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More peace, less militancy: What the historic Modi govt-NSCN (IM) pact means for India

Aug 04, 2015

More peace, less militancy: What the historic Modi govt-NSCN (IM) pact means for India

The Centre-NSCN(IM) accord, which had been eluding for over six decades and now puts an end to Indias longest running insurgency, is PM Modis first major foray into the cobweb of militancy in the North East. #Narendra Modi #ConnectTheDots #Intelligence Bureau #Mizoram #NSCN(IM) #NSCN(K) #Ajit Doval #Laldenga #Kamtapur Liberation Organisation #RN Ravi #Isak Swu #T Muivah #UNLFW
Porn sites vanish without any govt ban: What happened to personal liberty?

Aug 04, 2015

Porn sites vanish without any govt ban: What happened to personal liberty?

The strange disappearance of porn sites without a government ban is the latest chapter in a series of extra-Constitutional measures adopted by Indian governments to effectively circumvent the Supreme Court. The issue is bigger than just porn, with personal liberty coming under fire. #Internet #ConnectTheDots #Government #porn #Fascism #ISP #personal liberty
Gajendra Chauhan to Pahlaj Nihalani: The unstoppable rise of the anti-intellectuals under Modi govt

Aug 03, 2015

Gajendra Chauhan to Pahlaj Nihalani: The unstoppable rise of the anti-intellectuals under Modi govt

And so, one obvious reason for such appointments is that the Indian Right, overseen not just by the ruling BJP but also the partys ideological parent organization the RSS, wants in the cultural and educational spheres particularly ideological puppets who will be grateful enough to work hard and get things done, but who will not in any way obstruct their agenda. #BJP #Noam Chomsky #ConnectTheDots #Smriti Irani #Ramachandra Guha #RSS #Narendra Modi government #FTII #Pahlaj Nihalani #Gajendra Chauhan #anti-intellectuals #counter-intellectuals
Ban first, debate later? Govt is on a dangerous slope by blocking 857 porn websites

Aug 03, 2015

Ban first, debate later? Govt is on a dangerous slope by blocking 857 porn websites

Internet users in India were outraged as news slowly spread of the fact that multiple pornographic websites have been blocked by the government. #Internet #ConnectTheDots #Government #pornography #IT Act #Freedom of internet
New border meeting venue: China extends an olive branch to India in Ladakh, but will it last?

Aug 02, 2015

New border meeting venue: China extends an olive branch to India in Ladakh, but will it last?

A major event of strategic importance took place on 1 August in Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) in Chushul sector of eastern Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir when one of the highest airstrips in the world at an altitude of 16,000 feet became the venue for a border personnel meeting between Indian and Chinese military commanders. #India #China #ConnectTheDots #border meeting point
Jaitley has started well on the fiscal front, but needs to keep a watch on that purse

Aug 02, 2015

Jaitley has started well on the fiscal front, but needs to keep a watch on that purse

How has finance minister Arun Jaitley managed government finances in the first quarter (Q1) of the current financial year? Well, he seems to have started on the right foot. #Economy #India #Finance minister #ConnectTheDots #fiscal deficit #Arun Jaitley #Revenue
Taliban gets a new chief: Mullah Mansoor appointment spells regional uncertainty

Jul 31, 2015

Taliban gets a new chief: Mullah Mansoor appointment spells regional uncertainty

The choice of Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor as the new head of the Taliban is logical given his seniority and close relationship with the former leader Mullah Omar. However, Omar's now-confirmed death could translate into a depletion of support for Mansoor, and derail efforts to hold peace talks. Worse yet, an increase in defections to the Islamic State can only translate into more trouble for the region. #Taliban #Afghanistan #ConnectTheDots #Mullah Omar #ISAF #islamic-state #al-Baghdadi #mullah mansoor
Yakub Memon hanging: In death, has the 1993 blast convict brought India closer to life?

Jul 30, 2015

Yakub Memon hanging: In death, has the 1993 blast convict brought India closer to life?

The controversial capital punishment for the 1993 Mumbai blast convict has strengthened the movement for the abolition of capital punishment in India. It has also highlighted the limited vision of the Indian government and the Supreme Court in dealing with the questions it raises. #Supreme Court #ConnectTheDots #Mumbai #Death Penalty #Yakub Memon #1993 blasts
Beyond who said what: Mapping Twitter trends of Yakub Memon's final week

Jul 30, 2015

Beyond who said what: Mapping Twitter trends of Yakub Memon's final week

Going beyond the who-said-what on Twitter here is a data breakdown of how the Twitter conversation went around Yakub Memon's last week. #Salman Khan #Twitter #ConnectTheDots #Yakub Memon #Yaqub Memon