On Modi and his Goli, Gali Statement: Action(s) Undercut Words

On Modi and his Goli, Gali Statement: Action(s) Undercut Words

The Prime Minister of India, in a statement, on India’s Independence day, asserted “ neither bullets(Goli) nor abuse(s)(Gali) will solve the Kashmir issue. Love will”. These sweet sounding words lend themselves to the suggestion that India is on a course correction and review toward Kashmir and Pakistan. And that diplomacy complemented by dialogue would be […]

Ah Kashmir: The Pathos and Bathos of the Blighted Vale

Ah Kashmir: The Pathos and Bathos of the Blighted Vale

Descant is a word that is defined by the dictionary as “a discourse on a theme”. Given this meaning, what would be the descant of Kashmir? I would stick my neck out and posit that contemporary Kashmir is defined by the “descant of sadness and sorrow”. I am not a psychoanalyst but I know enough […]

The Tension between Democracy and Justice

The Tension between Democracy and Justice

The concept, idea and practice of democracy has become, over a period of time, almost a legitimizing principle of governance and government. The idea is so potent that even raw dictatorships employ it to gain a patina of legitimacy. The intuitive appeal of democracy as an organizing principle of a polity lies in its conceptual […]

America, the Ordinary

America, the Ordinary

The turbulent nineties where momentous events of great historical import took place were also a time of intense ferment for me. The conflict in Kashmir and the attendant conflictual conditions of a virulent nature that defined Kashmir then had a profound psychological impact on me, at a range of levels. I suffered from an identity […]

Trumpism and its (Dis)Contents: The Decline and Decline of the West?

Trumpism and its (Dis)Contents: The Decline and Decline of the West?

  Oswald Spengler- a great historian of merit , repute and a polymath- whose interests and specialization included the philosophy and meaning of history, attained great fame for predicting the decline of the West. Written in the context of the Treaty of Versailles and general economic depredations which hit Germany hard, Oswald rather boldly predicted […]

On the Eve: Kashmir at the Edge of a Precipice?

On the 8th of July, 2016, the collective (un)conscious of Kashmir was rent asunder: the vale erupted in a frenzy of anger and indignation. The proximate catalyst of what gripped Kashmir after this day was the killing of popular militant commander, Burhan Wani. Massive protests that engulfed Kashmir post Wani’s killing lasted for months and […]

Modi Trump Meet: Bonhomie aimed at China?

Modi Trump Meet: Bonhomie aimed at China?

As the liberal world order and the architecture- alliances, trade regimes patterns and networks- that underpinned it is either in limbo or , even worse, is under threat after the assumption of Donald Trump to the highest office of the United States, Narendra Modi has met Trump ht in the country. The meeting which, especially […]

Eid Pledge: Let’s Try to be a Compassionate Society

Eid Pledge: Let’s Try to be a Compassionate Society

As we approach the end of the Holy month of Ramadan and as Eid al Fitr- the auspicious day to commemorate the Holy month- is about to descend upon us, it might be time to stock take and review ourselves. The leitmotif that defines and runs through Ramadan is self denial, selflessness and devotion to […]