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Students in Ladakh practicing Falun Dafa exercises (minghui.org) When a friend of mine in India invited me to join the 2016 New Delhi World Book Fair in January, I was overjoyed: Wow, India, and, books! This would be the first time in my life visiting India – a place always mysterious and sacred in my mind since my childhood, and YES, my longing for it indeed started from a book – Journey to the West – the famous classic Chinese novel about a Buddhist monk in the Tang Dynasty travelling to India to obtain the Buddhist scriptures. Now, how exciting – I would

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Umar Khalid, one of the JNU students who is being tried for sedition charges, speaking in the campus a few days before his arrest. The law of ‘sedition’ has assumed controversial importance nowadays in view of various changes that have taken place during the last four decades. Sedition in common language means a stirring up of rebellion against the government. The word ‘Sedition’ under section 124A of Indian Penal Code (IPC) is used to designate those activities that either by words, deeds or writings are calculated to disturb the tranquility of the state and lead people to subvert the government

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Concertina wire is the most widespread form of vegetation in Kashmir today. It grows everywhere, including in the mind.[1]   Of Gardens and Graves: by Suvir Kaul; Photographs: Javed Dar, Three Essays Collective, 243 pages, Rs. 500. Much of the extraordinary violence that Kashmir has seen over the last two decades and more has been documented by Kashmiri and international human rights groups, civil society activists and journalists. However the effect such long-term violence has had in the forging of political subjectivities has not become central to scholarship on contemporary Kashmir. That Kashmir has become a conflict zone, with periods

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Gender emancipation and micro-conflicts in teenagers' subjectivity making

The Leviathan’s tale It might be due to the irony of fate that the two main conceptual gatekeepers used in the last twenty years to frame what has happened in the recent history of Kashmir have been “dispute” and “conflict”. Both these words are related, more or less directly, with the India-Pakistan political and historical relation, aiming somehow to set a geometrical order over a context where complexities are hardly reducible to any dichotomy . For sure the partition, as an imaginary shaping narrative and policy implementing matrix, has played its role: we cannot avoid conceiving Kashmir as a scar

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Frustration, disillusionment, and anger are what characterize the pro-azadi camp in Kashmir nowadays. Frustrated, they should be, as the voting percentage is peaking in pattern. For them voting leads to single conclusion: legitimizing the Indian Occupation – brutal and repressive. But the point is; have Kashmiris really taken road to Indian state? Has institutional decay (Ganguly, 1996) in Kashmir been addressed so that Kashmiris now have a ‘choice to make’? If this is not the case, then, what is so different about this election that people have swung themselves into so called ‘pro Indian camp’? Psephologists, political scientists in Kashmir

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On the tarmac, I eavesdrop on Operation Tiger: Troops will burn down the garden and let the haven remain. This is home—the haven a cage surrounded by ash –the fate of Paradise.        – Agha Shahid Ali (The Country Without Post Office) What non-violent, peaceful and constitutional ways are left to your shelter to protest against your burning house, shrieks of your terrified siblings, profound silence of your sister after that helpless night, despair in the eyes of your mother speaking the uncertainty of her marital status? In past three decades many Bollywood movies have casted Kashmir in the backdrop;

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Depression is a well prevalent, possibly life-threatening condition that affects hundreds of millions of people all over the world. It can occur at any stage of life from childhood to later life, and puts a huge cost upon society. There is a triad of core symptoms: low or depressed mood, anhedonia (loss of pleasure activities), and low energy or fatigue. Other symptoms are also often present, such as irritability, difficulty in concentrating, sleep and psy­chomotor disturbances, feelings of guilt, low self-esteem, and suicidal tendencies etc. Depression is not a homogeneous disorder but rather is a complex problem with many subtypes

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    Civil Society is one of the achievements of the modern world because it is here that individuals can realize the self in conditions of freedom. – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel ‘We the people of India’ are the first words of the Constitution. The concept of civil society is an interesting one. Always been a part of liberal democratic theories, they conceive civil society as an independent sphere but one protected by the state. Individuals with rights are free to pursue their private interests in free association with others. This definition tends towards a more free market economy within

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The quest for natural resources has always been one of the main factors leading to war. Many refer to colonialism as perhaps the most interesting example, wherein the Imperial nations colonized regions that had a rich natural resource base. They entered these countries for the primary motive of trade, taking with them commodities and resources that were rare and precious. The mercantilists waged wars against native rulers, and gained control of territories. They saw in colonies vast expanses of rich and unconquered lands. Imperialism was thus established gradually, with France, Portugal and Britain controlling many colonies in South Asia and

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The beginning of a new age of violence in Jammu and Kashmir in 1989 took off with the mayhem ensued by the permission of the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, for the intelligence apparatus of her country to export fighters outward from the Kashmir valley. Since then, Kashmir is visible more like a chessboard for a large malicious game of intrigue, where the official truth appears manufactured narrative rather than it should be in its natural shape. The tug of war between India and the opposition forces from Kashmir along with the clear support of Pakistan and its

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