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Indo-Pak talks: Getting past the eyewash

The calling off of talks between India and Pakistan is being attributed to the latter’s interactions with separatists, with an extended reference to incursions along the LoC. Firdaus Ahmed digs beyond the obvious to highlight the more likely cause behind the move.

Government Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED

Women along the LoC: Battling climate change and landmines
For women living along the conflict-ridden borders of Kashmir, caught between cross fire and attempts to check infiltration, the threat of landmines is a constant reality, made worse now by environmental degradation. Chetna Verma’s tales expose their rising vulnerability.
Climate J & K Women

Moments with Mandela: Meeting South Africa's Gandhi
As the world mourns the loss of one of history's most remarkable leaders, Devaki Jain reminisces the occasions when she met Nelson Mandela and dwells on the qualities that set him apart.
Human Rights

When riots are tools, where does secularism stand?
As the spectre of communal violence raises its ugly head yet again in the build-up towards elections, India Together talks to Ramachandra Guha to explore the threats to the secular imagination in India and the hopes for religious pluralism in the democracy.
Law and Order Interviews Ramachandra Guha

Protests get creative in Kashmir
Forced, politicised moves to spread the message of peace and love through high profile cultural events may fall flat on the ground in Kashmir, but the Valley is certainly witnessing newer, creative and artistic modes of resistance against issues of concern. Freny Maneksha reports.
Culture J & K

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 for decades. Ratna Bharali Talukdar looks at the current situation in the context of the long and checkered movements for statehood in the region.
Law and Order Government ASSAM

Can we have the truth, please?
Circumstances surrounding the death of alleged terrorist Khalid Mujahid in UP underline how sloppy investigations and a bias for emotion instead of facts have dented the credibility of the fight against terror. Puja Awasthi fears that such half truths will only feed the evil of terrorism further.
U.P. Justice Human Rights

Terror reporting reveals gaping holes
The pervasive tendency to speculate and insinuate involvement of individuals and selective groups in instances of terror, without authentication or references to source of information, is not only an unfair attack on those implicated but against the very essence of journalism. Ammu Joseph elaborates.
Ammu Joseph The Press Media

Manipur schools closure: boycott enters third month
For over two months, young Manipuris have boycotted schools and colleges in the state. Two killings in broad daylight in Imphal, including one allegedly custodial, have resulted in the deadlock. Thingnam Anjulika Samom has more.
Education MANIPUR

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, writes Firdaus Ahmed.
Nat. Security Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED

In the cross fire between security and insurgency
Plenty of criticism has been levelled at excess use of force and abuse of human rights by the Army in Manipur. And yet, with much infighting and corruption, insurgents themselves have lost the moral high ground, writes Surekha Sule.
MANIPUR Guest Opinions
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 Firdaus Ahmed.
Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED

Despair and defensiveness in Azamgarh
The bomb blasts in Delhi and elsewhere have brought this UP district uncomfortably into the national spotlight. The 'terrorist' label is widely resented, but that doesn't mean residents have answers to all the new questions. Puja Awasthi reports.

The violence of the virtuous
Heed the silent protest
Can there be justice without the state?
In Muslim India, an internal battle
Rethink needed in dealing with naxalite violence
Mid-year chakravyuh
Inventing a controversy
Making nuclear sense
The beauty of compromise
Is Vox Populi good enough?
Successful deterrence? Hardly.
What happened to non-nuclear options?
Expansion in Indian nuclear theology
Delhi's Tibetan glitch
1-2-3, the new arms race
This summer, at a border near you
The Indian Army: crisis within
New lease for documentaries
The media, war and peace
The worst act
Grand manoeuvre, yes, but to what end?
Politicisation and the Indian military
Muslim headcount: A useful controversy
"Readers are our only support"
How many bullets maketh a dam?
Old justice for new problems?
Security agenda: 2006 and beyond
Neidonuo Angami, mother of peace
Second Strike and false security
Talking across the divide
1000 women for the Nobel Peace Prize
Defence budget leaves out Rs 26,000 crores
Aiyar logic, weaker argument
An illusory battleground
The business route to normalcy
Peacing Assam together
Women's force for peace
Hail to the new chief
Preparing for the wrong war
Special powers, mixed results
Sparring in Siachen
Peace: more important than Cricket?
Lies in the name of 'security'
Images that promote fear
Must remain 'unfinished’
It Flickers Again
Marad can yet be retrieved
PM Peace Initiative : Much Ado?
Kashmir after Nadimarg
Limited nuclear war, limitless anxiety
India-Pak: Arms control and disarmament

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