A New Aggressiveness and Bellicosity?

A New Aggressiveness and Bellicosity?

A survey carried out by the Pew Research Centre- a think tank based in the United States- has revealed that Indians favor a more aggressive stance towards Kashmir. According to the survey, “When it comes to dealing with the disputed border regions of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian public favors an aggressive stance. A 63% […]

A Ritual Rinsed of Meaning

A Ritual Rinsed of Meaning

India and Pakistan’s iterated and repeated use of the word “peace” has now become a ritual rinsed of meaning. Both countries in various forums call for peace between the two. But, the prosaic reality is that what exists between India and Pakistan is “ Cold Peace”. The reasons actually pertain to the conflict in and […]

Shrine Maintenance and Security

Shrine Maintenance and Security

It is not the first time that a prominent shrine of/in Kashmir has been beset by either natural or manmade problems. It may be recalled a few years ago, the Dastgeer Sahib shrine got completely burnt down and now , the great Sufi shrine of Mir Sayyed Hamadani or Khanqah Maulla. Despite this, the two […]

Feeding off Desperation

Feeding off Desperation

A group of thirteen young men from poor and vulnerable backgrounds have been duped by those who promised employment for them in Dubai. While a few have been able to return home, many are still stranded in Dubai. This is both a travesty and a tragedy given it means that these vulnerable people have been […]

Unsafe Roads

Unsafe Roads

Road accidents, some of them fatal, are now almost a regular feature of life in Kashmir. News reports of accidents are found in newspapers on a daily basis. The frequency of road accidents is thus acquiring alarming proportions in Kashmir. In places other than Kashmir, usually drunken driving is the culprit for road accidents and […]

Dated Syllabi

Dated Syllabi

A controversy of sorts has erupted after some private schools are shifting their syllabi to CBSE over the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education(JKBOSE). While some from the education sector believe that this is a good and prudent move, others posit that it is an attempt to centralize Kashmir’s school. In a way, this […]

Not the Solution!!

Not the Solution!!

The president of the National Conference (NC), Farooq Abdullah, has rooted for “internal autonomy” as the solution to the vexing and vexatious conflict in and over Kashmir. Farooq’s NC , after waxing and waning over “autonomy” in the pre- 90’s period, had passed an autonomy resolution when his party returned to power after a political […]

A Clichéd Iteration

A Clichéd Iteration

“When I use a word,» Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, «it means just what I choose it to mean- neither more nor less. The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things. The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master-that’s all.” This short […]

Unabashed Use!

Unabashed Use!

Kashmir, being a region caught in the vortex of deep and overarching conflict, has spawned categories of instrumental laws that have been employed and used with abandon here. One such provision is the Public Safety Act(PSA). This instrument allows the administration to detain persons under the guise of” posing a threat to security , human […]

An Inspiring Example!!

An Inspiring Example!!

A Kashmiri bureaucrat and his spouse have enrolled their daughter in a government school. Given this rather revolutionary step, it is worth to name these trail blazing parents: Dr Peerzada Farhat and Ms. Rafiya Rashid. While both Dr. Bhat and Ms. Rashid have their own reasons for enrolling their child in a government school, it […]

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