karnataka Cabinet rejig: CM Siddaramaiah drops 14 ministers, inducts 13 new faces

In a major Cabinet reshuffle, Karnataka Chief Minister KSiddaramaiah dropped a whopping 14 ministers and inducted 13 new faces into the state government.

The biggest Cabinet rejig so far by the Congress government is being seen as an image makeover exercise before the state goes into poll, due in less than two years.

Karanataka Governor Vaju Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly-inducted ministers – nine as Cabinet and four Ministers of State with independent charge.

Hours before the swearing-in ceremony, the Chief Minister sacked 14 of his ministers. Sources in the congress say that dissident MLAs may go on to support the BJP. Several MLAs such as Soamshekhar, Muniratna, R V Devaraj, Byrathi Basavaraj among others who have been denied a cabinet berth have threatened to quit the party.

The mega Cabinet reshuffle has been effected after days of deliberations and inputs from the party high command in New Delhi.

Fresh faces in the Cabinet


Congress’ Lok Sabha leader Mallikarjun Kharge’s son, Priyank Kharge, has got a berth in Siddaramaiah’s Cabinet. By inducting Priyank Kharge, Siddaramaiah is looking at bringing the Dalit representation issue to rest. “The idea is to bring in fresh faces and we will do what the chief minister wants us to do, said the newly elected minister of state, Priyank Kharge to India Today.

Ambareesh dropped

The film industry is miffed with the removal of  Ambarish from the Cabinet. He was dropped as housing minister for non-performance.  A group of actors, film directors and producers have  urged the CM to let Mr Ambareesh continue as minister.

Revenue minister Srinivas Prasad hits back

The biggest challenge for Siddaramaiah comes from his close aide Srinivas Prasad who removed as revenue minister. Prasad called him a traitor. Large scale protests have been seen in Mysore, Mandya, Nanjangud against the dropping of Srinivas Prasad.

New ministers 

The newly inducted ministers are: Tanveer Sait, Kagodu Thimmappa, Ramesh Kumar, Basavaraj Raya Reddy, H.Y. Meti, S.S. Mallikarjun, M.R. Seetharam, Santosh Lad and Ramesh Jarkiholi while the ministers of state are Priyank Kharge, Rudrappa Lamani, Eshwar Khandre and Pramod Madhwa.


Modi to arrive in Chandigarh today ahead of 2nd international yoga day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Chandigarh, today to take part in the Second International Yoga Day scheduled to be held on June 21 at the Le Corbusier-designed Capitol Complex.


On his third visit to the city ever since coming to power, Modi will be received by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal, Punjab and Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and UT Adviser Parimal Rai.

More than 32,000 Yoga lovers are expected to reach the venue from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. Sources say nearly Rs eight crore are being spent on the 45 minute event out of which Rs 2.89 crore will be spent on providing 1.25 lakh bottles of mineral water, Yoga mats, T-Shirts and lowers to the participants.

Elaborate security arrangements have also been made by the local administration to manage the visitors. UT Police has asked for additional police force from Punjab and Haryana apart from the paramilitary forces.


However, the local administration is facing criticism for mass rejection of Yoga lovers who wanted to participate in the event .Sources say that more than 45,000 local residents had registered online but only 6500 were selected. The selection process, according to the local residents was not transparent.

“Those selected are either BJP leaders ,their family members or influential. We regularly attended Yoga camps with the hope that we will be able to do Yoga with the Prime Minister but were surprised when we did not get the selection SMS,” Ravikant  a local resident said.

Sources also claim that Haryana government pressurised dozens of schools to provide their buses to ferry the Yoga enthusiasts to the camps. They were only released when the issue was highlighted by the local media.

A visit to the event venue further revealed that the Home Guard jawans were compelled to work continuously for 26 hours without any food or water support under the scorching sun.

“We have been working here from last 26 hours. There is no water or food .We are working like animals under the scorching sun spreading mats for the Yoga lovers. They (administration) claims it spent nearly eight crore on this event but not a single penny on water or food for us,” a Home Guard jawan said requesting anonymity as the local SHO had warned them not to open mouth failing which they will be fired.


