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Maoist Movement: Context and Concerns

The failure of the Indian state to wipe out the Maoist movement is due to its ambiguous understanding of the laws of motion of the movement and the support the movement enjoys among the poor peasants and tribals in its strongholds. Successful democratic transition will however depend upon whether the Maoist party will retain the primacy of its New Democratic politics over its military strategy, and whether it can force the Indian state to give due regard to the constitutional mandate.

Communal Violence in Kozhikode Village

We strongly condemn the unprecedented communal violence at the end of January 2015, in Tuneri, Vellur and Kodanjeri villages, Nadapuram in Kozhikode, Kerala, in which more than a hundred Muslim families and homes were singled out, attacked, and crores worth of property destroyed. We are utterly...

Abduction of the District Collector of Sukma, Chhattisgarh

The kidnapping of the Sukma district collector in April 2012 and the issues that came up in the CPI (Maoist) party's statements had much to do with a model of development that is surrendering rich natural resources to corporates and multinationals for a pittance in the name of growth. This article, written by one of the two mediators who negotiated with both the Chhattisgarh government's nominees and CPI (Maoist) representatives to secure the collector's release, describes the twists and turns the talks took and points to a few salutary lessons that Indian democracy would do well to pay heed to.

Malkangiri Kidnap in Orissa: Negotiating Peace

An account of the mediation/ negotiation on the Malkangiri kidnapping of government officials by the CPI(Maoist) in Orissa in February 2011.

The Telangana People's Movement: The Unfolding Political Culture

The Telangana people's movement for a separate state is rooted in a historical context, which includes a developmental model pursued by the ruling classes both in Andhra Pradesh and the centre. The widening of regional disparities and reckless urbanisation of some areas resulting in imbalanced and unplanned growth are a consequence of the policies of this model. The ongoing movement in Telangana attempts to resolve such contradictions through the formation of a separate state. Interestingly this phase of the separate state agitation has developed an unique political form - betrayed as it feels by the intrigue and opportunism of mainstream political parties.

Higher Education

We the teachers’ and students’ organisations, grass-roots groups, academics and social activists from 16 different states representing the All India Forum for Right to Education (AIF-RTE) are deeply distressed at the policies of systemic withdrawal of the State from higher (including professional)...

Terrorism and Human Rights: Indian Experience with Repressive Laws

Terrorism is growing and no amount of power in terms of the use of force and severity of punishment has been helpful in containing it. This paper examines the ways that the Indian State has been responding to these challenges and scrutinises the experience over six decades of the use of repressive laws and their impact on the very notion of unrestrained freedom which a liberal state is supposed to guarantee.

Limits of Amartya Sen's 'Three R's of Reform'

If Indian democracy with its multiparty system, periodic elections and free press Limits of Amartya Sen

The Koyyur Kidnap Question of Human Rights

The Koyyur episode brings to light political possibilities as well as the severe limitations in the existing system as far as the question of human rights is concerned. The possibilities remain constrained because of the lack of conducive conditions such as a sensitive bureaucracy, alert middle class, organised unions and a free and honest press.

Gradual Surrender of Universities- Trends in Higher Education in Andhra Pradesh

Gradual Surrender of Universities Trends in Higher Education in Andhra Pradesh G Haragopal Towards Reorganising Higher Education in the State: The Report of the Committee of Higher Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, 1986.
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