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Babri Masjid Dispute:Rule of Law and Building Confidence

The rifts created by the demolition of the Babri masjid and the subsequent riots still remain to be bridged. But for any healing to begin requires not merely the direct and impartial intervention of the concerned authorities, but also a sincere and concerted effort to inculcate among diverse communities, acceptance of their differences and to promote areas of integration.

Redefining and Feminising Security

Issues of security have all too often focused on military aspects, emphasising elements of 'masculinisation'. But for long lasting solutions, it is necessary to involve groups that have remained 'marginal' so far - in particular the women's movements and action forums. A gender-based perspective could offer radical solutions, as women's viewpoints, attitudes and 'coping strategies' - as seen in Northern Ireland and South Africa, could bring in far-reaching, positive and provide durable security in the long run.

Crimes against Women in India

Data on crime in India are published annually by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). These are compiled from records of police stations all over the country and refer to reported and registered crime. For recent years the data cover crimes against women in some detail, disaggregated to the district level. Reporting of crime tends to be incomplete; so the data are prima facie suspect. Nevertheless, they may be useful in studying regional variations, considering that underreporting is a universal feature. Social scientists have neglected the study of crime despite its increasing presence in our daily lives. This paper is an attempt to see what official, published data reveal, whether there are clear-cut regional patterns and if so whether they can lead to meaningful hypotheses for future work.

Torture in Colonial India

The impact of colonialism also evidenced itself in the attempts to establish a codified system of criminal law that differentiated and separated itself from the 'native' law that preceded it. Despite such attempts, native practices had their own uses in enforcing discipline as seen in the incidents that unfold in the 'Nassick Torture Case' and elaborated further in this paper. The paper also probes issues related to fear and suffering while also enunciating the social scientists' dilemma of needing to represent and reproduce violence without fetishising or merely re-enacting it.

Fall-out of September 11

Tighter security and police/military methods alone will rarely end terrorism, whether in the US or in Kashmir. The possible targets are too many and the methods are varied and uncontrollable. The key is avoiding situations where a section of the people gets so alienated that it starts believing that terror and violence are the only means to get 'justice', or at least attention. Political solutions are a must.

Bihar

The panchayat elections, held after 20 years and a long court battle, may not immediately make a difference to the quality or nature of governance in the rural areas of the state. But in the interim there has been a change in the way people perceive developmental issues and most importantly, for the first time, people will be able to directly confront those who hold power. This will pave the way for effective people-friendly governance.

Police Indifference

D Bandyopadhyay's incisive commentary ('Licence to Kill?', January 6) makes a thought-provoking impact. The initiator of Operation Barga was the late Benoy Krishna Choudhuri, the illustrious land reforms minister of West Bengal during the first three terms of Left Front government. But on reading...

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.

West Bengal : Labour as Politics

In the current ambience of violence that has enveloped Kolkata and its environs, the killing of the manager of a jute mill, his colleague and a worker would not seem to call for much attention, especially against the background of the dismal state of the jute industry in recent times. There was almost an air of inevitability about the events. Yet it may well prove to be the proverbial last straw and push all parties concerned towards addressing the shocking state of disrepair of the industry.

Non-Conventional Indicators

Prevalence of mental distress and of abuse and violence are important indicators of the wellbeing of a community and are significantly differentiated by gender. The socio-economic changes wrought by structural reforms have the potential to disrupt existing notions of gender in ways that could be threatening, demoralising and oppressive for men and women in some contexts and empowering in others. Some of these factors, especially those that concern gender ideology, may indeed be difficult to 'measure'. It is therefore necessary to consider research methodologies that go beyond the quantitative in order to do justice to the complexity of these phenomena.

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