Total Control: Past tense, Future Imperfect

Total Control: Past tense, Future Imperfect

India’s Home Ministry, in a report made public by the Indian Express, and has called for stringent measures to “control” Kashmir. These include control of mosques, madrasas, print and TV media and revival of the police’s counter insurgency unit SOG (Special Operation Group). The report also calls for controlling changes in political atmosphere, strengthening intelligence […]

Same old Abdullah

Same old Abdullah

Three-time former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and top patron of National Conference, Farooq Abdullah appears to be embarking on a political strategy that has failed completely after the creation of his rival Peoples Democratic Party. Abdullah told his party workers in Srinagar on Friday that he believed that Kashmiri militants were sacrificing their […]

Look beyond gun

Look beyond gun

A pattern can now be detected in Kashmir: the force employed to combat militants is met with counterforce by militants. The Shopian attack that took place in the wee hours of Thursday validates this pattern. Yes, there is an asymmetry involved in the casualties that attacks and counterattacks generate but this is what asymmetric war […]

Amnesty’s Moral Tour de Force

Amnesty’s Moral Tour de Force

South Asia is in the cross hairs of the Amnesty International. The human rights organization has, in a report, portrayed a grim picture of human rights in the whole of South Asia. “South Asia, according to the Amnesnty International’s South Asia director, Biraj Patnaik, is seeing a worrying rollback of human rights as various governments […]

Kashmir’s Invisible Victims

Kashmir’s Invisible Victims

Kashmir’s pristine beauty is lacerated by scars and blemishes. A statement of the obvious, it may, however be dismissed as a rhetorical one. But it has a searing resonance for the victims of the conflict in and over Kashmir- especially the forgotten victims of the conflict.- the people, who have been incarcerated and live out […]

Peace and Conflict do not go together

Peace and Conflict do not go together

Mehbooba Mufti, speaking at a function, stated that, “Peace is must for development. There is peaceful atmosphere in Jammu and it is progressing. We would once enjoy that atmosphere in Kashmir”. She added that, “we, in Kashmir, have now to decide on how to shape our future” At another event, Mehbooba stated that, “.the agenda […]

Route to Regional Peace lies through Kashmir

Route to Regional Peace lies through Kashmir

  Pakistan ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi is spot on in asserting that “the recent flare up in Kashmir threatened regional peace”. It is almost a truism to assert that the route to peace in South Asia lies through Kashmir. The reasons pertain to the nature of the conflict in and over Kashmir, […]

Conflict Resolution not Obfuscation is Needed

Conflict Resolution not Obfuscation is Needed

The State Human Right Commission’s investigation (SHRC) wing has, in a report, stated that ‘carelessness and deliberate attempts by investigation officer has led to loss of the evidence to punish the paramilitary CRPF men responsible the Hawal massacre in 1990.At least 67 people were killed and hundreds injured when the paramilitary troops opened fire on […]

Rawat’s Visceral Interpretation

Rawat’s Visceral Interpretation

Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat has stated that, ‘ people who attempt to come to rescue of militants during anti-militancy operations will be treated as ‘Over Ground Workers’ of militants and those displaying Pakistani and IS flags will be dealt as anti-nationals. Rawat added that, they will face harsh actions’. Coming from the chief of […]

Policy for the Differently- Abled

Policy for the Differently- Abled

Mehbooba Mufti, while chairing a joint meeting of officers of Social Welfare Department and representatives of the physically challenged persons has stated that, ‘time has come when the societal attitude about persons with disabilities needs to be changed and an atmosphere based on equal opportunities and challenges be created for them so that they can […]

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