Too much focus on projecting a positive image while undermining the work being done on ground may not be best for a lasting solution.

AFSPA: Need for a Balanced Debate

Of all the current raging issues, AFSPA is one of the most debated and probably one of the least understood as well (The Act can be accessed here). Much has been said about it in various Op-eds, Primetime TV Debates, Tweets and Blogs. The most visible symbol of Anti-AFSPA side […]


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