EDITIORIAL: The Irony Of May 21 And 22… Educating Delhi On Terror

It was terrorism that killed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991, while he was on an election campaign at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu and it was on May 22, 1958 that India adopted the Armed Forces Special Powers Act as an Ordinance.  While May 21 continues to be observed all over the country as anti-terrorism day to coincide with the death of Rajiv Gandhi, the significance of May 22...

BRIEF NEWS: April 29, 2011

No let up, NIA continues raid IMPHAL, Apr 28: After raiding Lamyanba Pakhang publications yesterday, the NIA (National Investigation Agency) team raided two private residences at Wangkhei today. A reliable source informed that the house located near Eastern Ground belongs to one Yumlembam Brajabidhu. Notably, the NIA team after raiding Lamyanba Pakhang seized some documents and a hard disk of the main...

Differences Between Terrorism And Insurgency

Terrorism in Mumbai, India If no single definition of terrorism produces a precise, unambiguous description, we can approach the question by eliminating similar activities that are not terrorism, but that appear to overlap. For the U.S. military, two such related concepts probably lead to more confusion than others. Guerilla warfare and insurgencies are often assumed to be synonymous with terrorism....

Reasoning With The Terrorist

The present paper aims at raising the question; ‘Is it possible to reason with the terrorist?’ It also aims at finding an answer, even if tentative, to the question raised. Reasoning primarily means a covenant with truth. When two parties agree to reason together their primary commitment is to abide by truth. Reasoning must be pure, unalloyed and authentic. This means reasoning must be...

Nationalist Ideology, Militarization And Human Rights In North-East

The deployment of armed forces in the region, the oppressive laws which legitimized it, the judicial scrutiny of such laws and the ways media represents the people’s movements in this part of India are shaped by the dominant nationalist ideology, which always treat the ethnic minorities with ‘˜suspicion’. Movements for self-determination are seen as foreign inspired, anti-national,...

Killing With A Human Face

“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” Clarence Darrow. As a seminar on Human rights violations in Counter Insurgency Operations gets underway in Prajna Bhawan organized by Tripura Police and Institute of Social Science from today (August 4, 2010) where police officials at various ranks would be discussing one of the most convoluted yet most difficult...

27 Sector AR Hosts SoO Meet

IMPHAL, Oct 8: An open house discussion on ‘˜implementation of Suspension of Agreement and Way Ahead for a lasting Peace’ was held today at HQs 27 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of Red Shield Division. Informing that GOC Red Shield Division Maj Gen DS Hooda presided over the event, a PIB (DW) release conveyed that the participants were briefed about the provision/rules and regulations...

Manipuri Is Not Merely A Dance

The Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in east Imphal is jam-packed with women. Most of them mothers, aged between 70 and 75. They have been there from early dawn, perhaps skipping their breakfast. Tension was palpable in the atmosphere. Gun toting khaki clad policemen menacingly observed the scene, outside the hospital gates. Media persons jostled for vantage points. Anxiety and anticipation writ on every...

Extension Of Indo-Naga Ceasefire For Clinching A Political Solution

The ceasefire has been extended for another six months w.e.f. 1st February 2006 after four days (28-31 January 2006) of heated and intensive discussions held at a Hotel in the Thai capital, Bangkok. The ceasefire extension has been greeted with appreciation from different political, socio-cultural and religious organizations across the globe. Some media have reported that the ceasefire has been extended...

Terror Free Legal Regime

The United Nations Charter and the contemporary international law have repudiated illegal use of force barring in the event of self-defense. Armed conflicts and wars of national liberation do occur and they are regulated by the humanitarian laws- the Geneva, the Hague and the UN laws including the Martens clause, among others. The jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court would encompass the...