India Needs A Federal Law Against ‘Miraculous Claims’ Of God Men

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By Vidya Bhushan Rawat *

It was the month of November 2000 and I was in Lucknow to attend a wedding. It was in close relation hence the responsibility was a bit big. We arrived in the city two days prior to the wedding but our euphoria evaporated as the brother of the woman getting married disappeared. All efforts were made though the matter was kept under the wrap till the marriage was over which also reflect the brutality of social system where nobody want to take a chance and marriages are not made of convictions but of chances and money.

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Arrest Of Asaram Bapu: Business Of Faith

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By Ram Puniyani *

Our society has seen severe turmoil’s in the name of religion during last three decades in particular. While on one side we see that issues related to religion’s identity are trying to occupy the center stage, we also are witnessing the emergence of thousands of self proclaimed ‘Godmen’, supposed to be having divine powers. They do also claim and sometimes the state, society does informally accord them some sort of a special status.

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Book Review: Arundhati Roy and Comrades...

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...The Indian Maoist Movement

By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed *

More than Maoism: Politics, Policies and Insurgencies in South Asia
Edited by: Robin Jeffrey, Ronojoy Sen and Pratima Singh
Publisher: Manohar, 2012, New Delhi 

On February 27, 2013 documentary filmmaker Ajay Bhardwaj and I went to see the celebrated writer Arundhati Roy. Sanjay Kak, Arjun Raina and a couple of other revolutionary leftists had also been invited for dinner. It was a memorable evening indeed.

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Assam: Uncertain Drift

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On September 1,2013, Assam Governor, J B Patnaik expressed satisfaction over the progress of peace talks with the Pro-Talks Faction of United Liberation front of Asom’s (ULFA-PTF). The Government described the faction as the “real ULFA” and claimed there may be some significant announcement “soon” on the outcome of the dialogue held so far. Governor Patnaik added further, that the still active ‘Independent’ faction of ULFA (ULFA-I) leader Paresh Baruah and members of his group would not be “harassed” by security agencies if they come forward for peace talks with the Government to secure a lasting solution to the insurgency in Assam.

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Delhi is Lahore's Twin: Historical Cities

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By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed *

Delhi is Lahore’s twin because both are historical cities where one can identify the footprints of successive civilisations from antiquity into the present times

On February 22, 2013 I bid goodbye to Aakar Patel who had taken great care of me in Bangalore. Delhi was my next destination. Coming to the Indian capital is the closest I can ever be to Lahore in India with Amritsar a photo-finish second, or, perhaps it is the other way around. Delhi is Lahore’s twin because both are historical cities where one can identify the footprints of successive civilisations from antiquity into the present times. Perhaps Delhi’s continuous past is older than Lahore’s, but from the time of the sultans and especially the Mughals and into the British period, the two have been very closely connected.

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J & K: Escalating Failures

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

At 6.40am on September 26, 2013, three terrorists of a fidayeen (suicide) squad, dressed in combat fatigues, commandeered an autorickshaw and drove up to the Hiranagar Police Station in Kathua District. They first shot two Policemen dead at the entrance, thereafter they killed a shopkeeper outside the Police Station, and injured the auto driver. Another two Policemen were killed inside the Police Station.

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Kashmir: Where The Music Failed

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By Mohd Ishaq Begh *

German Ambassador for India Michael Steiner in collaboration with the governments of India and Jammu and Kashmir State organized a musical concert Ehasaas-e-Kashmir (the feeling of Kashmir) of world renowned composer Zubin Mehta in the famous Mughal garden Shalimar in the summer capital Srinagar.

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Manipur: Excluded Others

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By Veronica Khangchian
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On September 13, 2013, in a second attack against non-locals in the state during the year, at least nine migrant labourers from Assam were killed and another 11 were injured in an explosion inside a working shed located on the slab cover put up over Naga Nullah (drain) at Nagamapal in Imphal West District. While five persobs died at the spot, four succumbed to their injuries later. All the labourers were engaged by Simplex Project Limited, Kolkata, which has been entrusted with the task of laying the slabs over Naga Nullah as well as of building the embankment.

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Mysore, Tipu Sultan and Seringapatam

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By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed *

Muslim women, even the more orthodox, are freer in a remote part of south India than in Islamist citadels such as Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Three cheers for Indian secularism 

I grew up listening to my father describe Tipu Sultan (the Tiger of Mysore) as a great warrior who fought the British and gained their respect even when he died fighting them. It had always been my desire to see for myself one day what all was there to know about that hero of my father. On February 19, 2013 I saw with my own eyes the exact spot where Tipu Sultan was shot dead.

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Odisha: "Fight, Fail, Fight Again, Fail Again. . ."

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By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

Mao Tse Tung’s iterative exhortation to fight and fail and fight again… till there is victory, has been inspiring cycles of Left Wing Extremist (LWE) violence in India for decades. In Odisha, the current phase appears to be a rising cycle of failure for the rebels. 

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U. P. : Muzafarnagar Riot Warrant Communal Violence Bill

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By Syed Ali Mujtaba *

There are two things that warrant attention for the immediate passing of Communal Violence Bill, in the post Muzafarnagar riots analysis. Can India which is slipping closer to the ‘Hindu rate of growth’ afford the burden of communal riots and internal turmoil in the country and further slow down its economic progress?

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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