Debanjana Choudhuri

Seeing Stories Of Hope In War-Torn Northern Myanmar

In the north of Myanmar fighting between the army and ethnic rebels has forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee. As a manager with IPPF's SPRINT initiative, I visited the state of Kachin where my organisation -- along with the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association -- is providing life-saving sexual and reproductive health services to the most vulnerable and deprived.
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Why We May Never Know The Whole Truth About Army's Myanmar Ops

Truth, it is said, is often the biggest casualty in a conflict. We will never quite know exactly how successful the operations of the Indian Army in Myanmar were. Some sources said 20 militants were killed; others said the number lay between 50 and 100. The Army claimed two camps were busted, and while they "neutralised" the camp near Moreh, they found the one in the Northern region had already been vacated. Firing continued for 45 minutes in which they claim a "significant" number of militants were killed.

Why We Don't Feel For The Rohingya And Why We Should

Many Indians probably do not feel much sympathy for Rohingya Muslims, shunted out of their homes in Myanmar and turned away at border after border. Newly assertive in our nationhood, we are voicing concerns about illegal Bangladeshi immigrants seeping in through our porous borders. We are - if the increasingly voluble political rhetoric and acrimonious inter-faith clashes in our country are any bellwether - worried about religious extremism and Islamic radicalisation.

Is The World Ready For Climate Migrants?

In the backdrop of the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters, climate change is expected to expose millions to large-scale displacement and forced migration. There is a growing consensus that climate migrants should be considered within the framework of international laws.
Rajeev Bhattacharyya

My Journey Through No Man's Land To An Insurgent Base

My preparation for an assignment to a rebel base in Myanmar's Sagaing Division began seven months in advance, soon after receiving confirmation from the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), a banned insurgent outfit in Assam. Its elusive chief of staff, Paresh Baruah, one of the most wanted men in the country, had warned that the journey would be strenuous and fraught with risks. He advised me to walk daily for at least 5 miles, in the hills if possible, but did not disclose exactly where I would be taken.