Sunday, August 28, 2016

Interview with Raza Ahmad Rumi

Antara Ray Chaudhury

Raza Rumi is a Pakistani author, policy analyst and a journalist. He has been affiliated with The Friday Times, Pakistan’s foremost liberal weekly paper, as a writer and an editor for a decade. Raza is also a commentator for several Pakistani, regional and international publications. In Pakistan, he worked in the broadcast media as an analyst and hosted talk shows.

In 2014, Raza moved to the United States after an assassination attempt. Currently he is a scholar in residence at Ithaca College, New York. He is a fellow at National Endowment for Democracy (USA), the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs (USA) and Jinnah Institute (Pakistan).

Monday, August 22, 2016

Understanding the Global Terror Network

Bappa Sinha

Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.” - Albert Einstein

A spate of attacks by Islamic fundamentalist groups in recent days have shocked us. These attacks shock us and cause immense sadness. How can anyone not sympathize with the innocent victims and their families? They also fill us with rage. How could such dastardly acts be committed, by whom and most importantly how can such acts be stopped in future? However, it is important to resist the urge to latch on to simplistic answers which a highly successful propaganda machinery and ample bigotry which surrounds us, throw at us. Such answers play into the hands of those who are actually responsible for such a state of affairs.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Employment Scenario in Delhi: A Note

Surajit Das

According to the Census 2011, Delhi’s population was around 1 crore 68 lakhs. According to the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), the estimated population of Delhi was around 1 crore 71 lakhs in 2011-12. The growth of population during 2001 to 2011 period has been 21% in Delhi. If the same growth continues, the estimated population of Delhi would be roughly around 1 crore 90 lakhs today. During 1981 to 2001 period, the population of Delhi grew at an average rate of more than 6% per annum mainly because of huge influx of people from outside Delhi. During 2001 to 2011 period, the annual population growth rate of Delhi has come down to little above 2%.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Keeping Kashmir on the Boil

Ibrahim Wani

During the Kashmir protests in 2010, more than a 100 civilians died as a result of police action. When the protests started subsiding, a group of interlocutors was appointed by the central government, and they held formal and informal discussions across a wide range of opinion in Kashmir. The interlocutors’ report was submitted in 2012, and as has been the case in the past, was summarily forgotten. As the protests of July 2016 displace the protests of 2010, 2009, 2008, and perhaps of the last three decades in intensity and scale – the toll for a three week period has already crossed 50 and many thousands are admitted to various hospitals – some cursory talk of this report has re-surfaced. Even in this hour of crisis, there is little hope that any of the suggestions of the report will be revisited or put into effect.