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Exclusive: RSS chief Golwalkar threatened to kill Gandhi - 1947 CID report

By Bharat Bhushan

The Supreme Court, in its oral observations, has upbraided Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his statement that "RSS people" killed Mahatma Gandhi. In the apex court's wisdom, young Rahul Gandhi could not make a "collective denunciation" of the RSS or the Rashtirya Swayamsewak Sangh.

It is a moot point whether it is for a court of law to give a clean bill of health to the RSS, 68 years after the assassination of the Mahatma.

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50 Years of Kothari Commission Report

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By Shivali Tukdeo *

This year marks 50th anniversary of Kothari commission report on education. In its after-life of half-a-century, the report continues to occupy an important place in discussions on education in India irrespective of the distinct ideological positions that may go on to frame these discussions. While some of the recommendations get echoed by a wide range of bodies including policy and planning groups, civic initiatives and organisations of radical persuasions, certain other issues raised by the report have been relegated to the back allies of our collective memory.

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To Be A Transgender Living with HIV in India

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By Shobha Shukla *

Armed with a management degree in marketing, Amruta Soni is currently working in Patna as the state programme manager at National Coalition of PLHIV in India (NCPI) for the Vihaan project in Bihar. Today she confidently handles 15 partner NGOs, providing them with technical support on how to implement the programme and link people living with HIV (PLHIV) with Vihaan care and support centres. 

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Uniform Civil Code: Meaningless Without Gender Justice Imposed

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From Within, Not Without

By Ram Puniyani - The Citizen

Our criminal and civil laws are same for all the religious communities but our personal laws have been related and linked to religion. So there are separate laws for Hindus, Muslims and Christians. Ironically Jain, Buddhists and Sikhs are included in Hindus. As such the prevalent laws and norms among diverse Hindu communities have sharp variations. This was a primary reason why the Constituent Assembly debates decided to continue with the personal laws and left the issue for a later settlement. In the Directive principles of state policy Article 44. it was stated that the state shall try to evolve uniform common laws for all the citizens of India, irrespective of their religion. The aim was to bring these laws in consonance with the concept of justice.

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TB Cases in India at Double the Current Estimates: New Study

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By Shobha Shukla *

The number of TB cases in India may be up to 2-3 times higher than the latest current estimates, suggests a new research study published today in the The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. TB is a major global public health challenge.  In 2014, 6.3 million TB cases were reported worldwide, with India accounting for over 25% of them - the highest for any country. 

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Andhra Pradesh: Maoist: Creeping Revival

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On July 30, 2016, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres abducted and killed Vooraka Maraiah (45), a pastor, branding him as a 'Police informer', at Lakshmipuram village under the Nellipaka mandal (administrative unit) of the East Godavari District. Maraiah's body was found with hands tied at the back, bearing stab and bullet wounds, along with a letter in which the Maoists charged him with not heeding to their warning to mend his ways. He “accumulated wealth disproportionately… As Maraiah started exploiting the poor tribal people and the needy, we punished him in the people’s court,” the letter alleged. The Maoists also warned a host of other village leaders allegedly involved in “unlawful” activities and asked them to cut off their ties with the Police.

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Assam: Remaining Sparks

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By Nijeesh N.
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

In one of the worst terrorist attack on the civilians in the recent history of Assam, terrorists of the I.K. Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-IKS) opened indiscriminate fire at a crowded weekly market, Balajan Tiniali Weekly (Friday) Market in Kokrajhar District on August 5, 2016, killing 14 persons, including two women, and injuring another 20.

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Dalits Pledge Never To Dispose Off Dead

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Cattle Or Do Sanitation Work

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India's 70th Independence day. In a historic rally in Una, Gujarat, where 7 dalits were publicly flogged for skinning a dead cow Dalits vowed never to do sanitation work and never to dispose off dead cattle ever again. Perhaps a new era is born in India, or the beginning of a new independence movement for Dalits?

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Gujarat: Dalit Anger Boils Over

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In Annihilate Caste

The simmering anger of Dalits of Gujarat over the flogging of Dalit youths by Gau Rakshaks (cow protection squad) in Utna boiled over into a massive rally in Ahmedabad and they vowed not dispose of animal carcasses, clean sewer lines, two dirty jobs which the dalits do as a centuries old practice since the upper caste people refuse to do these dirty jobs. Tens of thousands of dalits marched through Ahmedabad and announced a march from Ahmedabad to Una between August 5 and August 15. They said they plan to gather in Una on August 15, India’s Independence day, to observe and “feel independence” there.

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Chhattisgarh - Maoists: Fighting Amidst Losses

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

At least three cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), including a woman, were killed in an encounter with the Security Forces (SFs) in the forests of Kacheghat under Faraspal Police Station limits, Dantewada District, Chhattisgarh, on August 5, 2016. The slain Maoists were identified as Faggoo aka Nishant, Soma aka Ajeet and Manki aka Geeta. Two .315-bore country-made revolvers, eight live rounds, one muzzle loading gun, two grenades, one Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) magazine with two live rounds, three detonators, four bundles of wire, 35 gelatine sticks, one kilogram of explosive, Naxal [Left Wing Extremism (LWE)] literature and magazines, and other materials were recovered from the encounter site.

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For Kashmir to Paradise Regained, Restore its Secular Character

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by bringing back Pandits

By Prabhu Chawla

India’s most used and abused K-word is back in political patois with a bang. In a brand new avatar, it makes grand media appearances to the accompaniment of a chorus worthy of a Greek tragedy. But the national comedy is that India’s liberelati caricature the Kashmir issue as a confrontation between a handful of separatists and Indian forces. It’s no laughing matter that the unrest, perennially ignited by Pakistan, is a threat to the identity and authority of secular India.

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MARCH 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 8










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