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Whither People's Security

What is the basis of the official perception of threat which informs our security policy? What is the extent of expenditure on the so-called security concerns? How justified is this expenditure especially in the context of the fact that military power in various guises continues to be deployed extensively against our own people? To make an attempt to persuade policy-makers to refrain from enhancing and expanding the repressive arms of the government, we need to make a realistic assessment of our security concerns and foreground the real issues.

Ceasefire in Kashmir

The ceasefire in Kashmir can only be seen as a beginning of a long process that will have to be based most importantly on a comprehensive understanding of the political aspirations of the people of the entire state. The need of the hour is to acknowledge and sincerely attempt to involve the other forces that have a legitimate say in the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

Urban Pollution: Driving Workers to Desperation

Attempts to reduce urban pollution must begin by ensuring that those who are most affected by it, the workers in 'polluting' industries, are safe. Recent events in Delhi however only aim at removing the victims rather than the cause.

Kashmir : Unilateral Ceasefire

The unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir is bound to be complex considering the nature of the Kashmir imbroglio. One major cause for concern arises from the fact that the offer is made directly to armed militant groups, leaving out others such as the All Party Hurriyat Conference. Another cause for concern stems from the fact that it is silent about dialogue.

Kashmir: Tripartite Talks Are Essential

A just and honourable resolution of the Kashmir problem through reconciling the aspirations of the Kashmiri people with the interests of India and Pakistan is not possible without tripartite talks.

Kashmir : It's Never Too Late to Do the Right Thing

An obsession with territorial integrity has undermined the singular importance of the politics of solidarity, preventing an appreciation of the ground realities in Kashmir. The government's current offer to hold unconditional talks with the militant leadership, while commendable, cannot succeed unless there is a recognition of the urgent need to begin the long process of gaining the confidence of the Kashmiris.

Downsizing 'National' Security

Increases in military expenditure are welcomed by the ruling elite in the name of national security. But the expenditure is already too high for a poor country, is used wastefully and, worse, 'national security' is misconceived.

Kashmir: An Idea which Cannot Be Suppressed

If the central government is sincere in its desire to seek a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue, then the first step towards this goal is to privilege politics over guns, set free the thousands of prisoners against whom no charges have been filed as well as the Hurriyat leaders in preventive detention. It is time to challenge the received wisdom that the assertion of the idea of 'azadi' is lethal, but not hate politics of certain political parties.

Reinforcing Insecurity

More than anything else the draft of the nuclear doctrine released by the National Security Advisory Board underlines the international perception of India's big power ambition acquiring threatening dimensions.

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