Shirking our Collective Responsibility is Immoral and Irreligious

Shirking our Collective Responsibility is Immoral and Irreligious

Kashmiri society, despite the steady and inexorable pressures wrought by the forces of modernization, continues to be a cohesive unit. The family and family values continue to inform our collective and social ethos; we are a humane and a kind people which explains the relatively less incidences of violent crime in Kashmir. However, we also […]

Expanding Impunity

Expanding Impunity

The most disturbing developments most often happen on the sly. The state government is preparing to approve Jammu and Kashmir Police Draft Bill-2013 that nearly brings the state police force at par with the central armed forces deployed here in terms of the legal impunity available to them. The Bill, if approved, will empower the […]

The Illusion of Governance

The Illusion of Governance

Were if not for a Sunday, total chaos would have reigned the streets of Srinagar. However, despite being a holiday and a cold, wet wintry day, Srinagar city was not a picture perfect portrait of calm and quiet. The reasons for the disquiet (not political) in the winter capital, was the few inches of snow […]

At the mercy of the State

At the mercy of the State

On Thursday a Kashmiri soldier of the Indian Army experienced up close what a citizen in a remote border area can have to face. The soldier’s mother had died while putting up with him in Pathankot where he served. The soldier obviously desired to bring his mother’s body for burial to his native village in […]

Modi’s Israel Visit: Power Politics trumps Justice!

Modi’s Israel Visit: Power Politics trumps Justice!

Narendra Modi is slated to visit Israel in June or July, 2017. The visit follows Israel’s gradual recognition by India and multi- level co-operation in different spheres. In a way the impending is inevitable given the ineluctable drift of relations over a period of time between India and Israel and the overall tenor of world […]

Article 370: Thou shall not Speak Sine Die!

Article 370: Thou shall not Speak Sine Die!

In the tragicomic fallout and reaction to Mehbooba Mufti’s remarks in the Legislative Assembly wherein she had said that, ‘those opposing Article 370 were anti-national’, the Assembly morphed into a niggling and nit picking arena. The Speaker of the Assembly sought to expunge Mehbooba’s remarks and in the outrage that ensued, the Assembly was adjourned […]

Article 370: Between Rhetoric and Reality

Article 370: Between Rhetoric and Reality

Mehbooba Mufti has stated, in the Assembly that those opposing J&K’s special status enshrined in the Article 370 of Indian Constitution were “anti-national”. Mehbooba added that, ‘she was aware that some people were trying to use judiciary to scrap the legislation which gives J&K unique constitutional status and that those who are doing it are […]

Shambolic Opposition

Shambolic Opposition

The legislative process in Jammu and Kashmir has become shambolic. This is perhaps best reflected in the bland reaction and response to the proposal for rendering Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday into a state holiday. The major opposition party, the National Conference, instead of opposing the resolution proposing the holiday, staged a walk out before the […]

Karan Singh’s Theater of the Absurd

Karan Singh’s Theater of the Absurd

Welcoming the Legislative Council’s resolution declaring the birth anniversary of his father Maharaja Hari Singh- the erstwhile ruler of Jammu and Kashmir- as a state holiday, Karan Singh criticized ‘attempts to brand’ the state’s erstwhile ruler as ‘communal’. Singh speaking at a book launch also alleged that the National Conference (NC) was responsible for spreading […]

Awards politics

Awards politics

State awards are politics by other means, and these are often more revealing than the equivocal statements politicians never tire of making. Although Burhan Wani’s killing was a trigger for the a months-long popular uprising against the status in Kashmir, the state’s ‘mainstream’ politicians were struck both by the fallout of the rebel’s killing and […]