The Illogic of Force

The Illogic of Force

The logic of force can only breed force and confrontation.  This general remark, almost in the nature of a truism, has a searing resonance in Kashmir. The reference here is to the overdrive that the state has gone against militancy – especially in South Kashmir. Militancy in Kashmir, pared to bone, is symptomatic and a […]

Freedom of the Press: An Intrinsic Good

Freedom of the Press: An Intrinsic Good

The 3rd of May is celebrated as the World Press day to commemorate the freedom of the press and expression.  The level, depth and intensity of press freedom, in many ways, determines and reflects the level and capaciousness of freedom in a given state or society. This freedom could be said to constitute a political […]

LoC Fracas and the Drumbeat of War

LoC Fracas and the Drumbeat of War

India has alleged that Pakistan Army killed and then mutilated two soldiers of the Indian Army in the Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control (LoC). While Pakistan denies the whole saga and calls it an allegation, India has stated that it will respond “appropriately”. Amidst these bouts of recriminations , accusations and counter […]

Labor in Kashmir: Les Miserables?

Labor in Kashmir: Les Miserables?

Globalization- the large, historical megatrend- slanted in favor of capital, unleashed forces that gave rise to the phenomenon of Trump in the United States and its populist variants across many parts of the Western world. In effect, capital oriented globalization, could be said to have “hollowed out” middle classes but perhaps more importantly the labor […]

Instrumentalizing Governance and Governmentality

Instrumentalizing Governance and Governmentality

As the rhetoric over and in Kashmir escalates to a shrill level, the underlying reality in and over Kashmir remains the same.  This assertion, however, needs to be qualified. The reality in Kashmir is the same and not the same. What does somewhat of a non-sequitur mean in the context of Kashmir?  It means the […]

Working the Press

Working the Press

It’s been consistently argued that everything important that happens in Kashmir is reported in the local press, and thus it is free. People living here have always contested this claim, but even it is taken to be true examining the context in which reportage is handled is the most important aspect. The job of the […]

Tattered Ban

Tattered Ban

As the state government struggles to implement its ban on Social Media in a limited territory, the state curb order raises a few questions. In the first place the ban goes against human spirit, its political and strategic objectives notwithstanding. Anything against the human spirit is bound to not work ultimately. But apart from the […]

Truth Telling Should not be a Casualty

Truth Telling Should not be a Casualty

Freedom of the press is the sine qua non of a healthy society. Essentially, press freedom entails and means freedom of expression. A society that is choked of freedom of expression- even if it means dissent from dominant narratives- cannot be a healthy and robust society. This is all the more salient and poignant in […]

Dialogue as a Cliché?

Dialogue as a Cliché?

Mehbooba Mufti has reportedly threatened to step down if New Delhi fails to hold a dialogue over Kashmir.  This statement comes after Indian Prime Minister , Narendra Modi, put normalcy as a pre-condition to a dialogue in a meeting between the two recently. There are essentially two interpretations of Mehbooba’s assertions- even though inferential. One […]

History’s Lessons Unheeded

History’s Lessons Unheeded

A meeting of the unified headquarters, chaired by Mehbooba Mufti, has been held to review the deteriorating situation Kashmir. Comprised of top brass of the army, the police, paramilitary, state and central intelligence agencies, the united headquarters is the apex anti-militancy grid in the state.  There is a multi-faceted context to the meeting: the spiral […]

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