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This Happened — September 7: Desmond Tutu Named Archbishop

On this day in 1986, Desmond Tutu was named Archbishop of the Anglican Church in South Africa.

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What was Desmond Tutu's role in the Anglican Church?

Desmond Tutu was a South African Anglican bishop and social rights activist. He became known for his vocal opposition to apartheid, a system of racial segregation and discrimination in South Africa. Tutu played a key role in leading the Anglican Church in southern Africa as an influential figure, advocating for justice, equality, and reconciliation. Tutu's nonviolent approach and message of reconciliation earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

How did Desmond Tutu contribute to the end of Apartheid in South Africa?

Tutu's leadership within the Anglican Church and his commitment to justice played a crucial role in the movement against apartheid. He used his platform to unite various groups, both inside and outside of South Africa, in opposition to the apartheid regime. Tutu's advocacy and international pressure helped to isolate the apartheid government and contributed to its eventual downfall.

Did Desmond Tutu face any challenges or controversies during his leadership in the Anglican Church?

Some members of the church hierarchy disagreed with Tutu’s political involvement and outspokenness. Additionally, his progressive views on issues such as LGBTQ+ rights caused friction within the church. Despite these challenges, Tutu remained steadfast in his convictions and continued to use his position to advocate for a more inclusive and just society.

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Big Brother For The People: India's CCTV Strategy For Cracking Down On Police Abuse

"There is nothing fashionable about installing so many cameras in and outside one’s house," says a lawyer from a Muslim community. And yet, doing this has helped members of the community prove unfair police action against them.

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Survellance and tight security at the Lal Chowk area in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India on October 4, 2022

Sukanya Shantha

MUMBAI — When sleuths of the National Investigating Agency suddenly descended on human rights defender and school teacher Abdul Wahid Shaikh’s house on October 11, he knew exactly what he needed to do next.

He had been monitoring the three CCTVs that are installed on the front and the rear of his house — a chawl in Vikhroli, a densely populated area in suburban Mumbai. The cameras told him that a group of men and women — some dressed in Mumbai police’s uniform and a few in civil clothes — had converged outside his house. Some of them were armed and few others with batons were aggressively banging at the door asking him to immediately let them in.

This was not the first time that the police had landed at his place at 5 am.

When the policemen discovered the CCTV cameras outside his house, they began hitting it with their batons, destroying one of them mounted right over the door. This action was captured by the adjacent CCTV camera. Shaikh, holed up in his house with his wife and two children, kept pleading with the police to stop destroying his property and simply show them an official notice.

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