Security Council Permanent Seat Remains an Illusion for India

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By Santo D. Banerjee

A pious wish has been making the rounds since August 4 2017 in the online news sites in India. On that remarkable day, they carried reports from Washington, D.C. conveying the impression that India's permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council was just round the corner. The source was invariably the U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

The TIMESOFINDIA.COM, for example, carried the following report that apparently served as template for others: "The US, which supports India being given membership at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), is likely to raise the issue of New Delhi's membership at the world body later this month, said the US State Department today [August 4].

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https://www.indepthnews.net/index.php/global-governance/un-insider/1290-security-council-permanent-seat-remains-an-illusion-for-india

The Implications Of Ramnath Kovind’s Presidency

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By Dr Prem Singh

In the upcoming presidential election, the BJP candidate Ramnath Kovind’s election to the post of the President of India is fait accompli. The debate around the presidential election is restricted to BJP playing the caste-card. The Congress fielding Meira Kumar against BJP’s caste-card, merely changes the discourse as to whose candidate is the better or more authentic ‘Dalit’. One point raised is that Ramnath Kovind is a dedicated swayamsevak of the RSS. This opposition is moot. Which BJP leader is, or can possibly be, not a dedicated swayamsevak?

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/07/13/the-implications-of-ramnath-kovinds-presidency/

Amarnath Tragedy: Security Lapse or What?

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By Abdul Majid Zargar

All sections of Kashmir Society have condemned the dastardly attack on a bus ferrying  Yatris to Holy Amarnath cave. Seven yatris were killed  in the cowardly attack and many more injured.

While feeling grieved and outpouring  of emotions is a  natural human trait, what is bad and loathsome, is the mention of Islam & Muslims in their condolence messages. Many have  loaded  their messages with the words ‘ this is against the basic tenants of Islam’ or  ‘The killing is unislamic’ etc. etc. These messages pre-suppose that the Yatris were killed by Muslims or Islamists. I take umbrage at these pre-drawn conclusions.

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/07/13/amarnath-tragedy-security-lapse-or-what/

Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) Flows and Terrorism

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By Nijeesh N
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

According to the latest Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) report released in March 2017, the number of Counterfeit Currency Reports (CCRs) in India’s banking channels was 353,837 in Financial Year (FY) 2014-15. The number of such instances stood at 8,580 CCRs in 2007-08; 35,730 in 2008-09; 127,781 in 2009-10; 251,448 in 2010-11; 327,382 in 2011-12; 62371 in 2012-13; and 301,804 in 2013-14. FIU began compiling this data in 2007-08, when the Government mandated it to receive such reports from banks under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). [CCR is defined as the usage of a forged or counterfeit currency notes or bank notes as genuine or where any forgery of a valuable security or a document has taken place during a cash transaction at a bank.] The amount of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs) detected were not specified in the report.

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India Sliding Into Deadly Peril Two Years Ahead of General Election

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Analysis by Prem Shankar Jha

Prem Shankar Jha is a senior Indian journalist and the author of several books including Crouching Dragon, Hidden Tiger: Can China and India Dominate the West? This article is being reproduced courtesy of The Wire which carried it on August 17 with the headline: Modi Is Taking India to a Dangerous Place. – The Editor

NEW DELHI (IDN-INPS) - There was a discernible note of self congratulation in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day (August 15) speech this year. As usual, it was replete with claims – “In our country everyone is equal”, “Those who have looted the nation and looted the poor are not able to sleep peacefully today” – and exhortations – “Bharat jodo“, “Let us create a new India” – that are entirely devoid of content.

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https://www.indepthnews.net/index.php/the-world/asia-pacific/1313-india-sliding-into-deadly-peril-two-years-ahead-of-next-general-election

Modi’s India Is Sinking

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By Mousumi Roy

Modi’s policies and empty promises will lead India to utter ruin. So many lynchings, protests, murders and arrests have happened this week across in India, it is hard to keep up with. In 21st century, horrendous crimes are on the rise in India. Non issues are being projected to divert attention from the daily problems with the common men. Over 3 years and the abominable cow vigilante lynchings sends shiver down the spine. In as much as I am aghast and angry about the current spate of such shameful happenings.

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/07/01/modis-india-is-sinking/

Moving Beyond Data To Tackle Domestic Violence

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By Neha Saigal

“When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer As A Young Wife”

Meena Kandasamy in her book, “When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife”,  describes her own encounter with domestic violence. Meena’s writing is brilliant, you also feel a sense of gratitude towards her,for penning down her experience so sincerely and honestly as it requires a lot of courage. As you move through the book, you realise the gradual buildup of violence within a home and the pattern that emerges.

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/07/05/when-i-hit-you-or-a-portrait-of-the-writer-as-a-young-wife-moving-beyond-data-to-tackle-domestic-violence/

Hindutva And Cow: Love For Cow or Hatred For “Others”?

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By Ram Puniyani *

There have been several brutal lynchings of Muslims and beatings of dalits on the issue of Holy cow. Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri, Pehlu Khan in Mewat being just two of the cases from the long list. In these cases some pretext is cooked up to beat the cow traders or those consuming meat or beef. The incidence of Una shows that it is not only Muslims who have been on the chopping block of Hindutva vigilantes but as a byproduct of this emotive campaign launched by Modi-Yogi parivar many dalits also suffer in a serious manner.

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Terror Attack On Amarnath Yatris

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By Team Republic

At least seven Amarnath Yatris were killed and 19 others injured in a terrorist attack on a Yatra bus carrying 17 pilgrims in three attacks in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. Policemen have been reportedly injured in the attack. As per reports, the attack took place at 8:20 p.m. on Monday.

Following the attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Governor and briefed him about the situation. Following his interaction with the Governor, the Home Minister called up Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

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http://www.republicworld.com/s/2821/terror-attack-on-amarnath-yatris

Chhattisgarh: Narayanpur: Entering the Heartland

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On August 16, 2017, three cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) were arrested by the Security Forces (SFs) from Tumiradi village in the Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. The arrested Maoists were identified as Vijay Dhruva, Gore Hichami and Maniram Dhruva.

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Bihar: Resurgent Threat

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

In the intervening night of August 2 and 3, 2017, around 100 Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres reportedly blew up a mobile tower, abducted three gatemen from different railway level-crossings and also laid siege to the Danapur Durg Express train for a few hours, abducting the cabin man, in the Lakhisarai District of Bihar. “Around 100 rebels were involved in the abductions from the level crossings, located in a 10-km radius,” Inspector General of Police (IGP), Bhagalpur Zone, S.M. Khopde disclosed. They then hijacked the train.

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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