ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Archana Upadhyay

Russian Revolution in Perspective

The October Revolution of 1917 profoundly influenced the course of the Indian freedom movement in multiple ways. It gave “impetus to Indian political aspirations,” widened the base of the freedom struggle by making industrial workers and peasants active participants, and endowed the movement with a progressive outlook. The revolution’s principles resonated deeply among the people and leaders of the Indian freedom movement. In fact, many of the values enshrined in our Constitution, adopted post independence, were inspired by the lofty ideals of the Russian Revolution.

Terrorism in the North-East

The armed insurrections in north-east India have tested the Indian military might for over four decades. The region is characterised by widespread conflicts which are related to the geography of the region, the multiethnicity of its population and the political and economic feeding grounds of discontent. The conflict dynamics range from insurgency for secession to insurgency for autonomy, from sponsored terrorism to ethnic clashes, to conflicts generated as a result of a continuous inflow of migrants from across the borders, as well as from the other states of the country. Terrorism in the region can best be understood as a rational strategy to achieve political and personal ends, both through the use of extreme violence and intimidation through the instrumentalities of the state and at times with the complicity of the state's agencies.

Civil Society and Democratic Space in Russia

In the context of contemporary Russian civil society, elements of change and continuity, tradition and innovation coexist and interact. Certain key patterns in Russian civil society continue from the Soviet and pre-Soviet periods and have proved to be major hurdles in the path of development of strong and vibrant democratic civil society institutions. The state's intolerance of political opposition clearly has repercussions on its long-term stability and in no small measure contributes towards the prevailing insecurity.