Peace Education In Schools For Combatting Societal Challenges
By Swaleha Sindhi *
Many teachers are already practising peace education without calling it by name. Historically, in various parts of the world, peace education has been referred to as Education for Conflict Resolution, International Understanding, and Human Rights; Global Education; Critical Pedagogy; Education for Liberation and Empowerment; Social Justice Education; Environmental Education; Life Skills Education; Disarmament and Development Education; and more. These various labels illuminate the depth and diversity of the field. Using the term peace education helps co-ordinate such global initiatives and unite educators in the common practice of educating for a culture of peace.
A ‘Gandhicare’ For India
By Arindam Majumder *
A controversial act which aims to make quality healthcare affordable to all Americans had polarised the country and forced a federal shutdown. Such an act if implemented in India could be a game changer for the ailing Indian healthcare system and make the dream of universal healthcare system a reality.
The Dismal State Of Health Care In India
By Graham Peebles *
To speak of growth is to allude to one thing only: economic development, GDP and GNP figures, which of course should be increasing for the world to stay on track to become a global shopping emporium. The word has been confiscated by the economically erudite and the political ideologues. Monthly statistics are chanted, mantra like, by the politically aligned media, ignored by most and washed away with the residue. They are of no consequence to the majority trying to meet the basic requirements of living and are issued along with other contemporary anxiety stimulants: deficit, austerity and debt to name but three of the more popular narcotics of control.
Indian Mujahideen as a Terror Model
By Shanthie Mariet D'Souza and Bibhu Prasad Routray *
The origin and growth of Islamist militant group the Indian Mujahideen (IM) have been linked to a host of issues including communal riots, perceived alienation among Muslims and even India's diplomatic relations with Israel.
Some organizations say IM was a creation of intelligence agencies, while others called the group an imagination of the media. Such speculation notwithstanding, its evolution and growth pattern remain a mystery.
INDIA: News Briefs
Union Government and Assam Government sign SoO with NDFB-RD: The Union Government and the Assam Government signed an agreement for suspension of operations (SoO) with the Ranjan Daimary faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-RD) in Guwahati on November 29. "Security forces will not take any action against the outfit's cadres unless there is a violation of the ceasefire ground rules," an unnamed official source said. The pact will remain in effect for six months, after which it will be reviewed and a decision on its extension will be taken. The NDFB-RD had declared a unilateral ceasefire on August 1, 2011. Telegraph, November 30, 2013.
Assam: UALA’s Maiden Strike
By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management
On November 3, 2013, militants of the Garo tribe belonging to United Achik Liberation Army (UALA), an outfit which was formed in February 2013, indiscriminately opened fire on a group of people gambling on the occasion of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, at the remote Gendamari village under Agia Police Station in the troubled Goalpara District, leaving seven people dead. Six of those killed belonged to the Rabha tribe, while the seventh is unidentified.
Chhattisgarh: Electoral Rebuff
By Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
Two Border Security Force (BSF) troopers and their civilian driver, accompanying retreating poll officials, were killed and another three persons were injured, when Maoists blew up their vehicle in a landmine blast on a bridge located in the Manjhipara area of Sukma District on November 12, a day after the first phase polling in 18 Assembly constituencies in the areas worst afflicted by the Maoist insurgency in Chhattisgarh. In the run up to the polls, the Maoists had triggered at least three explosions, injuring five Security Forces (SFs) personnel, even as they had issued widespread calls for a poll boycott.
Meghalaya: The Hills Run Red
By Veronica Khangchian
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
On November 5, 2013, the Garo Hills Police suffered one of its biggest casualties in its fight against militancy, with five State security personnel killed in an ambush laid by a heavily armed group of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) cadres at the remote Kolapara village in Baghmara, the District headquarters of South Garo Hills.
Telangana: State Formation An Historic Resolve
By Dr. K.V. Reddy *
Telangana state formation is an historic resolve of both the people and the political parties in the region that is inhabited by more than 4.5 crore people. Thanks to age-old struggles and sufferings that the telangana people had undergone, their predicament seems to be reaching its climax. With the present stage is set for completing the process of state formation within a month or so, the people are in the cheerful mood of celebrating their new year differently for the first time in the history of Telangana. They have to do some introspection as to what exactly has clinched the issue today. Of course, this they can do so if they are bit passionate about their history, as its historic resolve in the form of student/youth self-sacrifices which paved the way for present state of affairs.