Snapshots from Conflict Zones

August 7, 2010

What is it like to live with conflict?


A few, mostly recent, articles describe the experience of living with conflict, from the point of view of those living in conflict zones, those making decisions there and those called upon to act. At the same time, other things have occupied the Indian mind—the upcoming Commonwealth Games, heavy rains and flooding and political-bickering-as-usual—underscoring the reality that conflict may have far-reaching consequences but remains a local, particular experience. Articles like these put a human face to that experience and bring conflict closer home to a citizenry whose sensitivity to daily conflict reportage is benumbed over time.

Suvir Kaul, Days in Srinagar,, August 6, 2010. US-based academic logs his visit to Srinagar, where his ancestral home is. Elsewhere, Omar Abdullah, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, spells out his views in a conversation with Vijay Simha. Tehelka, August 14, 2010. This is part of a larger report on his performance as chief minister at a critical time.

Shoma Chaudhury, 10 Years Later: Irom and the Iron in India’s Soul,, Vol 6, Issue 48, December 05, 2009. Irom Sharmila has fasted for ten years in protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. She has been forcibly kept alive by doctors.

In recent weeks, many reports have documented the growth of militant groups within the RSS fold, or the rise of Hindu terror, as it is labeled.
Venkitesh Ramakrishnan, Militant route to Hindu Rashtra, Frontline, Volume 27 – Issue 16 :: Jul. 31-Aug. 13, 2010.
Smruti Koppikar, Debarshi Dasgupta, Snigdha Hasan, The Mirror Explodes,, July 19, 2010.This issue carried other articles on this subject.

Brijesh Pandey, Hard Battles, Harder Lives,, Vol 7, Issue 29, July 24, 2010. This report on the conditions faced by paramilitary forces in the campaign against Maoist groups was followed up by an interview with the CRPF chief.

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