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Amarnath Yatra A Militarised Pilgrimage  
April, 2017
Amarnath Yatra - A militarised pilgrimage

 Amarnath Yatra: A Militarised Pilgrimage is a documentation of all facets of the Amarnath Yatra, an annual pilgrimage in Jammu and Kashmir. The report studies the history of the Yatra and stages of its evolution while examining its different motivations. State institutions involved and their role – especially the administration – armed forces nexus has been explored. Other groups of people and organisations providing services in the Yatra including unorganised labour and the formal sector are assessed to understand the emergent power dynamics including the relationship between the socio-religious institutions and the State. The Yatra being conducted in high altitudes has serious environmental impacts, which is also studied in detail. The Yatra is fraught with controversies and conflicts and some of the more critical instances have been documented in this report.The Amarnath Yatra is one among several others which are receiving State patronage. The other upcoming Yatras and their implications has also beendocumented. The report concludes that the Yatra is really being conducted on the might of the Indian armed forces along with socio-religious and langar organisations mobilising people to participate. We believe that each of these aspects may be further studied for nuances which will also throw light on how religious tourism / pilgrimages are being used by the State to *exercise control in areas that are in conflict with the State.




Corporatising Tourism in Manipur 
April, 2017

Corporatising Tourism in ManipurThe Government of Manipur in its endeavour to provide job opportunities and overall progress in the State, has been pushing tourism industry as the key source of economic growth. In the process, infrastructure development has been given prime attention. In order to facilitate the boost of tourism, the Manipur Tourism Policy 2014 which claims that Manipur with its inherent tourism potential, rich cultural heritage and vibrant pool of youth, with excellent grip over english language is an ideal place for promotion of Tourism as its main industry and sector to generate employment substantially.







Global Study on the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel & Tourism 
February, 2017
Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel & TourismThis report explores the inter-linkages between three areas: children, tourism and migration. Goa, since the late 1980s has been a popular destination on the map of thousands of tourists, both domestic and foreign, who enjoy prolonged vacations of the pristine beaches, the food, culture and Goan hospitality. However a harsh reality that came to light was in the early 1990s when the Freddy Peats case was highlighted by the social activists and media, establishing the fact that Goa was witnessing a group of tourists who came here not only for the wine, women and song but children too. Since then several civil society organisations as well as the government have published research studies, census, survey data and records establishing the fact that children are exploited and abused in the context of tourism.