Alarming Incidence

Alarming Incidence

There has been an increase in the incidence of cancer in Kashmir over the past years. This can only be alarming. While the administration has revealed the figures and some basic statistics regarding the incidence of cancer and the reasons thereof, the data and its interpretation flounders on the nature and correlation with causes which […]

On the Hajj Subsidy

On the Hajj Subsidy

The Hajj subsidy has, instead of being phased out, been removed by New Delhi. The subsidy in contention, in theory, helped to alleviate the financial burden on those Muslims who could not afford to perform the Hajj pilgrimage, a mandatory pillar of Islam. In some senses, both the subsidy and its removal constituted a form […]

Poor and Vulnerable

Poor and Vulnerable

Over the past few days, there was a stream of bleak news which pertained to the deaths of members of the laboring classes in Kashmir. Most of the cases were of deaths by asphyxiation. While there can neither be a quibble nor an argument about the cause(s) of deaths of these poor and destitute people, […]

Tame the Reflex

Tame the Reflex

It is, at this point in time, not clear what Indian Army Chief, Bipin Rawat has in mind or what his real agenda is in making insensate and rather provocative remarks. The reference here is to the General’s remarks about, “calling Pakistan’s bluff” in terms of the use of nuclear weapons. Rawat, speaking to reporters […]

False and Meretricious

False and Meretricious

Indian Army Chief, Bipin Rawat, has stated that in Jammu and Kashmir, some schools in Jammu and Kashmir were allegedly teaching students with two maps – one of India and another of the state. This statement is not only a gross distortion of reality but an unwarranted, uncalled for interference in education. In some senses, […]

Welfarist or Populist?

Welfarist or Populist?

In reality, a thin line differentiates “welfare” from “populism”. In theory, both are defined by clear lines of demarcation, but in the world that we inhabit contemporarily, the lines are increasingly blurred. From Donald Trump in the United States to Modi’s India to parts of Europe, the tide of populism has increased. The state of […]

Strange and Summary Suspension

Strange and Summary Suspension

Mysterious are the ways of the administration in Kashmir. In theory and, in practice, roughly speaking, administrative concepts and tools are a means to an end. But, here these are mistaken as an end in themselves. This assertion or even assessment is validated by the summary removal and then attachment of the erstwhile Direction of […]

Another One

Another One

Yet another civilian killing has taken place in Kashmir. Given the occurrence of killings of this nature, it would appear that the unfortunate people who fall victims to the conflict in Kashmir, are mere statistics, justified by some as the so called “collateral damage”. But, the prosaic fact of the matter is that human lives […]

Academic and Theoretical

Academic and Theoretical

An economist, especially a gifted one, can create elegant constructs, models and arguments that may or may not correspond to reality. The elegance of these constructs and models may correspond to theoretical brilliance which might not even countenance an academic quibble but alas, when these encounter the real world, they flounder. This description has a […]

On Private Medical Practice

On Private Medical Practice

Private medical practice in Kashmir has come under the scanner and spotlight after three top notch doctors were found indulging in the practice by a sting operation by some TV channel. The doctors in contention were immediately suspended by the administration. While the reaction of the administration may or may not stem the tide of […]

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