Too Formulaic!

Too Formulaic!

The Home Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, has said that “Five Cs form basis for resolution of problems of Kashmir – compassion, communication, coexistence, confidence building and consistency”. On the face of it , these fine sounding words suggest a change of heart among and in the attitude and approach of powers that be towards […]

Dangerous Times

Dangerous Times

It is in conflict zones that journalists are usually killed. Often times, this is because information is a political and tactical tool in conflicts. The managing of information, the planting of information, a rumour let loose here, an incident suppressed there, these are all resources for parties in and to a conflict o turn the […]

Deep Uncertainty

Deep Uncertainty

Profound uncertainty hovers Kashmir as the Home Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, arrives in Kashmir for a four day visit. Another context to Rajnath’s visit is the putative attempt to abrogate Article 35 A. This adds a layer to the extant uncertainty that defines Kashmir. The vale is at an inflection point-socially, economically, demographically and […]

Journalism in Perilous Times

Journalism in Perilous Times

These are perilous, parlous and precarious times for honest and non partisan journalism. This assertion is validated and corroborated by the murder of an intrepid and feisty journalist, Gauri Lankeshwar, a few days ago. Closer home, a photojournalist Kamran Yusuf has been slapped with charges of being a stone-pelter and is in the crosshairs of […]

Abysmal Standards!

Abysmal Standards!

An experience that almost every Kashmir- except the powerful and the influential- rues and dreads is the interface with public officials of the administration. Be it the clerk at a public office or the official in charge, what stands out in the interface between the public and these amounts to almost harassment. The reasons accrue […]

Public Health and Hygiene

Public Health and Hygiene

Over, during and after Eid al Adha, numerous cases of food poisoning were reported. The problem was so severe that the health department issued an advisory. While the department attributed the cause(s) to raw and uncooked meat, the real problem appears to go beyond this. It , among other things, pertains to health and hygiene […]

Sad Plight!

Sad Plight!

As a clear cut ethnic cleansing takes place in the Rakhine state of Myanmar of Rohingya Muslims, the world watches as a mute spectator. This “cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims can potentially mutate and morph into genocide. But, to repeat, the world is watching. No lessons, it would appear, have been learnt from the genocide in […]

Divine Unity

Divine Unity

Hundreds and thousands of Muslims, across the world, will be and are in the midst of performing the Hajj. The hajj is an incumbent duty(fard) upon Muslims who are financially and physically able to perform it. It is a fundamental aspiration of Muslims to perform the Hajj. The Hajj through various rituals testifies to Divine […]

In Denial

In Denial

Outgoing Home Secretary of India, Rajiv Mehrishi, has stated that “talks with separatists in Jammu and Kashmir are possible but they have to take place without any conditions”. Mehrishi added that “alienation is a “concept of Delhi media”, and the real issue for Kashmir is terrorism and radicalization”. This is as slanted a take and […]

Hospital Maladministration

Hospital Maladministration

The hospital(s) system in Kashmir is a critical component of health care and allied facilities. Admittedly, there is a mismatch between supply and demand of health care here as there is tremendous pressure on the hospital system(s) and the ecosystem it has spawned but there really is no excuse for misadministration and malfeasance, inspite of […]