Adding to the Burden of the Poor

Adding to the Burden of the Poor

The twin “sisters” of the IMF and the World Bank, in their” structural adjustment” and similar other programs insist on “conditionalities” before dishing out grants or loans to countries in need or even in crises. This has historically been done under the broad rubric of the so called “Washington Consenus”, whose major thrust is giving […]

Bad Management

Bad Management

The longest fly over in Kashmir, which traverses Jehangir Chowk and Rambagh, and whose Phase I was slated to begin on the 31st of December, has hit a snag. The leg of the Phase I have not and will not be open to commute. The reasons that have been trotted for this dysfunction are inclement […]

Consequential Omission

Consequential Omission

In a response to an RTI, the Home Department of Jammu and Kashmir has revealed that “rules and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) have not been applied when taking recourse to this Act. It may be noted that the PSA traces its beginnings, especially in terms of its application, to the late 1970’s in Kashmir. In […]

Fresh and Novel Approach is Needed

Fresh and Novel Approach is Needed

The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, N N Vohra, in the inaugural session of the Assembly session 2018, has, pared to essence, made a pitch for peace. Vohra, among other things said that “those who had refused to be part of the peace process and not met the Centre’s interlocutor, must come forward and engage […]

War, Peace and Cricket

War, Peace and Cricket

In 1987, India conducted massive military mobilization and maneuvers which alarmed Pakistan to the extent of counter mobilization and maneuvers by Pakistan. The situation( or condition) reached such a crescendo that tensions between the countries escalated. But, these intense and serious tensions were defused after both India and Pakistan entered into what has been termed […]

Talk Openly

Talk Openly

It has been asserted and held by scholars of repute that the policy toward Kashmir has been “outsourced” by India and Pakistan to their respective intelligence agencies. This assertion or even belief appears to be validated by the rather secret meeting held by and between the National Security advisers of the two countries in Bangkok, […]

Pilgrimage Tourism

Pilgrimage Tourism

Around 200 pilgrims from Pakistan have been denied visas to participate in the death anniversary of Hazrat Khwaja Nizamuddin Awliya by authorities in India. This not only is a travesty but also constitutes a missed or lost opportunity in terms of building peace between India and Pakistan. Moreover, it also goes against the gravamen of […]

Make PET Functional

Make PET Functional

The Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan machine, that helps detect cancer(s) and other debilitating illnesses has been installed at SKIMS, Soura. While this is an extremely important and welcome development but doctors and patients are still waiting for its inauguration. The scanning process done through and by the PET helps in detection of cancer, heart […]

The Medium and the Messenger

The Medium and the Messenger

The “ban” on the use of social media by those working for and in the Administration has evoked and elicited sharp criticism from a cross section of society. Rightly so. The gag order infringes on the freedom of expression of those denizens of Jammu and Kashmir who are employees of the administration. It may be […]

New Axes and Configurations

New Axes and Configurations

As Russia is increasingly asserting itself regionally and globally and as the United States prepares itself to counter (or even contain China), which America appears to view as a peer competitor, the post Second War order is in the cusp of profound change(s) and transition. In the process of transition, India appears to be increasingly […]