Post uprising, pro-India politicians picking up threads

Post uprising, pro-India politicians picking up threads

SRINAGAR: After being paralysed by the five-month-long 2016 uprising, pro-Indian parties in Kashmir have suddenly resumed their political activities to recover lost ground. “Due to the PDP-BJP government’s conduct and incompetence, people have started demonising the entire mainstream. The space for the mainstream politics of all parties has been squeezed. In south Kashmir, which is […]

Agenda of Alliance, on paper and in practice

Agenda of Alliance, on paper and in practice

SRINAGAR: Twenty months after the formation of PDP-BJP government in the state, the much touted Agenda of Alliance (AoA) – the governance agreement between the ruling allies– seems to be moving forward on saffron party’s lines, while the PDP seems to have made a quiet surrender. Kashmir Reader took a look at four major contentious […]

No government institution for special-needs children in Valley

No government institution for special-needs children in Valley

Srinagar: In a shocking revelation, it has come to fore that the Jammu and Kashmir Social Welfare Department has no rehabilitation centre for abandoned children and for children with special needs. A doctor at GB Pant hospital, talking on condition of anonymity, said that when no couples or non-government organisations (NGOs) turned up to adopt […]

Forsaken by parents, shunned by society, Salman and Burhan live on

Forsaken by parents, shunned by society, Salman and Burhan live on

Srinagar: Since they were born, 11-month-old Salman and six-month-old Burhan have been living in a ward at GB Pant Hospital, abandoned by family and society, but kept alive by the hospital staff. When this reporter entered the Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre at GB Pant Hospital, in a small room Salman was being injected medicines with the […]

BJP march through Srinagar an unprecedented sight

BJP march through Srinagar an unprecedented sight

SRINAGAR: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashish Sareen on Wednesday said that announcing special package for the West Pakistan Refugees in the state of Jammu and Kashmir was the first step towards granting them permanent residence. “The state and central government in collaboration have formulated policies to rehabilitate West Pakistan Refugees in Kashmir,” Sareen, […]

Today in Srinagar, BJP’s first-ever torch rally

Today in Srinagar, BJP’s first-ever torch rally

Srinagar: Buoyed by their increasing strength in Jammu and Kashmir, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will conduct its first-ever torch procession in the heart of Srinagar on Wednesday to commemorate the birthday anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the ideological inspiration of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) idea of “cultural nationalism”. “We would be conducting a […]

BJP youth wing claims 8 lakh members in Kashmir

BJP youth wing claims 8 lakh members in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Signaling that the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and its ideological mentor RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) are slowly gaining foothold in the Valley, the office-bearers of two wings of these organisations said they are actively conducting political activities and conferences which has led to increase in the number of their members to a whopping […]

Opposition’s ‘separatist-sounding’ rhetoric called as posturing

Opposition’s ‘separatist-sounding’ rhetoric called as posturing

Srinagar: The sympathy with street protesters and the outrage against the government’s repression of them is fake, Kashmiri academics and political commentators say of the loud voices being raised in the state legislature. Several professors at Kashmir University said while talking to Kashmir Reader that the sloganeering, language and positions that members of the Opposition […]

Barkati’s family suffers punishment for his revolutionary rhymes

Barkati’s family suffers punishment for his revolutionary rhymes

Srinagar: The slogans and rhymes of Sarjan Barkati may have resounded in the J&K Assembly, but the legislators forget that Barkati and his family continue to suffer on account of the same rhythmic resistance songs which he sang at pro-freedom rallies in south Kashmir. Earning for him the sobriquet of Freedom Chacha of Kashmir, Barkati’s […]

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