Obsession with Delhi

Obsession with Delhi

Politicians, in the ‘mainstream’ space, look towards Delhi as their core constituency. This is a statement of the obvious. But Mehbooba Mufti’s statement, wherein she vigorously asserted that, “technically we are connected with India but we want to integrate with it emotionally” revalidates and reinforces this view and assessment. While the use of third person […]

Listen to the Street

Listen to the Street

There are essentially two interpretations of Mehbooba Mufti’s erroneous and flawed attribution of the 2016 uprising. A charitable interpretation lends itself to the assessment that Mehbbooba is getting the causality (cause and effect) of the uprising wrong on account of a misdiagnosis accruing from flawed and messy inputs.  Another reading is that Mehbooba is willfully […]

Fostering Divisions

Fostering Divisions

Mehbooba Mufti, in an address to PDP workers and party members, has called for a ‘dialogue within’. She added that, ‘a peace process should start in the state which entails talking between ourselves as our people are fighting against each other.’ And that, ‘the relations between India and Pakistan but they cannot remain the same […]

Politics of Patronage

Politics of Patronage

A curious paradox or even irony appears to have defined the profile – demographic and cultural – of people who attended the first death anniversary of the PDP’s patron-founder, Mufti Mohammad Sayyed. Most mourners were either in the middle age bracket or even older. If it is discounted that these mourners were roots and branches […]

Faulty Thinking

Faulty Thinking

The new chief of the Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat, has pointed towards a new Counter Insurgency (COIN) strategy towards Kashmir. General Rawat, drawing contrast with Naxalism, stated that “unlike Naxalism, in which locals are joining due to a feeling of deprivation, it is not the case in Kashmir which has been under siege from […]

(Mis)appropriating Politics

(Mis)appropriating Politics

Kashmir-based political parties who fight elections for ruling the state most often do so from the space of a certain denial of the political reality of Kashmir itself, which is not hidden from anyone. The histories of the two main parties, the Peoples Democratic Party and the National Conference before that are full of instances […]

Statistical Admissions!

Statistical Admissions!

The administration has asserted that “only” 76 persons were killed in State forces action during the 2016 unrest. It added that 1059 people were arrested. These included 318 people under the Public Safety Act (PSA). These are startling figures but more astonishing and astounding is the administration’s assertion that “only” four people were killed in […]

Political Amnesia

Political Amnesia

The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti in a statement, has asserted that “abandoning the plebiscite movement and the rigged elections of 1987 sowed the seeds of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir”. Stripped of accretions, this assertion essentially is a not too veiled attempt to apportion blame on the PDP’s opponent, the National […]

Power and force

Power and force

The Indian Army’s new Chief General Bipin Rawat has stated that although the armed forces wanted to maintain peace and tranquility at the border, they will not “shy away from using power in any form”. The statement comes in the wake and context of prolonged albeit intermittent tension along the LoC. The statement, on the […]

Powerless Kashmir

Powerless Kashmir

Kashmir is powerless, both in the literal and figurative sense of the term. This is, of course, stating the obvious but the reference is to the electricity (power) woes that have hit the valley. The power crisis that has the Kashmir in a viselike grasp comes at a time when electricity is needed most during […]