Assam: Extortion Persists

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By Nijeesh N.
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On October 5, 2016, Police arrested an extortionist, identified as Safiqul Ali alias Sahidul Islam (28), from his rented residence in the Bagorbori area in Guwahati in the Kamrup District. He had reportedly sent an extortion text message to N. Sarma, Personal Secretary to the State’s Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on October 2, asking him to pay INR 50 million. In the SMS the extortionist had reportedly told N. Sarma to tell the Minister to pay the cash as demanded, and that the money be handed over to him at a tea estate in Biswanath District.

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Chhattisgarh: Bastar A Trail Of Blood And Pain

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By Shivani Taneja *

Sukli Hemla of Palnar village (Bijapur) remembers that as a widowed woman, she had done everything to save her son when he would fall ill during his childhood. But when on July 5th 2016, the security forces tied his hands and dragged him away, while they were together working in the rice fields, she could do nothing to save him. She and her daughter-in-law followed the forces only to be beaten away badly. Gathering more village women, Sukli ran to the two police stations in the vicinity looking for him, but was told that he had not been brought there. On their way back though the jungles, she heard his screams for help, a call in pain for a mother, immediately followed with the silence after a firing. She saw his body the next day, clothes stripped, bones broken, penis and tongue cut, he seem to have been brutally killed.

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Emotionalism Of Kashmir Conflict

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By Imran Khan – CounterCurrents

The recent Kashmir uprising,  furious speeches at UN, threatening statements by politicians and the subsequent escalation of tensions on ‘Line of Control’, has brought yet another conflict wave with regard to India and Pakistan. The new cycle of tension between the two countries has increased resentment and worry particularly among the masses in Kashmir. Their hopes of peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue and an end to their long sufferings have been shattered once again.

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Meghalaya: Retribution

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By Nijeesh N.
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On October 17, 2016, a large group of heavily armed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants, allegedly led by its ‘commander-in-chief (C-in-C)’ Sohan D. Shira, shot dead the outfit’s former ‘finance secretary’, Rakkam D. Shira aka Bilding Ch Marak aka Rikchie at his residence near Williamnagar in East Garo Hills District. Rakkam, a surrendered militant, was confined inside the Goeragre camp in West Garo Hills District under a rehabilitation process, and was killed shortly after he visited his house in the afternoon. Rakkam, along with the entire ‘finance wing’ of the outfit had surrendered before the then State Home Minister Roshan Warjri in Shillong on May 9, 2016. According to the District Police, “He (Rakkam) was supposed to be inside the Goeragre camp. He did not inform anyone about his sudden trip to Williamnagar. Even the police were unaware of his visit to his home.” Surrendered GNLA militants are housed in two transit rehabilitation camps located at the Second Meghalaya Police (MLP) Battalion headquarters at Goeragre and Baljek Airport at Jengjal in West Garo Hills District.

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Odisha: Maoist Spike

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On October 5, 2016, cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) shot dead a villager and severely injured another at an unspecified location in the Malkangiri District. The duo was abducted by the Maoists on October 3 from Jantri village under the Andrapalli panchayat (village level local self-government institution) of the District.

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UP: Time For Akhilesh Yadav To Assert

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By Vidya Bhushan Rawat *

What happened in Lucknow, on October 25, has exposed the intricacies of the biggest political family in Uttar Pradesh. The aim was like a palace coup against Akhilesh Yadav in which the father became a prisoner of his past and ‘greatness’ who saw virtual humiliation of his son Akhilesh Yadav. Have you seen any one attempting a coup against a son who one chooses to carry on the legacy. Whatever discussed in public in the meeting was a well planned drama to force Akhilesh quit and plant Mulayam Singh Yadav again as chief minister.

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UP Elections 2017: RSS Pracharak

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PM Modi’s Love For Muslim Women

By Shamsul Islam

Modi began his campaign for 2017 UP elections from Mahoba. He did not touch any of the issues related to the region; drought, poverty, farmers’ suicide, Caste persecution, money lending sharks, cleansing of cattle of the area. The theme of his lecture was Muslim women. As a crusader for justice for Muslim women he roared: “If a Hindu kills a daughter in her mother’s womb, that person has to go behind bars. Similarly, how is my Muslim sister at fault if someone just utters talaq thrice over the telephone and destroys her life”

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Discovery in the Middle of Nowhere: The Magic of Spiti Valley

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By Shailee Tanna *

I have heard it being said that a yatra, loosely translated as a trip, is an outward exploration of an inward journey. That by exploring and knowing the nature of the world, we come to know ourselves.

Not too long ago, a rag-tag group of individuals embarked on a journey that pitted them all together. None knew the journey would be a life-changing event, but such is the magic of the Spiti valley. Nestled away in the Northern-most corner of India, bordering Tibet, Spiti is still cut off from the world as we know it. A vast desolate barren land, with rich history, culture and traditions, the earth strums with a latent energy.

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Mind Over Matter

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Poem by Shoana Sharma *

Like the fragrance of the blossoms,
This mind has enraptured,
The heavenly future that lays ahead.
Like the morning dew,
This mind has laid itself on leaves,
Of the virgin book of truth.
Like the chirping of the birds,
This mind has hummed away,
Tunes of tyranny and defeat.

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JULY 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 12










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