Meanwhile Congress has decided to boycott the event. The party activists will organise ‘Jumla Day’ at sector 22 on Monday to show the resentment. The party has asked the party workers to wear black clothes.

“Besides the Yoga Asanas, we will ask Narendra Modi about the promises made before the elections.People want to know the black money Asana,Vyapam Asna,Rising Prices Asanas,Malya Asana, Pulse-ration prices Asanas, petrol-diesel price asanas ,service tax asanas, Lalit Modi Asanas,Chhattisgarh Scam Asana, unemployment asana and the Asanas about the murder of democracy,” Chandigarh Congress President, Pradeep Chabra said.


BJP MP makes a U-turn on Kairana ‘exodus’, says it is not a communal issue

BJP MP Hukum Singh, whose allegation of a Hindu exodus from Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana area in Shamli district snowballed into a major controversy, today made a U-turn and said the people leaving their homes was not a communal matter.

“The list had both Hindu and Muslim names. This is not a Hindu-Muslim situation… This is not a communal matter,” Singh told news agency ANI, attacking the Akhilesh Yadavgovernment for communalising the issue.

Singh said the names of “innocent Muslims” are being dragged into the matter while the names of the “real accused” will never be taken. “There is only terror in this region. There is no law and order,” he said.

Last week, the BJP MP had released a list of 346 people forced to migrate from Kairana, a Muslim-majority town in western Uttar Pradesh, because of “threats and extortion by criminal elements belonging to a particular community”.


On Monday, the Uttar Pradesh government ordered a probe in the matter. Shamli District Magistrate has asked the SDM and Circle Officer to probe into the allegations that “jihadi elements” had forced migration of Hindus from there. They have been asked to verify the list of 346 families handed over by the local MP who have allegedly migrated.

However, a number of reports have doubted the communal angle in Kairana and have found discrepancies in Hukum Singh’s claim, proving that a number of people on the list had either died or migrated nearly a decade ago for better opportunities.



At the two-day National Executive meet of the BJP in Allahabad which concluded on Monday, party president Amit Shah expressed serious concern over the “migration” from Kairana area in Shamli district, which had witnessed communal riots in 2013.

Shah, in his speech, trained his guns at the state’s Samajwadi Party government and raised the issue of alleged “migration” of Hindus and the recent Mathura violence.


Malabar 2016: All you need to know about US, Indian and Japanese joint naval exercise that begins today

With the combined fleets of the Indian, Japanese and American navies having sailed out of Sasebo harbour this morning, the 20th edition of Malabar is well and truly underway.

Here is quick a compilation of who’s there, what’s at stake and what is different this time around:


What began in 1992 as a bilateral naval exercise between the US Navy and its Indian counterpart has now become a permanently trilateral forum also involving the Japanese.

Since 2007, Malabar has been held alternately off the Indian and western Pacific Ocean. So, while the last one was held off the city of Chennai in the Bay of Bengal, this one’s being held in the Philippine Sea, in close proximity to a site fast evolving as a critical flash point in global affairs – South China Sea.

The USA describes the Malabar as, “Series of complex, high-end war-fighting exercises conducted to advance multi-national maritime relationships and mutual security issues.”


Like any exercise, this one too shall have events lined up first at shore and then at sea.

ON SHORE: There will be professional exchanges on issues like aircraft carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare, medical operations, damage control, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), helicopter operations, and visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations.

AT SEA: Officer exchanges a photo exercise; submarine familiarization; high-value unit defense; air defense exercises; medical evacuation drills; surface warfare exercises; communications exercises; search and rescue exercises; helicopter cross-deck evolutions; underway replenishments; gunnery exercises; VBSS exercises; and anti-submarine warfare.


