Prime Minister Manmohan Singh named internal conflict the greatest threat to Indian national security. India’s many fractured ethnic groups and growing economic disparity create ripe ground for conflict. The Indian national government generally divides major conflicts into three major geographic arenas: the ongoing conflict over Jammu and Kashmir; Naxalite rebellions in the central corridor and militant movements in the Northeast. While conflict between the country’s Hindu nationalists and Muslim minority has remained relatively dormant in the last few years, tension persists. Small-scale conflicts across India—both old and new—continue and occasionally flare up in violence. Of central concern is the growing disparity between the country’s newly minted haves and the majority have nots. Many believe this increasing gap is of utmost concern for the entire nation. In this section, IndiaUnheard Community Correspondents Report on conflict.
Health Workers Asserting their Rights Intimidated, Threatened by the Police
Police cracks down on demonstrating health workers in Bhopal, illegally detaining them; the workers are fighting for better pay and working conditions.
Enforced Disappearances in Kashmir: A State’s Denial and a Community’s Agony
At least 8,000 families in Kashmir have lost their loved ones to enforced disappearances at the behest of the Indian armed forces. But the state refuses to acknowledge the problem and take action.
Maharashtra Police Takes Arbitrary Action Against Protesting Farmers
Crushing dissent and stifling voices seems to have become the state’s tried and tested formula in dealing with protests, but people’s movements continue to persist.
A Life in Balance on the Edge of a Single Bullet
A stray bullet from a para-military firing range near his village in Jammu and Kashmir entered Maroof Hussain’s body 23 years ago and is now inoperable.
The Endless Wait for Justice: Enforced Disappearances in Kashmir
Parveena Ahangar has united victims across the valley to demand that the state gives them back their disappeared family members.
“Without Education our Revolution will Lose its Way”: Kashmir’s Youth Recall Curfew Schools
Almost a year ago, the five-month-long Kashmir Unrest had forced schools to shut down due to the constant curfews and unrest, leaving school going children high and dry. Until Kashmir’s youth joined forces.
Tied to an Army Jeep: A Kashmiri Voter’s Tryst with Democracy
While solidarity pours in for the Army, how is Farooq Ahmad Dar coping with the trauma of being used as a human shield?
The Death of a Young Man in Kashmir
How can we bring justice to the family of the victim of yet another senseless killing in Kashmir? On 7 November 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kashmir. There were large numbers of police and paramilitary forces stationed around Kashmir to foil protest marches and unrest. In a residential neighbourhood...