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Binayak Sen

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision to grant bail to Binayak Sen in the case levelled by the Chhat tisgarh government that resulted in the noted civil rights activist being confined for over two years in Raipur jail on charges of sedition and parti

The Burden of Military Pensions

If the State cares for the people of India, it ought to know that without a radical change in its approach towards internal security, saving on pensionary benefits as well as improving the compensation package for military personnel would amount to a mere tinkering that will not travel far.

Fact-Finding on Lalgarh

An all-India fact-finding mission consisting of 10 members, including a former ambassador, a Supreme Court lawyer, human rights activists, economists, journalists, and writers, visited Binpur 1 (Lalgarh), and Binpur 2 (Belpahari) on 10 and 11 April 2009.

Lesson from the Mumbai Attack

By projecting that Pakistan is the source of our troubles it is implied that, but for that country's support for terrorism, things would be hunky-dory. Such an approach diverts attention from looking at where the Indian state has gone wrong. There is a dire need to get away from the obsessive focus on Pakistan and begin to look inwards in order to rectify wrongs which exist - gross injustices perpetrated against our own people.

Jammu and Kashmir Elections: A Shift in Equations

A sober appraisal of the recently concluded elections in Jammu and Kashmir will facilitate the government of India to move towards a democratic closure to this six-decade long dispute. The separatists also need to learn from their tactical mistakes and not take the people for granted. Having demonstrated their strength through large-scale non-violent protests in July-August 2008, demanding azaadi, the people have now exercised their vote peacefully. This represents a shift in equations away from armed militancy and towards a strong but peaceful demand for independence.

Jammu and Kashmir: Winning a Battle Only to Lose the War?

The brutal suppression of the peaceful mass protests that swept across Kashmir in August has restored New Delhi's "control" of the Valley. The centre may have won this battle, but it has lost the war and if it was not apparent before it should be obvious now that the people of Kashmir no longer have faith in the constitutional processes. The allocation of land for the Amarnath yatra controversy that triggered an explosion first in Kashmir and then led to agitations in the Jammu division, and the State's differential response to the demonstrations in these two parts of Jammu and Kashmir have signalled a message to the people in the Valley that they cannot expect justice and dignity from an increasingly communalised state apparatus.

Dangerous Drift

Even as the security agencies are harsh on certain social groups whom they hunt down with unbecoming vigour, their lack of investigative skills and intelligence gathering acumen is a serious cause for concern.

State Cultivation of Amarnath Yatra

The origins of the conflagration in June in Kashmir on forest land allocation for construction of facilities for the Amarnath yatra lie in open state promotion of the pilgrimage. The yatra has caused considerable damage to the economy and ecology of the area. The high-handed actions of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board only aggravated the situation.

Savage War for 'Development'

In India today, private corporate-led industrialisation is being equated with "development" and those who oppose such development are considered "unlawful", never mind that the government and the corporations acquire land through "force and fraud". Those who organise the resistance - "left-wing extremists" in official parlance - either face elimination through military operations or the total denial of their democratic rights. It is therefore necessary to demystify, rather de-obfuscate, official policy vis-a-vis "left-wing extremism".

'We Fight, Therefore We Are'

Violent Activism: A Psychological Study of Ex-Militants in Jammu and Kashmir by Shobna Sonpar;

Resentment Persists in Kashmir

Despite the (stop-start) peace process in Jammu and Kashmir and the decline in infiltration, it would be a mistake to infer that people's anger has subsided in the state.


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