Archive for June, 2009

‘Not late to counter Maoists politically’

By Saibal Mitra Banning an organization doesn’t help to either root it out or prevent it from carrying on its activities. So, I don’t think the decision to ban the Maoists will serve any purpose. On the contrary, it might help them form a more determined and stronger organization. History shows that whenever the Communist […]

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Security-centric approach can’t resolve Lalgarh conflict

By Sujato Bhadra Unlike Singur-Nandigram, the initial social resistance movement in Lalgarh revolved around police atrocities; with tribal people raising their voice against law enforcing agencies breaking the law of the land. So, this movement is political in nature; a story of demand for the restoration of civil liberties since November 2008. The people of […]

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UAPA : Violates the Indian Constitution and Human Rights

ইউ এ পি এ : সংবিধান ও মানবাধিকার লঙ্ঘনকারী এক আইন অনিন্দ্যসুন্দর আজ থেকে ঠিক ৩৪ বছর আগে এই দিনে ‘জরুরি অবস্থা’ জারি হয়েছিল। সেদিনের কালা আইন ছিল এম আই এস এ (MISA), ই এস এম এ (ESMA) ইত্যাদি। আজ যেমন ইউ এ পি এ (UAPA)। কী লজ্জা! অভিযোগকারীকে অভিযোগের সত্যতা প্রমাণ করতে হবে। এমনটাই […]

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We want end of Terrorism: everywhere in India – including Lalgarh

By Prabir Ghosh Why is there so much bloodshed? Why such terrorism everywhere? Any honest and impartial person is against terrorism. We too, the rationalists and   humanists are against any kind of murder, torture and terrorism. We sincerely wish that all this mindless killings should come to an end. Why is there so much of […]

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Utter Confusion

This letter has been sent to the Editor, The Telegraph. All the news items point to one thing– lack of understanding, resulting in utter confusion. “We have come here for peace. Innocent villagers are getting trapped between the Maoists and the security forces. We would like both sides to drop their arms and come for […]

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Beneath sari, brutal scars

SUJAN DUTTA Kuldiha, June 21: Shame is abandoned with great effort. But the women of this village are willing to draw up their saris, just to show how brutalised they are. At a relief camp in Pirakata, the crossroad that practically marks the end of the authority of the West Bengal government on the route […]

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Lalgarh’s poverty behind red rage

19 Jun 2009, Subhbrata Guha, TNN At first sight, Lalgarh doesn’t look intimidating — its nonchalant villagers and the languid pace of life is like any other village. Little gets in and even less gets out. But beneath the pastoral calm of rural Bengal, Lalgarh has been simmering as the red lava of Maoist rage flowing […]

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Tribals on warpath in Lalgarh; say can work better than govt

18 Jun 2009, PTI LALGARH (WB): Hinting at a state within a state, tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato said his organisation could build infrastructure in just eight months in restive Lalgarh, which the state government could not do in 32 years. “If the state government had done 10 per cent of the work we did, the […]

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Child labour? Is’nt it illegal?

AS A GESTURE Little girls and boys– like the one with a blue net– wade along the mud and water whole day in sundarbans catching meen, newly hatched baby prawns. They are tiny and almost transparent. The kids have to squat in the water to sort them out.They get 20 rupees by selling 100 to businessmen […]

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Maoists demonstrate against border encroachment

The Unified CPN (Maoist) staged rallies in the capital Thursday afternoon protesting the encroachment of Nepali territory by India and harassment of Nepalis living in bordering villages. After rallies at different parts of Kathmandu, hundreds of Maoist cadres and some central leaders staged sit-in in front of the Indian embassy at Lainchaur, chanting slogans against […]

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Thousands displaced as Indian forces drive Nepali families out of their villages

The Indian border security force, Seema Surakshya Bal (SSB), has driven out hundreds of Nepali families living along Nepal-India border in west Nepal. More than 6,000 have been displaced as SSB personnel drove Nepali families out from various bordering villages of Dang district along Nepal-India border. Of them, 1,800 have taken refuge at the Satbariya […]

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MONKEY BUSINESS

This is based on an actual experiment conducted in U.K. Put eight monkeys in a room. In the middle of the room is a ladder, leading to a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling.Each time a monkey tries to climb the ladder, all the monkeys are sprayed with ice water, which […]

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