Tobacco Smoking Ruining Lives: Lung Cancer Rates Alarming

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By Clarity Sibanda

Many engage in smoking just for the fun of it and unfortunately get caught in the nicotine addiction trap such that they cannot do without a certain number of puffs per day. Smoking has had a great adverse impact on many communities and has been directly responsible for the plight of those who are slowly wasting away from the ravages of lung cancer.

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Andhra Pradesh: Maoists: Waning Support

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By Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres, along with a large number of armed militia members and sympathisers, attacked and destroyed an Ashram (hermitage) of a local spiritual guru, Jaggamdora Simhachalam aka Satyanarayana, at Gurramveedhi village in the G. Madugula mandal (administrative unit) of Vishakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh, in the night of January 17, 2015. Simhachalam was not at his Ashram at the time of the attack. Maoists beat up six persons present in the Ashram and set afire furniture, vehicles and a shed.

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Assam: Cyclical Butchery

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By K.P.S. Gill
Publisher: SAIR; President, Institute for Conflict Management

Every few months, one or other community in Assam is put in danger. Bloody slaughters are inflicted again and again, and Governments quickly trot out their usual alibis for failure, announce a range of knee jerk responses - principally the injection of more Central Forces and escalation of 'counterinsurgency operations' - and return as quickly to their default setting of indifference and ineptitude once the media storm and the brunt of public ire has waned. The fundamental issues that create spaces for this recurrent violence have stubbornly been ignored for decades and have, in fact, been exacerbated by a range of state policies.

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The Right To Education: Rhetoric or A Reality?

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By Shalu Nigam

Right to Education in India ensures that every child under the age of 14 years must be provided with free and compulsory education. However, to make this a reality, a continuous effort is required on the part of the state to ensure that both the quantitative and qualitative requirements are met. This means not only increasing availability of and accessibility to schools, classrooms, teachers and infrastructure facilities across the country but also there is a need to improve the quality of education.

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What’s In Store For Kashmiris If BJP Is Part Of The Government?

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By Ram Puniyani

Kashmir is standing on the cross roads. It has suffered a lot due to the militancy and the ways of army in the valley. In case the BJP is in the driver’s seat or in the driving seat, the plight of Kashmir will worsen. Surely the next Government must focus on addressing the issues of Pundits, issues of Kashmir youth and evolve a development model for the state where the youth can get employment, pundits’ grievances are addressed and a surge for peace to promote tourism and development should be top most on the agenda. The rising tide of communalism has to be checked, at the same time congenial situations are to be created where separatism, dies its natural death and the peace inside and peace from outside is enhanced by inclusive politics of the state government.

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Bihar’s Capital Should Be Shifted Out Of Patna

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By Syed Ali Mujtaba

There is an urgent need to de-congest the Patna in order to bring sanity to the madness there. No amount of urban planning like building flyovers or artery roads or metro rail project or even creating satellite towns will de-congest Patna. The only remedy to ease the human pressure from Patna is to shift the capital elsewhere from its present location. The entire administrative paraphernalia has to be relocated. This could be the only way to make the people of Patna breathe easy.

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J & K: Governor’s Rule-Unavoidable Alternative?

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By Mohammad Ashraf *

In the aftermath of the most devastating flood of the century in Kashmir after the total collapse of the “Banana Government”, it was suggested in these columns that the best alternative for the state was to impose Governor’s rule and fully activate the administrative machinery for restoration without any political interference. As usual, Delhi dithered in taking such a decision probably to avoid international embarrassment of imposing the central rule. In spite of the fact that the conditions were totally disturbed because of massive destruction and the displacement of a sizeable population, it went ahead with elections.

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J & K: Dangers Lurk behind Democratic Triumph

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

For the third consecutive time, the electorate in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has thrown up a hung Assembly. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with 28 seats in an 87 seat Assembly, has emerged as the single largest party, followed by the Bharatiya Janata Party, with 25 seats; the National Conference with 15; the Indian National Congress, with 12 seats; the Jammu & Kashmir People's Conference with two; and the Jammu And Kashmir People Democratic Front (Secular) and Communist Party of India (Marxist), 1 seat each; three seats went to Independents. Unsurprisingly, hectic parley and consultations, between the major political formations and independent candidates on the issue of Government formation are underway at the time of writing. Results for the 2014 State Assembly Elections were declared on December 23, 2014.

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Jharkhand: Strategic Silence

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By Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

In a change for good, the five phase Assembly Election in Jharkhand held in the month of November and December 2014 passed off peacefully, with a record voter turnout of 66.47 per cent. According to the Jharkhand Chief Electoral Officer P.K. Jajoria the State has not recorded this high a polling in any election - Assembly or Lok Sabha - since the creation of the State in 2000.

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Manipur: Fragile Consolidation

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

Three non-locals [non-Manipuris] were killed and another four were injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast at a tea stall run by a non-local at Khoyathong, near the Motbung Bus Parking in Imphal West District, on December 21, 2014. The dead were identified as Ram Khusum Das, Shiva Kumar and Lallan, all hailing from Uttar Pradesh.

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Meghalaya: A Little Respite

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

The trend of rising insurgency-related fatalities in Meghalaya continued through 2014, with a total of 76 fatalities, as compared to 60 in 2013, an increase of 26.67 per cent, according to partial data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP). Consequently, the State continued to hold the dubious distinction of being the second-worst insurgency affected State in the Northeast in terms of overall fatalities, with Assam accounting for the highest number of fatalities at 305. Meghalaya secured this unenviable position for the first time in 2013.

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JULY 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 12










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