Disaster (Un)Preparedness

Disaster (Un)Preparedness

I Almost three years have elapsed since the cataclysmic floods of 2014 hit Kashmir. The floods were so devastating and severe that it is a miracle that these did not exact a toll in terms of lives lost. This intense fury of nature was dealt with great resilience and stoicism by the people of Kashmir […]

Meaninglessness of ‘Two and a Half Front War’

Meaninglessness of ‘Two and a Half Front War’

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has said the situation in Kashmir will improve soon and the country’s armed forces are fully prepared to thwart any threat to India’s sovereignty. According to media reports quoting Rawat, “India is fully ready for two and a half front war with China, Pakistan and elements posing threat to […]

Manufacturing Consent

Manufacturing Consent

In 1988, the eminent Professor Noam Chomsky along with Edward Herman wrote a path breaking and incisive thesis. Titled , “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media”, Messrs Chomsky and Herman asserted that “the mass communication media of the U.S. are effective and powerful ideological institutions that carry out a system-supportive propaganda function, […]

Kashmir’s Ailing Health Care System

Kashmir’s Ailing Health Care System

The incidence of Hepatitis C- an infectious disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus(HCV) and which essentially affects the liver- has alarmingly increased in Kokernag area of Kashmir.  HCV usually spreads through blood to blood contact and intravenous drug use, badly sterilized and infected equipment, bllod transfusions; the virus can also be sexually transmitted. If […]

Kashmir at an Inflection Point

Kashmir at an Inflection Point

Kashmir is at an inflection point. In the parlance and terminology of business, an “inflection point” means or roughly denotes a “time of significant change”.  The way that this inflection point in Kashmir is grasped will determine the trajectory and direction. By their very nature, inflection points might be difficult to discern and make out. […]

Increasing Road Accidents

Increasing Road Accidents

Almost every day, traffic accidents, some of whom fatal, happen across Kashmir. This, in a way is , no surprise given the reckless nature of driving that takes place in Kashmir.  Each of us, as commuters, drivers or passengers , have in one form or the other,  experienced the reckless nature and form of driving […]

Flawed Activism

Flawed Activism

The National Investigating Agency’s(NIA) activism post sting operations amounts to essentially a squeeze on the Hurriyat Conference and allied political groups. The activism in contention emerged after India media channels build pressure after sting operations against certain political activists. By choking financing and building up pressure through the NIA, it would appear, that powers that […]

Peace and Security

Peace and Security

Both peace and security are rather contested terms. The former can be defined as absence of conflict and /or violence and the latter may be defined roughly as “ a state of being free from danger”.  The primary referent of both peace and security in international politics and the general security problematique has been the […]

The Spirit of Ramadan!

The Spirit of Ramadan!

As the first week of Ramadan draws to a close, it might be time to stock take and review our spiritual selves and values thereof.  Ramadan is, among other things, about cleansing of our souls and control over our selves (nafs).  By inference, this then means that the way we comport ourselves,  our general behavioral […]

Damage Done

Damage Done

On 6th December 1992, Hindu mob frenzy was raised to such a pitch in Ayodhya , Uttar Pradesh, by demagogues , inciters and agent provocateurs , that the inevitable ensued: the centuries old Mosque at Ayodhya was demolished and razed to the ground. The ostensible premise of the rage of those who demolished the Mosque […]