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While the ongoing debate on the recommendations given by Justice Verma’s panel continues. The government of India has conveniently decided to look the other way on the matter concerning amendments in Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) as suggested by Justice Verma committee.In-fact the Law Minister of the country Ashwani Kumar has publicly tried to justify protection provided to Armed forces under AFSPA . The Minister told NDTV “How do you divide the action taken in the line of duty where the circumstances are such that nobody knows what is going to happen?” “The context is different.” These comments coming

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“We are exhorted to be women, remain women, become women” – Simone de Beauvoir, (The Second Sex, xix) To my women readers: can we think of a time and space when we have not thought of ourselves as a woman, and the cultural discourse it has been embedded with? Is it really possible to think of ourselves beyond the ‘gendered’ classification? Judith Butler in her essay on Simone De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex begins by quoting Beauvoir’s famous statement that frames the discursive differences in the taxonomies of sex and gender. As Butler famously states, “ ‘One is not born