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    • Date: November 18, 2007; Sunday  • Views: 2,553 views   • Comments:
    • Categories: Mizoram and Myanmar  
    India’s evolving political approach to events in Myanmar (Burma) is moving fairly rapidly: it now appears in conformity with a large section of international opinion, advocating internal dialogue, national reconciliation and accommodation as led by the United Nations in its effort through Ibrahim Gambari, the special envoy of the UN secretary general. Of course, New [...]
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    • Date: October 26, 2007; Friday  • Views: 2,343 views   • Comments:
    • Categories: Myanmar  
    Indo Asian News Service Last Updated: October 26, 2007 00:42:04 The news item was buried deep in the inside pages of a Delhi newspaper. It said that security forces on India’s side of the border had been instructed to stop any inflow of refugees or people fleeing the military junta’s crackdown in Burma (also known as Myanmar). [...]
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    • Date: October 16, 2007; Tuesday  • Views: 1,945 views   • Comments:
    • Categories: Myanmar  
    For the past weeks, many of us who have travelled to Burma and respect the history and culture of that country and its wonderfully sensitive people, have been deeply concerned by the rush of tragic news of shootings and indiscriminate beatings of the public, including monks and students, the worst since the 1988 crackdown. The flow [...]
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    • Date: May 7, 2007; Monday  • Views: 2,052 views   • Comments:
    • Categories: Gender  
    Many readers of this newspaper live in the capital of New Delhi and its neighboring satellite towns and cities, one of the fastest growing urban economies of Asia with glittering malls, the wealthy and powerful with their large cars and imposing houses contrasting with water and power shortages for a majority as well as the [...]
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    • Date: March 13, 2007; Tuesday  • Views: 2,971 views   • Comments:
    • Categories: Environment, Governance  
    It’s been a rich experience for me, both personally and professionally, to write a regular column for this page. I am grateful to the Editor of The Statesman and the news desk. At a time when the concept of a “national” newspaper covering events in the length and breadth of the country ~ in including [...]
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    • Date: March 13, 2007; Tuesday  • Views: 11,013 views   • Comments:
    • Categories: Assam, Insurgency  
    There is the wonderful story of Krishna Kumar, owner of the only mobile phone and STD booth in Bangree village, Vaishali district, Bihar, which has been in the media last week. Wonderful because it shows the power of connectivity and the indivisible link between connectivity and security ~ human security in terms of physical safety [...]
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    • Date: May 8, 2006; Monday  • Views: 6,852 views   • Comments:
    • Categories: Assam, Insurgency  
    A major contribution by the Left in this country to the future of multinationals, donor agencies as well as international financial institutions has come from none other than Asim Dasgupta, the finance minister of West Bengal. If it puzzles many of their supporters, don?t blame them. And, of course, one wonders where it places the [...]
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