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Is AFSPA an aversion or an inclination towards peace?

Harsh Chaturvedi

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‘A still moment which has no colour, no life and possibly no breath in it’ is how human rights activists describe the already tense situation of a disturbed state, and it’s claims on the armed forces for brutality. Well, before we try to pull the pin of a heated grenade shaped argument, let us first know what is AFSPA.

What is AFSPA ?
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or better known as AFSPA is an act which enables the Armed Forces of Indian Subcontinent to be deployed in a state which has been declared disturbed. The act saw it’s genesis in 1958 and gave both the state and the central government, the authority to declare the state of being disturbed. This disturbance can be caused by racial differences or clashes, conflicts between different religious groups, terrorist activities and much more. The Armed Forces are thus empowered to maintain the law in the state and is authorised to conduct searches, raids, neutralisation of threats if the need be, and aid the civilians.
Once declared a disturbed  state, the region has to maintain the status quo for at least 3 months.

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In the present scenario, the AFSPA has been declared in Assam. Due to recent clashes and deaths of civilians, militants and security personnel, for the first time the state government itself has invoked the AFSPA. The background revolving around this state hasn’t been a clean one with up to 16 cases of clashes between the months May and July 2017, death toll has spiked up and is the sole reason behind the presence of the armed forces.

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The state of Assam has been declared disturbed for the past 27 years ever since the inception of the AFSPA in 1990, right after ethnic insurgencies of the 1980s. These clashes increased when the ULFA (United Liberation Front of Asom) used violent methods to gain power. Since then, the threat keeps looming over the Assam.

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While many consider the AFSPA to be a rude and brutal act that enables the armed forces to do anything and everything they like, it gets conflicted by the fact that hadn’t the AFSPA been enacted, several states would’ve torn themselves apart during the clashes. As of now the AFSPA has been enforced in the following states:-
Assam
Arunanchal Pradesh
Manipur
Nagaland
Meghalaya  and Jammu and Kashmir

 

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Benedict Cumberbatch fans have revealed their diagnosis of OCD: Obsessive Cumberbatch Disorder

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Here is the thing about Benedict Cumberbatch. He is utterly flawless in his strangeness. Right from curls to fingers that hurl, the voice that melts coldest hearts and an effortless grace over which everyone sighs, he kills every aspect of sexy.

His confidence, his charisma, his endless talent-hitch, his passion towards his work, his sweet nature, his breathtaking eyes, and those sexy cheekbones — everything about this man is an addiction!

However, there’s a lot more to him than just his jawline and neck (his neck will be the death of me). Let’s take a moment to appreciate this man’s work.

English Teacher in India!

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Benedict Cumberbatch is an art scholar from Harrow School where he won the ‘best schoolboy actor’ title. Upon completing school, he took a year’s gap and worked as a voluntary English teacher at a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling, India. What luck his students must’ve had!

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Ice Bucket Challenge is perhaps, the most viral campaign promoting awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is about dumping a bucket full of ice and water over a person’s head. Over 17 million people took the Ice Bucket Challenge including Bill Gates and George Bush, but the man who took over the internet was our Benedict Cumberbatch.

He took the challenge five times for his five nominations in the wittiest and hilarious manner. And he nailed it!

Awards over Awards

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A special shoutout to the breathtaking thriller SHERLOCK for setting so many goals! Be it friendship goals, or family goals, or even envy goals, Sherlock taught us all. Benedict Cumberbatch’s exceptional performance along with the cast and developers made Sherlock win literally all the BAFTA Cymru awards, all the British Academy Television awards, Ben’s Emmy for outstanding lead actor and many more.

He defines logic like a gentleman.

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In an interview with Radio Times, Benedict Cumberbatch revealed his refusal all the offers where the male cast took monetary dominance.

“If she is not paid the same as men, I’m not doing it.”

Gentleman, gentleman, gentleman!

Steven Speilberg called Benedict Cumberbatch the best on-screen Sherlock!

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Now, this is the highest of praises one can receive, that too from the War Lord himself! Initially, he turned the role down saying that it was cheesy portray Sherlock but later on changed his mind.

Best decision ever!

One can’t just get enough of Benedict Cumberbatch. There’s so much to him that even a million words cannot complete praises. Wordhazard wishes this genius a warm and joyous birthday.

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Supreme Court responsibly abides by the authority bestowed to it : The current scenarios depict there is no space for anything unconstitutional

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While we were all struggling to overcome the myths and evils of the society, the Supreme Court was planning to make a comeback of justice. In the past few months, it has been clear that the Supreme Court of India is no longer willing to tolerate anything that is unconstitutional. Also, it has decided to take over the responsibility of being the sole protector of India’s constitution. Being the authority that has the right to abolish unconstitutional actions, they have come up as a ray of hope.

Where we were all worried about the society’s dark truths, the Supreme Court decided to show us the path to justice and equality. It has gradually gained our trust in the law and order with its quick and analyzed decisions.

