Beware of trap

Beware of trap

The script is familiar by now. A Kashmiri youngster who has achieved success in life is contrasted by a section of Indian media with his or her incorrigibly unyielding fellows who have been challenging the might of the state by throwing stones, or by indulging in other forms of resistance. This provocative juxtaposition triggers a […]

Battling the manifestation

Battling the manifestation

The state has gone on an aggressive overdrive in its military action(s) against militants operating in Kashmir. The pattern since a while is now clear: eliminate as many militants as possible and break the infrastructure of militancy in Kashmir. The premise of this approach by the state appears to be this will neutralise militancy in […]

Maintain Harmony

Maintain Harmony

On the preceding Friday, a group of masked men burnt the posters and photographs of Iranian and Syrian leaders.. The identity of the perpetrators remains unclear as it always is in these cases, and there have been speculations about the motives and intent- stoking sectarian fires in Kashmir.  While the majority religion in Kashmir is […]

Communal Belligerence 

Communal Belligerence 

The intimidation, harassment and rank violence against members of the minority (Muslim) community of Kathua is déjà vu. The reference here is to the orgy of violence that descended upon Jammu on the eve of Partition, a large scale massacre of Muslims of Jammu. This is not to depart from a sense of proportion in […]

Mounting Difficulties

Mounting Difficulties

A general experience in Kashmir has been that after the 1989 popular rebellion against the status quo the quality of services, which the local administration rendered to the people as their right, and the attention to common public concerns by the officialdom has continuously reduced. Although there has been no change in the dynamic of […]

JK Bank Recapitalized?

JK Bank Recapitalized?

Finance Minister, Haseeb Drabu, while presenting Budget 2017-18, referred to the state’s premier bank, the Jammu and Kashmir bank, and briefly laid out its woes. These, in the main,  pertain to the huge number of Non Performing Assets(NPA’s)  which are stressing the bank’s balance sheet. The quantum of these NPA’s in Rupee terms is Rs. […]

Obsession with Delhi

Obsession with Delhi

Politicians, in the ‘mainstream’ space, look towards Delhi as their core constituency. This is a statement of the obvious. But Mehbooba Mufti’s statement, wherein she vigorously asserted that, “technically we are connected with India but we want to integrate with it emotionally” revalidates and reinforces this view and assessment. While the use of third person […]

Listen to the Street

Listen to the Street

There are essentially two interpretations of Mehbooba Mufti’s erroneous and flawed attribution of the 2016 uprising. A charitable interpretation lends itself to the assessment that Mehbbooba is getting the causality (cause and effect) of the uprising wrong on account of a misdiagnosis accruing from flawed and messy inputs.  Another reading is that Mehbooba is willfully […]

Fostering Divisions

Fostering Divisions

Mehbooba Mufti, in an address to PDP workers and party members, has called for a ‘dialogue within’. She added that, ‘a peace process should start in the state which entails talking between ourselves as our people are fighting against each other.’ And that, ‘the relations between India and Pakistan but they cannot remain the same […]

Politics of Patronage

Politics of Patronage

A curious paradox or even irony appears to have defined the profile – demographic and cultural – of people who attended the first death anniversary of the PDP’s patron-founder, Mufti Mohammad Sayyed. Most mourners were either in the middle age bracket or even older. If it is discounted that these mourners were roots and branches […]

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