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A G Noorani

Police In Kashmir

UNDER the Indian constitution `police` is a state subject. The police force is established by law and it is permissible for the executive to give direction to the police as to how it should exercise the discretion vested in it by the law.…

Intra-Kashmir Talks

THERE are three aspects of the historic visit to Srinagar by the former prime minister of Azad Kashmir Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry from Sept 18 to 22. `I am the first person from Azad Kashmir to visit Kashmir. The process should not stop here.…

Intellectuals And The State

JULIEN Benda, was largely unknown till his stunning book La Trahison des Clercs was published in 1927. Richard Alding translated it as The Treason of the Intellectuals in 1928. This seminal essay has been held up as a mirror to…

Truth And Politicians

DICTATORS are falling. Democracies are failing. A curious coincidence? Or is it, perhaps, a sign that something fundamental has changed in the grain of human history. I believe so. How do dictators survive? They tell lies.” Kishore…

Extremism In The US

A DECADE after 9/11, the US presents a pathetic spectacle. Extremism is on the rise but the extremists have no answer to the country’s problems. Neither, many suspect, has President Barack Obama. According to a Washington Post-ABC News…

Protest And Parliament

“WE know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodic fits of morality,” Macaulay said in 1843. India provided a good example of this spectacle last week. A social activist, Anna Hazare, went on a fast on Aug 9…

Putting Life In Talks

'KHAMBE lug gae hain, par bijli nahi hai’ (‘The poles have been erected, but there is no electricity’). With this earthy metaphor president Zail Singh aptly summed up the state of the Indo-Pak dialogue to a senior Pakistani diplomat. The…

Banning Films

GOVERNMENTS of three states in India (Punjab, UP and Andhra Pradesh), banned the film Aarakshan (reservation) despite the fact that the Board of Film Censors certified it as being fit for public exhibition and the Bombay High Court upheld…