Heads I win, Tails you lose

Heads I win, Tails you lose

Kashmir is going for yet another election, by polls for the two parliamentary seats. Elections in Kashmir are at best a contest between pro-India political parties who all belong to one of side of the conflict. For the other side, usually referred to as the separatists, who wins is absolutely inconsequential because their politics are […]

Saffron Swami and Consolidation of Power

Saffron Swami and Consolidation of Power

Yogi Adityanath—the mascot of hardline Hindutva—will be the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Held to be the Hindi heartland of India, UP is the most populous state in the Indian federation. Given its size and the number of assembly and parliamentary seats, the state can be held to be the centre of gravity of […]

The Illusion of CPEC Participation

The Illusion of CPEC Participation

Mehbooba Mufti, at a seminar, stated that “Jammu and Kashmir could become a corridor of economic activity in the region and the country could take huge benefits of the economic activities going on across the Line of Control(LoC). She then posed the question, “why can’t we be partners in economic growth and share the benefits […]

The Precariousness of Life in Kashmir

The Precariousness of Life in Kashmir

In an encounter that broke out in a hamlet in Kupwara,  a seven year girl, Kaneeza was killed. Her brother, Faisal , was injured. According to the police, Kaneeza was killed by a “stray” bullet.  A cruel irony defines the death of Kaneeza.  At one level, the life of an innocent kid was snuffed  and […]

Counseling Political Emotion?

Counseling Political Emotion?

Omar Abdullah has stated that instead of threatening people, the government should conduct counseling of those who rally towards encounter sites. Referring to the army chief’s threat that people who disrupt counterinsurgency operations will face tough action, Omar said that more people have been coming to the help of militants even since General Bipin Rawat […]

LoC Auguries

LoC Auguries

  The skirmishes on the LoC now follow an almost eerily familiar pattern: each side’s hostilities are met by counter hostility, followed by bellicose rhetoric till things settle down and revert to “normal”. In a way, broadly what the Indo Pak relationship and LoC skirmishes also reflect is the quasi “Cold war” and quasi “hot […]

Politically Lazy

Politically Lazy

When we attempt to measure politics of resistance against the historically entrenched public sentiment in Kashmir there is no doubt that it leaves much to be desired. Whether we look at them separately from within their different ideologies or together as a front struggling to win the right to self-determination for their people, this leadership […]

India Hindut(vised)?

India Hindut(vised)?

Two parallel trends or even movements co-existed and jostled for the imagination of India during the country’s independence movement. One was led by a vanguard and a quasi westernized elite which sought to integrate the Western notion of nationalism and employ it as an instrument to rid India of British rule. The other sought to […]

Sliding Politics

Sliding Politics

A lot of commentary has been written about what the entry of BJP in the power corridors in Kashmir has meant for the politics in the state and what role the leading coalition partner, the PDP has in it. There is a near unanimity in the view that after the last state elections the direction […]

The Problem of Drug Addiction

The Problem of Drug Addiction

Blurb: “One starting point would to be tease out why young people fall into this insidious trap. Generally speaking, it is held by many that drugs- initially “gateway” drugs like cannabis and hashish offer their users an “alternate reality”. Hallucinations complemented by illusions or even delusions then offer a reprieve for users and abusers of […]

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