Where a few months ago people were questioning the presence of Supreme Court, today they feel relieved that “justice late but not justice denied” is upheld. The youth now believes that the Supreme Court is the definition to justice and that their future is in safe hands.

Decriminalization of Section 377:

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For a long time, the LGBTQ community has faced the feeling of separation, hatred and inequality. People, in the name of religious sentiments, have termed the community as “unnatural”. There is no direct mention of gay marriages and relationships being a crime in any religious books. But the indirect signals in some religious books has resulted in people concluding their own decisions.

After a long struggle, the Supreme Court was ready to hear the petitions on decriminalization of Section 377. After hearing several petitions and statement by the Center saying that it will abide by the wisdom of court, the Supreme Court made a remarkable statement.

The Chief Justice of India, Mr. Deepak Misra and the bench said that every citizen has the right to privacy and equality. The sexual orientation of a citizen is entirely personal and it is unconstitutional to interfere in the lives of the LGBTQ community. For now, the Supreme Court is working on Section 377.

Upholding the death penalty for Nirbhaya case accused :

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The country mourned on December 16, 2012 when six men brutally raped her. She fought between life and death but her wounds and pain lost in front of death. She left all of us, making us feel guilty about the society we have formed. The convicts appealed to the Supreme Court for abolishing their death penalty terming it as a “cold blooded killing in the name of justice.”
But the Supreme Court for sure knew that their crime was not just punishable but also unapologetic. Just a few days back, the Supreme Court upheld its decision of death penalty to the convicts. Indeed, it was a relief for the nation and to the family who had fought for justice.

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Nikaah-Halala and Tripal Talaq Bill :

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The Muslim women have decided to fight against every single evil that in the name of religion is harming their dignity. Only last year, the Supreme Court made it very clear that the practice of Triple Talaq is unconstitutional and illegal. The Triple Talaq Bill will be introduced in this year’s monsoon session of the Parliament. The verdict of the Supreme Court was a relief to the women who had faced invalid divorce without seeking their will towards the same.
On the other hand, the women have decided to raise voice against the practice of Halala. Also, the Supreme Court has agreed to listen to the petitions on halala and polygamy. The government has also decided to firmly take up this social issue in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has decided to work on these evils, focusing on women empowerment.

The Supreme Court has finally decided to hear petitions that remained unanswered for a long time. Female Genital Mutilation performed by the Bohra community is the next target for the law and order of the nation. Supreme Court has decided to consider petitions seeking a ban on the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.

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On the other hand, it has also focused on the culture and architecture of the country. The nation’s pride, the Taj Mahal is facing architectural challenges due to global warming. The Supreme Court has asked the Government “to either take precautionary steps towards the betterment of The Taj Mahal or we will have to shut it down.” Today itself, the Government has proposed guidelines to improve the condition of the Taj Mahal.

Such rapid decisions have come up as oasis in a desert. The Supreme Court has taken us to the verge where everyday, we wake up hoping to see a decision that marks the end of such evil practices.

We are somewhere involved in these cases by at least wishing for things to turn positive. That’s where the difference lies : previously we didn’t care to know what the Court said, for it hardly said something so bold. But today we wait for a brighter day where a remarkable decision will change millions of lives.

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SRK: Ask Me Anything and I will nail it!

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The ever-increasing science & tech field has set a new standard for today’s youth. The buzz is never-ending and social media is popularly adopted as the base of the cake! Nonetheless, the effect of social media is such that the more we enroll it, the more we are captivated by it.
One might rarely see someone making plans for trips but look at the frequency of switching online and offline modes! Unconditionally insane.
Well, ever since mass media set foot upon the increasing curve to popularity, INSTAGRAM is plotting all its points towards the asymptote. In other words, Instagram is the new cool!
From the concept of the 24-hour story to cute filters, it is reaching new heights of creativity. The connection along with communication is spreading all over the internet with the followers and the following. And, an exemplary example is the new “Ask Me Anything” feature that Instagram recently updated.
A big salute to the thinkers and developers of this feature because even celebs couldn’t escape its claws!
It has now become the ‘ask me anything’ syndrome where users tell about what’s going on in life or pull out some humor. This feature trolled many big stars and, the most enchanted one is our very own SRK. Alongside his busy shooting schedule, he never misses a chance to catch-up with his fan buddies. And his answers have indeed, left the audience jaw-dropped. Now, this is some serious ‘SRK syndrome’ that no one is willing to cure!
Let’s take a minute to appreciate this man’s brilliance. I’m telling you, this man is truly a work of art.

Some Solicit with the Stager, #AskSRK

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The King-size Attitude

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Crispy-heartful Conversations

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Life goals

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Sigma: SRK’s Signature

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Friendly Fantasy for Kajol

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His heart doesn’t know “Aging”

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Salman-Shah Rukh relation: The Brocode

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The punning jest

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Love and respect for his fans

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The widespread symphony is a miracle because of the talks with the ‘Badshah’. What good can a day be for an SRK fan be?
Chirps and chuckles are still tuning. Follow @iamsrk and get a mesmerizing convo.

 

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