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GN Bureau | December 16, 2016
In death as in life, Tamil Nadu’s enigmatic chief minister J Jayalalithaa retained her mystique. When she fell dangerously ill, people did not know – and were not told – what she was suffering from. When she was buried, people wondered why a woman who was a brahmin by birth was interred. Now, people are asking a multi-crore question: Who will inherit the properties of a woman who did not have any family member at her side when she breathed her last on December 5.
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For three decades now, Chhattisgarh, caught up in insurgency and counterinsurgency, has been Nandini Sundar’s area of interest. The academician-activist’s latest book, The Burning Forest: India’s War in Bastar, sheds light on the inhuman militaristic policies and acts of the state and central government in Chhattisgarh and the war waged by the Maoists.
Sundar narrates how the war of resistance started in a tribal belt and affected its social fabric and being vocal about the situation in Chhattisgarh, she doesn’t fail to question the role of institutions like the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the centre and state police machinery, the CBI, the political parties, the bureaucracy, the media and the judiciary. In an interaction, she talks about the land and the people she has been associated with for the better part of her life.
READ: In Bastar, we are seeing a slow genocide of a whole way of life: Nandini Sundar
Anyone with even a scant idea of terrorists’ modus operandi would tell you that the Nagrota attack was the most serious of all onslaughts by Pakistan’s non-state actors in Jammu and Kashmir. The place is ensconced in the Trikuta foothills, a good 30 km aerial distance from the nearest point on the border with Pakistan. So far, the terrorists – they are stooges of the Pakistan army, whether they are from the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JuM) or the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) – had targeted military bases located close to the international border and the line of control: in Kaluchak (2002), Pathankot (January) and Uri (September). The very fact that they reached deep inside the territory and attacked an area with a huge army presence should be taken as an indication of Pakistan’s detailed preparations for continuing its proxy war against India.
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India ranks in the middle of a group of 26 emerging economies regarding access to formal financial services, according to a global study. The Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project (FDIP) 2016 report has given India – with 860 million adult population – an overall score of 71 percent. In ‘country commitment’ India scores 100 percent, 72 percent in ‘mobile capacity’ and 94 percent in ‘regulatory environment’ and 44 percent in ‘adoption’.
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The UN has produced its first analysis of the socio-economic indicators in the Arab region since the 2011 uprisings. The results are not all heartening. The report titled ‘Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in a Changing Reality’ that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published on November 29 is the sixth AHDR since 2002. The region is experiencing a so-called youthful “demographic momentum” that – the report predicts – will last for at least the next two decades.
Despite such a large young population, (60 percent of its population has not yet reached the age of 30) the youth are not equipped for the labour market, particularly young women who are excluded from the formal economy. Unemployment here is highest among the world regions, reaching almost 30 percent and the situation is set to worsen by 2019.
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The election commission of India (ECI) has been working on a series of electoral reforms, and the agenda includes linking Aadhaar with the electoral roll, considering paid news and false affidavit as electoral offence/corrupt practice, better monitoring the role of print media and social media intermediari
To protect the fast depleting wetlands against being used as landfill and for development activities in Mumbai metropolitan region (MMR), environmentalists have asked the centre to declare the 289-hectare Panje wetlands in Uran tehsil of Raigarh district as a ‘Ramsar site’ and preserve its ecol
Mumbai is building a coastal road to cut through traffic snarls and make life easier for commuters. The ambitious project, part of the city’s Development Plan (DP) 2035, is the second major initiative after the Bandra-Worli sea link, and should become a reality in 2023. Here are the key facts
The party that came into existence on the intangible timeworn issue of corruption, transparency and increasing public investment through public savings is going on winning elections in Delhi with huge margins, consistently rowing the boat between doldrums and high tides. Somewhere between the doldr
Mumbai, the second largest city in the country, is not very inclusive when it comes to the easy access to the disabled, but it is learning and is in the process of making the life of Divyangs easier. Also, it aims to rehabilitate all slums in five years. Stakeholders came together to discuss