Article 370: Between Rhetoric and Reality

Article 370: Between Rhetoric and Reality

Mehbooba Mufti has stated, in the Assembly that those opposing J&K’s special status enshrined in the Article 370 of Indian Constitution were “anti-national”. Mehbooba added that, ‘she was aware that some people were trying to use judiciary to scrap the legislation which gives J&K unique constitutional status and that those who are doing it are […]

Shambolic Opposition

Shambolic Opposition

The legislative process in Jammu and Kashmir has become shambolic. This is perhaps best reflected in the bland reaction and response to the proposal for rendering Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday into a state holiday. The major opposition party, the National Conference, instead of opposing the resolution proposing the holiday, staged a walk out before the […]

Karan Singh’s Theater of the Absurd

Karan Singh’s Theater of the Absurd

Welcoming the Legislative Council’s resolution declaring the birth anniversary of his father Maharaja Hari Singh- the erstwhile ruler of Jammu and Kashmir- as a state holiday, Karan Singh criticized ‘attempts to brand’ the state’s erstwhile ruler as ‘communal’. Singh speaking at a book launch also alleged that the National Conference (NC) was responsible for spreading […]

Awards politics

Awards politics

State awards are politics by other means, and these are often more revealing than the equivocal statements politicians never tire of making. Although Burhan Wani’s killing was a trigger for the a months-long popular uprising against the status in Kashmir, the state’s ‘mainstream’ politicians were struck both by the fallout of the rebel’s killing and […]

Dealing with Dissent

Dealing with Dissent

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti termed ‘divergence of opinion’ in a democracy as the soul of the constitution and attributed the lack of democracy as a “common factor” among the countries facing strife these days. Mehbooba also said that peace was requisite for development. Echoing her, Governor NN Vohra said in his Republic Day address that […]

Legislative Autocracy!

Legislative Autocracy!

So, the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday asking the government to declare the birth anniversary of the last Dogra autocrat, Maharaja Hari Singh, an official holiday! Since when did ‘democracies’ start celebrating autocrats who have left behind a long history of untold tyranny that subjected people of his kingdom to […]

Come January 26!

Come January 26!

The constitution of a nation is celebrated because it provides the ultimate protection for the rights it grants the average citizen. Preparations for India’s Republic Day, due Thursday, have begun in right earnest in Kashmir. In Kashmir this day means an extremely elaborate security arrangement to the extent that civilian movement is automatically discouraged, and […]

Gawkadal Massacre: The Tragedy of Kashmir

Gawkadal Massacre: The Tragedy of Kashmir

On 21 January 1990, death and destruction stalked the streets of Srinagar. This reached a climax at Gaw Kadal where paramilitary forces brazenly and unabashedly opened fire on unarmed protestors, killing 50. There were two contexts to what came to be called as a massacre. One was the local one: Kashmir was in a state […]

Spurious Morality

Spurious Morality

Zaira Wasim, the young and graceful Kashmiri artist is no exception, in Kashmir or in India. Nor is cinema, neither acting. Many Kashmiris before Zaira have worked in Bollywood as musicians, cinematographers, actors and writers. The chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s brother, a successful cinematographer who recently joined the PDP was never projected as a ‘role […]

Don’t Sanitize Kashmir’s History

Don’t Sanitize Kashmir’s History

Education Minister, Naeem Akhtar has said that the government would consider including more information in school history textbooks about the steps taken by Dogra rulers for welfare and overall development of the state. Akhtar added that , ‘updating education curriculum is a continuous process and the education department will recommend introduction of chapters in history […]