Predatory Harassment of Women an Abominable Crime

Predatory Harassment of Women an Abominable Crime

A young woman at the prime of her life took away her life. The woman – an employee of the HDFC bank- left a suicide note accusing her boss of harassment and thus forcing her to tragically end her life. The details of this tragic and horrific accident are sketchy but if the premise for […]

Woefully and Disastrously Unprepared!

Woefully and Disastrously Unprepared!

The flood-like conditions in Kashmir have brought memories of the devastating floods of 2014. By way of a response, the administration has issued advisories and bland statements of “reassuring” people. The implicit admission or hope of the administration appears to be that these constitute a substitute for policy and flood/disaster preparedness.  Without delving or probing […]

The Resilience and Spirit of Kashmiris

The Resilience and Spirit of Kashmiris

As the flood like situation in Kashmir brings about echoes and reminisces of the horrid and devastating floods of 2014, it is perhaps time to stock take Kashmiris. Kashmir being Kashmir- a place defined by riveting beauty but at the same time riven by political conflict and ravages of nature- has not really been kind […]

Decoding United States’ Haley

Decoding United States’ Haley

In a statement that could be held to be a harbinger of United States approach towards South Asia, the country’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley stated that ““It’s absolutely right that this administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort […]

Cause(s) and Manifestations

Cause(s) and Manifestations

What causes militancy in Kashmir? If Mehbooba Mufti were asked this question, she has a readymade, reflexive answer: Pakistan.  This is not an inferential or speculative assessment; as a matter of fact, Mehbooba stated precisely this while campaigning for her brother for the upcoming Parliamentary by-polls. Both prima facie and at a deeper level, this […]

Delhi-Kashmir Schism

Delhi-Kashmir Schism

Every time a prime minister of India comes to Jammu and Kashmir for inaugurating an infrastructure project it’s always and variously described as a ‘path breaking’ development that is supposed to change the destiny of Kashmir. Right from the late 1950s when the Jawahar tunnel was built until the Chinani-Nashri tunnel, inaugurated Sunday by Narendra […]

Politics for Power?

Politics for Power?

Be it the statements against the extant political dispensation and its omissions and commissions or the statements peculiar to the politics of Kashmir, the National Conference(NC) appears to be making the right noises these days. All this appears to suggest that the grand old party of Kashmir is either undergoing a makeover or reviewing its […]

Between Fear and Self-respect

Between Fear and Self-respect

After the armed insurgency swept Kashmir almost three decades ago it has been widely acknowledged by politicians, bureaucrats, police and army officials — the commentariate in general — that counterinsurgency campaigns must be complimented by political mechanisms to resolve the conflict over Kashmir. But in its absence almost all State policy ultimately dovetails into the […]

Dismal Education

Dismal Education

Education in Kashmir is in a sorry and decrepit state. This is alarming not only because education has intrinsic value and is a public good but because the entire edifice of society- social, cultural, moral and ethical- depends on the nature of education provided. Moreover, education also has utilitarian implications and consequences. That is, education […]

Home Bias

Home Bias

The prism that is employed to view a situation, condition or generally speaking, life dictates the approach (es) towards this.  This statement, in the nature of a truism, applies to politics, economics, society, culture and conflicts. Given this, what would the Indian Home Ministry’s statement post Chadoora incident tell us about the prism employed by […]