Chhattisgarh: Struggling for Survival
By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management
A civilian, Sukhdev Baghel, was hacked to death by suspected Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres at a village in the Chintagufa area of Sukma District in the afternoon of January 19, 2017. According to the Police, "As per the eyewitness, two people armed with sharp weapons stormed into Baghel's shop and slit his throat before escaping from the spot."
Kashmiri Community Propagates Peace Amid Simmering Violence
By Stella Paul – IDN-InDepthNews
Travelling along the roads of South Kashmir, you are constantly greeted by pro-liberation and anti-India slogans. They are written on the tar roads, house walls, little signboards hanging from tree branches and even lamp posts.
“Go India Go Back” and “We Want Freedom” read some; others proclaim “Burhan is Alive” or “Burhan Zindabad” – in reference to Burhan Wani, a young militant gunned down by the security forces in July 2016.
But suddenly, the slogans begin to change. Signposts and walls appear adorned with messages like “Welcome” and “Love for All, Hatred for None”. That is when you know you are in a village of the Ahmadiyya community.
Why Ban Mobile Internet In Kashmir?
By Gowhar Naz - Countercurrents
Businesses and public sector services across Kashmir were badly hit, & still as the ban on Internet services — especially prepaid 2G, 3G mobile internet service — remains suspended for the seventh month in a row. The ban is likely to be effective for some more time. As the authorities are in no mood to restore it. Education, banking, business, trading, travel, manufacturing and other services that depend on Internet connectivity bore are affected due to the ban. Only Postpaid mobile and broadband services have been working effectively. Gone are the days, when people in Kashmir would use prepaid mobile internet to check latest news, text, email and post minute to minute updates.
The last time I accessed internet was on July 8, 2016. Since then, I was unable to use the service again. I almost missed my exams, & couldn’t apply for a job. I have no access to news and current affairs. Thanks to the lonely listener, Gul Kak (an avid listener of BBC), who told me about Donald Trump (Asli – Uniquely American) taking oath as 45th President of USA, & something like ‘Dambaile’ Jallikattu. Irony is, with lot to chew on, government keeps mum on the issue – reluctant. Rumour, the catalyst of public unrest, needs to be countered with facts and information, not bans and silence.
Manipur:Troubles Amidst Gains
By Nijeesh N.
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management
On December 20, 2016, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) announced that around 4,000 additional paramilitary personnel had been sent to the State of Manipur, which was experiencing increasing turmoil, as violent protests and an ‘indefinite economic blockade’ on the two National Highways (Imphal-Dimapur NH 2 and Imphal-Jiribam NH 37), that serve as lifelines to the State, completed almost two months.
India Gets Its Own 'Da Vinci Code' Version
With the best selling Job Charnock Thriller
By A Correspondent
Kolkata: It's a cross-country roller-coaster adventure. A treasure hunt with a secret cult after a religious relic, and an ancient riddle to decipher. India now has its own version of 'The Da Vinci Code', with BBC India’s Victor Ghoshe's 'The Job Charnock Riddle' hitting the bookshelves some months back.
In the book, Charnock, after his conflict with Shaista Khan, who was the governor of Bengal in 1686, loots the Mughal treasury and buries it. In present day Kolkata, hints of the treasure surfaces in the form of a riddle. Meantime, Jennifer, a British scholar researching on Charnock is kidnapped from Kolkata.