BJP Victory: A Blessing In Disguise For Muslims!?

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By Khalid Kamal Rumi

The thumping victory of Narendra Modi led NDA in the general elections for the 16th Lok Sabha is “potentially” poised to be the best thing to have happened to the Muslims of India in the last one decade. The emphasis, in bold, is on potential here! Now it is up to the community to invest and reap richly by turning imminent challenges into opportunities. I stick my neck out here taking cue from Winston Churchill who once remarked: “a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

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Rousing A Crippled Giant

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By Ajai Sahni
Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, Institute for Conflict Management & South Asia Terrorism Portal

Little can be expected of a one-month old Government, especially on issues as deeply entrenched as the multiple internal security challenges and crises of capacity that afflict India. These are the consequences of decades of neglect, misdirected policies, and an apparatus of governance that has been hollowed out by corruption. India's problems cannot be expected to simply disappear with the arrival of a purportedly charismatic leader, even one with a clear majority in Parliament that has eluded the succession of ailing regimes after Rajiv Gandhi's unprecedented windfall of 1984, in the wake of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination

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The Ghosts Of 1984

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By Priyanka Dass Saharia*

 “It was around 10 in the morning. We were in AIIMS that day, 31st October, 1984. My mother-in-law had her checkup and we’d gone for an appointment”, recalls Mrs Paramjit Singh (name changed), 60 years, a resident of Model Town. She remembers the morning to be calm; “the calm before the storm” in a usual day at the hospital, the scene fast changing as noon proceeded.

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Bihar: UAVs - Tentative Flight

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

Two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were deployed in Bihar on May 27 and 28, 2014, to monitor movement of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres in Aurangabad, Gaya and Jamui Districts. Earlier, in February, UAVs had been used in Bihar in anti-Maoist operations for the first time. 

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Traffic Accidents And Health Agenda

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By Sunita Narain *

In India, traffic accidents are not on the health agenda. It is time the agenda is changed. Last month when the Union Minister for Rural Development met with an unfortunate and tragic accident on the road in Delhi, the issue was highlighted. But as yet, there is little understanding of the seriousness of the problem, and why India, which has just begun to motorise, needs to take action, and fast.

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Reduce Tobacco Consumption, Save Lives

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By Shobha Shukla *

With nearly 35% of India’s adult population (age 15+) consuming some form of tobacco, there are around 275 million people in the country smoking and/or chewing this poison, and an estimated 1 million dying every year from tobacco related diseases. Moreover 27% of the youth (age group 13-15 years) are exposed to second hand smoke at home and 40% are exposed to second hand smoke in public places. Bidis or cheap hand-rolled cigarettes (which outsell cigarettes by a ratio of 8:1), are the most popular tobacco product used in India comprising 48% of the tobacco market. Chewing tobacco comes next at 38% followed by cigarettes at 14%.

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Assam: Renewed Dangers

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By Veronica Khangchian
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

In a second incident of a counter-insurgency (CI) operational fatality of a senior Police officer in 2014, Superintendent of Police (SP) Nityananda Goswami of Hamren Police District in central Assam’s Karbi Anglong Hill District and his Personal Security Officer (PSO), Ratul Nunisa, were killed in an ambush by suspected Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers (KPLT) at Rongfu, the outfit's stronghold along the Assam-Meghalaya border, in the night of June 5, 2014. Their bodies were recovered in the morning of June 6. The SP and 18 others, including additional SP, Bedanta Borkakaty, and Hamren Police station officer-in-charge, Kamal Bora, had gone to the area on a counter-insurgency operation when they came under heavy fire from a large number of militants. The Police team was reportedly ambushed by a group of 15-20 militants.

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J & K and the Question of Article 370

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By Sanjay Kumar

India’s Narendra Modi-led government is still in its first weeks and it has already stirred up controversy. Modi’s government raised the issue of Article 370, which gives the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir a special status under the Indian constitution. It grants a degree of legislative autonomy to Kashmir, requiring national legislators in New Delhi to seek the acquiescence of Kashmir’s state legislators in implementing any new law.

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Jharkhand: Khunti: Solution by Redefinition

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On June 4, 2014, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres gunned down three villagers, accusing them of being involved in 'anti-Maoist activities', at Jojo in the Khunti District of Jharkhand. Some reports, however, claimed that the trio - Dubraj Munda (25), who held a ‘sub-zonal commander’ rank in the CPI-Maoist, his wife Nagi Munda (24) and close associate Surya Munda (21) - were suspected to have been killed by fellow Maoists because of an internal dispute within the outfit.

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The New Telangana: Can It Become A Trend-setter?

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By Dr.K.Vidyasagar Reddy *

Indian Union has at last responded to the Trend-setting movement of new state formation quite positively and thereby created a new state, a regional one indeed! Thanks to the supreme sacrifice of its students and youth, the new Telangana became a dream come true. Thus, a trend-setting event has happened in the recent past. With the success of such a democratic movement, many more new state movements might emulate the Telangana path.

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Punjab: Tough Going For AAP

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By Jaspal Singh Sidhu *

Basically, the Aam Aadmi Party (APP) is the product of Anna Hazare’s movement that began in September 2011 in Delhi against raging corruption during the second inning of the UPA government at the Centre. The movement that had enjoyed the media’s glance reached the nook and corner of the country, later to be converted into a political party with Arvind Kejriwal as its nucleus persona.

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OCTOBER 2017

Vol. 12 - No. 3










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