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March 25, 2019

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Over a fortnight after the Indian Air Force bombed a terror training camp in Balakot, Pakistan, the action has shifted to the political arena. There are claims and counterclaims over the effectiveness of the strikes launched by the government, the pitch no doubt being dictated by the upcoming general election.BJP president Amit Shah said that over 250 terrorists were killed in the Balakot air raid. The Indian Air Force and the external affairs ministry, who made the only official comment on the strikes, have not revealed any precise death toll, though foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale did speak of ‘a very large number’ killed in the operation. As Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa said recently, “It had hit all the targets and the air force doesn’t count casualties.” That should…

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ahead of polls, terror grips valley

RISING TOLL This year, the security forces have lost more men than the militant outfits (MOHAMMAD ABU BAKAR) The night of February 28 saw security forces unleash a barrage of gunfire to take down suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militants in Handwara’s Baba Gund village. Following a prolonged lull in the firing the next afternoon, the army, the CRPF and police personnel, believing the JeM men to be dead, began searching the encounter site. Suddenly, a militant sprang out of the debris of a house and opened fire, killing five security personnel, including a CRPF inspector. The gunfight continued for 56 hours until the two militants were neutralised on March 3.Baba Gund is the fifth encounter since the Pulwama terror attack. With the count at 56 (12 after Pulwama) this…

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so, who is the ‘real’ pulwama mastermind?

Four days after a homegrown suicide bomber blew himself up to kill 40 CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel in Pulwama on February 14, media reports cited ‘deep sources’ to declare the slaying of the ‘mastermind’ Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, Jaishe-Mohammed’s chief in the Valley. Ghazi and two others were reported to have been killed in a 17-hour gunfight in Pulwama’s Pinglena village, not far from the spot of the February 14 attack. Five security force personnel, including an army major, died in the fierce encounter. On the day, the security forces claimed the killing of JeM’s chief operational commander “Kamran alias Fahad” and “Rashid alias Gazi, aka Lukaman.” Kamran, they claimed, was the “mastermind of the Pulwama attack”.Hours later, the JeM put out pictures on social networks, naming the…

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what we pay for what we get

We are less than a month away from the first phase of the 2019 general election. As the politicians ask us to put them in power, this might be a good time to review what they do with their time in Parliament. This has been, according to one comparative study, a relatively sluggish five years in terms of time spent in Parliament. When it comes to governments who have served full terms, only the second iteration of the UPA worked fewer hours than this NDA government. Disruptions and adjournments accounted for most of the lost hours, with the 2018-19 budget session being particularly wasteful, in terms of both time and money. But the BJP will point to its record being significantly better than that of UPA-2, where disruptions…

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in mediation we must trust

The US Supreme Court’s Dred Scott judgment of 1857 upheld slavery and led to the American Civil War. Deep inside the bylanes of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh lies a patch of land, all of 0.313 acres but easily the most contested piece of real estate in India. This dispute has cost many thousands of lives over the past 30 years; the fear is that many more may still be killed. A greater fear is that any resolution of the dispute that is unacceptable to any or all the parties concerned may push the country down the dangerous road to disintegration.Raw human emotions of hurt and fear have morphed into big questions of what it means to be a Hindu or Muslim in the secular republic of India. The Hindu…

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leaving the door ajar

On March 6, a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, reserved its order on the Ayodhya dispute and opened up the matter for mediation, saying the apex court was “looking at hearts, minds and healing” if possible. The Constitution bench was hearing appeals against the September 10, 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court, which ordered a tripartite division of the disputed 2.77 acres of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. The apex court has appointed a three-member mediation panel, headed by retired Supreme Court judge F.M.I. Kalifulla along with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living and senior advocate Sriram Panchu. They have been given eight weeks to come up with a “permanent solution” acceptable to…