One Way Ticket

As fellow-traveller on Kashmir’s mountain highways, Death’s commitment to his calling is second only to the lack of it among the state’s police and traffic authorities. Evidence seems to suggest that this, in fact, is a league of extra-ordinary forces, one driven by inevitability, and the other by incorrigibility. But even in this ghoulish pact, […]

Hill Council Gripes

Several quarters in the Jammu region have opposed the creation of new administrative units in the state. According to them, the National Conference is trying to create a Chenab Valley Autonomous Hill Development Council and a Pir Panjal Council in the garb of the new units. They further believe that the move is aimed at […]

Don’t take people for granted

Kashmir’s pro-freedom camp has faced many types of ebbs and flows in the state’s six decades old turbulent history. While this period of Kashmir’s national history is replete with the incidents of unprecedented sacrifices offered by people and leadership alike, it has also witnessed compromises and capitulations by those leading from the front on this […]

Don't take people for granted

Kashmir’s pro-freedom camp has faced many types of ebbs and flows in the state’s six decades old turbulent history. While this period of Kashmir’s national history is replete with the incidents of unprecedented sacrifices offered by people and leadership alike, it has also witnessed compromises and capitulations by those leading from the front on this […]

Ignoring Chenab, Pir Panjal regions

Immediately after assuming office of the Chief Minister in 1996, Farooq Abdullah promised administrative autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir Valley. Regional Autonomy Committee (RAC) with Balraj Puri as its Working chairman was constituted to look into the viability of the model. For two years, the RAC interacted with people from remote areas of both the […]

Industrialising Polls?

Industries Minister Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo’s recent announcement about the government setting up 18 new industrial estates in Jammu and Kashmir sounds like a crude joke wrapped inside a poll promise that will eventually turn out to be a big dud. Ask people already associated with the industrial and manufacturing sector, particularly those privileged enough to […]

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