End of “Representation”

End of “Representation”

Kashmir’s contemporary political history, particularly 1947 onwards when India and Pakistan won freedom from British colonial rule, is essentially a history of transition. During this continuum we have seen the end of Dogra autocracy. It was followed by a brief time of ‘liberation’ when redistribution of land among those who tilled it was enacted; access […]

The plot is lost 

The plot is lost 

When the militarised form of governance becomes increasingly untenable over a prolonged period of time, as the governments in Jammu and Kashmir have demonstrated, the natural tendency on part of the collaborators of the system is to constantly redefine the political atmosphere of the disputed terrain. For example, National Conference sees educated youth joining militancy […]

Resisting Legalese 

Resisting Legalese 

A struggle for political and human rights is also fundamentally a fight against a set or body of laws that are used by the State or the oppressor to deny those rights. The recent events at Jawaharlal Nehru University surrounding the anniversary of the hanging of Afzal Guru, and the debates that followed have highlighted […]

Jaitley doctrine

Jaitley doctrine

It would be prudent for Mehbooba Mufti to not build a theology around her party’s imminent alliance with the BJP. The past 68 years have demonstrated that it is theoretically impossible for any pro-India party to formulate and implement any coherent agenda vis-a—vis relations with New Delhi. Her late father, as she confessed, learnt it […]

On K, the Left is Right

On K, the Left is Right

The fracas following the protest in JNU on the anniversary of Afzal Guru’s hanging has led to interesting revelations and, hopefully, some understandings on where the Indian political spectrum segues on Kashmir. The question is what should young Kashmiris now learn, and use that learning to inflect their understanding and arguments, from how varieties of […]

Kashmir is no Ladakh

Kashmir is no Ladakh

In the early 1990s, a bunker was constructed in a corner of the Cattle Research Station, Manasbal. When authorities of the Sheri Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology objected to the military presence on one of its premier research facilities, the army reportedly told them that the bunker would be removed as soon as […]

What political crisis?

What political crisis?

We are under Governor’s rule, for the umpteenth time, and he has just appointed advisors, signaling the possibility of another long gubernatorial regime. To that extent, it is reminiscent of the ’90s. What is of interest, however, is the apparent lack of involvement and interest among the people of Kashmir on the state of the […]

A whole lotta shrewd

A whole lotta shrewd

What is Mehbooba Mufti doing? To try and answer that, let us back up a little bit. Little events, in their immense significance, can conspire to reveal larger lies and failures. The late Mufti Sayeed, we were told, for some rather mysterious reason, was a ‘shrewd politician’, if not a downright visionary. In Kashmir, such […]

Sectarian strife

Sectarian strife

The bomb attack close to a revered shrine in Damascus, in Syria, claimed by the ‘Islamic State’, which killed over 50 people, is another reminder of the insane sectarian strife being played out in West Asia. In fact, after the execution of a Shia cleric by the Saudi authorities – and subsequent events, leading to […]

Mainstreaming PsyOps

Mainstreaming PsyOps

Let us put two statements on Kashmir emanating within the last two days side by side. One is from the GOC of the 15 Corps in Kashmir, Lt Gen Satish Dua, the other from the rights group, Human Rights Watch (HRW). The GOC said, as others in the military-security establishment which runs Kashmir have said […]