INDIA: News Briefs
81 persons killed in Assam violence: The death toll in the ongoing violence in Assam reached 81. The violence started on December 23 when about 80 IK Songbijit faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-IKS) militants shot dead 67 Adivasis at five different places in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar Districts. Times of India, December 29, 2014.
Modi: Fabricated Fame, Flawed Governance
By Suhail Qasim Mir *
With the completion of 200 days in office on 14th Dec, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has been able to send swivels across the spines of people. The Modi wave is on. He has been able to win himself a very prestigious position in the hearts of people. But the overwhelming response of people towards Modi regime is deeply flawed. The fame and fondness which Modi has earned is purely on basis of an image which he is selling for himself. This image describes him as an able, progressive, competent and forward looking leader. However, on ground he is far off from the attributes he likes to adorn himself with. He has prudently found out the ways to conquer the psyche of people.
Aligarh Muslim University, Raja Mahendra Pratap And Attempts Of Polarization
How Is Ghar Vapasi Different From Forcible Conversions?
What is Wrong with a Rights-based Approach to TB Care?
By Shobha Shukla *
Well nothing! In fact it is the most correct approach to deal with the global TB crisis of epidemic proportions. In 2013, TB killed 1.5 million people out of the estimated 9.0 million people who developed it. Many social, economic and structural barriers drive the TB epidemic in high TB burden countries including India, which accounts for 24% of its global incidence. TB is not just a medical problem but a social problem as well, and yet ethical and legal issues around TB have been neglected for just too long. Vulnerable and marginalized groups are still not the the focus of healthcare systems even though the 'International Standards for TB Care' rightly favours a patient-centred approach that individualizes treatment support measures (but not the treatment regimen), to suit the unique needs of the patient.
Assam Massacre: Who is Responsible?
By Gladson Dungdung *
In the Indian political map, clear boundaries have been drawn for the Adivasis, and when they cross those; their identity is suspected, questioned and changed immediately. One is stunned to know that as soon as they leave their territories, they are counted in the general category and their constitutional and legal rights are denied officially. But at the same time, the same sets of rules are not applied to the people of the privileged sections of the Indian society. Of course, it keeps happening with the Adivasis precisely because the Indian state is utterly biased against them on the basis of their race.
Chhattisgarh: The Same Trap, Again
By Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
In a guerrilla ambush, showing sufficient elements of mobile warfare, the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres killed 14 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel including two officers, Deputy Commandant B.S. Verma and Assistant Commandant Rajesh Kapuria, and injured another 14 on the outskirts of Kasalpar village, near Chintagufa and Chintalnar, close to the Dornapal-Jagargunda Road in Sukma District, on December 1, 2014. CRPF Deputy Inspector General (DIG) D. Upadhyay disclosed that the Maoists looted 10 AK-47s, including three UBGL (Under Barrel Grenade Launcher) attachments, 900 rounds, 30 UBGL grenades, an INSAS LMG with 300 rounds, an INSAS rifle with one magazine, four bullet proof jackets, a GPS and two binoculars, after the encounter.
BHOPAL: A Metaphor
JAMMU & KASHMIR:
Elections: Irony In itself
Lagnajita: Nashville Youth Poet Laureate
By A Correspondent
Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay received the first ever ‘Nashville Youth Poet Laureate award 2015’. Among the three finalists, she achieved the first place in a public performance competition held on December 6 at Blair School of Music Ingram Hall (Vanderbilt University, USA), organized by Southern Words. As the winner, Lagnajita was named by the Nashville’s Mayor's office as the poet ambassador and will perform at numerous city events throughout the year. She also received a book deal from Penmanship Books publishing company. They will publish her poetry collection shortly.