Ban On Cast-Based Rallies: An Elitist View Of The Society

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By Ravi Nitesh *

On 11 July 2013, the Allahabad High Court had passed a verdict that there will be no caste-based rallies on the grounds that it disturbs social harmony and violates the constitutional spirit. It was based on a PIL with reference to case no Misc, bench no 5889 of 2013. The main grievance in the appeal was that many political parties had organized caste based rallies and had also decided to hold them in near future. It had also questioned the election commission's failure to stop the parties to influence the voters on the basis of ‘caste’ and ‘religion’. Further the petitioner had also referred to some cases which involved breach of fundamental rights by majority groups who had the support of political parties.

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A journey across Maharashtra Part I

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By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed

Some nasty communal rioting wrecked peace in Maharashtra’s main city, Mumbai in the 1990s but the wisdom of the sufis and sages is too deeply rooted in Indian soil to spread such communal poison too deeply 

I suspended my series on my recent seven-week lecture tour of India to cover the May 2013 Pakistan election. It also gave me a chance to do some book reviews. It is time to resume the Indian series. On February 5, 2013, I bid farewell to my Initiatives of Change family at the Asia Plateau, Panchgani. Among those who live on the campus, Shri Ravindra Rao and Shri Suresh Khatri became close friends of mine.

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A Pakistani in Delhi

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By Farooq Sulehria *

On January 6, I nervously landed at the Delhi airport. I say nervously because I wasn’t there as a tourist. I had gone to India as a researcher – to spend six months conducting research on the Indian media. As a Pakistani, I was uncertain if I’d be able to get my work done without being suspected of any other activities.

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Peace Activist From Pakistan Interacts with Students

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By A Correspondent

"Ma'm, Kya Pakistan mein Hindus rehte hai?" (Ma'm, Do Hindus live in Pakistan?) asked a student.

"Haan, Beta. Pakistan mei Hindu, Sikh, Christians, sab rehte hai" (Yes my dear, there are Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and people of other religions in Pakistan.), replied Saeeda Diep, a renowned Peace Activist and Chairperson, Institute of Peace & Secular Studies, Lahore from Pakistan.  

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Safe Air Should be There for All of Us to Share

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By Shobha Shukla *

Air, water and food are the 3 basic essentials (in that order) to sustain human life. One can stay without water and food for long periods but not without oxygen laden clean air even for a few moments. So breathing fresh air is essential to let us live to eat and drink and be merry. While we have the wherewithal to monitor and control the quality of what we eat or drink by using boiled/filtered water and hygienic food for our individual use, we cannot carry with us our personal container of purified air to breathe. The air around us (whether good or bad) has to be necessarily shared with others. Yet the importance of keeping it clean for all of us seems to have taken a backseat.

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Left-wing Extremism: India’s Unfinished War

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By Shanthie Mariet D'Souza & Bibhu Prasad Routray *

Among the several drawbacks affecting India's efforts to counter left-wing extremism, its ability to define the movement and formulate an appropriate counter- strategy remains paramount. In spite of its sustained violent campaign, the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) is not regarded as a terrorist movement. Hence, the official response remains a confusing mix of police action, development initiatives as well as perception management. Sub-par achievement in all these approaches ensures that the movement continues following a cyclical path – violence peaking, subsiding and peaking yet again

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Maoists: Back in Business

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By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On May 25, 2013, the Communist Party of India – Maoist (CPI-Maoist) sent shock waves across the country by attacking a Congress Party convoy in the Darbha Valley of Bastar District, Chhattisgarh, killing 26 persons, including Mahendra Karma, the controversial architect of the armed Salwa Judum anti-Maoist ‘people’s movement’

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Kerala Versus Gujarat "Model" And Redefining Development

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By Prahlad Shekhawat *

It is generally considered that the “Kerala Model" is symbolic of a primarily redistribution and state driven development while "Gujarat Model" encapsulates primarily growth and private-entrepreneurship driven development. Jagdish Bhagvati and A Panagrariya in their recent book India’s Tryst with Destiny, argue that it is ultimately the Gujarat Model that has delivered in Kerala, because Kerala has been a rapidly growing state in the post-Independence era, which is the reason it ranks fourth among the larger states, according to per-capita gross state domestic product and first according to per-capita expenditure.

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Assam: Bodoland Discord

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

In a dramatic escalation of their rhetorical posture, the Pro-Talks faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-PTF) declared, on July 14, 2013, that they would prefer existence as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), rather than accept the Centre’s move to provide more powers to Autonomous Councils.

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Assam: KPLT: Renewed Strength

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On July 24, 2013, suspected Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers (KPLT) militants lobbed a grenade killing one person and injuring 21 near the Bokoliaghat Daily Market situated along National Highway (NH) 36 in Karbi Anglong District. According to the Karbi Anglong Police, ten persons sustained grievous injuries in the attack.

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Bihar: Culpable Neglect in Bodh Gaya

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By Ajai Sahni
Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, ICM & SATP  

At least two monks, a Burmese and a Tibetan, were injured in a coordinated terror attack, in and around the Mahabodhi Temple (the Temple of the Great Awakening, where Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment) Complex at Bodh Gaya in the Gaya District of Bihar on July 7, 2013. The Bihar Police has confirmed that ten low-intensity serial blasts occurred between 5:30 and 5:58 am at and around the World Heritage site.

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MARCH 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 8










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