Cow Vigilantism

Cow Vigilantism

A family of nomadic herders was attacked by a gang of cow vigilantes in Reasi.  Besides the trauma and injuries caused to the victims by the grievous attack, which in itself is terrible, there is significance to these attacks. The import of these attacks, which follow a certain pattern, are in the nature of political […]

Beyond the Precipice

Beyond the Precipice

Thick discussions around the accruing conditions in Kashmir appear creating a narrative of some imminent and grave danger. There is no doubt that Kashmir is filled with enormous anxiety, mixed of course with equal hope, following the most recent election that could be seen as a comprehensive rejection of all the so-called mainstream claims about […]

Jaundiced and Doomed?

Jaundiced and Doomed?

The Indian National Congress (INC) has constituted a policy-planning group for Jammu and Kashmir. According to the party statement, the group was constituted by congress president, Sonia Gandhi. Nine leaders of the congress including Dr Manmohan Singh will be aiming to hold dialogue with all stakeholders and help towards peace building in the state.  It […]

Social Media

Social Media

Speculation doing the rounds is that social media- Facebook, Whatsapp and You Tube- might be barred in Kashmir for a certain period. The administration, it is believed, is mulling this step in view of “security considerations”. Social media is not just a connectivity tool; it is a platform for self expression, views on politics, society, […]

Across Space, Time and Generations

Across Space, Time and Generations

A certain sur-reality defines Kashmir:  the spring in full bloom casting its verdant glow on the vale would suggest a Kashmir at peace. But this illusion would be given short shrift by memory of only yesterday when wide spread and broad based student protests overtook Kashmir. The student protests defined by spontaneity and whose immediate […]

Everyday Death of Bogeyman

Everyday Death of Bogeyman

Thousands of students, male and female, across Kashmir valley protested on Monday in the same manner, for the same reasons, demanding the same things as those the state police, the other armed forces and the governments of the day have called ‘miscreants’ and ‘misguided’ youth ‘instigated’ either by Jihadists of an enemy country. Numerous Bogeymen […]

Whose “Victory”?

Whose “Victory”?

In the aftermath of the parliamentary by-polls held for Srinagar, which witnessed a historically low voter turn -out, a “victory” of sorts has been declared by a certain political spectrum. The trumpeting of “victory”, at one level, goes against the low voter turn -out on poll day. But this is arithmetic- important in its own […]

Perilous Ignorance

Perilous Ignorance

A scan through numerous reports about rights abuses committed by government forces on the people of Kashmir through decades reveals a history of crime against. The crimes range from making people human shields, inflicting collective punishment and enforced disappearances to premeditated murder and deliberate destruction of civilian property and natural resources. Average Indians may have […]

Reporting in an Era of Conflict and Polarization

Reporting in an Era of Conflict and Polarization

As the world is increasingly off balance – especially politically and economically- and as conflicts assume different shapes and avatars, a sharp paradox defines the vocation of reporting and journalism: it assumes more salience and importance and yet it is perilous.  Be it the United States under Trump or India under Modi, journalism is caught […]

Rajnath’s Folly

Rajnath’s Folly

Rajnath Singh has said that one will see a “transformed” Kashmir in a year “no matter how the change takes place”. “You will see a transformed Kashmir in a year. No matter how the change occurs, one thing is certain, that there will be a change in Kashmir in a year’s time,” he asserted. Singh […]

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