After rolling out the National Register of Citizens in Assam, the BJP-led government at the Centre has said it will conduct a similar exercise in the rest of the country. Political Studies professor Sanjib Baruah and Supreme Court senior advocate Colin Gonsalves examine the implications of such an exercise in a conversation moderated by Abdus Salam. Edited excerpts:What’s your verdict on the NRC exercise in Assam? Would you categorise it as one that met its objectives?Sanjib Baruah: Of course not. It was an unprecedented bureaucratic exercise, which has a particular history. But the fact that in a democracy 1.9 million people are excluded from it can’t be a simple matter. Even if it is a transparent and technology-driven process, as [NRC State Coordinator] Prateek Hajela puts it, the people who are excluded are mostly the poor. The idea that in a country like India, you can bring in everybody into a documentary regime of the state is a far-fetched one. Also Read Does … [Read more...] about Do we need a countrywide National Register of Citizens?
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New Delhi: President House, also known as Rashtrapati Bhawan would on Tuesday have its new occupant after President elect Ramnath Kovind would take oath as 14th President of India. Things to know about Rashtrapati Bhawan: President house is a 340 room building which is President’s official residence. It also has several rooms for guests and offices. Also includes huge presidential gardens also known as Mughal Gardens, IS spread over an area of 130-hectare (320 acre) and which is made public for the common man. It is one of the largest areas allotted to the head of the states of the world. Consisting of four floors and 340 rooms, with a floor area of 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2), it was built using 700 million bricks and 3,000,000 cu ft (85,000 m3) of stone with little steel. It took 17 years to build the President house When the foundation was laid, the country was under British rule. The construction began in 1911. Around 1.25 crore were spent on … [Read more...] about 340 rooms, highly skilled body guards: Everything you need to know about ‘Rashtrapati Bhawan’
Email By Papua New Guinea correspondent Natalie Whiting Updated September 11, 2019 09:14:49 Photo: These Sri Lankan refugees from Manus Island have recently been moved to Port Moresby. (ABC News: Natalie Whiting) Related Story: Manus Island refugees offered voluntary relocation to Port Moresby Related Story: Refugees to receive Aboriginal 'passports' as activists sail for Manus Island Related Story: Australia and PNG agree to extend contracts for Manus Island asylum seeker services Map: Papua New Guinea After six years, Australia's asylum seeker processing on Manus Island is coming to an end. Key points:Refugees held on Manus Island are being transferred to Port MoresbyThe men are currently being housed in hotels around the cityNon-refugees are being kept in a new Australian-funded detention centre About 1,300 men were originally sent to the Papua New Guinean province, but fewer than 350 remain in the country.The vast majority of them are now in the capital Port … [Read more...] about Manus Island refugee processing is coming to an end — but what happens now?
Email The Drum By Jeff Sparrow Updated July 01, 2015 17:18:55 Photo: 'A prison is exactly the kind of environment in which tobacco appeals.' (Dave Hunt, file photo: AAP) A prison system plagued by overcrowding, rapes and bashings has rather more urgent needs than a ban on cigarettes. In one sense, the dire state of our prison system makes a smoking crackdown seem quite bizarre. In another sense, it helps explain it. Jeff Sparrow writes."I smoke," writes Linda Tirado in her new book Hand to Mouth. "It's expensive. It's also the best option."Tirado's book recounts her experience in the ranks of the American working poor. She's not writing about joblessness so much as employment on the minimum wage, a pittance that requires her to work two or more menial jobs just to pay her rent.That's part of why she likes smoking."It's a stimulant," she says. "When I am too tired to walk one more step, I can smoke and go for another hour."But that's only part of her argument. She knows … [Read more...] about The ban on cigarettes in prison is stranger than you might think
'In international relations, you don't trust anybody. Bottomline. I wouldn't trust even my mother in international relations because what happens is when interests change, when situations change and then alliances and friendships change.''I have no problems with prime ministers interacting with each other, that is not a bad thing. My problem is that if we think engaging with the Pakistanis is going to solve our security problems, then I am afraid that is not going to happen.' 'If you continue engaging with them, we can actually end up encouraging the Pakistanis giving them a sense of impunity, who will then think that they can continue with their acts (of terror) even as you talk to them.' Sushant Sareen, Consultant, Pakistan Project, at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, tells Prasanna D Zore/Rediff.com how terror attacks like the one at the Pathankot air base puts Indian governments in a fix when it comes to engaging Pakistan in peace talks. IMAGE: Army trucks arrive at … [Read more...] about ‘With Pakistan, where is the question of trust?’