INDIA: News Briefs

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NIA lists top Maoist leader Ganapati as 'most wanted' criminal: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) uploaded the photograph of top Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) leader Ganapati alias Muppala Lakshmana Rao on its official website as one of the most wanted criminals. According to NIA, Police registered an FIR No. 138/2012 dated March 1, 2012 at Jorasanko Police Station in Kolkata in West Bengal. Later, the case was transferred to NIA for further investigation. Accordingly, the case was re-registered at the NIA Police Station in New Delhi as RC No.01/2012 on April 12, 2012. New Indian Express, March 30, 2013.

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Who Organized the Attack on Parliament?

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By Dr Sandeep Pandey *

From the case of Liaquat Shah it is amply clear how police, for taking credit, implicate surrendered militants as terrorists. Had it not been for the vocal protest of J&K police and CM Omar Abdullah the country would have believed that Liaquat came to carry out blasts in Delhi during Holi. Now the question is who planted the arms and ammunition in Old Delhi? Some of us believe that Afzal Guru's case was similar to that of Liaquat's. The STF and Special Cell of Delhi Police made him a scapegoat. In this country the police, to hide its incompetency, has been known to implicate innocent people in false cases even in other matters.

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Narendra Modi And The Re-Defining Of Indian Secularism

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By Siddharthya Roy *

News says, as part of Narendra Modi’s PM campaign (there isn’t enough reason as yet to call it a BJP election campaign) he has defined secularism in his own way. He says for him secularism means putting India first. Like everything else about Modi, mainstream media has given this ample space. Yet again a section of India’s net savvy are tweeting, retweeting, posting and reposting all about it.

If and when we manage to get over the fact that none other than Narendra Modi is telling us what secularism should mean, we have two interesting points that come out from his statements.

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On Modi’s Social Engineering

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By Subhash Gatade *

The system of untouchability has been a goldmine for the Hindus. This system affords 60 millions of untouchables to do the dirty work of scavenging and sweeping to the 240 million Hindus who are debarred by their religion to do such dirty work. But the work must be done for the Hindus and who else than the untouchables? - Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

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Fukushima Two Years Later: Lessons For India

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By Nityanand Jayaraman *

Two years ago, an earthquake and tsunami devastated a fair section of Fukushima prefecture. If they were the only disasters, life could have been rebuilt after the waters receded and the debris cleared. The nuclear meltdown that followed may keep this region uninhabitable for decades, if not longer.

The Independent Commission appointed by the Japanese parliament to investigate the accident observed that while natural disasters may have triggered the nuclear events, the meltdown itself was “profoundly manmade.”

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Foreign Investments Can't Be The Bedrock Of Indian Economy

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By Medha Patkar *

In his budget speech, lasting for 2 hours, Mr. Chidambaram, the finance minister, with undoubted eloquence talked much about the poverty to equity, churned out thoughts and principles of taxing the rich, empowering women and youth, enabling the children, including the poor. However, if one looks at his principles and promises on one hand and the plans, projects and allocations on the other, one finds a very limited redressal of grievances and no fulfillment of dreams of the toiling sections of India.

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National Free Access to The Cochrane Library in India since 2007

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By Professor (Dr) Prathap Tharyan

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) created history in February 2007 when India became the first and only low-income country in the world with a national subscription to The Cochrane Library. This initiative of the ICMR to purchase a national license was widely hailed as an exemplar of responsible leadership in health-research governance, as it gave all people in India with an internet connection free access to the online collection of reliable evidence-based resources to aid health decisions.

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Gender Equality is Essential Across All MDGs

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By Rahul Kumar Dwivedi

A national level consultation on "Reducing Gender Inequalities: A Possible Framework for Post 2015" was recently held at Nawabganj, Unnao. Organized by the National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW), Government of India, and supported by the UN Women South Asia, it was hosted by the Centre for Advocacy and Research and brought together leading civil society groups, think tank bodies and academicians to deliberate on the strengths and weakness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); to review gaps and suggest remedies and evolve an inclusive, participatory and sustainable framework to advance the MDG post 2015.

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Film Writers Can Defy Big Money

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By Vidyadhar Date *

Writers are not there just to make money. They want to express ideas. They should not be dictated to by big business. This was the contention of several participants in a three-day conference of film and television screen writes and writer directors from different parts of India organised by the Film Writers Association in Mumbai from February 25.

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Breaking the Silence Finally on Child Sexual Abuse

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By Anjali Singh

Child Sexual Abuse is a topic few are ready to discuss much less address. Thus it came as a welcome surprise when in May 2012 the Indian Parliament enacted its first law specifically outlawing child sexual abuse. Prior to that the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act being notified, different forms of abuse with children in India was covered by laws not designed to address them. So if a girl suffered non-penetrative sexual abuse it would be classified as “assault with intent to outrage the modesty of woman,” and if a boy suffered abuse it would be classified as per the draconian anti-homosexuality law that criminalized, “carnal intercourse against the order of nature.”

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Maoists: Tactical Retreat

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By Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) shocked the country in the beginning of 2013, first, by surgically inserting Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in the abdomens of troopers killed in the Latehar encounter on January 7, 2013, and again by shooting at an IAF chopper on a rescue mission, forcing it to crash land in the Sukma District on January 18, 2013.

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JULY 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 12










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