Elusive Peace

Elusive Peace

Mehbooba Mufti , in an address, has pitched for peace between India and Pakistan. This pitch comes in the wake of regular and intermittent skirmished between India and Pakistan along portions of the LoC. While the idea of peace between the two nuclear armed neighbors is well and good, but the prospects for it look […]

Don’t Politicize Sport

Don’t Politicize Sport

Sport(s) is an activity that is almost innate to human beings and , often times, it brings out both the competitive spirit, sportsmanship and the best in people. In recorded history, right from the Olympic games to other forms of great sporting competitions and pedestrian forms of sporting activity, like mohalla cricket or football, people […]

Not their Fault!

Not their Fault!

The Indian Government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court of India on the issue of deportation of Rohingya immigrants to Myanmar. The GoI plans to deport the 40,000-odd Rohingya refugees living in India and alls them “illegal, a “security threat” and “(a) strain on India’s resources”. In a rather related development, India’s Union […]

Death Throes

Death Throes

The fur industry or more accurately, the fur trade in Kashmir is in its death throes. The reasons are structural, contextual and socio- economic and cultural. Structurally and contextually, many factors in confluence and conjunction together conspire and gel together to render the trade defunct. One is the ban imposed on animal furs and allied […]

A Bloody Ritual

A Bloody Ritual

Cross LoC skirmishes have now become almost a regular feature between India and Pakistan. It could even be said that these have acquired the overtones and undertones of a ritual. This is as sad and alarming as can be. First, people living across the LoC live in perpetual fear and agony of displacement and even […]

On Pellet Guns

On Pellet Guns

Asserting that the use of pellet-firing shotguns should be immediately stopped, the Amnesty International said that authorities should “ensure that the use of other weapons is in line with international human rights standards on the use of force”. The Amnesty International has also called for a civil investigation into the use of pellet guns. The […]

Education is not a Business

Education is not a Business

Equity and access are the cardinal principles and virtues that should animate education at all levels- primary, tertiary, secondary and so on. And, education is a right. These assertions are in the nature of principles, declarations and ideas. In practice, access to education is skewed, the level playing field is not level and access is […]

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

One very insidious trend that has emerged slowly but steadily in our society is the increasing rate of domestic violence. The victims of domestic violence are invariably women but the “collateral damage” of this insidious crime can also be children. Police records and , at times, headline stories , suggest that domestic violence has increased […]

Too Formulaic!

Too Formulaic!

The Home Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, has said that “Five Cs form basis for resolution of problems of Kashmir – compassion, communication, coexistence, confidence building and consistency”. On the face of it , these fine sounding words suggest a change of heart among and in the attitude and approach of powers that be towards […]

Dangerous Times

Dangerous Times

It is in conflict zones that journalists are usually killed. Often times, this is because information is a political and tactical tool in conflicts. The managing of information, the planting of information, a rumour let loose here, an incident suppressed there, these are all resources for parties in and to a conflict o turn the […]

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