The Punjabi Contribution to Cinema – Part II

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Part I  - To be continued...

Continuing discussion of the historical and cultural context in which  Punjabis participated in the film industry

By Ishtiaq Ahmed

Pre-Partition Bombay became the capital of the Indian film industry. How do we explain the very large Punjabi presence in its evolution from the outset? I think a number of fortuitous developments converged to give the Punjabis an advantage in faraway Maharashtra over many other nationalities who did not speak Urdu/Hindi. The British favoured the recruitment of Punjabis in their Indian Army but they preferred Urdu instead of Punjabi as the medium of instruction in the government and municipal schools they established.

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Bihar: Maoist Retreat

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By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

A top Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) leader, identified as Ram Chandra Mahto aka Pramod aka Chirag Da, was killed in an exchange of fire during a joint operation conducted by Bihar Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) at Charkapaththar area in the Jamui District on January 29, 2016.

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Chhattisgarh Should Act Against Repeated Incidents of

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Intimidation and Harassment of Journalists

By Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

Authorities in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh should take immediate steps to stop the repeated incidents of intimidation and harassment of journalists who are working in very trying circumstances in a region torn by armed conflict, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said on February 16.

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Delhi: Unreal in Pampered India

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By Sunita Narain *

Many years ago, when Delhi’s air pollution was as high as it is today, my colleague Anil Agarwal and I had gone to meet a high-ranking, responsible government official. This was in the mid-1990s, when air was black because we did not even have the most rudimentary fuel quality and emission controls. The official was genuinely stumped by our demand that government should take steps to control runaway pollution. He kept asking, “But is Delhi really polluted?” I was equally flummoxed; air was foul and black. How could he miss it?

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J & K: Dwindling Terror

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

In the worst terror attack recorded in the state since December 2014, six persons were killed in a suicide attack that commenced on February 21, 2016, and which was continuing at the time of writing. An unspecified number of terrorists attacked a vehicle of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the Sempora area of Pampore in Pulwama District killing two personnel of the CRPF and injuring another nine.

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J & K: Mehbooba Mufti Hints at Forming Government with BJP

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By Bashaarat Masood

Dropping hints that the PDP is ready to form the state government with the BJP, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said her father, late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, believed only Prime Minister Narendra Modi can “do something” for reconciliation between India and Pakistan, and she has faith in her father’s decision.

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On Issue of Kashmir and Plight of Kashmiri Pandits

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Why awarding Jagmohan a Padma is merely rubbing salt in the wounds of Kashmiri Pandits

By Ajay Raina

In the winter of 2000, when I went home for the first time after the exodus, it was to make a film about why my family and my community had left Kashmir. It was still smoldering from the fires of an insurgency that had yet not been completely smothered. This was almost 11 years after the exodus of my family and my community in 1990. Though it was still thought a dangerous time to be back, yet I wouldn’t claim to be the first Kashmiri Pandit to have done so.

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Jharkhand: Tragic Errors, Sustained Consolidation

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

At least seven Jharkhand State Policemen were killed and another six sustained injuries when Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres attacked a Security Forces (SFs) convoy near Kasiyar village under the Chhatarpur Police Station area of Palamu District on January 27, 2016. After conducting a combing operation in the Kalapahar area of the District, the SFs were returning to their Hussainabad base camp, when one of the vehicles (TATA-407 mini truck) carrying 13 Policemen hit a landmine while crossing a Kutcha Road (dirt track) and was about to reach the Hussainabad-Chhatarpur Main Road.

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Bangalore Racist Attack

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A Reflection Of Sickeningly Racist Indian Society

By Saswat Pattanayak

Torching down of vehicle in Bangalore of a Tanzanian woman on Sunday, January 31, who was also paraded naked by a lynch mob, is just a reflection of how sickeningly racist Indian society is. A racist lot, a casteist lot - but even worse, violently a in-denial lot. This has happened way too many times now to invoke any shock.

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Odisha: Government Should Listen To The Local People

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A Case Of Khandadhar Hills

By Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava

As the globalisation is on march and the marginalized people are at the receiving end. The impacts are uncountable and unbearable. The recent impacts are being born by the tribals of the Khandadhar area in the state of the Odisha where mining can be done by the big companies.

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Tripura: Exemplary Success

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By Nijeesh N
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

As the State Government consolidated the stabilization process through 2015, Tripura emerged as the most peaceful State in the entire Northeastern region of India in terms of insurgency-related fatalities. While 273 such fatalities were recorded across the region, including 62 civilians, 49 Security Force (SF) personnel and 162 militants, Tripura did not account for single insurgency-linked death. Even Mizoram, one of the least insurgent-affected States in the region, and which has been at peace since the collapse of the insurgency in 1986, witnessed three fatalities (all SF personnel) in 2015.

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APRIL 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 9










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