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Fifty Years Later: At the time of independence on August 14-15, 1947, India and Pakistan had an infrastructure more developed than in other British colonies outside South Asia.

A Kashmiri Solution for Kashmir: While Pakistan and India engage in shadow boxing, Kashmir is trampled underfoot. The dispute over Kashmir can only be resolved by understanding Kashmiri aspirations.

Human Rights Violations in the North-East: A 14-member Fact Finding Mission, consisting of lawyers, journalists and various women's groups, has visited seven states of the north-east where the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act is under operation and has come out with a 56,000 word report.

Role of Two Nation Theory in the Partition: The two nation theory is arguably the foundation upon which the demand for the division of India was based. It was used as a rallying cry as well as the justification for the demand for Pakistan.

Initiative on South Asia Peace Charter: The South Asia Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR) based in Kathmandu Nepal, in collaboration with National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, Colombo, conducted a three day consultation on South Asia Peace Charter.

Alternatives News: Alternatives held its second Annual General Meeting on May 2 and 3, 1997. The first evening on Friday was open to the general public. It was a multi-media show which included live conversation with our partners and friends from Mexico, India, Brazil, Palestine and presentations of video- recorded interviews.

Members and friends of CERAS express their sadness and sympathy to Shree Mulay, Aziz Mulay-Shah and Daya Varma having learned of the accidental death of Sanjay Mulay-Shah at the young age of 25 years.

Feroz Ahmed, 56, a scholar, a journalist and a political activist of international standing, died suddenly at his home in Silver Spring, Maryland on April 5, 1997.

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