About Binalakshmi Nepram

Binalakshmi Nepram is a writer-activist working towards a disarmament movement in India. Ms Nepram has published several articles and papers relating to armed violence, small arms proliferation, peace processes, women and peace building. She is author of two books, South Asia's Fractured Frontier: Armed Conflict, Narcotics and Small Arms Proliferation in India's Northeast and Meckley, a historical fiction based on the conflict in Manipur. Her forthcoming book India and the Arms Trade Treaty will be published in April 2008. In 2004, Ms Nepram co-founded the Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI), India's first civil society organization working on conventional disarmament issues. In 2007, in order to help thousands of women who are affected by gun violence in her home-state of Manipur, she launched the Manipuri Women Gun Survivor Network. Ms Nepram was voted as one of the 50 young promising Indians making a difference to society by "The Week" magazine in January 2008.

Articles by Binalakshmi Nepram

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The shadow of the gun

I dedicate this article to the more than 5000 women who have lost their lives or been wounded by gun violence in my home-state of Manipur in Northeast India.

As the world knows, India is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, the land where non-violence was born. Last year the United Nations declared that his birthday, 2 October, would become International Day of Non-Violence. The India that existed at the time of independence championed peace and disarmament. However, sad to say, the India of today is very different. While many know of India's economic rise, I know of an India that is weaponized and arming itself to the teeth.

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