Why Assam burns again
The recent nod to Telangana has led to unrest and violence anew in Assam, where several groups have been struggling for their respective states
Ratna Bharali Talukdar
looks at the current situation.
Law and Order
INTERVIEW: MARK TULLY
"If anyone speaks about Hinduism, he is branded a fundamentalist!"
Sir Mark Tully spoke recently in Bangalore on How certain should we be? The problem of religious pluralism.
Manipur schools closure: boycott enters third month
For over two months, young Manipuris have boycotted the state's schools and colleges. Two killings
in Imphal in broad daylight have resulted in the deadlock.
Wanted: A peace movement
Arguing against the nuclear enclave and its retainers is a kind of national service, and we must press on,
no matter how futile it may appear at times.
CORRUPTION AND MILITANCY
In the cross fire between security and insurgency
Plenty of criticism has been leveled at excess use of force by the Army in Manipur. And yet, with much infighting and corruption, insurgents
too have lost the moral high ground.
Military cooperation with the US: A mixed bag
A future government that is without the check of a strong opposition could strike out on a course that is markedly divergent from India's past record
of abstinence from geo-political conflicts, writes
Despair and defensiveness in Azamgarh
The bomb blasts in Delhi and elsewhere have brought this UP district uncomfortably into the national spotlight.
The violence of the virtuous
When the good is almost always defined in terms of one community's ascendance over another, it
is not the evil in us that makes us violent. How can we reduce this?
Heed the silent protest
The defence services are unhappy with the sixth Central Pay Commission, and this cannot be in the best interests of the nation.
SERIES: RECLAIMING GOVERNMENT
Can there be justice without the state?
There has been a massive erosion in public confidence in our criminal justice system. Numerous commissions haven't helped.
In Muslim India, an internal battle
The struggle to wrest back interpretations of Islam from the extremists could boost security, and halt the
marginalisation and ghettoisation of Muslims in India.
Rethink needed in dealing with naxalite violence
An Expert Group in the Planning Commission calls for a more development-led approach to people's resistance, and a renewed commitment by the State
to the democratic system.
With the government firmly in ostrich mode on issues of internal security, and the external situation appearing complex,
India awaits its Abhimanyu.
Inventing a controversy
Sectarian positioning with an eye upon votes fuelled the controversy over Amarnath land transfer issue.
Jammu and Kashmir
THE SECURITY ESTABLISHMENT
Making nuclear sense
As the strategic enclave has grown, the agenda of political
discourse has been usurped by 'high politics'. This has wide implications for democracy.
The beauty of compromise
The most intractable conflicts in South Asia have remained unresolved because of the inflexibility and dogmatism of the contending parties.
Is Vox Populi good enough?
In Advani's worldview, populist sorrow and re-election
amount to democratic endorsement of whatever happened, and is sufficient political accountability.
Successful deterrence? Hardly.
There have been unacknowledged conflicts, and just as importantly, a closer look at each instance shows other factors are also at work.