Legislative Autocracy!

Legislative Autocracy!

So, the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday asking the government to declare the birth anniversary of the last Dogra autocrat, Maharaja Hari Singh, an official holiday! Since when did ‘democracies’ start celebrating autocrats who have left behind a long history of untold tyranny that subjected people of his kingdom to […]

Come January 26!

Come January 26!

The constitution of a nation is celebrated because it provides the ultimate protection for the rights it grants the average citizen. Preparations for India’s Republic Day, due Thursday, have begun in right earnest in Kashmir. In Kashmir this day means an extremely elaborate security arrangement to the extent that civilian movement is automatically discouraged, and […]

Gawkadal Massacre: The Tragedy of Kashmir

Gawkadal Massacre: The Tragedy of Kashmir

On 21 January 1990, death and destruction stalked the streets of Srinagar. This reached a climax at Gaw Kadal where paramilitary forces brazenly and unabashedly opened fire on unarmed protestors, killing 50. There were two contexts to what came to be called as a massacre. One was the local one: Kashmir was in a state […]

Spurious Morality

Spurious Morality

Zaira Wasim, the young and graceful Kashmiri artist is no exception, in Kashmir or in India. Nor is cinema, neither acting. Many Kashmiris before Zaira have worked in Bollywood as musicians, cinematographers, actors and writers. The chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s brother, a successful cinematographer who recently joined the PDP was never projected as a ‘role […]

Don’t Sanitize Kashmir’s History

Don’t Sanitize Kashmir’s History

Education Minister, Naeem Akhtar has said that the government would consider including more information in school history textbooks about the steps taken by Dogra rulers for welfare and overall development of the state. Akhtar added that , ‘updating education curriculum is a continuous process and the education department will recommend introduction of chapters in history […]

Modi’s Fudge and Eyewash

Modi’s Fudge and Eyewash

TSophistry and self delusion denote Narendra Modi’s statements about Pakistan and ‘terrorism’, and the regional and global contexts that both countries operate in. Modi, while outlining India’s foreign policy at the second edition of the Raisina Dialogue, had enjoined Pakistan to “give up terrorism”, underlined India’s reluctance to “walk the path of peace alone” , […]

Beware of trap

Beware of trap

The script is familiar by now. A Kashmiri youngster who has achieved success in life is contrasted by a section of Indian media with his or her incorrigibly unyielding fellows who have been challenging the might of the state by throwing stones, or by indulging in other forms of resistance. This provocative juxtaposition triggers a […]

Battling the manifestation

Battling the manifestation

The state has gone on an aggressive overdrive in its military action(s) against militants operating in Kashmir. The pattern since a while is now clear: eliminate as many militants as possible and break the infrastructure of militancy in Kashmir. The premise of this approach by the state appears to be this will neutralise militancy in […]

Maintain Harmony

Maintain Harmony

On the preceding Friday, a group of masked men burnt the posters and photographs of Iranian and Syrian leaders.. The identity of the perpetrators remains unclear as it always is in these cases, and there have been speculations about the motives and intent- stoking sectarian fires in Kashmir.  While the majority religion in Kashmir is […]

Communal Belligerence 

Communal Belligerence 

The intimidation, harassment and rank violence against members of the minority (Muslim) community of Kathua is déjà vu. The reference here is to the orgy of violence that descended upon Jammu on the eve of Partition, a large scale massacre of Muslims of Jammu. This is not to depart from a sense of proportion in […]

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