State Must Not Organize Religious Festivals

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By Ram Puniyani *

After staging the Yoga on 21st June 2015 on Raj Path, Delhi, Modi Sarkar has planned to celebrate Rakhi, Raksha Bandhan at a grand scale in late August. This plan has full approval of its parent organization, the RSS. Now a Hindu religious festival will be given the status of a national festival so blatantly. It surely is indication of the type of deeper agenda of narrow nationalism this Government has in mind? 

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Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj: To Each Ones’ Own!

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By Ram Puniyani *

Some concerned citizens have filed a Public Interest Litigation (August 17 2015) to stop the highest award of Maharashtra Government, Maharashtra Bhushan to Babasaheb Purandare. Purandare is known for his work ‘Raja Shivaji Chatrapati’ and the play ‘Jaanata Raja’ (wise king). This is not the first time that such a controversy around Purandare has come up. Few years ago Maharashtra Government had appointed him as Chairman of the Committee which was to plan the statue of Shivaji in Arabian Sea.

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Of Caging Of Kashmiris

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Forcing Nationalism And Imposing Patriotism

By Imran Khan *

It is said that “wars are won against armies in battle fields and not against people denied of their freedom” and “hearts can neither be caged nor forced to love”. Pakistan and India celebrated their independence days on 14th and 15th august respectively. Both countries paid tribute to their martyrs. There were celebrations everywhere in both the countries. Every year this day gives them a sense of being free in their own land. It reminds them of the struggle and hardships their ancestors went through to realise the dream of freedom. We Kashmiries and all lovers of freedom congratulate both the countries on this joyous occasion.

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“Are You Hindu First or Indian First?”

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By Dr Javed Jamil – Muslim Mirror/

Indian Hindus, more specifically Hindutvavadis are fond of asking Muslims: Are you a Muslim first or Indian first. This question is obviously asked as a test of their loyalty to the nation. To them, if they think they are Muslims first, they are not patriotic. I now ask Hindus, again particularly the Hindutvavadis: Are you Indian first or Hindu first? And then I ask them:

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Telangana Wants To Have Its Own Karamchedu

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By Anand Teltumbde *

Telangana, the youngest state in Indian Union, carved out by a long drawn peoples’ struggle in which more than 600 youth said to have sacrificed their lives has begun within less than a year to disillusion its poorer strata, particularly Dalits, who were in forefront of the struggle for its formation. The struggle had overwhelming progressive support although it was led by a conventional politician K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR). He too was compelled to adopt a pro-poor stance with special emphasis on Dalits. In the wake of last election, he made bombastic promises that included gifting three acres of land and two bedroom house for each Dalit family absolutely free.

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The Sanjiv Bhatt Saga

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Honesty & Integrity Sacked In Modi's India

By Countercurrents.org

In another vindictive action on those who implicated then Chief Minister of Gujarat and present Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in the Gujarat Pogrom of 2002, suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt was sacked on Wednesday on the ground of "unauthorised absence" from service. Sanjiv Bhat said in a Facebook post that the sacking is after a "sham inquiry" on "completely fabricated charges".

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Nagaland: Tentative Accord

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

A ‘historic accord’ was signed between the Government of India and the largest rebel Naga group, the National Socialist Council of Nagalim – Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM) on August 3, 2015, at once raising hopes and apprehensions against the context of what has been India’s most enduring insurgency. While few details of the actual contents of the agreement are yet available, the Centre’s principal interlocutor R.N. Ravi has clarified that the ‘accord’ is, in fact, a “framework agreement” that spells out the terms of a “final settlement”. Reports suggest that such a final settlement would be worked out in three months, and would exclude any claims to sovereignty or alterations in state boundaries.

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Maoists Never Forgive, Never Forget

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By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

A former Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadre, identified as Madhav Warlu Padda (38), was killed by his former colleagues with sharp weapons near Mauja-Kotmi village in Etapally area of Gadchiroli District in Maharashtra on July 22, 2015. An unnamed official said the former Maoist was eliminated because the Maoists were against his decision to surrender. He had surrendered in November 2014. Before his surrender, Padda had been with the Kasansoor Dalam (armed squad) of the CPI-Maoist for 10 years, since 2005.

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Gujarat In A Melting Pot

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“Towards ‘Inhalation’ or ‘Annihilation’ of Caste?

By K.M Seethi *

Is it a mere ‘coincidence’ that the release of the ‘Caste Census 2015’ and the outbreak of caste violence in Gujarat, on the question of reservation, came almost simultaneously? It raises more questions about the logic/illogic of the Patel community’s demand for OBC status. Apparently the demand is for jettisoning the existing ‘quota’ system against the background of the shrinking ‘public’ space of opportunities in education and employment.

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JULY 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 12










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