Who Killed Mahatma Gandhi?

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No discussion on is Complete Without Addressing Idea of a Hindu Rashtra

By Teesta Setalvad

The murder of Mahatma Gandhi, or more dramatically put, the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi was the first act of terror committed in independent India, as I wrote in the introduction to the volume, Beyond Doubt-A Dossier on Gandhi’s Assassination (2015, Tulika). It was also, I wrote, a declaration of war and a statement of intent.

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Right to Road Must First Go to Pedestrians, Non-motorised Vehicles

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By Bobby Ramakant *

"It did not strike me even for a second how fatal it could be for my child to ride a two-wheeler as a pillion rider - without a helmet. If I was conscious about the risk then I would have definitely given a helmet to my child" said the mother of a child who died in an unfortunate road accident in Lucknow in March 2016 

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Arunachal Pradesh Verdict

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Decline Of Institutions And Role Of Political Parties

By Dr Vivek Kumar Srivastava

A five judge  Supreme Court bench has given a decisive verdict  on Arunachal Pradesh that Government of  Nabam Tuki should be restored. The ruling also points several deficiencies on the part of the Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa . The decision also lays down norms to be followed by the constitutional position holder, the Governor.

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Assam: KPLT: Changing Colours

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By Nijeesh N.
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On June 29, 2016, the Army claimed that, in a series of joint operations with the Assam Police over the preceding days, 11 militants of the recently-floated militant outfit, Helem Tiger Force (HTF), were arrested from Umrongso in Dima Hasao District and Larkercha village in West Karbi Anglong District along the Assam-Meghalaya border. HTF reportedly has close links with the Karbi People's Liberation Tiger (KPLT).

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Bihar: Residual Risks

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On July 18, 2016, 10 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel belonging to the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) were killed and five others were injured in a Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) orchestrated Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast and encounter in the Chakarbanda-Dumarinala forests of Aurangabad District. Three Maoists were also killed in the encounter. Arms and ammunition, including an AK-47 rifle, Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) rifle and Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL), were also recovered from the encounter site. Commenting on the incident, Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) P.K. Thakur disclosed that eight paramilitary troopers were killed immediately and two of the five wounded died in a hospital.

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Gujarat Files: Anatomy Of A Cover Up

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Book Review By T Navin

Rana Ayub requires a high appreciation for bringing the book to the public domain. With an idealism to bring out the truth of Gujarat, the courage shown is highly appreciable. This is particularly more in an environment where publishing houses backed out from publishing the book and she had to do self-publishing.

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J&K: Political Defalcation

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow Institute for Conflict Management

In a major operational success, Security Forces (SFs) eliminated a top ‘commander’ of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Burhan Wani, along with two associates, in a shootout in the Kokernag area of Anantnag District in the evening of July 8, 2016. Wani, according to media reports, had joined militancy in 2010, and carried a reward of INR one million on his head.

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Manipur: ILP: Impending Crisis

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Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On June 23, 2016, normal life in Imphal and other areas was crippled on the first day of the 48 hours State-wide bandh (general shut down strike) imposed by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) demanding implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in Manipur.

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The Supreme Court Speaks, Ending Impunity For The Armed Forces

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By S G Vombatkere

In a historic ruling, Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice U.U.Lalit of the Hon’ble Supreme Court have spoken out in favour of democracy. The judgment came on a plea by hundreds of families in the north-eastern State of Manipur for a probe by a Special Investigation Team into 1,528 cases of alleged fake encounters involving the Army and the police.

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A New Book on Immigrant Experience

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Weather Permitting & Other Stories

By A Correspondent

A new book ‘Weather Permitting & Other Stories’ by the Mississauga-based author Pratap Reddy was launched in early June by the leading Canadian independent publisher ‘Guernica Editions’. The short stories in the book centre on the newly arrived immigrants from India, reflecting their joys, fears and anxieties.

Pratap Reddy is a recipient of the ‘Best Emerging Literary Artist’ from the Mississauga Arts Council. He has also received a grant from Ontario Arts Council. The manuscript of this collection was selected by Diaspora Dialogues for their mentorship program.

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Encounter With A Saint

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A Short Story by Kapal Dhir *

Suddenly it started drizzling. Ravi knew that mountain drizzles could convert into a snowfall sooner than expected. He had come to Mussoorie for a week with a friend and as was his habit in his home town Delhi also, he set out for a morning walk. His friend Mohan felt it was too cold for him to venture out, so he had remained in the hotel. 

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OCTOBER 2017

Vol. 12 - No. 3










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