December 2013
Deliberateness and spontaneity in violence

There is much evidence, not only from India, of the link between political authority and its capacity to arouse ethnic tensions, sometimes leading to

Privilege and the Power Elite

In this essay Vasundhara Sirnate situates the uproar over the arrest of former Indian Deputy Consul General in New York, Devyani Khobragade, in a matr

The Advantages of Bottom-up Diplomacy

The tale of the two Punjabs - in India and Pakistan - is one that evokes strong emotions on both sides of the border. Yet, a fresh ground initiative,

Massacres, Protests and Impasses: Elections in India’s Northeast

Unresolved debates on autonomy, ethnic rights and identity have over time degenerated into appalling prospects of raging violence in India’s Northeast

Civil-Military Relations: Opportunities and Challenges

The time has come for the individual services of the Indian armed forces to close ranks and get collectively concerned about the major threats and for

The not-quite ‘semi-final’ and what it portends

Everything now points to the BJP emerging as the single largest party, by some distance, in the sixteenth Lok Sabha. But the Modi-led alliance will no

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"Woman's complainant's past sexual conduct irrelevant in rape trials"

That a complainant’s past sexual conduct is irrelevant in a rape trial was among the key issues discussed at a seminar, “Gender Based Violence: Challenges and Institutional Responses,” organised by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy and the U.S. Consulate, Chennai, on Friday. Responding to a key question raised by N. Ram, Member, Board of Management, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, on the concept of ‘Rape Shield’, Denice Labertew, Director, Advocacy, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, said the past sexual conduct of the complainant cannot be used against her when a rape trial is on. Source : The Hindu, CHENNAI, December 7, 2013 Read More... https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/woman-complainants-past-sexual-conduct-irrelevant-in-rape-trials/article5430848.ece

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Event report: Experts Debate Efficacy of Laws to Curb Violence Against Women (includes video)

A two-hour panel discussion organised by The Hindu Centre and the U.S. Consulate, Chennai, turned the spotlight on a range of issues relating to gende

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Interaction with Giles Thomson at The Hindu Centre

The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy on Thursday, December 5, 2013, hosted a lively interactive session with Mr. Giles Thomson, Director, South Asia and India Coordinator, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, UK. He was accompanied by Mr. Rudy Fernandez, Head (South India) Press and Public Affairs, British Deputy High Commission, Chennai. The hour-long discussion, initiated by Mr. N Ram, Chairman, Kasturi & Sons Ltd., former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu Group of Publications, and member of the Board of Management of The Hindu Centre, covered a wide range of political and governance issues in the context of the coming elections to the Lok Sabha in 2014. Mr. A.S. Panneerselvan, Readers' Editor of The Hindu , and Mr. T. Ramakrishnan, Deputy Chief of Tamil Nadu Bureau, The Hindu , were among the particpants. Staff of The Hindu Centre, including Mr. V.S. Sambandan, Chief Administrative Officer, M.R. Venkatesh, Chief Political Coordinator, Vasundhara Sirnate, Chief Coordinator, Research, Mandira Moddie, Senior Coordinator, Programmes and Communication, Saptarshi Bhattacharya, Senior Coordinator, Administration and Programmes, and Ms. Ruchika Singh, Public Policy Scholar, also participated in the interaction.

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Ruchika Singh - Report Published

Ruchika Singh’s research interests cover electoral-political reforms and governance accountability and transparency. She holds Master in Public Polic

Sri Lanka: Chidambaram’s Brave Bid to Clear Congress of anti-Tamil Image

Seeking to deconstruct a much-laboured criticism against the Congress in Tamil Nadu and at the national level for being 'anti-Tamil' in its approach t