Intifada For Dummies: Why A Popular Uprising Is Yet To Take Off?

Intifada For Dummies: Why A Popular Uprising Is Yet To Take Off?

Whether history moves in a straight or cyclical line, it matters little. The uncontested fact is that it is in constant motion. Thus, the current situation in Palestine is particularly frustrating to a generation that has grown up after the Oslo Peace Accord because they have been brought up within a strange historical phenomenon: where […]

The man in the blue jacket

The man in the blue jacket

By Muhammad Faysal On a cold breezy morning many years ago, I made my way to our national monument – the martyrs’ graveyard at Eidgah. My mother’s cousin is buried there along with his friends and neighbours. I asked Habibullah, the caretaker, to show me where Ashfaq is buried, “in the last row on your […]

A LONG WALK TO THE TRUTH (Part 2)

By Sajad Ahmad Mir The scheme of the Buddhist world-view proved to be quiet contrary to human nature and Dr. Nishikant started to grow indifferent towards the “despondent approach” of Buddhism. He depicts his experiences thus: “The inherent pessimism of Buddhism did not appeal to me at all and I soon grew tired of it. […]

Journalism as Genocide

Journalism as Genocide

The behavior of the Indian media over the past few decades has an eerie similarity to the behaviour of Der Sturmer and Kangura, leading up to the violence, ethnic killings and genocide.   By Suchitra Vijayan In its 2003 verdict, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) found Rwandan journalists Ferdinand Nahimana and Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza guilty […]

Kashmir and the Nuclear Threat

“The best way to solve any problem is to remove its cause.” —Martin Luther King Nuclear weapons are the scourge of the earth; to mine for them, manufacture them, deploy them, use them, is a curse against God, the human family, and the earth itself.” Philip Berrigan, American Peace Activist. The nuclear age has placed […]

A Life Choked by Dust

A Life Choked by Dust

By Danish Mehraj Pampore is also known as ‘saffron town’ since it is the only saffron-producing belt in Kashmir. This title was conferred on it some decades ago, but it seems we are about to lose that quality. Some areas in this belt are becoming a reason for the degradation in environment. Just a few […]

Challenging “unemployment’

Challenging “unemployment’

By Syed Irtiqa Kaushfi Nothing can be more de-motivating and discouraging than being educated but unemployed. When in spite of being educated, one has to knock every known door to get oneself hired or recruited but still fail in doing so owing to less or no vacancy, what good can one aspire for future? How […]

The West and Islam: From Hate to War

The West and Islam: From Hate to War

By M SHAHEEN The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’ But they make us seem like haters —Muhammad Ali Donald Trump, the US Republican presidential frontrunner, last week on CNN said that Islam hated ‘us’, referring to the western world. He earlier sought a ban on Muslims entering […]

Examining the Public Sphere in India

Examining the Public Sphere in India

By Arshid Iqbal Dar What has happened in India over the last couple of months from the “intolerance debate” to the JNU controversy can be called an issue of ‘public sphere’. The attempt here is to analyse the situation from Habermas’ notion of public sphere; therefore, it is desirable to first have a brief description […]

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