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'Khaplang never wanted ceasefire', says NSCN-KK 'general secretary' Kitovi Zhimomi: The Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) leader, SS Khaplang never wanted ceasefire with the Indian Government and had agreed to it only because of pressure from the Naga civil society, according to the Khole-Khitovi faction of NSCN (NSCN-KK) 'general secretary' Kitovi Zhimomi. Kitovi Zhimomi, in an interview published in the latest issue of the North East Sun magazine, said "Actually, Khaplang was not in favour of ceasefire right from the beginning but could not resist the pressure of the civil society which was spearheaded by the NBCC (Nagaland Baptist Churches Council)." Assam Tribune, September 19, 2015.
Under Siege for Others' Failures, Modi Must ...
Win Back Trust of His Core Constituents
By Prabhu Chawla
Like it or not, Prime Minister Narendrabhai Damodar Das Modi is not one who easily forgives or forgets. His assertive actions and proactive policies during the past 16 months have proved he hasn’t forgiven those who are deemed inefficient, politically motivated and place roadblocks in his march to achieving his mission. He has moved, removed and dumped them. Yet, in his endeavour to achieve the maximum in minimum time, the PM and his adjutants seem to have forgotten the many covenants he had made with the people during the 2014 elections. This may be an oversight on his part or has happened because of misplaced trust in many of his ministers and civil servants.
How Can Modi Let RSS Tamper With Our History?
Generations may change, but the past can't be moulded to suit a new ruling party.
By Kamal Mitra Chenoy
As the BJP rule strives to win more states, it simultaneously seeks to promote its intellectual and cultural policies. But, for it, secular modernism is an anathema, a "cultural pollution" no less. Pushing the Hindutva agenda is Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma, who proudly states that he had "been with the RSS for the past 40 years of (his) life." He also argued that the Modi government would back the "RSS people" to government appointments, and questioned "why shouldn't they get the posts?" So the Hindutva brigade will promote the RSS. But the people did not vote for the RSS, but the BJP.
PM Should Be Careful About the Company He Keeps
By Siddharth Varadarajan
What makes the axis between the government and the RSS so problematic is not just its extra-constitutionality but the sheer incompatibility of the sangh and its ideology with a democratic, inclusive polity and society.
A bizarre political spectacle took place in Delhi this week that no amount of sophistry can square with the principles of a modern democratic republic.
Prime Minister: Remotely Controlled
By Communal Group And Acting Against Nation
By Ravi Nitesh
When Government of India (through BJP) and RSS sat together officially for three days in their so called ‘coordination’ meet, it is like an open truth that who is who. This ‘coordination meet’ is a slap on the face of millions of youths who preferred their vote for development but feeling cheated now. This coordination meet is an insult of democratic values and constitution of India.
The Sheena Bora Murder
In The Context of A Culture of Free Market Greed
By Vidyadhar Date
The sensational murder case concerning Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, corporate figures, needs to be seen in the wider context of a society created by neoliberalism. A culture of free market greed and neoliberalism has created a world in which psychopathic personality traits are rewarded, says Paul Verhaeghe, a widely respected psychologist and professor of psychology at the university of Ghent.
RBI and Central Confusion
While the RBI criticises policy, it does not use its own limited authority effectively.
By Arun Kumar *
The RBI governor has been criticised by officials of the finance ministry for speaking on the economy in less than positive terms last month. Was it wrong for him to do so? The ministry would like to create positive sentiment in the economy, especially at a time when a drought is forecast. The governor has been making his differences with the government clear by not bowing to the finance minister’s pressure to sharply lower interest rates. The result is confusion in the markets.
GST: Some Less Explored Issues
A common rate for all states undermines fiscal federalism
By Arun Kumar *
GST is being strongly backed by large businesses.
The introduction of GST (goods and services tax) in the country is billed as the biggest tax reform in India and a game-changer. It has been stalled in the Rajya Sabha by the main opposition party which had proposed it a decade ago. The ruling NDA has rejected the objections and may call a special session of Parliament to get the Bill passed. Unfortunately, many critical issues regarding the basic design of GST have not been discussed and remain unresolved. The public needs clarity about them.
Stop The Killing Fields
By Sunita Narain *
This is our season of despair. This year, it would seem, the gods have been most unkind to Indian farmers. Early in the year came the weird weather events, like hailstorms and freak and untimely rains that destroyed standing crops. Nobody knew what was happening. After all, each year we witness a natural weather phenomenon called the Western Disturbance, winds that emanate from the Mediterranean and travel eastward towards India. What was new this year was the sheer “freakiness” of these disturbances, which brought extreme rain with unusual frequency and intensity. More importantly, instead of “breaking” over the Himalayas, as these disturbances are prone to do, these winds with moisture travelled eastward towards Bengal and even southward towards Madhya Pradesh. Meteorologists were spooked.
The Failure of Development Programmes In India
By Moin Qazi
It is time we respect the wisdom of the villages .Panchayat Raj is just one of the ways of involving and empowering the grassroots to participate in the development agenda .The people are keen to climb their way out of the poverty tap .They don’t want handout ,they want handup
Assam: NDFB-IKS: Caught in a Vice
By M.A. Athul
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management
On September 3, 2015, a cadre of the IK Songbijit faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-IKS), identified as Bhaigo Boro alias B. Bilaigra, was killed in an encounter with the Security Forces (SFs) at Saumukhi Nala near Diglipara village in Kokrajhar District. He was reportedly involved in the December 23, 2014, massacre of Adivasis (the “tea tribes” from Central India, who were brought into the Northeast to work on plantations by the British prior to India’s independence) in which 69 people were killed at several places in the Chirang, Sonitpur and Kokrajhar Districts.