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-- excerpts from a talk delivered by Sumona Dasgupta, political scientist and conflict transformation practitioner, as part of the CCDS/Open Space ‘Keeping the peace’ lecture series, April 6 2011.

Are the recent police guidelines regarding parties in Pune enforceable? And what about our right to privacy? Priyanka Nadgir looks at the legal implications.

Britain's riots -- 'pure and simple criminality' or the outcome of endemic racism and growing poverty?

Private View’, an exhibition of political cartoons by the late Abu Abraham.August 13-19.

As I pack my bags to leave my country to start a phase in my life which can only be described as a whole new one, I find myself quite unprepared... 


Changing the status quo requires courage. But often, it begins with one small, very simple step as a government official has shown.

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare’s demand for a strong and accountable Lokpal Bill to curb corruption has struck a resonant chord.

Women, Peace and Justice: Not An Easy Equation? Nivedita Menon in Pune.

Non-violence is a carefully thought-out strategy that can leave dictatorships on their knees – ask the readers of Gene Sharp’s books.

Nicola Macnaughton, an intern at NCAS, Pune, feels that celebrity endorsement is an effective way of encouraging youth involvement in social justice issues.

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