Flight from Reality

Flight from Reality

The government of India has ruled out talks with pro-freedom leaders in Kashmir and insists that the problem is limited to just five districts of south Kashmir while the rest of the state is “in peace”. In an interview to the IANS,  Union Minister of  India Venkaiah Naidu further said that the trouble in the […]

Guns and Bullets versus Stones

Guns and Bullets versus Stones

The Indian Army is facing a “dirty war” in Jammu and Kashmir which has to be fought through “innovative” ways, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has said, stoutly defending the use of a Kashmiri as a ‘human shield’ by a young officer. “This is a proxy war and proxy war is a dirty war. […]

The Kill Lust

The Kill Lust

A pall of gloom eerily akin to the ambiance and mood that befell Kashmir after Burhan Wani’s killing has fallen again on the vale after the killing of Sabzar Ahmad- the twenty something successor of Wani. Soon after the news of Sabzar’s killing broke out, Kashmir witnessed a combination of a demonstration of solidarity and […]

Ramadan Kareem!!

Ramadan Kareem!!

The Holy month of Ramadan – the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims all over the world by fasting from dawn to dusk-is about to begin. It is, as is well known, obligatory upon Muslims to fast in this auspicious and holy month. While scientific research has clearly demonstrated the physiological and […]

Death of Indigenous Industry

Death of Indigenous Industry

The mainstays of Kashmir’s economy, to posit a cliché are handicrafts, horticulture and tourism. In this sense Kashmir’s economy is still a somewhat agrarian economy despite the depletion of agricultural land which has now become commoditized here.  By almost all metrics and indices , these sectors of our economy are getting defunct. Yes, Kashmir is […]

“Governance” as Surrogate and Division of Labor

“Governance” as Surrogate and Division of Labor

One noticeable feature or development post “Durbar Move” in Kashmir is the emphasis laid by the administration on ostensible and obvious facets of “governance” and/or “development”. Major roads and even link roads are being macadamized and members of the “mainstream” political class are seen or wanting to be seen going through the motions of administration […]

Appalling!!

Appalling!!

Indian Army major,  who had tied a man to a jeep in Kashmir purportedly as a shield against stone pelters, has been awarded by the Army for his ‘sustained efforts’ in counter-insurgency operations. The Army Chief’s ‘Commendation Card’ for Major Gogoi is seen as an indication that he is unlikely to be implicated for the […]

Culture of Impunity

Culture of Impunity

In a culture of impunity where Gau Rakshaks( Cow Vigilantes) brazenly kill Muslims, amidst the presence of the Indian police, it perhaps comes as no surprise that the a BJP MP, former actor turned politician, Paresh Rawal , has tweeted that “ instead of a Kashmiri stone pelter, Arundhati Roy should be tied to an […]

The Illusion of Control

The Illusion of Control

BJP national president Amit Shah has said the “Kashmir problem” emerged because of Congress, expressing confidence that the Narendra Modi government will soon control the present situation in the Valley. Besides the blame game inhering in Shah’s remarks, the key and operative word is “control”. So what does control in the given context and conditions […]

Shambolic and Semiotic Symbolism

Shambolic and Semiotic Symbolism

The Goods and Services Taxation(GST) meeting held in Kashmir is defined by symbolism at every level.  There does not appear to be any substance to the meet other than a demonstration effect vis a vis Kashmir. The reference to symbolism and contestation thereof is not just rhetorical. It is based on substance and rational argument.  […]