Unmoored, Callous “Policy”

Unmoored, Callous “Policy”

There is virtually and really no city in the world where there are no street vendors. From New York to Berlin to European cities, everywhere, street vendors can be seen. In the less developed parts of the world, street vendors form what is called the “unorganized sector”- a sector , which in the words of […]

A Curious Deferral

A Curious Deferral

The Supreme Court of India has deferred the hearing on Article 35 A by three months after New Delhi sought an adjournment for six months. New Delhi’s Attorney General cited the appointment of an interlocutor for the adjournment and held that the court hearing could impact the initiative. In essence then what has been done […]

A Lurid Fantasy and a Sterile Déjà vu

A Lurid Fantasy and a Sterile Déjà vu

The dictionary defines the word “hubris” as excessive pride or defiance, which ultimately leads to nemesis. And, hubris defines the Bhartiya Janata Party’s overall approach, especially toward(s) Kashmir. This finds an eloquent expression in the BJP’s assertion that Kashmir will be “Hurriyat free” by 2022. On the face of it, this assertion bears ridicule and […]

Jhelum Worries

Jhelum Worries

The water level of the Jhelum River- essentially Kashmir’s lifeline- is at its lowest in the past two decades. This has affected negatively the water supply in Kashmir and can possibly impact power supply here as well. The reasons offered for the low level are the long, dry spell that has hot Kashmir and the […]

Haphazard Mess

Haphazard Mess

A city, in general and generic terms, is the face of a place or a locale; it is also a focal point which accords and imparts character to a given place. Given this, where does our very own Srinagar City stand? Abysmally low is the sad and unfortunate answer. The reasons pertain to the nature […]

H1N1 Vaccines

H1N1 Vaccines

The name of the game in preventing contagious and even fatal disease(s) is pre-emptive and preventative care. This holds salience in Kashmir at a time when incidences of Swine Flu have been reported here and even a few deaths have taken place on account of this. But, unfortunately, the health authorities here are underprepared for […]

Information Morass

Information Morass

The Information Department of Jammu and Kashmir is in deep morass. While there appears to be a nexus between obscure or “litho” newspapers, so to speak, is almost common knowledge, there also appears to be patronage of “blue eyed boys” of journalism in Kashmir. All this came to more prominent light after an RTI was […]

A Fresh Approach??

A Fresh Approach??

As fear and uncertainty hover over Kashmir, New Delhi has appointed a special “interlocutor” for Kashmir. The apparent mandate of the interlocutor- an Intelligence Bureau (IB) man- is “sustained dialogue” over Kashmir. The context to this new development and appointment is severe pressure on the Hurriyat and allied activists, intense anti-militancy operations , among other […]

“Durbar Move”

“Durbar Move”

The very nomenclature, “Durbar Move”, in this day and age, is not only an aberration but also offensive to modern sensibilities. The connotation of the term suggests shifting of “court”, and it harks back to the times when Kashmiris were the subjects of autocratic maharajas. Despite changes of a structural nature at many levels, the […]

The Saga Continues

The Saga Continues

If the public mood can be gauged in Kashmir contemporarily against the back drop of the serial braid chopping incidents, then it would appear that the public anger has kind of plateaued after peaking. This is not to say all is well and hunky and dory in Kashmir. Plateauing of anger means that it can […]