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AFSPA

AFSPA in Kashmir: A Battle of Perceptions

[By Adfar Shah] Tripura’s Manik Sarkar government’s decision on revoking AFSPA recently was much hailed in public and intellectual circles. However, the ripple effect as expected was the fresh revival of the incessant demand for revocation of AF(JK)SPA in Jammu and Kashmir. It is being said that the controversial law in Tripura was revoked through consistent efforts by the State ...

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Live: Election Results 2014

The world’s largest democracy exercised its right to participate in the democratic process in April and May 2014, with high voter turnouts in 122 constituencies. It is judgment day for India’s big and small political parties, as the Election Commission begins the process of counting votes on May 16, 2014 at  8 am. We’ll bring you the latest successes, defeats ...

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A Bodo teacher Atul Brahma whose house was burnt in Ghunghunikhata village of Dubri District searching for scrap. Brahma's grain stores were looted and cattle stolen

Why Assam continues to be a tinderbox?

By Narendra Kaushik Hakaipara is a sprawling settlement perched on a land mass across Gourang River in Kokrajhar, the headquarters of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), which runs a parallel government in four districts of Assam. More importantly, it is one of the around half a dozen villages inhabited by Bangla-speaking Muslims which were flattened during the 2012 clashes between Bodo ...

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Miss Transgender North east India 2013

By Siddharth Haobijam On Dec 13, 2013, Manipur hosted Miss Transgender Queen for North East India. The pageant showed the participations from many transgenders of North East India. It was hosted jointly by the All Manipur Nupi-Manbi Association (AMaNA) in association with Solidarity and Action Against the HIV infection in India (SAATHI). The event also got the support of the ...

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Shumang leela, the Courtyard theatre of Manipur

By Siddharth Haobijam Crowned as the “Jewel of India” by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Manipur, situated in the lofty mountains of the North East India boasts of many traditional and cultural gems. One of these is the Shumang Leela. Literally translated as Courtyard Theatre, this theatre has been the mainstay of the Meiteis , the Tibeto-Burman group of people who have inhabited the Imphal valley since ...

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Bishesh Glam – a world within a world

[By Siddharth Haobijam] Bishesh Glam, located in a busy corner in Keishamphat in Imphal West, Manipur is just about two years old. The salon run by Bishesh Huirem, a well known male-to-female transgender, however, has changed the lives of many Nupi Maanbis (one who looks like a woman).

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States within a State

State Correspondent | PointBlank 7                                                                                               Photo credit : Reuters Guwahati:  While people in ...

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Repealing AFSPA – Is that the need of the hour?

By Riti Sinha 55 years ago, in the face of rising political dissent in the North-east, India decided to add to its laws, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The Armed Forces Special Powers Ordinance was promulgated by the President on 22nd May 1958. Later the Ordinance was replaced by the Armed Forces Special Powers Bill. It was applied ...

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