Say No to War

Say No to War

Considering that there have been three wars between India and Pakistan –four, if the ‘Kargil war’ is counted – it is not unimaginable that they will go to war again, sooner or later. Fears of nuclear bombs notwithstanding, both countries must stay prepared for war. Even if everyone wishes to avoid war, the very fact […]

A new low!

A new low!

Authorities have detained one of the most prominent and internationally noted rights defenders in Kashmir, Khurram Parvez, under the draconian Public Safety Act at a time when the administration has come under pressure for deploying unprecedented force measure for suppressing what has looked like a near-total rural uprising against Indian rule. Many commentators have described […]

The humiliation of Kashmiris

The humiliation of Kashmiris

On the conclusion of his failed Kashmir visit along with an all-party delegation of parliament members, Indian home minister Rajnath Singh had nothing to offer at his press conference on September 5 except the announcement that the first consignment of a thousand PAVA shells had arrived in Kashmir and that a senior official in the […]

Heed Kashmir

Heed Kashmir

They say no one ever comes to know anything about a successful intelligence operation a state may undertake. This may particularly be true when involving zones of conflict. The militant attack in Uri, that left 18 soldiers and the four attackers dead, and caused tensions between India and Pakistan to ratchet up was attributed to […]

Karra confessions

Karra confessions

Tariq Hamid Karra is probably the only parliamentarian who has resigned from parliament’s membership as well as quit the party he was instrumental in founding, apparently because he has been “outraged by the brutalities” on his people. Given the history of pro-India politicians and politics, Karra’s act deserves appreciation. However, one must be cautious in […]

Denial is failure

Denial is failure

What is on display in Kashmir today is a near total rural uprising, and denial of the same in equal measure by the state authority. The statist arguments painting the reality on the ground in miserably failed obfuscation had become a full arsenal that perpetuated denial and constantly inflicted political injury on the Kashmiri aspiration […]

Brotherhood of Treachery

Brotherhood of Treachery

The anti-India uprising has reached a plateau phase. From here, it will gradually settle down in the memories of people as one more attempt to topple the ugly status quo. Much of the talk will now veer around why the resistance leadership could not translate it into something concrete because the upheaval was unlike anything […]

No moral latitude

No moral latitude

Amid the desperate lockdown the state in Kashmir is trying hard to make effective, the people are appear to be defiant as never before in front of the militarized state writ. Every day people stage protests, brave bullets and the deadly pellets as hospitals continue to be overwhelmed dealing with the brutality of the state […]

Repression won’t work

Repression won’t work

The massacre in Aripanthan village of Budgam points to the fact that government forces are dictated either by a nihilistic urge to kill or by the primeval instincts of the ruling party in New Delhi that had, out of power, always been demanding a “free hand to security forces” in Kashmir. The four people who […]

Beating a rock

Beating a rock

That no one was surprised at how the situation in Kashmir turned this summer of 2016 logically moves one to ask why no one was surprised, as it turned out? The 2008 uprising was a bit of a surprise for some in that it marked that mass protests almost totally replacing the earlier armed rebellion […]

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