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State of Jammu and Kashmir's Economy

The 2006-07 Economic Survey for Jammu and Kashmir reveals that despite the privations of conflict, the performance of the economy has improved in recent years. However, unless the two political issues of occupation of land and restrictions on the use of the state's water resources are removed, the full economic potential of the state will not be realised.

The Naxalites: In War and in Peace

The Naxalites: Through the Eyes of Police - Select Notifications from the Calcutta Police Gazette: 1967-75 edited by Ashok Kumar Mukhopadhyay. Negotiating Peace: Peace Talks between Government of Andhra Pradesh and Naxalite Parties edited by Committee of Concerned Citizens.

Use of WMDs

Judge Pramod Dattaram Kode while convicting Sunjay Dutt in the Bombay bomb blasts case agreed with prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam’s contention that the AK-56 was a “weapon of mass destruction” (WMD). He said that “its possession was an eminently dangerous act and the offence was serious”.

People's War in Nepal: Genesis and Development

The overthrow of the autocratic party-less panchayat system in Nepal in 1990 was an advance, but what followed was a completely degenerate form of parliamentary politics. In the background of these developments, the political path of a protracted armed struggle as the route to a "new democratic revolution" took shape and was launched by the Maoists in February 1996. This article traces the genesis and development of the "People's War" in Nepal, focusing on elements of continuity in the salient features of the strategy of the PW.

Doctrine for Sub-Conventional Operations: A Critique

In late 2006, the Indian army released its first ever doctrine on sub-conventional operations, i e, internal operations. This article critiques the document.

Discipline in a Disciplined Force

The arrest of two army officers belonging to the III Madras Regiment by the Kolkata police and their subsequent forcible release by 20 of their own “unit” members in the early hours of January 1, 2007 compel us to take a look at the civilian-military relationship.

A Force Stretched and Stressed

Prolonged deployment of the armed forces in the "disturbed areas" causes stress among the personnel, leading to killing of colleagues and suicides. This is a reflection of the use of military force in such areas, the solution for which is a shift in the country's politics so that there is an end to military suppression in the "disturbed areas".

Jammu and Kashmir: Knee-jerk Reaction

In the aftermath of the bomb blasts in Mumbai's suburban trains on July 11 the government put Syed Salahuddin, the head of the Hizbul Mujahideen, on the list of some 20 persons to be handed over to India by Pakistan. But HM is considered an indigenous resistance force even by the People's Democratic Party and the National Conference. It has come out openly against the use of violent acts that hurt the public and favours strict adherence to the code of conduct announced by the United Jehadi Council.

Nepal: A People in Transition

Damn them, praise them, hate them or love them, the Maoists in Nepal are here to stay. The April 28 transfer of power to the Seven Party Alliance seems only the first act in the real life drama unfolding in Nepal; there are many more to follow.

Jammu and Kashmir: Pilgrim?s Progress Causes Regression

One needs to question the propriety of official promotion of the Amarnath yatra, for the pilgrimage now involves the movement of over 5,00,000 pilgrims in an ecologically fragile area. The Indian government views the yearning for moksha (salvation) that takes so many devotees to the challenging heights of Kashmir as "a fitting gesture of solidarity with our, valiant soldiers", elevating the pilgrimage to a patriotic enterprise. A bigger mess seems to be in the making even as secular concerns go unheeded.

Maoists in India

To advocate seizure of power and to work to change the world is a legitimate project. Whether this should be through an armed struggle, peaceful means or a fusion of all is an open question. But to advocate as an absolute must the disarming of people concedes to the government the right to a monopoly over violence.


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