Working the Press

Working the Press

It’s been consistently argued that everything important that happens in Kashmir is reported in the local press, and thus it is free. People living here have always contested this claim, but even it is taken to be true examining the context in which reportage is handled is the most important aspect. The job of the […]

Tattered Ban

Tattered Ban

As the state government struggles to implement its ban on Social Media in a limited territory, the state curb order raises a few questions. In the first place the ban goes against human spirit, its political and strategic objectives notwithstanding. Anything against the human spirit is bound to not work ultimately. But apart from the […]

Truth Telling Should not be a Casualty

Truth Telling Should not be a Casualty

Freedom of the press is the sine qua non of a healthy society. Essentially, press freedom entails and means freedom of expression. A society that is choked of freedom of expression- even if it means dissent from dominant narratives- cannot be a healthy and robust society. This is all the more salient and poignant in […]

Dialogue as a Cliché?

Dialogue as a Cliché?

Mehbooba Mufti has reportedly threatened to step down if New Delhi fails to hold a dialogue over Kashmir.  This statement comes after Indian Prime Minister , Narendra Modi, put normalcy as a pre-condition to a dialogue in a meeting between the two recently. There are essentially two interpretations of Mehbooba’s assertions- even though inferential. One […]

History’s Lessons Unheeded

History’s Lessons Unheeded

A meeting of the unified headquarters, chaired by Mehbooba Mufti, has been held to review the deteriorating situation Kashmir. Comprised of top brass of the army, the police, paramilitary, state and central intelligence agencies, the united headquarters is the apex anti-militancy grid in the state.  There is a multi-faceted context to the meeting: the spiral […]

Peace as Ruse to not talk

Peace as Ruse to not talk

The sharpening and growing public resistance to unrelenting repression in Kashmir has clearly and emphatically now been joined by the students. This fact is amply acknowledged across the spectrum inside Kashmir and elsewhere. Failure of the ‘mainstream’ politics is near complete. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday as extreme […]

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, […]

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