Cloak the Dagger

Cloak the Dagger

The arrest of an alleged RAW agent by Pakistani agencies, apparently in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, proves nothing that everyone doesn’t already know. And it also will change precisely nothing. But, on the whole, one must also remember how petty, how puny – to quote the sage called Groucho Marx — the misnomer called ‘military intelligence’ […]

Wither justice!

Wither justice!

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on 21 March 2016, convicted Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, for war crimes committed by soldiers under his effective control between 2002 and 2003 in the Central African Republic. He is yet to be sentenced. Radovan Karadzic, the ex Bosnian Serb leader and Supreme Commander of the armed forces was recently convicted […]

What Mehbooba can do

What Mehbooba can do

Mehbooba Mufti is poised to become the Chief Minister of J&K which, as the cliché goes, is not like becoming the chief minister of an Indian state, barring perhaps Nagaland and Manipur. She is ascending the chair as a politician who has been slighted. From announcing that nothing short of Confidence Building Measures will make […]

Optics as the end!

Optics as the end!

Almost three months have passed since the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and the beginning of a seemingly wrenching haggling by his successor designate Mehbooba Mufti to assume the mantle of Jammu and Kashmir state’s chief minister. A lot of water has flown under the Abdullah Bridge since. In the hope of reclaiming a ‘lost […]

Death in Brussels

Death in Brussels

The dastardly attacks in Brussels have again highlighted that we now live in a world where violence and terror are truly globalised. Be it the murder of innocents in Turkey, or of Europeans, or all the wars being carried out in vast swathes of Muslim lands, no one act of violence can be now said […]

Beyond the customary

Beyond the customary

Various explanations are forwarded for why thousands of people turn up in funeral processions of militants. The government forces and an army of state apologists masquerading as journalists and analysts seek to explain it away by merely calling it as a ‘matter of concern’. We no more hear what used to be the in the […]

Living with humiliation

Living with humiliation

Political history can also be composed of anecdotes. Such as, for example, the Kashmiri research student in New Delhi, some years ago, when asked what he was working on, tersely replied ‘humiliation’. The latter, of course, is also an integral facet of — call it what you will: hegemony, occupation and, consequently, the colonialists showing […]

Full circle

Full circle

It is now well and clearly known that the so-called mainstream, or pro-India political parties of Kashmir cannot have it both ways anymore. Their manner of collaboration with the Indian state has already yielded a situation where it now appears unthinkable that a government in Jammu and Kashmir could be formed without the participation of […]

Form and orientation

Kashmir’s long and continuing struggle for winning the otherwise universal right to self determination derives itself from a history of suppression its people have been subjected to for centuries by outside rule. This struggle took a definite turn first in 1947 when the subcontinent was decolonised, and then another sharper one in 1989 by when […]

Be warned!

Be warned!

India is the only country that does not accept Kashmir to be an international dispute. This forms the basis for ‘denial of rights’ to Kashmiris. The untenable state of affairs has met varied responses by the citizens, including recourse to arms by a section of the people when everything else seemed insufficient for securing basic […]

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