Kashmir: Oppression Inevitably Breeds Resistance

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By Imran Khan

With attacks on mobile towers in Kashmir resulting in death of two people and the subsequent threats to several others having links with cellular companies the mobile communication came to a halt few days before in Kashmir leading to many problems in communication, business, studies etc. The panic and anguish was quite clearly seen among general masses with such mysterious attacks. Though both government and militant groups denied allegiance to such attacks however both kept accusing each other for these attacks.

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Will Investment be Auto-Matic?

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By Peter G. Hall
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

Business investment is the economy’s sleeping giant, and it’s having a hard time waking up. Its snooze is going on seven years now, and some fear it will remain groggy at best. They have a point – most economic growth cycles don’t last more than seven or eight years. But resurgent investment has been the mark of all truly-entrenched growth cycles in recent history. Is there reason to believe that this cycle is fundamentally different from all the others, and that what we have seen in the past few years is all we are really going to get?

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Progressives Need to Learn Critical Economics

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To Innoculate Against Shock Doctrine

By Jim Stanford *

This week marks the official publication release of the second edition of Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism.  Author Jim Stanford explained his motivations in writing the book, and promoting critical economic literacy more generally, in this blog commentary for Pluto Books (the international publisher).  The book is released in Canada by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and is available for purchase here: http://economicsforeveryone.ca/buy-book/

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Odisha: Maoists: Disturbing Trend

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On June 16, 2015, cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) killed a 42-year old Christian pastor, Ramesh Majhi, of Puijhari village under the M. Rampur Police Station limits in Kalahandi District of Odisha, suspecting him of being a 'Police informer'. A Maoist poster recovered near the body stated that Majhi was punished at the Praja Court ('people's court') for working as a 'Police informer'.

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Manufacturing And Undermining National Icons: RSS Style

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By Ram Puniyani *

Many social and political processes related to projection of some icons and undermining of the others have intensified during last few years. Even during the last regime of NDA led BJP rule from 1998, Savakar’s portrait was unveiled in the Parliament. At one level the game of undermining some icons and projecting icons is a part of various political streams and RSS seems to be the past master in the same. One recalls its machinery has been putting forward some names. bypassing others and undermining some others.

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Manipur: Kuki Negotiations Drag On

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

The Manipur State Government on June 9, 2015, agreed to extend the Suspension of Operations (SoO) with the United People’s Front (UPF), an umbrella organisation of eight Kuki / Zomi militant groups, for another year till June 8, 2016. The talks with the rebel conglomerate were also upgraded to “political” from the earlier ‘official’ level. Later, former Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, who was present in New Delhi and played a significant role during the whole process, stated on June 14, 2015, that delays in peace talks between the Centre and militant groups was harming mutual trust between the two sides.

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Leela Shikhdar: "Hard Work Overcomes Hard Luck"

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By Shobha Shukla * 

Leela Shikhdhar was born in a farmer’s family of village Gabia. She had to leave her studies midway after passing Class 8 as her mother got sick and the responsibility of managing the household chores and looking after her four siblings fell upon her. But after her marriage she managed to finish her high school. Leela was married at the age of 13 years, in a farmer’s household that owned 30 bighas of land. Her husband, the eldest of 3 male siblings, had studied till class 7 and was into farming.

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Jharkhand Sustained Offensive

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By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

Twelve Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres, including a ‘zonal commander’ identified as Anurag Yadav aka RK aka Doctor, who was carrying a reward of INR 1 million on his head, were killed by a joint team of Palamu Police, Jharkhand Jaguars and Commando Battalion of Resolute Action (CoBRA) personnel at Bakoria village near the Palamu-Latehar border in the Palamu District of Jharkhand at around 01:00 hrs [IST] on June 9, 2015. Confirming the incident, Palamu Superintendent of Police (SP) Patel Mayur Kanaiya Lal stated, “The encounter took place in Bakoria village, about 140 km from Ranchi. All the bodies have been recovered." Two INSAS rifles, an American 30-06 Springfield rifle, four .303 rifles, a semi-automatic rifle and cache of ammunition were recovered from the encounter site.

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Sharing Sovereignty

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By Ajay K Mehra *

Behind the ongoing and the ugliest, no-holds barred spat between the Union Government and a state/Union Territory (UT), in this case National Capital Territory (NCT)of Delhi are two factors. The first relates to the changing contours of the party system in India, presently marked by a decisive decline of the Congress and an unprecedented emergence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which since 2014 has obtained an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha and emerged as the sole party in power in seven states.

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Distinguishing Decisions: Honest or Dishonest, Correct or Incorrect

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By Arun Kumar *

The PM and the FM want the Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) to  be changed so that government’s decision making can be speeded up. The top bureaucrats at a meeting with the PM complained that decision making is hampered by the fear of prosecution even if they take a decision in the `public interest’. This may also be in the context of the summons to Dr. Manmohan Singh, and Mr. P.C. Parakh in the Coalgate scam.

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When You Are the CEO of Your Destiny

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By A Correspondent

Meena Dowlwani is a Job Developer Careers Professor, Writer, Motivational Speaker and CEO. Currently, Meena teaches and develops employment opportunities for IT programs at Humber College School of Media Studies and IT. Meena’s unique method on Power Prospecting, Employer Engagement and Destination CEO has enhanced their employment outcomes to over 95%.

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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