Talking about Talks

Talking about Talks

As autumn melds into winter in Kashmir, it almost serves as a metaphor for New Delhi’s hackneyed and sterile attempts at monochromatic dialogue(s) over Kashmir. In other words, New Delhi’s idea(s) of dialogue neither cut ice nor have any traction in Kashmir. This is not to discredit the idea of dialogue but to put matters […]

Headless Bodies

Headless Bodies

There appears to be either a dearth of talent available in Kashmir or the administration is actually clueless about the nature of public administration. This is perhaps best reflected in “headless bodies” and giving additional charges to people to run administration departments. Which of the two is correct, cannot be foretold(perhaps it is a combination […]

Forgotten Victims

Forgotten Victims

Countless people in Kashmir became victims of the pellet fury that was unleashed in the year 2016. While there was genuine outrage and even empathy for the victims of this fury, but it would appear that the plight of these hapless victims has fallen off the radar of our society. If an analogy might be […]

Alcohol Free Kashmir!

Alcohol Free Kashmir!

Kashmir is a teetotaler society. There are religious and socio-cultural reasons which make Kashmir an eminently alcohol free society. Given these reasons, the decision, which has apparently been put on hold for now, to allow sale of alcohol on the airport premises, which incidentally, is named after the patron saint of Kashmir, Sheikh ul Alam(RA), […]

Valley of Darkness

Valley of Darkness

As winter casts its long shadow on Kashmir, the blighted valley is bereft of requisite electricity. Not an isolated or one off phenomenon, it is , in fact, a recurrent and recurring theme for Kashmir. Successive administrations promise the moon regarding electricity /power in and for Kashmir, but these turn out to be as hollow […]

Unmoored, Callous “Policy”

Unmoored, Callous “Policy”

There is virtually and really no city in the world where there are no street vendors. From New York to Berlin to European cities, everywhere, street vendors can be seen. In the less developed parts of the world, street vendors form what is called the “unorganized sector”- a sector , which in the words of […]

A Curious Deferral

A Curious Deferral

The Supreme Court of India has deferred the hearing on Article 35 A by three months after New Delhi sought an adjournment for six months. New Delhi’s Attorney General cited the appointment of an interlocutor for the adjournment and held that the court hearing could impact the initiative. In essence then what has been done […]

A Lurid Fantasy and a Sterile Déjà vu

A Lurid Fantasy and a Sterile Déjà vu

The dictionary defines the word “hubris” as excessive pride or defiance, which ultimately leads to nemesis. And, hubris defines the Bhartiya Janata Party’s overall approach, especially toward(s) Kashmir. This finds an eloquent expression in the BJP’s assertion that Kashmir will be “Hurriyat free” by 2022. On the face of it, this assertion bears ridicule and […]

Jhelum Worries

Jhelum Worries

The water level of the Jhelum River- essentially Kashmir’s lifeline- is at its lowest in the past two decades. This has affected negatively the water supply in Kashmir and can possibly impact power supply here as well. The reasons offered for the low level are the long, dry spell that has hot Kashmir and the […]

Haphazard Mess

Haphazard Mess

A city, in general and generic terms, is the face of a place or a locale; it is also a focal point which accords and imparts character to a given place. Given this, where does our very own Srinagar City stand? Abysmally low is the sad and unfortunate answer. The reasons pertain to the nature […]