Devyani Khobragade Indicted

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Will the Indian government do the Right Thing in India?

By A Correspondent

Gharelu Kaamgar Sangathana, Haryana welcomes the indictment of Devyani Khobragade by the grand jury in the United States on two counts – that of visa fraud, and of making false statements in connection with the visa application of her Indian domestic worker Sangeeta Richard. The indictment symbolises that no one is above the law, and represents a historic victory for workers’ rights in the United States. It is also heartening to note that the indictment takes a very serious note of the harassment and intimidation faced by the Richard family in India from the Khobragade family when Sangeeta Richard tried to initiate charges against her.

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Politics Of Visibility: India’s Queer Movement And IPC-377

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By Sonia Joseph *

In 2009, I was living and working in Bangalore, India when the Delhi High Court handed down its historical judgment to pull out the teeth from IPC 377 and de-criminalize consensual sexual acts. As a queer woman connected in various ways to queer activist spaces, I remember that day well. Everywhere I went, we greeted each other with a joyful, “did you hear?” even as we knew the answer.

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Caste Rules, Whether You See It Or Not

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By Devika Mittal *

Power is not a difficult or an unusual concept to be understood. Power as domination, is generally understood to be recognizable. It is a lived experience for all of us, whether in the form of exercising it or experiencing it. However, it is argued that while power is a lived experience, it cannot always be seen. It is not always recognisable as there are some forms of power which we internalise and normalise, making it a social fact, which let alone resist, we cannot even recognise.

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Growing Thrust for Combination HIV Prevention

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By Shobha Shukla *

One size does not fit all. Likewise we need an expanded basket of evidence-based interventions and approaches to meet the unique needs and contexts of different key affected populations to prevent HIV. Deliberations on the first day of the 6th National Conference of AIDS Society of India (ASICON 2013), discussed amongst other things, effective strategies for HIV prevention and control.

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Arunachal Pradesh: Outside Intrusions

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On January 2, 2014, two cadres of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) were killed in an encounter with Assam Rifles (AR) personnel at Holam village in the Khonsa area of Arunachal's Tirap District. Two civilians were also killed in the cross-fire. Security Force (SF) personnel later recovered two AK-47s, a sniper rifle and an M-16 rifle from the incident site. The operation had been launched following information that some militants were hiding in the village.

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Assam: Renewed Challenge

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

At least six persons, including five women, were shot dead by Karbi Peoples’ Liberation Tigers (KPLT) militants who attacked a Rengma village in the Khowanigaon area of Karbi Anglong District on December 27, 2013. Subsequently, two KPLT militants were reportedly killed in an exchange of fire with the Naga Rengma Hills Protection Force (NRHPF), a Rengma Naga militant formation.

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Haryana Plant: Nuclear Collusion

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By S.G.Vombatkere *

India's Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh inaugurated a nuclear power plant (NPP) at Gorakhpur in Haryana on January 13, 2014. This NPP is an invitation to disaster since it relies on canal water for cooling, and canals can, and do, run dry. Besides, routine radioactive discharges into the cooling water will reach downstream canal users. Also, in the event of a serious nuclear accident, even full-flow water in the canal will be woefully insufficient to handle the crisis. At another level, it draws water which was meant for agriculture, thereby denying Haryana farmers their rightful due of water for 100,000 acres of extremely fertile four-crops-a-year land.

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J&K: Resurgent Menace

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

The tentative, hard-won and imperfect peace of J&K remains vulnerable
to th2014-02-06e disruptive machinations of inimical powers and
extremist formations.

J&K: A Deepening Peace

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Jharkhand: Passive Defence

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By Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

A five-day anti-Naxal (Left Wing Extremism), multi-State offensive, led by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), was executed between December 27-31. During the operation, CRPF and Jharkhand Police troops neutralized a Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) arms manufacturing unit in the Simdega District of Jharkhand. The factory had reportedly been set up two months earlier, and had lathe machines, which were procured from Kolkata [West Bengal]. The Forces also discovered that the factory was being run on electricity from generator sets looted from BSNL towers in the vicinity. Further, Security Forces (SFs) were alarmed to find a "unique dual switch mechanism" that could be activated by remote control and also serve as a timer device to detonate explosions.

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Maharashtra: Maoists Hard-hit

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By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

Maharashtra consolidated its position further in the campaign against the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) through 2013, after the tentative gains it had secured through 2012. More substantive losses were inflicted on the Maoists in 2013, in comparison to other Maoist-affected States over the same period. In fact, in their own assessments the Maoists acknowledged that their movement in Maharashtra had "weakened".

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Tripura: Marginal Concerns

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

The stabilisation process gained further momentum in Tripura through 2013, and, remarkably, the State did not record a single terrorism-related fatality through the year - a signal achievement secured for the first time since 1992. 2012 had recorded two fatalities, both militants, in two separate incidents. Significantly, at its peak in 2004, the militancy had claimed as many as 514 lives, including 453 civilians, 45 militants and 16 Security Force (SF) personnel.

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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