Why are we killed?

Why are we killed?

The cold blooded murder, and it is nothing but cold blooded murder, of two more Kashmiri youngsters in Handwara is neither the first instance of its kind nor is it likely to be the last. And that is because savage violence against Kashmiris is structural, part and parcel of the architecture of ‘governance’ in our […]

Delhi Direct

Delhi Direct

When does a situation qualify for it to be taken seriously as an issue by a government? For chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, it appears that nothing short of some cataclysmic happening, which Kashmir is used to, is an issue. That is probably why she refused to confer on the raging NIT row the honour of […]

Break intransigence

Break intransigence

When Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India said on Thursday that the peace process between the two countries has been suspended, he only confirmed New Delhi’s intransigence once again. Despite hundreds of rounds of talks between the rivals during the last seven decades over the Kashmir dispute the status quo has not changed, nor have the […]

Trojan institutions

Trojan institutions

Institutions of higher learning are also inherently supposed to be sites of cultural freedoms. But colleges, universities and technical education institutions in Kashmir have over the decades been steadily transformed into intellectually and culturally barren enclaves. A dumbing-down of these spaces has actually been quite a phenomenon. A politically repressive culture of administering these institutions […]

Joint jokes

Joint jokes

If reports in sections of the Pakistan media are to be believed, the JIT from Pakistan, which arrived with some fanfare to probe the Pathankot air base attack, has said that the attack was something of a false flag operation carried out by India to ‘malign Pakistan”. The report, slated to be submitted to Pak […]

PDP’s fate accompli

PDP’s fate accompli

Years of grandiose political posturing by the Peoples Democratic Party came to a definite end on Monday just as Mehbooba Mufti, the party’s co-founder took oath as chief minister of Jammu Kashmir. Politically speaking, it is almost a sin to expect a ‘mainstream’ – more appropriately pro-India – political party of Kashmir to deliver on […]

Political Cricket

Political Cricket

First, a brief recapitulation of the facts: Pakistan lost to India in the now-ended T20 World Cup, sending Indians into paroxysms of ecstasy and Kashmiris into an inversely proportional state of gloom. Which doldrums the West Indies helped much to rescue them from. And that led to fracas between Kashmiris in India as well as […]

History of talking

History of talking

Speaking in Brussels on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an indirect reference to Pakistan while mentioning how New Delhi resolved its disputes with Bangladesh through talks. Modi said various disputes with that country, including a territorial one was sorted since his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party government took over. Without naming Pakistan, Modi said, […]

Beating unto Hindutva

Beating unto Hindutva

A few madrassa students have been beaten up in New Delhi for not saying, under threat of violence, ‘Bharat mata ki jai’. This slogan, and the notion of this being the new benchmark of the Hindutva goons in India, is another manifestation of the Sanghi idea of perpetually seeking new issues to browbeat Muslims, as […]

Law of harassment

Law of harassment

There are laws and there other laws. It is often the case in Kashmir that the government of the day chooses which laws to enforce when and which ones to ignore; depending upon its immediate objectives at a given time. For example, laws that should ensure delivery of justice – the human rights law, or […]

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