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 […]

Refugee resettlement:  A Trojan Horse

Refugee resettlement:  A Trojan Horse

As the tension that riled Kashmir after the killing of Burhan Wani killing still lingers on, a controversy has been foisted upon the people, into the very firmament of the contested territory. This time around, it is in the form and shape of identity cards given to the West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs) to resettle in […]

Lawlessness of law

Lawlessness of law

A struggle for political and human rights is also fundamentally a fight against a set or body of laws that are used by the State or the oppressor to deny those rights. Highlighting truth is actually about the right to freedom of expression as much as it is about freedom after expression. It is the […]

Making hey while fatigue!

Making hey while fatigue!

The history of legislation in Kashmir has been a relentless process of weakening the local political agency. The political parties, right from the days when the National Conference was almost the sole arbitrator of the fate of Kashmir to the period when the Peoples Democratic Party came into being, have not been able to resist […]

UNSHACKLED- We are back!

UNSHACKLED- We are back!

The work that must go in producing a newspaper every day cannot ever be postponed. Three months is a long time in the life of a daily and those who make it – reporters, editors and members of its administrative and managerial staff. But for us at Kashmir Reader it felt like just the next […]

Of chances and chancers

Of chances and chancers

The Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti’s yesterday’s statement hailing Prime Minister Modi for giving Pakistan the ‘last chance’ to fight poverty and illiteracy together “instead of militant activities” stands discredited less than 24 hours later as the news about cross the border firing between the troops of the two countries that has caused several fatalities on […]

From dream to hope

From dream to hope

Kashmiri resistance to the forms of rule they have lived under has long spawned a dream of sovereignty, a ferment that has been constantly nurtured by generations. This resistance has invited eras of repression, which finally brought about the extreme degree of militarization of the land its residents are chafed under. But nothing has dissolved […]

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