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

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AMRI Inferno

LETTERS Issn 0012-9976 Ever since the first issue in 1966, EPW has been India’s premier journal for comment on current affairs and research in the social sciences. It succeeded Economic Weekly (1949-1965), which was launched and shepherded by Sachin Chaudhuri, who was also the founder-editor of EPW...

Capital Punishment

A large section of Indians would agree with the views of S V Rajadurai, (“Politics and the Death Penalty”, EPW, 17 September 2011) that capital punishment must be abolished. The letter refers to those who had been condemned to death for murdering Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. Recently, Arputham Ammal, the...

Commissions on Encounters

I have read with interest N Venugopal’s fine tribute to the memory of Azad, a victim of encounter-murders (17 July). Siddartha Shankar Ray, a former chief minister of West Bengal had contributed the term “encounter-murder” to the English language vocabulary. K P S Gill also adopted the same...

Against the Death Penalty

I have read with great interest your editorial “The Case against the Death Sentence” (EPW, 15 May 2010). All rightthinking persons would agree with your view that whatever the crime, there is no place in a civilised society for capital punishment. Amnesty International (AI) believes that the “death...

Persecution of Chakmas

The reading of “Structural Roots of Violence in the Chittagong Hills Tracts” by Bhumitra Chakma (20 March 2010) saddened me. Ironically, it was Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh, who denied autonomy to Chakmas, while he himself demanded full freedom for ethnic...

Gandhi's Harijan

The five articles by EW/EPW veterans (EPW, 10 and 17 January 2009) paying tributes to Sachin Chaudhuri, its founding father, helped me to refresh my memory about the unique economic journal. Incidentally, I am an avid reader of the journal since I joined the library profession in 1955 without a...

Mohit Sen

I refer to the review of Mohit Sen’s autobiography (May 26) and Alaknanda Patel’s letter (June 23) paying moving tributes to Mohit. As a Hyderabadi, I had the privilege of knowing intimately the wonderful couple, Mohit and Vanaja, for more than three decades. Vanaja was a distinguished academic who...

India-China Border War

Letters FIR against Danish Books T his is to draw your attention to the registering of an FIR under Section 18 (punishment for conspiracy and knowingly facilitating the commission of terrorist acts, etc) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act (UAPA), 2004 against Sunita of Danish...

Guha Niyogi

Letters Killer Gangs in AP O ver the last decade, the people of Andhra Pradesh have been hearing of killer gangs describing themselves by various names, such as ‘Green Tigers’, ‘Tirumala Tigers’, ‘Kranti Sena’, etc. Now we are hearing of ‘Narsa Cobras’ and ‘Kakatiya Cobras’. Threats are publicly...

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