Prelude To Padgaonkar Report

The interlocutors appointed by the Central Government to interact with people in Jammu and Kashmir and make suggestions, visited the state for the fifth time in February 2011, and indicated that they would be finalizing their recommendations soon. During their last visit, the leader of the team of interlocutors, Dileep Padgaonkar, said they had made repeated requests to the separatists to meet them,...

AFSPA: Screams From The Valley

WikiLeaks disclosures on torture in Kashmir have fuelled fresh demands for repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. BABA UMAR reports on the plight of victims. A life destroyed Sheikh lived to tell the tale, with severe disability. (PHOTO: YAWAR KABLI) THE WIKILEAKS expose of the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) telling US diplomats in 2005 about ‘torture of civilians’...

State Media Woes Aired

NEW DELHI, Dec 27: An explicit account of the problems and difficulties being encountered by media fraternity in Manipur was presented before a sitting of the South Asian Media Com-mission here by commission member and Editor of the Ireibak daily Irengbam Arun. The sitting held today at India International Centre Annexe was presided by the commission’s president KK Katyal. The commission first...

INTERVIEW: We’re Against Political Terrorism In All Forms

CPDM chairman Malem Ningthouja tells Suneha Dutta that people in Manipur have taken up arms only as a reaction to ‘˜police/army atrocities’ The people of Manipur want the Indian government to put an end to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and want to see development in the region on par with ‘˜mainland’ India, but there are others who are fighting for complete independence. Campaign...

Why Temperance Will Not Work With AFSPA

There are only two ways to proceed with the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, says Supreme Court lawyer Rakesh Shukla: retain it or scrap it. Tempering it with pleas to refrain from ‘˜excessive use of force’ etc will simply not work with an army trained to inflict maximum damage Withdrawal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) has become a key issue in discussions...

Can JK Go Imphal Way On AFSPA?

SRINAGAR, Oct 17: Can’t a constitutionally ‘powerful’ state like Jammu and Kashmir revoke Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from certain parts as the Manipur government did? The question arises as the state and central government are passing the buck for the past over three months on the debate for symbolic revocation of the Act, as one of the confidence building measures...

Ex-MLA Lambasts Army Chief

Indian Army Chief Gen VK Singh IMPHAL, Sep 19: Former MLA and former Law Secretary L Ibomcha Singh have criticized comment of the Army Chief Gen VK Singh that AFSPA is an ‘˜enabling’ provision not ‘˜arbitrary’. In a statement, L Ibomcha, who had authored a book on human rights violations by security forces under AFSPA, said that the Army Chief is yet to know the problems of...

Fringe States

The irony is visible and audible. It is seen on the streets of Jammu and Kashmir where young boys barely in their teens come out to engage the security personnel armed with sling shots or sheer bravado or anger and frustration. It is also seen in the North East region, especially Manipur, where women folk who play an active role in society staged a nude protest in front of the Assam Rifles gate at...

AFSPA: Prescribing Colas For Cold

It cannot get clearer than this. The Principal Seat of the Gauhati High Court with Justice Amitabh Roy and Justice BS Agarwal on the bench, in their August 31, 2010, ruling has clearly stated that the State Government can go ahead and peruse the report submitted by the C Upendra Commission and accordingly take action in the case pertaining to the arrest, ‘˜rape’ and custodial killing of...

Kashmir And The North-East

Kashmir as history goes has always been the point of contention between India and Pakistan since the time of Partition. Both countries have gone to war a few times and nothing much did come out of it. Yet this northernmost state of India seems to have hogged the limelight almost all the time with the North-East lingering in the backwaters of the Indian psyche. In the backdrop of the recent Kargil War,...