Children’s Needs

Children’s Needs

Children, besides being the future of society, are like delicate flowers. Stretch them a little and they break down with effects that linger on and cast a shadow for the rest of their lives. This has a special resonance in conflict zones like Kashmir. Children in conflict zones grow under the shadow of the conflict […]

Ineffective Bodies

Ineffective Bodies

Any given society is an agglomeration of individuals and groups , which include(s) trade and commerce bodies and so on. These are distinct groupings which are rather apolitical but which constitute , in theory a contrapuntal force. Trade and commerce bodies are antidotes and in the nature of a corrective to what goes wrong in […]

On the Importance of Mental Health

On the Importance of Mental Health

By no stretch of imagination can Kashmir be described as a “normal” place. (Obiter Dictum, “normal” is a relative condition; there can, probably be no society which is entirely normal). The people of Kashmir are caught in the crucible of conflict which is not their own making. And, conflict(s) exact a toll – psychical, emotional […]

Indo–Pak Détente?

Indo–Pak Détente?

The consensus view that has emerged at the London School of Economics South Asia Forum between former spy chief’s of India and Pakistan, A S Dulat and Ehsan ul Haq is that only dialogue can resolve the conflict in and over Kashmir. This assertion or consensus is a veritable truth and it is good that […]

Flawed and Faulty Exercise

Flawed and Faulty Exercise

The Adnan Sami concert , organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department, was in the nature of an “in your face” offense to Kashmiris. The reasons pertain to the nature of the program itself and the contextual conditions that Kashmir finds itself in contemporarily. The mysterious braid chopping incidents, that are happening unabated , […]

Irrational Exuberance of Cold Start

Irrational Exuberance of Cold Start

In an escalating war of words- which, incidentally, has become rather thematic, in the Indo- Pak dynamic- the Pakistan Foreign Minister , Khwaja Asif, has responded to the Indian Air Force chief’s assertion that “ the Indian Armed forces were ready for a full spectrum operation against Pakistan’s nuclear installation” and stated that “ nobody […]

Prisoners’ Plight

Prisoners’ Plight

Thousands of Kashmiri prisoners languish in jails across many parts of India. But the prison conditions and the plight of these political prisoners thereof remain far from perfect. One major issue that Kashmiri prisoners face is distance from their home(s) and the attendant difficulties for their near and dear ones in terms of paying visits […]

Wular Lake Dredging

Wular Lake Dredging

The Jammu and Kashmir administration’s ministerial panel has awarded the contract to dredge the fresh water Wular lake to two companies- one a China based Hubei Hongyan Engineering Company Limited and the other the Kolkata based Reach Dredging Limited. It is pertinent to note that the latter company, that is, Reach Dredging Limited was blacklisted […]

Ailing Health Care

Ailing Health Care

Be it the neo-natal care at Lal Ded Hospital or the nature and delivery of health care at SMHS or other district hospitals, the state of our health care system(s) is not picture perfect, so to speak. This is not to put the onus of blame on to medics, paramedics and allied staff but to […]

Elemental Contradiction(s)

Elemental Contradiction(s)

The fundamental contradictions in the coalition between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP) have yet again emerged after the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat asserted that the Indian Constitution should be tailored to fully “assimilate” Jammu and Kashmir into India. This was validated by Nirmal Singh who supported abrogation of Article 370 […]

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