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Triple Talaq Judgment and After

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s move to push a law criminalising triple talaq has been met with mixed responses. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board has been campaigning against the judgment and law by evoking fears of a uniform civil code and mobilising mass rallies of Muslim women across the country. On the other hand, Muslim women and civil society have been asserting their opposition to triple talaq while negotiating with the state on suitable forms of legislation.

The Bru Conundrum in North East India

Some communities in North East India have experienced persistent displacement due to ethnic violence. The two-decade-long conflict between the Mizos and the Brus in Mizoram and Tripura is examined. Attempts at repatriation, without reconciliation, will provide at best a short-term solution.

War on Terror to War on Dissent

The disappearances of human rights and political activists are indicative of the regime of surveillance and punishment operative in Pakistan today. Past military regimes were infamous for being intolerant of dissent, but it is under democratic rule that enforced disappearance seems to have taken an organised form. What began as a military tactic to counter militant groups in the north-west of Pakistan has gradually become an instrument to curb political dissent and public speech.

Beyond Third-party Monitoring

The April 2013 Rana Plaza collapse, which resulted in the death of more than 1,125 people working in garment factories in the building, drew widespread attention to hazardous labour conditions in the export garment-manufacturing industry in Bangladesh. Five years later, two international agreements—the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety—signed in the aftermath of this tragedy, to monitor and inspect garment factories, have been analysed.

Communalisation of Politics in West Bengal

The growing saffronisation of the Bengali public sphere, evident from the violent celebrations of Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti in West Bengal, has raised the possibility of a murky manoeuvring of communal politics before the 2019 general elections. With the left and liberal public spaces having failed at addressing crucial socio-religious questions and the far right misappropriating and usurping these spaces, comprehensive critical engagement with the growing presence of religion in the public sphere is necessary.

Regulations for Drones in India

The 2017 draft guidelines on the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, indicate a reversal of the government’s earlier misgivings about drone technology. However, in a field with rapid technological advances, the long delays in framing drone regulatory norms, and the as yet non-existent policy, could mean a failure to harness the innovative potential of civilian drones.

Tamil Politics without Caste?

Film stars Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth are gearing up for the next elections. Rajinikanth wishes to promote a politics based on spirituality, while Haasan is committed to secularism. But both of them have one aim, which is to eradicate corruption from public life in Tamil Nadu. However, this rhetoric of “corruption-free” politics is, in fact, a façade for promoting a politics that sidelines questions of caste inequalities.

Operation Gibraltar, 1965

An exploration of the military, religious, territorial, and political factors that led to the failed Operation Gibraltar and thereon to the Indo–Pak war of 1965 is relevant to the ongoing violence in Kashmir, a manifestation of popular anger against perceived abuses in the Indian rule, and therein lies the possibility of further Gibraltar-like scenarios.

Misconstruction of the Anti-atrocities Act’s Misuse

Drawing upon a study, this article examines whether the “final reports,” which is the official term for closed cases under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, are justified or not. The popularly accepted notion is that the act is misused by members of the Scheduled Castes against the upper castes, but there is no acknowledgement of its misuse by the upper castes using the former as proxy.

Language Skills and Secondary Education in India

English is the primary “link language” in India. Given the importance of the language, various Indian boards of education, including the Central Board of Secondary Education, have adapted to global changes in language pedagogy by using task-based language teaching. However, not much attention is paid to making the process of assessment task-based. Moreover, little effort is put into assessing listening and speaking skills of students.

Thriving Usury in Tirunelveli

The recent self-immolation of a family in Tamil Nadu drew widespread attention to the issue of usury prevalent in the state. Following a hearing on the depositions of 60 borrower victims at a people’s tribunal in Tirunelveli district, an attempt has been made to examine the nature of the issue, profile the borrower victims, the perpetrators, government apathy and the failure of law enforcement.

Pancheshwar Dam

Despite large dams being decommissioned the world over, the government has now set its sights on the construction of the Pancheshwar dam on the ecologically sensitive Mahakali river. Wary of being sacrificed at the altar of so-called “development,” resistance to the project has transformed into a concerted people’s protest, which continues to gain momentum.

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