Humour: Our Modi’s 'tryst with destiny' Speech

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With wanderlust greater than any who have come before us, we pledge to greet those millions, in the furthest corners of the earth.

By The Cynic

About ten months ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time has come for us to redeem our pledge... not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially because we still have four years and two months before we are called to pledge again.

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Crude Antics Dent India’s Image Abroad

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By Shastri Ramahandaran *

All these years, if India could bat above its league on the world stage, it is not only because of being favoured – over other, more powerful developing countries – by the Anglo-American axis. The dominance of English and, rightly or otherwise, the values and versatility associated with India’s English-speaking elite, including officials, have contributed greatly to India’s acceptance at high tables.

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Congress Party: Time To Pass The Baton To A New Generation

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By George Abraham *

There was so much commotion made of Rahul Gandhi’s absence from the political scene in India for the last two months. BJP which regularly made him an object of sarcasm and sharp criticism appeared to have missed him the most! Although Mr. Gandhi is supposed to have the SPG protection and the Government might have been privy to his whereabouts, BJP did their utmost to fuel the speculation through leaks and other means that he was absconding.

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Why Is Next Ambedkar Needed?: A Time For Reflection

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By Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava *

April 14 is 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar. A long time has passed since his departure; in 1956 he had breathed his last. His major concern that untouchability be removed still remains a major concern of Indian society. Dalits have article 17 in constitution and political representation but upper castes still hold the system. They may be out of power but they are not without connections. They rule from behind. They have better organizational skill, connections and the result is that a large section of dalits still live the way as they used to live in the time of Ambedkar.

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Ambedkar's Ideology

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Religion, Nationalism And Indian Constitution

By Ram Puniyani *

In order to gain larger legitimacy, RSS has been making claims of sorts. One of that which was made few months back was that Gandhi was impressed by functioning of RSS. Now on the heels of that comes another distortion that Ambedkar believed in Sangh ideology (Feb 15, 2015). This was stated by RSS Sarsanghchalak, Mohan Bhagwat. Recently on the occasion of Ambedkar’s 124th anniversary many programs were held by RSS combine giving a pro-Hindutva tilt to presentation of Ambedkar.

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Chhattisgarh: Maoist TCO Escalates

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

…our subjective forces seriously lag behind the objective situation. Thus we see the contradiction, the glaring gap between the potential of the objective situation and the subjective capacities of the Maoist forces. The history of the world revolution teaches us that the principal way to overcome this is by waging revolution and advancing to victory.

 

    Muppalla Lakshmana Rao alias Ganapathy in a supplement to Central Committee    message issued on 10th anniversary of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)

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J&K: Steady Escalation

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By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On March 21, 2015, two terrorists dressed in Indian Army fatigue were killed during an attack at an Army camp on the Jammu-Pathankote National Highway in the Samba District of Jammu Division. Three persons, including a civilian, an Army Major and an Army jawan (trooper), were injured during the attack.

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Manipur: Violent Hills

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By M. A. Athul
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On March 31, two Assam Rifles (AR) troopers identified as Havildar N.K. Dolly and Havildar B.N. Kshetri were killed and Rifleman G.D. Shastra was wounded in an ambush by cadres of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at a location between Kamjong and Kongkan villages in the Hill District of Ukhrul. A PLA ‘sergeant’, Prem, was also killed in the incident. The PLA militants exploded an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), then rained bullets on the troops. Two IEDs were recovered during the subsequent search by Security Forces (SFs) in the area. On April 1, PLA claimed that the assault was carried out by a team of its 'tactical command'.

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Kashmiri Pundits: Return To Valley

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By Prof (Dr) Upendra Kaul *

Return of Kashmiri Pundits to their beloved home land is a very important issue in my opinion.

I am glad some talk and thought has been going on in this direction for some time now. It should however not become a controversy. It needs to be encouraged by everybody and I do not think people in the valley are opposed to this. I remember the good old days before 1990 when we all used to be together, respecting each other’s feelings. We all are one family irrespective of the religion given by the family which gave us birth. The need of the hour is to get back that affection and love and be useful to each other in all respects.

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Nagaland: Twist in the Tale

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

In an early morning ambush, suspected National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) militants killed three troopers of the 4th Battalion of the Rajput Regiment and injured another four at Tukpi village of Tirap District in Arunachal Pradesh on April 2, 2015. The identity of the faction responsible is yet to be ascertained.

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Telangana SIMI: Jolt to 'Revival'

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

Two cadres of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were killed in an encounter with the Police near Janakipuram in Nalgonda District of the newly constituted Telangana State, on April 4, 2015. One Police Constable was killed while another Policeman was injured during the encounter. Telangana Director General of Police (DGP) Anurag Sharma in an April 5 release, stated that the slain duo were identified as Mohammed Aijazuddeen, a native of Kareli in the Narsinghpur District of Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Mohammed Aslam alias Bilal, who hailed from Ganesh Talai in the Khandwa District of MP. Sharma added, "Aijajuddeen and Aslam have been the active members of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in Madhya Pradesh and were involved in acts of terror in India."

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MARCH 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 8










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