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In this sense is not plain rhetoric as many who dread political incorrectness might make it out to be. It is stark reality. ” Perhaps the quest for this Holy Grail should be a grand and collaborative project of the civil society and the state. Although on a much smaller scale, it is not as if such an effort has not been made in India. The Justice Jeevan Reddy Commission report is one such example, but it appears this report will be shelved without officially seeing the light of day. I am not presuming that the recommendations of this report are adequate.

Making Good Laws is the Answer But the issue of the state’s response to violent challenges to it is multidimensional and indeed the debate on the AFSPA in Manipur, is getting more and more curious on another count. Here we have a peculiar situation where the Act was withdrawn in 2004 in the seven Assembly constituencies in Imphal east and west following the unprecedented public outrage, over the alleged custodial rape and killing of Thangjam Manorama by the Assam Rifles. And yet, if statistics since 2004 were to be taken into account, it is in this area that most of the state as well as non-state related violence has taken place.

Skandan, Department of Kashmir Affairs in the Ministry has stated as follows: “As the matter relating to notification/implementation of this Act was processed by the State Government…. You may, if so desire, approach the State Government for the relevant information under the RTI Act of the State Government. ” The order says that no guidelines, instructions and rules have been issued by the Ministry regarding implementation of AFSPA in J&K. It states that: “The Chief Public Information Officer in his letter dated 6th January 2012 informed the applicant that as per the records available….

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