Good Cop, Bad Cop

Good Cop, Bad Cop

First popularised by Hollywood films, the interrogatory technique of one policeman playing the sympathetic role towards the interrogated person, and another the threatening violence one, but both working in tandem to break down the interrogated, is a real one. As most contemporary manuals of torture go, this was also invented by the Americans, and later […]

Accelerating aggression

Accelerating aggression

The rise of Hindu right wing forces in India, which began much earlier than Narendra Modi’s ascendance to premiership in 2014, has rankled Kashmir like at no other time in the past. It manifested in a very tangible manner following the last state elections that brought the BJP to share power in J&K for the […]

Scripted battle

Scripted battle

Reports say the Narendra Modi-led Government of India will be seeking a cabinet green signal for a proposal recommending formation of a National Council for preservation and promotion of Kashmiri language and using Devanagiri and the near-extinct Sharada scripts. Until the proposal is concretised, one can speculate about the move only on the basis of […]

Show the way

Show the way

A few years ago, the Hurriyat leadership had contemplated organised political work across the Valley. One of the main steps that had been planned was to set up offices of the Hurriyat in each district of the Valley, if not the entire state. The plan didn’t go much distance. Differences within the Hurriyat ensured there […]

IAS and other Babus

IAS and other Babus

In recent days, following an article in this newspaper, a ‘debate’ if one can call it that in this benighted place, has emerged around the placement, within the Kashmiri ideas of resistance and occupation, of locals joining the civil services. First, it should be clear that people have individual choices; there can’t be any worthwhile […]

Colonized positivity 

Colonized positivity 

At the inaugural ceremony of a medical college in Anantnag on Sunday, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti exhibited the traits of a colonized mind. Her speech was a demonstration of the behavior riven with the contradictions of a comprador politician, who is attempting to assert independence in front of the colonizer, but ultimately ends up reinforcing […]

Targeting children

Targeting children

A recent UNICEF report has stated that twenty-five Palestinian children were killed in the last three months of 2015 during a wave of anti-Israeli attacks and the number detained was the highest in seven years. The global body for children’s welfare also expressed serious concerns on excessive use of force used by Israeli security forces. […]

Policy violence

Policy violence

Kashmir is a political dispute rooted in history no one can deny, but what is perhaps not widely and well understood is how government policy — both local and from New Delhi, if the two can ever be considered separate — is directed at making the logic of demands for its resolution based on the […]

Boring games

Boring games

When PDP and National Conference exchange words over some issue, more than politics, what Kashmiris are offered, is an awfully boring game. A long term effect of this game was witnessed during the governor’s rule when nobody seemed to miss either of the two, who we are told every second day have been elected by […]

Whose interest? 

Whose interest? 

Kashmir is often drowned in such official propaganda that a mere statement by the government — true, half-true or outright false — is deemed as meeting the requirements of accountability. Governments, chief ministers and ministers change but the phenomenon only gets more entrenched, like the bureaucracy, making accountability even more distant a possibility with the […]

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