As Schools Reopen

As Schools Reopen

Schools reopened in Kashmir after a gap of almost eight months.  The interim period has been a tough period for the pupils of the region—especially in terms of the opportunity costs incurred for foregoing education. But, this is a mere blip in the larger scheme of things. What is alarming and what is going unnoticed […]

A City is as Good as its Road System

A City is as Good as its Road System

A city, the cliché goes, is as good as its transportation system. If this assertion holds, then logically, a good transportation system is as good as the road system of a city. This has a searing resonance for Kashmir where the condition of roads is so bad that the High Court will be monitoring the […]

Power Blues

Power Blues

The National Conference has called upon the Government of India(GoI) to start immediate engagement with the Hurriyat leadership and the Government of Pakistan instead of imposing curbs on media, mosques and madrassas as announced in an advisory by the government’s home ministry. The party also said that army chief’s recent statement on handling protesters can […]

Government and Aesthetic

Government and Aesthetic

In Kashmir it’s now hard to come across aesthetically pleasing and culturally or environmentally appropriate structures or buildings the government constructs. One of the first big buildings that came up after Dogra colonial rule is the seat of the government, the Secretariat in the summer capital Srinagar. It looks like an erstwhile Soviet building transplanted […]

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 […]