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Nagaland CM fails to turn up for trust vote; Zeliang sworn in

Senior Naga People's Front (NPF) legislator T.R. Zeliang was sworn in as Nagaland's 19th Chief Minister, hours after Governor P.B. Acharya dismissed Shurhozelie Liezietsu after he failed to prove his majority in the Assembly. Embattled Nagaland Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu and his supporters failed to turn up in the Assembly to face the floor test following which the House was adjourned sine die.

Support for Bill on lynching from leaders in House; for BJP a dossier of disruption

Because certain white people in the United States chose mob terrorism as a means of interracial social control, 3,445 of the 4,742 lynching deaths reported between 1882 and 1964 were black men and women. Local and state governments might have provided some protection, but Jim Crow laws had stripped African Americans of basic citizenship rights, especially the right to vote. Consequently, white officials felt no political obligation to defend a beleaguered minority or prosecute lynchers. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) launched its own crusade for a federal anti-lynching statute. Founded in 1909, the NAACP gathered evidence to inform the public of racist inequities, lobbied legislators, and initiated litigation in pursuit of liberal reforms. NAACP anti-lynching bills suffered the same obstructions after World War II, despite being part of President Harry S. Truman's civil rights packages from 1947 to 1952. Nevertheless, the threat of a federal law had put the South on notice and helped to hasten lynching's decline after the mid-1930s. In the expansive social justice climate of the 1960s, Congress enacted a section of the 1968 Civil Rights Law that established some federal protections against lynching. What happened in the early Nineteenth Century in America seems to be happening in India today. There is a lesson to be learned from the NAACP. Hopefully, the National Campaign Against Mob Lynching will be able to enforce an effective law which will bring such shameful lynchings in the name of cows to an end.

Mayawati quits Rajya Sabha; attacks BJP, govt for gagging her

In a day of high drama, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati stunned political circles in Delhi by resigning as a Rajya Sabha member, blaming the BJP and the Chair for not allowing her to raise the issue of anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh for more than three minutes in the House.

HC upholds Naga Governor directive to CM; floor test July 19

The Gauhati High Court's Kohima bench upheld Nagaland Governor P.B. Acharya's directive to Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu to prove his majority in the assembly, following which Acharya sought a special session on Wednesday for the floor test.

Darjeeling tense: Death of GJM activist fuels fresh violence

Fresh violence broke out in the Mirik area of Darjeeling hills with pro-Gorkhaland supporters clashing with the police and set on fire two security vehicles and an outpost. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) claimed that its supporter Ashok Tamang was killed and another person injured in the trouble last night.