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National development and the armed forces

Random thoughts In some of my previous columns I had suggested that the army take an active, practical part in the development of the country. Peace and law and order…

Media And The Armed Forces

Media and the armed forces

The new way of making war, the projection of “soft power,” is cynical in that it involves millions of people in the persuasion effort. The lords of this new media…

Anti-state mantra

A RELIC of the British colonial past, sedition laws have been used with impunity as a tool to suppress fundamental democratic rights in this country. There have been very few…

A draconian proposal

SPEECH is a shape-shifting creature, capable at once of both exquisite beauty and catastrophic destruction. Thus, rather than let it run amuck, we attempt our best to tame it, to…

Politics of police reform

AT the time of elections and during their tenure, political parties vehemently profess their commitment to police reform. It is educative to read the manifestos of the three leading major…

Policing Covid-19

THE coronavirus pandemic has assigned more responsibilities and roles to police. Globally, the police are making changes in operational strategies and reallocating whatever human and financial resources they have at…

Unending persecution

Since the launch of the freedom struggle in 1989, the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir have been subjected to ruthless oppression by the Indian security forces to subdue their movement. The…

So many blind spots

GOVERNMENTS are known to have their blind spots, that is, areas of governance and issues that they don’t want to address rationally and realistically and thus create grave problems for…