Geopolitical Realignments

Geopolitical Realignments

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyeb Erdogan has, in a joint press conference with Mahmoud Abbas said that “ establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem along the lines of 1967 is crucial for stability in the region”. Erdogan also vowed that Ankara would continue in its efforts in the recognition of Palestine in all international […]

The Spirit of Sacrifice

The Spirit of Sacrifice

Eid al Adha will be celebrated across the world on Saturday, the 2nd of September, 2017 or the 10th of Dhul Hijjah. Eid ul Adha is essentially, among other things, the commemoration of the spirit of sacrifice. In the Islamic schema and history, Hazrat Ibrahim(AS) willingly and gladly agreed to sacrifice his son for Allah. […]

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) is a condition that develops amongst those who are exposed to deep and severe trauma. If not diagnosed and left to fester untreated, PTSD can morph and mutate into psychologically debilitating illness(es). Being a conflict zone, it is self evident that many people would suffer from PTSD. The problem with trauma […]

Dubai Conference

Dubai Conference

Conflicts, generally speaking, spawn an ecology and an ecosystem where the voice of genuine stakeholders and parties, at times, gets obscured by those who neither have a standing in conflicts nor any mandate. The conflict in and over Kashmir is no different. It , too, has generated an ecology where certain players attempt to graft […]

The Trial (Kafka Redux)

The Trial (Kafka Redux)

The doyen of doyens and one of the key literary figures of the 20th century, Franz Kafka, in his ouvres dwelt on the nature of predicament(s) faced by individual(s) in bizarre conditions overlaid by incomprehensible social bureaucratic powers. One of Kafka’s best known works, in this regard is , The Trial, where Kafka poignantly and […]

Real Stakeholders

Real Stakeholders

The conflict in and over Kashmir has, unfortunately, spawned a cottage industry of sorts. The thrust of this industry is to hold conferences, seminars and other related themes on Kashmir and the conflict thereof. Usually, participants of these conferences get to travel, enjoy ne destinations and get opportunities for networking for self advancement. One such […]

Degraded Kashmir

Degraded Kashmir

The captivating, pristine and mesmerizing beauty of the Kashmir is legendary. It has inspired poetry and captured the attention of all and the imagination of many. So much so the Mughal emperor Jahangir emphatically and eloquently stated that “If there is paradise on earth, here(Kashmir) it is, here it is”. But this stuff of legend […]

The Politics of Fear

The Politics of Fear

Niccolo Machiavell- an Italian political theorist and philosopher- attained great fame (or even notoriety) for his political treatise, The Prince. The book was a general guideline for rulers to maintain power. Perhaps the most controversial or even notorious aspect of The Prince was Machiavelli’s dictum or suggestion, “that it is better to be feared than […]

The Menace of Drug Addiction

The Menace of Drug Addiction

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the government to revisit the phenomenon of drug addiction, treatment and control of drugs entering the state in a comprehensive manner, keeping in mind the new methods adopted globally. The court observed that it was the duty of the government to check the menace of drug addiction […]

United Front

United Front

Contrary to myths and perceptions trotted out by vested interests, support for keeping Article 35 A and not abrogating it is emerging from all regions and quarters of Jammu and Kashmir. This debunks a certain narrative which claims that resistance to scrapping of the said Article is only restricted to Kashmir. Support for maintaining Article […]