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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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Murtaza Manzoor was arrested on 21 January by police in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. He was arrested in relation to a case from June 2010 on allegations of attempted murder, assault and rioting. According to the police, he is an “incorrigible antisocial element” who was leading a protest march that resulted in protestors pelting police with stones. On 8 February the police decided to hold Murtaza Manzoor, under the Public Safety Act, as they feared that he would be released on bail in the criminal case against him. Police documents relating to his arrest and detention give

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz is amongst the most famous poets of last century. Once, during the dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq in Pakistan, he was arrested and taken to the police station in front of the public. In this context, he wrote ‘Aaj Bazar mein’. The tearful eye, the noisy spirit is not enough, my friends, the accusation of love is not enough, my friends, let’s go today to the bazaar in chains’ let’s go with hands waving, intoxicated, dancing, let’s go with dust on our heads, blood on our sleeves, let’s go to the city where our love lives, everyone is

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A film on Ashfaq Majeed Wani. Ashfaq Majeed Wani was 23, and Jammu Kashmir Libertion Front, Commander-in-chief, when he was shot dead in an encounter with Indian forces on March, 30, 1990. Part I Part II

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A stunningly humane work of storytelling with a poignant and unpredictable hero at its heart. Mirza Waheed is a major new talent. Goes to the heart of the long-standing conflict between India and Pakistan. It is Kashmir in the early 1990s and war has finally reached the isolated village of Nowgam close to the Pakistan border. Indian soldiers appear as if from nowhere to hunt for militants on the run. Four teenage boys, who used to spend their afternoons playing cricket, or singing Bollywood ballads down by the river, have disappeared one by one, to cross into Pakistan and join

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For the last three days authorities have imposed strict curfew in the valley with the help of Army. People are imprisoned in their homes- causing many household problems. From the shortage of medicines to baby foods nothing is availiable. Though, government is claiming the presence of army on roads is just to calm the protestors but it has caused serious inconvenience to civillians. Journalists have been barred to go out and perform their duties. Hospital administrations face difficulties due to absence of paramedic staff and doctors. Doctors were not allowed to go to hospitals and moreover many of them were

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While the police investigation into the alleged abduction of 23-year-old Afroza Rasool of Maloora, Shalteng followed by the recovery of her body from river Jhelum on June 20 is still underway, the sequence of events leading up to her disappearance and death leaves many unanswered questions. According to the girl’s relatives, on June 11, Afroza returned home from Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Awantipora where she studied Arabic and after offering evening prayers she received a phone call from one Ayoub Wagay of the same locality. “She left home at 8.30 in the evening and never returned alive,”

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Speaking first time on the pro-freedom protests in Kashmir valley, state Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah while addressing a press conference here at Srinagar on Tuesday evening apologized to people for the recent killings in valley and said, “Mein haath jod ke logo se appeal karta hun ki woh meri government ki madaad kare” (I hand foldedly appeal people of valley to help my government). He called the press conference following the turmoil in the valley after eleven teenagers were killed by Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) and JK Police in Sopore, Baramulla, Islamabad and Srinagar in just nineteen days. While