Women in India: The Best or The Worst of Times?

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By Shobha Shukla*

I apologize for missing out on the celebrations of Women's Day this year as I was too engrossed with changing nappies of my 10 month old adorable granddaughter in London, despite her part time nanny - who is a graduate, and charges a frightful £10 an hour - that is over INR 1000 (the going rate for any domestic help). It was only the tedium of dish washer and washing machine which reminded me of women's plight (whether in UK or in India) in a strange sort of way

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Maoists: Surviving Adversity

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

In a searing self-assessment, the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), at its 4th Meet, some time in April-May 2013, conceded, "the condition of our countrywide movement is critical".

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Assam: Some Wounds Do Not Heal Easily

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By Rupam Sindhu Kalita *

I grew up in the Assam of the 1990s before coming to Delhi in 2009 for higher studies. I belong to a generation that has been presented as the modern face of Assam: educated, enterprising and progressive who are willing to leave the horrors of violence and counter-violence behind and ‘move on.’ We often heard stories from our elders about young men from our neighborhood who had left home to join the underground movement. A common denominator of these stories was a bright young man hard pressed by poverty who dropped out of college and became an insurgent. The usual consensus would be the ‘loss’ of such a bright boy who could have gone far had he continued with his studies. Our generation was taught not to follow in the footsteps of these intelligent but ‘misguided’ youth.

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Bihar: Advantage Squandered

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By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

In the night of February 22, 2014, around 150 heavily armed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres attacked the Amas Police Station in the Gaya District of Bihar, bringing traffic to a grinding halt on both the New Delhi and Kolkata side of the Grand Trunk Road. The exchange of fire between the Maoists and the Police continued for nearly two hours before the Maoists retreated. Though the Maoists failed to inflict any casualty on the Police side, a civilian taxi driver was killed in the crossfire. Reports suggested that the two sides exchanged about 600 rounds of fire.

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Kerala's Shame: When The Police Do Moral Policing!

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By K.P. Sasi *

Why is the police bent on trying to portray Kerala Sahitya Academi and Sangeeta Nataka Acedemi in Thrissur as dangerous places through the mass media, where booze and drugs flow? You will not find anything outstanding of such excessive behaviour beyond what happens in the rest of Kerala. Next to the Sangeeth Nataka Academi, there is only a beer parlour of KTDC, an institution owned by the Kerala Government. This beer parlour is one of the few places in Thrissur where even women are allowed to have a beer without hearing so many social comments from the male public. There is no beer parlour next to Kerala Sahitya Academi, though most of the Malayali writers who visit the institution may feel the need for it.

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Nagaland: Fresh Challenges

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By Veronica Khangchian
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On February 27, 2014, at a meeting sponsored by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) in Dimapur, 31 Naga organisations extended their full support to the Naga reconciliation process and urged the FNR to continue strengthening and pursing the task of Reconciliation at a time of deep crisis.

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Mizoram: Continuing Irritants

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By Veronica Khangchian
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

A 20-year insurgency, in what was then the Lushai Hills District of Assam (after 1972, the Union Territory of Mizoram) came to an end on June 30, 1986, with the signing of an accord between the rebel Mizo National Front (MNF) and the Government of India (GoI). The accord resulted in the creation of Mizoram as a State in February 1987. The end of the insurgency, however, only solved the 'Mizo' (Lushai speaking people's) issues, leaving out the State's minority tribes, such as the Hmars and the Brus. Nagging issues continue to feed cycles of low grade strife, and the 'silent' activities of the Hmar under the Hmar People's Convention-Democracy (HPC-D), and the issue of Bru (Reang) refugees, remain unresolved, more than two-and-a-half decades after peace was restored to the State.

Unresolved Tensions

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Northeast: Uncertain Relief

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By Veronica Khangchian
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

India’s troubled Northeast continues to witness varying levels of insurgency related violence, as well as tensions between various ethnic groups, with troubles further compounded by external agencies and a proliferation of new rebel formations. Nevertheless, insurgency-related fatalities in the region have seen sustained and dramatic improvements, from a recent peak of 1,051 in 2008, collapsing to 246 fatalities in 2011. Though 2012 saw a reversal of this trend, with 316 killed, the region saw a significant improvement in 2013, with 252 killed.

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MARCH 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 8










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