Andhra Pradesh: Free Legal Aid To Women Farmers

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By Usha Turaga-Revelli

Land issues are among of the most commonly contested legal battles across courts in India. The disputes often go through various twists and turns as the years pass and questions related to inheritance, possession and acquisition come into the picture.

Ramachandraiah Thotapally of Nustulapur village – a block headquarters in Andhra Pradesh’s Karimnagar district – has been tilling five acres of land that had been assigned to his family 40 years ago. But it appears that he may very shortly lose that land.

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Chhattisgarh: Biding Time

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By Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On January 18, 2013, an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter on a rescue mission to evacuate two troopers who were injured in a gunfight near Puswada in the Sukma District of Chhattisgarh was hit twice by Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) small arms fire. A Chhattisgarh Police radio operator on board took a bullet hit. The chopper turned back without evacuating the injured troopers but crash landed a few kilometers after it reversed course, at a clearing between the Timal Wada and Chintagufa areas, when its hydraulic system and generator failed.

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Gujarat: No Humans In Modi's “Development”

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By Mukul Dube *

Narendra Modi of the RSS is an ambitious man who seems to want to become the prime minister of the country. His propaganda machine never speaks of the violence in 2002 in the state he ruled and rules, but it constantly plugs his hand in its development. I do not propose here to question the claims of development that he makes or which are made for him. Better qualified people have done that and have shown that these claims are based on sleight of hand or on outright lies. I shall only look at the meaning of this development business in Modi's lexicon.

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The Ugly Reality Of Gujarat

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By Vidya Bhushan Rawat *

The Dalit priest theory of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is an aim to deflect the attention from the real issues of the Balmiki community which is isolated and face severe untouchability. Modi has rarely spoken against caste discrimination and the historical injustice done to Dalits hence it is nothing but plain hypocrisy to grab positive headlines.

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J & K: An Enveloping Blindness

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By Ajai Sahni
Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, ICM & SATP

It is true that our enemies have weakened – some temporarily,
some more permanently; but it would be wrong to believe that we
have become significantly stronger.

                             " When doing nothing looks like success

For the first time since 1994, the year 2012 registered a total number of terrorism and insurgency linked fatalities across India in the three digits – at 804, as against 1,073 in 2011 and a peak of 5,839 in 2001. The trend of sustained decline in such fatalities has been near-unbroken since 2001 (with a marginal reversal in 2008), giving tremendous relief to theatres of persistent violence.

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Kashmir: Faulty Economics’ Talk

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By Raouf Rasool *

It has been quite a while now that New Delhi has been making very vocal assertions about bringing peace in Kashmir through economic progress and development. Although it is debatable whether the so-called ‘economic development’ alone could bring about peace to Valley, however, as of now, even on the economic front not much has been done to realize ‘the goal’. Although a lot of money has presumably been, and is being pumped in, but one wonders if this investment is going to yield the desired results.

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Kashmir’s Wait For A True Leader

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By Younus Farooq *

We could have prevented much loss of human lives and secured what is now being called “injured honor” of Kashmir’s had the Kashmir home grown resistance been a political movement right from the day it fell to forced occupation . The inspiration for writing this piece comes from the one article of A.G. Noorani, constitutional expert and historian- entitled “Kashmir’s wronged strategy “published in Dawn newspaper dated 9 November,2012.

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Kerala: Misogynistic Punctuation Of Our Collective Conscience

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By C. V. Sukumaran *

A college professor wrote the sentence—A woman without her man is nothing—on the blackboard and asked the students to punctuate it. Almost all the students, males and females, punctuated the sentence as: A woman, without her man, is nothing. Only one of the students, a female one, punctuated it as: A woman: without her, man is nothing.

Most of the students depended on the accepted wisdom of the patriarchal society to punctuate the sentence.

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Manipur: PLA Creating Subversive Synergy

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By Veronica Khangchian
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

In the morning of March 22, 2013, a trooper of the Assam Rifles (AR) was killed while another was injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast triggered along the road side at Leirongthel Lamkhai under Yairipok Police Station in the Thoubal District of Manipur.

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Nagas: Imagining The Forbidden

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By Lakpachui Siro *

The recently concluded elections in Nagaland gave a sense of hope and belief in the regional political party that was advocating the rights and voice of the Nagas. The Union of India, the inherent successor of the British, believed that the Naga areas also fell under their jurisdiction by virtue of inheritance. The Nagas declared themselves independent on 14 August 1947, a day before the sun of independence rose on the Indian mainland. They showed their dissent in joining India with the 1951 plebiscite which made it apparent that the Nagas wanted complete independence.

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Uttar Pradesh: Understanding Muslim Youth's Anger, Frustration

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By Vidya Bhushan Rawat *

Muslims in Uttar-Pradesh are rightly feeling betrayed by the state government. They continue to protest in different parts of the state as the government of the state is trying to subvert the process of law and getting rid of the entire issue under the pretext that the inquiry has been given to CBI. There are serious issues in this case but before that it is important to understand why the Muslims of the state are restive and agitating and whether their demand has some communal undertones as media is charging.

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OCTOBER 2017

Vol. 12 - No. 3










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