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Rambuai: A Film on Mizoram’s “Trouble Years”

A new film titled “Rambuai, Mizoram’s Trouble Years” documents the story of armed uprising and violence in the state 1966-86, how finally peace was made, and how people in Mizoram today talk about this traumatic period of their history. A review by Chok Tsering.

By Chok Tsering

The Return of Repression

The repression of NGOs and other civil society groups increases worldwide, which leads to a decline of democratic freedom. This issue should be added to the agenda of national parliaments and multilateral organizations.

By Barbara Unmüßig

India-Myanmar Media Dialogue

In order to strengthen India’s engagement in Myanmar and dialogue between the two countries, hbs India, Institute of Social Sciences, the Burma Centre Delhi and Asian Confluence recently organised a media workshop in Shillong, Meghalaya from 20 - 21 April 2016. A report by Chok Tsering and Sarah Weiss.

By Chok Tsering , Sarah Weiss

The riotous colours of heartland politics

It is election season in India, and there are few places like Uttar Pradesh to get a feel which way the wind is blowingIt is election season in India, and there are few places like Uttar Pradesh to get a feel which way the wind is blowing

By Nikhil Roshan

Delhi's Aam Aadmi Party: In defiance of a tired democracy

After it was sworn in as the ruling party at Delhi’s Legislative Assembly in December, 2013 following a vote brimming with anti-incumbent sentiment and popular disenchantment with corrupt regimes, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has had nothing short of a roller coaster ride. This photo essay offers a few glimpses of its rocky ride through their 49 days in office in the first two months of 2014.
By Nikhil Roshan

The Complicated Rise of India’s Regional Parties

The “rise” of regional political parties seems to be an eternal theme on the Indian political scene. The exponential increase in the number of parties contesting elections, particularly over the past two decades, and the shrinking margins of victory in parliamentary elections are direct results of the emergence of new regional power centers.

By Milan Vaishnav

The UPA II: Looking Back, Looking Forward

In the late spring or the early summer of 2014 India will conduct its sixteenth general election. The battle lines between the two principal, national political parties, the Indian National Congress (INC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), are now being drawn. 

By Sumit Ganguly

Section 377: Not yet a lost cause

11.12.13 will be remembered as a Black Day in India for criminalizing homosexuality once again after four years. The Supreme Court of India overturned a historic ruling of 2009 by the Delhi High Court, which legalised homosexual intercourse for the first time in India since it had been criminalised by the British colonial government in 1860

By Gitanjali More , Caroline Bertram

Report and Compilation: Siachen: End to the impasse?

The long-standing Siachen dispute, the world's highest battleground, has taken a toll on both lives and relationships for India and Pakistan. The issue was discussed under the composite dialogue initiated by both nations.

NIC Debate On Communal Violence Bill And Recent Riots

After Gujarat no communal riot has taken place on that scale but to write off communalism will be a serious mistake. It continues and shall continue to be a major political challenge to Indian secularism and effective legal and political action must be taken to face this challenge.

By By Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer

JIHAD: Its Historicity and Contemporary Relevance



The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism has carried out a research project "Jihad, its Historicity and Contemporary Relevance" which has helped in demolishing several myths woven around the theme of jihad.

By Anwar Hussain, Research Fellow, CSSS

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