Peace and Conflict do not go together

Peace and Conflict do not go together

Mehbooba Mufti, speaking at a function, stated that, “Peace is must for development. There is peaceful atmosphere in Jammu and it is progressing. We would once enjoy that atmosphere in Kashmir”. She added that, “we, in Kashmir, have now to decide on how to shape our future” At another event, Mehbooba stated that, “.the agenda […]

Route to Regional Peace lies through Kashmir

Route to Regional Peace lies through Kashmir

  Pakistan ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi is spot on in asserting that “the recent flare up in Kashmir threatened regional peace”. It is almost a truism to assert that the route to peace in South Asia lies through Kashmir. The reasons pertain to the nature of the conflict in and over Kashmir, […]

Conflict Resolution not Obfuscation is Needed

Conflict Resolution not Obfuscation is Needed

The State Human Right Commission’s investigation (SHRC) wing has, in a report, stated that ‘carelessness and deliberate attempts by investigation officer has led to loss of the evidence to punish the paramilitary CRPF men responsible the Hawal massacre in 1990.At least 67 people were killed and hundreds injured when the paramilitary troops opened fire on […]

Rawat’s Visceral Interpretation

Rawat’s Visceral Interpretation

Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat has stated that, ‘ people who attempt to come to rescue of militants during anti-militancy operations will be treated as ‘Over Ground Workers’ of militants and those displaying Pakistani and IS flags will be dealt as anti-nationals. Rawat added that, they will face harsh actions’. Coming from the chief of […]

Policy for the Differently- Abled

Policy for the Differently- Abled

Mehbooba Mufti, while chairing a joint meeting of officers of Social Welfare Department and representatives of the physically challenged persons has stated that, ‘time has come when the societal attitude about persons with disabilities needs to be changed and an atmosphere based on equal opportunities and challenges be created for them so that they can […]

Let Truth and Reconciliation than Politics inform Pandits Return

Let Truth and Reconciliation than Politics inform Pandits Return

Addressing a conference of Kashmiri Pandits, minister of state in Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh has stated that “the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre has no objection to setting up of a homeland, township or colonies for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the valley. Singh had added that “it was for Kashmiri Pandits […]

Can the Doval Doctrine Kill an Idea?

Can the Doval Doctrine Kill an Idea?

The past few weeks have witnessed a series and serial killing of militants in Kashmir. Only yesterday, four militants were killed in Kulgam district of Kashmir. This follows a spate of killings that have taken place here after the ebbing of protest movement after Burhan Wani’s killing. The killings also come against the backdrop of […]

Hurriyat in the Cross Hairs of the State?

Hurriyat in the Cross Hairs of the State?

Even though Director General of Police SP Vaid has called into doubt the authenticity of reports suggesting another anti- India uprising in Kashmir in March 2017, questions remain on the nature of the report. It may be recalled that the Economic Times had, a few days ago, carried an item, which citing an ‘internal police […]

And the Saga Continues….

And the Saga Continues….

On February 11, 1984, Maqbool Bhat, co-founder of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front(JKLF) was hanged. On the 9th of February, 2013, Afzal Guru was hanged. And in January, 2017, Muzaffar Ahmed Rather was awarded the death sentence by a West Bengal sub divisional court. All the men , in one form or the other, […]

Guru’ Hanging: Power and Collective Conscience?

Guru’ Hanging: Power and Collective Conscience?

As Kashmir shuts on the fourth anniversary of Afzal Guru’s execution, it might be time to stock take and review the Government of India’s approach to Kashmir. Guru’s hanging can be held to be emblematic of this approach.  The hapless victim, for all intents and purposes, appeared to have been executed to serve larger political […]

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