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In 2002, their land was ‘forcibly’ occupied by the Army. Nine years after, the inhabitants of Fakirpora, a hamlet in Drugmulla-Kupwara, are still waiting for the Army to vacate 62 kanals of their land or pay the necessary compensation. “It was January 2002 when army told us that they want our land. When we refused, curfew was imposed and shoot at sight orders were announced. We were not allowed to move out for three days and after the cordon was lifted, we found our lands fenced and circled with barricades,” says Javid Ahmad, a villager. Picture: Muhabit-ul-Haq The land which

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An overwhelming cinematic experience where the aesthetic and the political blend into each other is rare. While the Third Cinema (not to be confused with third world cinema) took upon itself to reject the usual Hollywood ideological propaganda and instead create a realistic counter hegemonic cinema, it remained a difficult task to retain the aesthetic of the cinematic imagination while being overtly political. In this context, cinema of Tunisian director Nacer Khemir escapes the definition of Third Cinema because it is overtly aesthetic and realizes its political objective in the intensity of the aesthetic that it creates, unlike the typical

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So what could be the reason for her melancholy disappearance? Was she psychologically disturbed and thus did not want to meet anyone? Yes, that was one of the thoughts that came to his mind. But he brushed away the idea, also knowing somewhere at the back of his mind, that this could very well be true. Finally after hours of speculation, he decided to go out looking for her. He went out on the street. For a moment he did not know where to begin looking. He believed that if only he had gone out looking for her a few

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A tense strain of fright cut across the old man’s thought. The girls had set off for the meadows that lay across the brook just after 5O’clock. Tiny beads of sweat formed on Nabir kak’s brown brow. He had become crinkled in forehead since his wife was diagnosed with cervical cancer, last autumn. Nabir kak shifted his peasant’s cap a bit and looked at the westward sky. It was high summer and the cherry had ripened. The farmer in him was worried about bush Robins and ringed Parakeets that often bore through the cherry ball, maroon as monks, till the

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Press Note: For immediate release INTERNATIONAL PEOPLE’S TRIBUNAL ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND JUSTICE IN INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR (IPTK) www.kashmirprocess.org From: Dr. Angana Chatterji, Convener IPTK and Professor, Anthropology, California Institute of Integral Studies; and advocate Parvez Imroz, Convener IPTK and Founder, Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society TRIBUNAL CO-CONVENER DENIED ENTRY INTO KASHMIR Srinagar, May 28, 2011: On May 28, 2011, Mr. Gautam Navlakha, Convener, International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir (IPTK) and Editorial Consultant, Economic and Political Weekly, was stopped at Srinagar airport on his arrival from New Delhi, and asked to go back. Officials

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By Kavita Krishnan As soon as women step beyond the bounds of traditional roles and especially if they enter public life and politics, patriarchal interests feel threatened and deploy their usual repertoire of demeaning tactics and abuses. These tactics seek to brand their women targets as sexually loose; as lacking in ‘feminine’ attributes; as puppets of male mentors; or as displaying stereotypically ‘feminine’ weaknesses such as irrationality, fickleness and so on. Women elected to panchayats are often treated as mere proxies for their husbands. Ranting against the 33% Reservation Bill, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav had derided women politicians as ‘parkati’

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By Samreen Mushtaq Gulzar Wani, 23, who is the youngest of the six youth from Jammu and Kashmir to have cracked this year’s Indian Administrative Services (IAS), says corruption has become a ‘big menace in our society’ and that he would not ‘betray the trust’ of the people especially his parents by indulging in corrupt practices. He also wants to be accessible to the public and live up to the expectations of his parents. “There are a lot of other alternatives where a person can earn money. But this is a position where people are looking at me with great

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By Dipankar Bhattacharya The inevitable has finally happened. The Left Front government of West Bengal, the longest-serving government in India’s parliamentary history, has been trounced quite miserably in the recent Assembly elections. The defeat certainly has not come all of a sudden – all recent elections including the 2008 panchayat elections, 2009 Lok Sabha elections, 2010 municipal elections and several by-elections had clearly revealed that the CPI(M)-led dispensation had been losing ground quite alarmingly. The 2011 Assembly elections marked the culmination of this process of decline of the CPI(M) in West Bengal. Large sections of the mainstream media, in West

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By Mudasir Majeed Peer Most of the times, unemployment has been a reason for the death of many people.  It is not any gun which can fire rounds of bullets in a jiffy, neither; it is any knife which can rip up a human belly. It is not even a noose which can block a wind pipe, carrying oxygen to a body. But it certainly does share a very close bond with all these means of death. Unemployment is a vicious cause which blanks out the cerebral region of a person and just leaves him or her in an optional

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Parveena Jan’s life was one of middle class comfort in a suburb of Batpora, Hazratbal in Kashmir. There were pomegranate and apple trees on her lawn and a crystal clear lake just a few kilometers away to spend time with school friends during vacations. Jan’s seemingly normal life was shared with a caring father who sold jewelry in a small shop in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, a region disputed between India and Pakistan since 1947. One morning in 1990, a year after the armed rebellion against New Delhi’s rule over the region had broken out in

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