India Looks Forward to Hectic Diplomacy in 2018

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By Shastri Ramachandaran

NEW DELHI (IDN) – The world could be too much with us in 2018, in a sense that Wordsworth may never have foreseen. In fact, the New Year would begin with a lot of the world in India when leaders of 10 ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations), governments come as Republic Day guests to commemorate 25 years of India-ASEAN relations. Never before has the R-Day had so many international guests.

That may set the tone for another year of hectic diplomacy when Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be supping at the high tables of the G20 (Group of 20), SCO (The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation), BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the East Asia Summit (EAS) even as the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) may have to deal with serious challenges looming large in the neighbourhood. It is a moot point whether 2018 would be better than 2017.

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Modi’s Long Silence as Women in India Are Attacked

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By The Editorial Board, New York Times

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India tweets frequently and considers himself a talented orator. Yet he loses his voice when it comes to speaking out about the dangers faced by women and minorities who are frequent targets of the nationalist and communal forces that are part of the base of his Bharatiya Janata Party.

Indians took to the streets during the weekend to protest their government’s callous response to the horrifying rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in January in which supporters of his political party have been implicated. Mr. Modi, though, has barely spoken about this crime and other cases involving his supporters.

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Bihar Communal Violence and the 2019 Elections

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By T Navin

The ‘Ram’ of worship and devotion signified by ‘Ram Ram’ gives way to Ram of hatred depicted by ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on Rama Navami. Depicting just a trailer of ‘Acche Din’, it shows the direction of the real movie of ‘New India’. The raw material of festivals of religious nature gets converted into finished manufactured products of communal violence. Ram Navamis, Janmashtamis, Moharrams become perfect events for dividing communities and uniting fanatics. It becomes the
offerings that is going to be provided to the citizens.

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https://countercurrents.org/2018/03/30/bihar-communal-violence-and-the-2019-elections/

Assam: ULFA-I: Marginal Threat

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By M.A. Athul, Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

Insurgency across India’s Northeast is currently at its lowest ebb. Most major insurgent groups have suffered severe losses over recent years and are now engaged in talks  with the Government. However, some splinter formations remain violently active. One of these latter groups is the Independent faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-I).     

On March 26, 2018, ULFA-I militants attacked a check post manned by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel at Dirak in the Namsai District of Arunachal Pradesh. No casualties were reported in the incident.

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Delhi: Air Pollution And Our Right to Breathe

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By Shweta Rana

According to the World Health Organizations WHO (2013) air pollution is the fifth largest killer in India. 13 out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India with Delhi being at the forefront.

The air pollution in Delhi is caused by different sources, with emissions from Diesel vehicles being one of the main and most dangerous ones. The International Agency for Research on Cancer and WHO declared in 2013 outdoor air pollution, particularly diesel fumes, as a group 1 carcinogen. Diesel exhaust is therewith in the same category as deadly carcinogens like asbestos, arsenic or tobacco.  Other sources of air pollution are combustion of agricultural residue, of coals for electricity production etc.

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https://countercurrents.org/2018/03/06/air-pollution-delhi-right-breathe/

Kashmir: Late Marriages, A Grave Concern

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By Zeeshan Rasool Khan

To resolve this grave issue, one and all have to come forward for the elimination of above-mentioned problems. Anti-dowry laws should be stricter that can help to contain the problem. Wealthy families should abstain from lavishly staged marriage ceremonies and prefer its solemnization in an austere way. They need to think of lower-classes who get suffered by their undesirable ostentation. Unemployment is a major concern and is rising uninterruptedly.

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https://countercurrents.org/2018/03/03/kashmir-late-marriages-grave-concern/

Kashmir: Winds From The Other Side Of LoC

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By Farooque Chowdhury

Most of the mainstream media reports focus on one part of Kashmir while the other part claimed by Pakistan as Azad Kashmir mostly go under-reported. An article in the famous Pakistan newspaper Dawn focuses a number of aspects of life in the part.

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https://countercurrents.org/2018/02/06/kashmir-winds-side-loc/

Kerala’s Remittance Economy: Impending Crisis

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By K M Seethi

The ‘insider-outsider’ problematic of diaspora gives every Malayali’s life a degree of tension and uncertainty today. For the six million remittance-dependent population of Kerala, no news from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is comforting. Of late, the distress signals from countries like Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait etc are too many. So are their implications for Kerala.

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https://countercurrents.org/2018/02/05/keralas-remittance-economy-impending-crisis/

Jharkhand: Latehar: Fragmenting Threat

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak, Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

Five cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), including two ‘sub-zonal commanders’, were killed in an encounter with Security Forces (SFs) during a search operation in an area between the Sikid and Kedu Forests under Herhanj Police Station limits in the Latehar District of Jharkhand State on April 4, 2018. The two ‘sub-zonal commanders’, carrying rewards of INR 500,000 each on their heads, were identified as Shivlal Yadav and Shravan Yadav. The identities of the remaining three slain Maoists are yet to be ascertained. SFs recovered the bodies of the five Maoists, along with two Self Loading Rifles (SLRs), two Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) assault rifles, a .315 bore rifle, and a large number of live bullets from the encounter spot.

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Mizoram: Another Accord

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee,

Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

The Mizoram Government and the H. Zosangbera faction of the Hmar People's Convention-Democratic (HPC-D-Zosangbera) on April 2, 2018, after six rounds of talks, signed a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) at the State Guest House in Aizawl. The MoS was signed by Chief Secretary Arvind Ray on behalf of the State Government; and HPC-D-Zosangbera ‘president’ H. Zosangbera. The talks began on August 10, 2016.

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Odisha LWE: Waning Challenge

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By Ajit Kumar Singh, Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

On March 25, 2018, three woman cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) were killed during an exchange of fire between Security Force (SF) personnel and the Maoists near Dokari Ghati under the Narayanpatna Police limits in the Koraput District of Odisha. SF personnel seized a cache of arms and ammunition from the location of the encounter.

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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