The largest naval fleet in the world, the United States Navy will be participating with the presence of:

1. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) with embarked Carrier Air Wing 9

2. Guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53)

3. Guided -missile destroyers USS Stockdale (DDG 106), USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93)

4. P-8A Poseidon aircraft

5. Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine

INDIAN NAVY: Her assets sailed out on May 18 from the port city of Visakhapatnam which houses the eastern fleet.  During what will eventually be a two and half month long deployment, the fleet will touch the Cam Rahn Bay (Vietnam), Subic Bay (Philippines), Sasebo (Japan), Busan (South Korea), Vladivostok (Russia) and Port Klang (Malaysia), with a four-day port call at each of the locations mentioned.

1. Stealth frigates Satpura and Sahyadri, commanded by Captain AN Pramod and Captain KS Rajkumar respectively

2. INS Shakti, a sophisticated fleet support ship, commanded by Capt Gagan Kaushal


3. INS Kirchan indigenous guided missile corvette commanded by Commander Sharad Sinsunwal

4. Sea King 42B ASW helicopter

5. 2 Chetak utility helicopters

From the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces (JMSDF):

1. JS Hyuga, a helicopter carrier with SH 60 K integral helicopters

2. Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft, besides other advanced warships for specific parts of the exercise.


Additionally, the Special Forces (SF) of the three navies will also interact during the exercise.


1. Harbour phase at Sasebo from 10 to 13 June 16

2. Sea phase in the Pacific Ocean from 14 to 17 June


In 2015, when Japan was made a permanent invitee to Malabar, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson reacted like this:

“You mentioned India is having naval exercises with US and Japan and you ask whether China is concerned. I think you are thinking too much,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying shot back when asked for China’s reaction to the exercises which are due to start today in the Bay of Bengal. “Everyday a lot of activities take place around the world. We cannot connect every activity with China,” she said.

“We are not that fragile and we are having sound relationship with both India and the US. We hope that relevant activities will contribute to the regional stability they will contribute more positive energy for that,” she added.

This time, however, the Chinese have taken a more nuanced stand. In their foreign ministry briefing on June 8, spokesperson HONG LEI said, “The Chinese side has noted the report. It hopes that this drill is conducive to regional peace, security and stability.”


In its 19th edition, the Indian Navy was represented by INS Shivalik an indigenous frigate, INS Ranvijay a guided missile destroyer, INS Betwa an indigenous frigate and INS Shakti ­­­­a Fleet Support Ship. In addition, one Sindhugosh class submarine, INS Sindhudhvaj, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I and integral rotary wing helicopters.

The US Navy was represented by the ships from Carrier Task Force (CTF) 70 of the USN 7th Fleet, based at Yokosuka, Japan and included Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Ticonderoga class Cruiser USSNormandy and Freedom Class Littoral Combat ship USS Forth Worth. In addition to this, one Los Angeles class nuclear powered submarine USS City of Corpus Christi, F18 Aircraft from US Carrier Air Wing and P8A Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

The JMSDF was represented by JSFuyuzuki, a missile destroyer with SH 60K integral helicopter.

Datsun Redi-GO on display.

Datsun rolls out urban crossover redi-GO at Rs 2.38 lakh

To accelerate its growth in India and in the entry-level car segment, today launched India’s first urban cross Datsun redi-GO, at a starting price of Rs 2,38,862 and it goes as high as Rs 3,34,229. These prices are of ex-showroom in Chennai.


Meanwhile, the price range of the vehicle, ex-showroom in Delhi is Rs 2,38,900-3,34,399.


Guillaume Sicard, President — Nissan India Operations, said, “With Datsun redi-GO, we offer a unique urban-crossover styled in Japan, developed and manufactured in India. We are redefining conventional expectations and notions associated with the car segment in India with a modern, fresh, stylish and accessible product. The Datsun comes at a compelling price point and reaffirms Datsun philosophy of Dream, Access and Trust.”


Datsun redi-GO showcases Japanese design philosophy called YUKAN — which stands for brave and bold. It features ‘Tall-Boy’ styling and offers ground clearance of 185 mm, extra roominess, mileage (25.17 kmpl).


