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Pulse readings: Public health and security

Is a state’s security better achieved by military and diplomatic expenditure or by investment in health, nutrition and housing? Healthy bodies and minds form the nucleus of true security, says Swarna Rajagopalan

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Making tough choices: Elections and security

By Swarna Rajagopalan

At their best, elections offer a safety valve that can prevent difference of opinion from escalating into conflict. Conversely, an election gone wrong can be the final straw for mobilising public opinion against a particular establishment

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Security in a world of people on the move

By Swarna Rajagopalan

Open societies, unfettered communication, easy travel, free interaction between people, ideas and goods are all desirable factors of an increasingly mobile world. But what are the security consequences of this increased mobility? How should one monitor or regulate the flow of people?

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Security and democracy

After the Mumbai terror attacks a loud and angry public called for anything from action to revenge. On the other hand, the government chose to react slowly and diplomatically. What was the correct democratic option? Swarna Rajagopalan explore the labyrinthine relationship between ‘security’ and ‘democracy’

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Security lessons amid disaster ruins

Disasters like the tsunami are so destructive that in their wake, everything has to be rebuilt. This destruction actually leaves a blank slate upon which societies can inscribe more equitable norms, more sustainable structures and more rational processes, says Swarna Rajagopalan on the fourth anniversary of the Asian tsunami

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Violence against women and security

As the Violence Against Women fortnight kicks off internationally on November 25, Swarna Rajagopalan analyses why women’s physical survival and safety must be viewed as a security issue and why violence against women is as much a social concern as war, famine or terrorism

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Whose security are we talking about?

Security is not just about nation-states. It is about the Delhi journalist killed on the streets, the Christian suddenly prey in her home, the bewildered victim of a terror attack, says Swarna Rajagopalan in this new series on security

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