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National Security Skewed Perceptions

Gawli had been in jail for many years. He used to run his gang and extort money from jail also. Later, Gawli was given bail. But he was not ready to come out because he feared that rival gangs would bump him off. He was also scared that police would stage a false encounter to kill him. Ultimately on the eve of Mumbai municipal corporation elections Gawli came out of jail and walked straight into the political arena. He floated an organisation called 'Akhil Bharatiya Sena

KASHMIR-Crackdown by Other Means

KASHMIR Crackdown by Other Means Gautam Navlakha Instead of addressing the extreme alienation of people in the Kashmir valley due to the all-powerful presence of the security forces, the central government has announced a grandiose economic package. This clearly shows that the government has no interest in winning over the confidence of the people; all it wants is their mute submission to its authority.

Internal Militarisation-Blood on the Tracks

Blood on the Tracks Gautam Navlakha Although India has not fought any war in the past 25 years its armed forces remain the busiest peacetime army fighting internal wars. What are the legal provisions which allow the armed forces to operate internally? What has been the nature of debate in parliament and outside on the issue of deployment of armed forces in areas declared as 'disturbed'?

National Security versus Peoples Insecurity

down in a legal tangle. In short, the JL represents a sell-out to German government and transnationals in a manner that neither Rao nor Deve Gowda would dare in public. Ironically, the Indian team had more than one staunch critic of post-1991 liberalisation and WTO. Who called the shots from behind the scene? In any case, why should our government, plagued as it is by high and rising revenue deficits, finance such extra-territorial lobbies?

Afghanistan Great Game Renewed

Indian foreign policy always perceives regional issues from the perspective of its rivalry with Pakistan. This is evident in official assessments of recent events in Afghanistan, which are obsessed with Pakistan's role in the Taliban victory but silent on US connivance. To gain credibility in the region, India also needs to take a stand on the human rights issues thrown up by the Afghan situation.

JAMMU AND KASHMIR-Enthroning Subterfuge

that after the Lok Sabha elections and the formation of a 'stable' government, foreign investment would come flowing in to provide a material base and psychological assurance for the economy. This hope has not materialised, though economy is becoming increasingly vulnerable to fluctuations in the inflow of foreign capital.

Political Situation in Kashmir-Duped by Media and Government

Political Situation in Kashmir Duped by Media and Government Gautam Navlakha Rita Manchanda Tapan K Bose While elections in the Kashmir valley were held in the massive presence of Indian army and threats of renegade militants, across the border, parties refusing to owe allegiance to Pakistan were disqualified from contesting the elections in Azad Kashmir. In both countries the media has become an accomplice of the respective governments in misinforming people.

Women's Rights Walking the Tight Rope

THERE are many who believe that to be sensitive to the insecurity felt by the minorities in general and Muslims in particular is to support reforms from within the community. However, such political expediency has willy-nilly lent credibility to an ideological position which accords religious community a centrality in people's lives and concerns. It argues for reforms from within as being necessary and therefore, politically correct. Despite the difference, the political articulation of both have foregrounded Muslim Personal Law. The two day national convention of the All India Democratic Women' s Association (AIDWA) on Equal Rights and Equal Laws tried to break this prevalent mould. Held in Delhi (December 9-10) and drawing delegates from 18 states, the convention was significant for more than one reason. Being the largest democratic organisation the position articulated by AIDWA carries enormous weight. This is all the more important because there has been great deal of confusion among political activists on the question of women's rights after the Shah Bano case in 1985 and especially after the dgmohtiop of Babri masjid on December 6, 1992.

Pakistan-India The Chill Factor

Pakistan-India: The Chill Factor Gautam Navlakha While the fears and expectations of our neighbours regarding India have always received scant attention in this country, with the general elections in mind, all political parties are now vying with one another to project hawkish postures. No wonder, reciprocity in India-Pakistan relations has come to stand for denial of visa to a Pakistan Radio correspondent because Pakistan has refused visas to AIR correspondents.

Growing Indo-US Military Ties

Growing Indo-US Military Ties Gautam Navlakha The reported presence of foreign military personnel in Jammu and Kashmir needs to he viewed not in isolation but against the background of the rapidly growing Indo-US military ties including the augmentation of the US military presence in the Indian Ocean area, joint Indo-US military exercises involving the participation of US nuclear-powered ships and frequent visits of US naval ships to Indian ports.

KASHMIR-Caught between the Army and Guest Militants

On one side is the security apparatus aiming to crush armed and unarmed Kashmiris because they are Muslims. On the other side are the guest' militants determined to convert a national movement into a religious war. Between the two, the voice of the Kashmiris for 'azadi' is getting drowned.

Under the Guise of Women s Empowerment-Fate of Rajasthati s Sathins

Empowerment Fate of Rajasthati's Sathins Gautam Navlakha The recent decision to phase out the Women's Development Programme in Rajasthan is in a way a sign of the state's recognition of the enormous potential of women's empowerment to challenge entrenched power structures.

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