The "RSS propaganda" on violence will hurt the development prospects of Kerala, not the Left-led government as intended, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told NDTV today. The state's people, he said, would not buy the propaganda, since Kerala has the best law and order record in the country. But the allegations could harm its investment prospects and tourism industry. "It is not a campaign against Left government, it is a campaign against Kerala, the most peaceful state," he said.
Shops, offices and schools are closed in Shimla today in protest against the gang-rape and murder of a teen girl earlier this month and the alleged mishandling of her case, which has incited frequent protests in recent days against the police and government of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh of the Congress.
Muslims across India marked Eid al-Fitr this year wearing black bands. Jamiat Ulama-i Hind, a leading Muslim religious body, cancelled its annual Eid celebration, a much-awaited event for the who’s who in New Delhi. The Jamiat and other organisations also called for Muslims to wear black bands during their Eid prayers.