Datsun redi-GO also promises the lowest cost of ownership, which is about 32% lower than the competition. Localisation is around 98%, which makes the product viable as far as business as well, the company claims.


Sicard said the challenge for Datsun in India is brand recall among the customers, since the brand is two years


old in India, while globally it is 100 years old and sold in 190 countries. To address this challenge besides increasing marketing spend, Datsun is also betting big on digital. Service is another key area to boost the brand. Datsun redi-GO will be supported by 274 Nissan and Datsun sales and service touch points in India starting today.


With the projected 300 dealerships, Datsun will be able cover up to 90% of current and prospective customers in the country. Currently, Nissan has 274 dealerships and Datsun has 55 exclusive outlets, which will be increased to 80 this year.


The company also 100 resident dealer sales executives, 30 mobile service vans and roped in MyTVS to take care of service in Tier II and III markets.


Sicard said the focus will be domestic market initially for the company and said will take a call on exports after six months.


Production capacity was also increased at Oragadam facility, near Chennai, by adding third shift. The facility was set up by Nissan along with its French partner Renault. Both the partners have invested Rs 6,100 crore. “We expect the full capacity to touch by 4.80 lakh units in the next 12 months,” said Sicard.


The increase in production also comes on the backdrop of increasing demand for Renault’s Kwid, which shares both manufacturing facility and CMF-A platform, in which the partners will roll out their entry level products with Nissan.


He said the alliance will take a decision on expansion then. It could be brownfield expansion, will bring down exports and others. Exports this year is expected to be around 90,000 cars as against 110,000 units shipped out last year for the company.


Sicard said the company (Nissan and Datsun) is looking at a market share of 5% by the year 2020 compared to close to 2% now.

Former Goa CM wants ban on Nigerians, calls them ‘negroes’

The Central government should “ban” Nigerians from entering India, former Goa Chief Minister Ravi Naik has demanded, adding that the state does not need Nigerian tourists.

Referring to Nigerians with the pejorative “negroes”, the senior Congress leader also told reporters that Nigerians have been causing “problems” in Goa as well other metros.

“The Central government should ban Nigerians,” Naik said.

Naik also said that even the Aam Aami Party leaders had a fight with Nigerians in Bengaluru.

“They create problems everywhere… We do not want Nigerian tourists,” Naik said demanding a probe into the activities of Nigerians in Goa, who he alleged masquerade as students.


Row over slum demolition: Arvind Kejriwal takes dig at Rahul Gandhi, calls him a ‘kid’


NEW DELHI: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday hit back at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for questioning AAP’s protest over the demolition of a slum in Delhi.

“Rahul Gandhi is a ‘kid’. Perhaps, the Congress Party did not tell him that the Indian railways comes under the ambit of the central government,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had said: “Why is AAP doing dharna? They are in power in Delhi.”

Meanwhile, AAP and TMC MPs staged a protest outside Parliament over the demolition of Shakur Basti.

Kejriwal will take up the demolition drive in Shakur basti and death of a baby at the site with railway minister Suresh Prabhu as he was not satisfied with the ministry officials’ response.

“In the meeting, Railway officials told the CM said that there is no rehabilitation scheme before demolition. The chief minister completely rejected the claims of the railways,” a Delhi government official said.

After meeting the evicted dwellers, Kejriwal said that those people had been living there since 1992-94, but in one moment, railways demolished the shanties.

“Those who have done this (demolition of shanties) are not humans, instead they are animals and bestial,” Kejriwal said.

The Delhi government ordered a magisterial probe into the demolition of 1,200 slum units at Shakur Basti in West Delhi. The railways, on its part, said the removal of “fresh encroachment” was necessary for expanding the infrastructure and that the action had been taken after three notices, the first one with the March 14, 2015 deadline.

A six-month-old baby died in one of the slum units, which the railways insisted had “nothing to do with removal of encroachments”, claiming that it occurred two hours before the demolition started at 12pm.