Doctrine of Security

PK Vasudeva With the Lok Sabha elections due in 2019, the Modi government is mulling a new national security strategy under the chairmanship of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Mr Ajit Doval. It will be styled as the Defence Planning…

The Northeast beyond AFSPA

Rakhee Bhattacharya The Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), which has defined Northeast India for the last 6 decades since 1958 within a frame of ‘exception’ is gradually losing its relevance with the changing perceptions of the region. With the…

The Naga’s right to know

The contents of the Framework Agreement must be revealed to end speculation and suspicion Monalisa Changkija Most Indians are unaware of the history, politics, cultures and economics of the Northeast ~ and most probably, couldn’t care less. Still, the nation…

The female principle

Hima Bindu Kota With the right support, women are developing a new set of skills and are on the way to contribute to nation-building economically, politically, socially and culturally Emerging economies with wide gender gaps and unequal access to education,…

Towards creation of gentlemen farmers

Samit Kar Recently, the Prime Minister iterated his Government’s commitment to double the income of Indian farmers at a National Conference held in New Delhi. Modi stressed on the imperative to implement a 4-pronged strategy encompassing (i) reduction in cultivation…

A judicial conundrum

VK Bahuguna The petition to impeach/remove the CJI has rightly been rejected by the Vice President. The judiciary is the last refuge for justice for the citizens of the country; it must be protected The Indian judiciary is facing its…

An act of unlearning

Shiv Visvanathan Moments of crisis often create moments for rethinking, when the basic concepts and institutions we employ are subject to critical scrutiny. Such a crisis haunts the idea of the nation state, the vision of democracy and, at another…

Why this culture of impunity

Patricia Mukhim Humans evolved from the primitive stage of, ‘might is right’ to the worship of nature, of gods and goddesses and then to the stage where they subjugated themselves before kings and rulers. In England kings were believed to…

Caste-blind justice

Anisha George In November 1995, while dismissing Bhanwari Devi’s plea for justice, the District Sessions Judge remarked that the upper-caste men (the 5 accused included a Brahmin and the rest Gujjars) could not have raped a Dalit woman at the…

Shaken to the core in Kathua

Zoya Hasan & Farida Abdulla Khan The tragic and gruesome rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu, with a blatantly communal agenda (as suggested by the details that have come to light in the charge sheet filed…