Award or Reward?

Award or Reward?

The Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) will be conferring awards for Life long Contribution to the field of Journalism and a Reporter of the year award to ‘outstanding journalists’. Categorization of approved newspapers and periodicals for the distribution of Government advertisements will also be a focus for the DIPR. There appears to be […]

Machhil Echoes

Machhil Echoes

Five Army personnel convicted by a general court martial in the Machhil fake encounter case had a sigh of relief as a military court suspended their punishment of life imprisonment, according to the India Today. If the report is true, then it constitutes a travesty. It may be recalled that the Macchil encounter had turned […]

Flawed Premise

Flawed Premise

There are two angles to the NIA’s arrest of Hurriyat and allied political activists: one is that the Government of India appears to be eyeballing these leaders and activists. This reason blends into the second one of putting pressure on them. Both, prima facie and on a slightly deeper level, NIA’s action(s) appear to be […]

Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart

NDA’s vice presidential nominee M Venkaiah Naidu has warned Pakistan against “aiding and abetting terror”, adding that it should recall what happened in the 1971 Indo-Pak war when it faced a “humiliating defeat” and Bangladesh was born. Naidu’s intemperate and churlish remarks constitute bellicose rhetoric that will, in all likelihood , be equally matched by […]

On Mediation

On Mediation

A controversy has developed over Dr. Farooq Abdullah’s remarks on mediation over Kashmir. While Mehbooba Mufti has questioned the nature of the intervention and drawn parallels with Syria and Afghanistan, Rahul Gandhi has questioned the intervention call itself. The Indian media has also seized on the remarks. Generically speaking, the fact of the matter is […]

The Bane and Evil of Child Labor

The Bane and Evil of Child Labor

In the concluding decades of the 19th century, Charles Dickens wrote a path breaking and incisive novel that illustrated and highlighted the abysmal and bleak conditions of children born in poverty. Titled, “ Oliver Twist”, the novel built around and dwelt on the theme of child labor under depressing conditions. The main character, Oliver Twist, […]

Beyond Law and Order

Beyond Law and Order

The law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir was “much better” than the last year and the Centre was open for talks with those who abstain from violence and work within the Constitution, according to India’s MoS Home, Hansraj G Ahir. He added that, “As reported by the state government, the law and order […]

Women’s Harassment

Women’s Harassment

As women become more visible in public lives and venture out of their homes, they face a whole host of issues. Prominent in this hierarchy of issues is harassment in public spheres- work places, public transport, even homes and other public spaces. One rather infamous form of harassment is what is called in the sub […]

Two Speed Administration?

Two Speed Administration?

Soon after Mehbooba Mufti asserted the need for talks or broadly a dialogue, Nirmal Singh stated that ,” that resistance leaders should dissociate themselves from the “ongoing violence” to create a conductive atmosphere for dialogue. Dialogue cannot he held at gunpoint “Talks cannot be held at gunpoint”, added Singh. While Singh’s assertions either suggest self […]

The China Bogey

The China Bogey

According to Mehbooba Mufti, China has also begun to interfere in the situation in Jammu & Kashmir, complicating the situation in the state. “The outside forces are part of this and unfortunately now China has also begun to interfere (cheen ne bhi haath dalna shuru kiya hai),” Mehbooba asserted after a meeting with Rajnath Singh. […]

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