Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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Tyranny in uniform
Govt must act against civilian killings last week and thrashing of cops by army men to restore confidence
The increasing spate of violence in the Valley in the last one week with a slew of horrifying civilian killings once again reveals the vulnerability of the people caught in the conflict owing to the unbridled powers enjoyed by the security forces. The incident of army men entering a police station in Gund and thrashing seven policemen including two officers and ransacking the police station on Saturday is yet another shocking manifestation of unchecked powers of the security forces and the impunity enjoyed by army and paramilitaries. It illustrates the dangers of lack of accountability mechanisms for the crimes committed by army or other security personnel. For years human rights violations and crimes committed by security forces have gone virtually unacknowledged and draconian laws furth...
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Normalising communal violence, hate mongering and war
By Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
If lies have become truth, wars will be peace; and hate, indeed, harmony. In a season of politically pedaled lies, magnified and amplified full blast by a loyalist media, India remains more than ever vulnerable to violence, social instability and wars. But the power of lies will offer majority people the luxury of turning their backs to reality and look forward to as yet unfulfilled miracles like 'Acche Din'. In a world where politics is the last refuge of scoundrels, all politicians are known to develop the art of lying and the art of weaving deceptive illusions. Politicians, especially those elected to power, are known to have lied to the public for years over and over again. And, yet present times are different from the previous eras of web of lies weaved by those in corridors of power...
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Killer roads of Chenab Valley
Passengers' safety has been compromised time and again by the government by ignoring the dilapidated road conditions in Chenab region
Deaths of a score of Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in a bus accident on Monday near Ramban have once again brought into focus the dilapidated conditions of the roads in Chenab Valley region. The accident was both unfortunate and tragic because the pilgrims lost their lives for no fault of theirs. It is also unfortunate that the accidents on this stretch of road, besides the Batote-Kishtwar national highway, have claimed more lives in accidents compared to those having been killed in militancy related violence in entire Jammu region. It is a sad state of affairs that no serious attention has been paid by the successive state governments during the past more than seven decades and no effort has been made to make the roads safer for the commuters. It is also worth mentioning that worn out vehicles...
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Unjustifiable censorship
Attempts to scuttle freedom of expression by censor board, state's institutions, political groups and their hoodlums must be opposed
Adding to the list of films that are bearing the brunt of intolerance and scant respect for freedom of speech is Bollywood film 'Indu Sarkar'. Unlike most recent other cases where the ruling party BJP with its party workers and patronised hooligans are responsible along with the censor board that acts more like a political poodle rather than an autonomous body, this fresh controversy also exposes the hypocrisy of political groups who have been nailing the government for scuttling free speech. The film in question, based on the 21-month Emergency between 1975 and 1977 imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, has run into opposition from the Congress, which is demanding that the film be screened first to them before it is sent to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Congress...
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India-China stand-off
Briefing the Opposition parties on tri-junction stand-off is the duty of NDA-government for sake of accountability
the NDA-government's briefing to the Opposition parties on the continued stand-off with China on Doklam plateau, close to Sikkim, has been long overdue. The meeting in the middle of this week before the monsoon session of the Parliament is a welcome step if it amounts to holding them accountable for every act of omission and commission as elected representatives of the country. Moreover, this briefing comes close on the heels of the demand of the opposition political parties to be informed of all steps initiated by the central government on this issue. The ministries of defence, home and external affairs, their senior officials besides the National Security Advisor spent two days explaining the ground situation and the strategy formulated ahead to Opposition leaders representing the polit...
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PM on cow vigilantism
Modi's words remain ambiguous and dubious that legitimise both violence and communalism Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second warning against cow vigilantism within a span of fortnight should have been re-assuring in the face of mob violence in the name of cow protection hampering the communal harmony and peace across the country. But it doesn't because the remarks have once again been uttered by balancing the violent cow vigilantes with the peaceful campaigners against brutal killings and lynchings. Such remarks lack a sense of earnestness, efficacy and immediacy. The head of the country was as casual in invoking the beef hysteria on Sunday during an all-party meeting as he was two weeks ago while addressing a meeting in Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati ashram when he was egged on by the huge ...
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