Unexpected Calm

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

Despite shrill assessments across the board and an enveloping sense of apprehension promoted by polarizing politics, the past year has been astonishingly peaceful in India in terms of terrorist and insurgent violence. Total terrorism/insurgency related fatalities across India at 772, are at a dramatic low – certainly the lowest since 1994, when the South Asia Terrorism Portal began maintaining data for this category.

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Modi's Message is Loud and Clever

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While in Govt, Work for India and Dream for India

By Prabhu Chawla

Advice is just a pseudonym for infiltration, especially in administration. There was a time when videshi was considered the most effective panacea for all ills plaguing Indian governance. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi perceives anyone with foreign connections in  ministries as a devious influence peddler. Last week, following instructions from the PMO, the Health Ministry embarked on a purge of over 150 consultants who were advising it on various health-related issues. Most of them have been working in the government for many years, and are handsomely financed by prestigious global organisations like WHO and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Strike At the Root of the Problem to Kill TB

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By Shobha Shukla * 

Goodman Makanda, who lives in Khayelitsha - outside of Cape Town in South Africa - was diagnosed with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in November 2013, when he was 30 years old. As if this was not enough, after 3 months of treatment, he was told in January 2014 that his MDR-TB had escalated to extremely drug resistant TB (XDR-TB). 

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Ideology May Become Fading Star of Indian Politics

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As Parties Up the Glam Quotient

By Prabhu Chawla

Politics and entertainment have long been brothers—both require a measure of magnetism, a talent for self-promotion and an instinctive feel for media manipulation. No wonder, come election time, the world of politics likes to pull in the stars and the trappings of stardom. Ideological icons fall by the wayside as glamazons from the world of cinema and sports clamber onto political bandwagons for electioneering, and political campaigns morph into entertainment shows. This year promises to be no different.

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Nurture Dissent in the Universities

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By Arun Kumar – The Tribune

The new administration model treats dissent as a malaise to be crushed and would have long -term consequences. Dissent is the essence of higher education which leads to new socially relevant knowledge. Actions that create an atmosphere of fear and force compliance will undermine questioning.

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Miss Delhi Priyadarshini Chatterjee Crowned Miss India World

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Will represent India at the Miss World 2016

By PTI – The Indian Express

Miss Delhi Priyadarshini Chatterjee was announced as the winner of FBB Femina Miss India World by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan during a star-studded ceremony, which was attended by eminent names from the film and fashion industry.

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The Punjabi Contribution to Cinema – Part IV

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Part I , Part II and Part III 

Ishtiaq Ahmed chronicles the process by which artists and professionals of Punjabi birth established themselves in the Indian film industry

By Ishtiaq Ahmed

This series on the Punjabi contribution to cinema traces its evolution in the background of the wider political and cultural context. A chronological approach is adopted with a view to establishing its structure and the process through which it unfolded while the larger drama of the future of India and British rule was being played out on the political stage.

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Chhattisgarh: LWE Reverses & Resistance

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

On April 5, 2016, three villagers were killed by Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres in two separate incidents in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. As per preliminary information, three villagers from the Kudur area in Kondagaon District were abducted by the Maoists on April 4, and two others were abducted on April 5, from the same area. Subsequently, the Maoists held a Jan Adalat (kangaroo court) around 15 kilometers from Kudur in the Tilam-Becha area, which falls in Narayanpur District. There two of the abducted civilians were "brutally beaten to death", while the rest three were released by the ultras. In a separate incident, a villager was killed by the Maoists in Kanker District allegedly for refusing to support them. The victim was "brutally beaten with sticks to death by rebels at his native place Kadgaon" subsequent to his abduction.

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A Noose Around Keralite's Neck

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By K.P. Sasi

The total debts of the state is1,35,440.4 crores. If we go by an assumption that an average family in Kerala has four members, then the debt of every family in Kerala is an amount of Rs. 1,59,340 (One Lakh Fifty Nine Thousand Three Hundred and Forty) plus interests on this amount. Most of the farmers who committed suicide so far in India had suffered a debt of only less than 1.5 lakhs (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand rupees). Kerala is on the verge of a collective suicide!

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Northeast: Widening Tranquility

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

Peace prevailed over much of India’s Northeast through 2015, with 62 civilian fatalities in the year, as against 245 such fatalities recorded in 2014. Fatalities had been rising since 2011, with 79 civilians killed in the year, as against 77 in 2010; rising to 90 in 2012 and further to 95 in 2013.

More importantly, the 62 civilian fatalities registered in 2015 are the lowest in the region since 1992, according to the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) database [SATP data for the region is available only since 1992]. The previous lowest was 77 recorded in 2010. Notably, at the peak of the multiple insurgencies in the region, 946 civilian fatalities were recorded in 2000.

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Odisha: Maoist 'Comeback'

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By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

A group of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres on April 10, 2016, killed a villager, identified as Manju Guntha (32), under the Pottangi Police Station limits in the Koraput District by slitting his throat. Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) B.V. Rao said that the Maoists reached Manju’s house and asked him to come out. They later took him to a nearby forest and killed him. It has not been established why Guntha was killed.

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OCTOBER 2017

Vol. 12 - No. 3










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