Paradox of poverties

Paradox of poverties

By AJAZ AHMAD RATHER During the decade of 1990s, poverty in Jammu and Kashmir was undergoing a paradoxical change. Two opposing trends were working at the same time. While poverty in absolute terms was reducing disproportionately faster in comparison to other states of India, in relative terms it was simultaneously increasing. The reducing poverty generated inclusive […]

The living martyr of the Handwara incident

The living martyr of the Handwara incident

By DAR WASIM Baye maele lagan baye vaan sajann/Baye lukh neran pan’nen kaaran/Anmaz janaano rowukh che (Again there will be festivities/Again markets will bustle/Again people will go about their work/But you never return my dear). These words of Bashir Dada are more relevant in the present atmosphere after the Handwara carnage. A few days of […]

Beyond Kashmir’s Fault Lines

Beyond Kashmir’s Fault Lines

By MUZAFFAR SHAHEEN Time and again, the disruption of political peace in Kashmir seems to be meant to further plague public order. The relative decline in militancy-related incidents seems to suggest that, by and large, people seem to be in a mode to distance themselves from the horrible memories of the past. But political intrigues […]

The Myths of SOP and Sadbhavana

The Myths of SOP and Sadbhavana

By BASHARAT SHAMEEM For Kashmiris, there cannot be any more elusive words than peace and security. Another week has passed in its blood-scrawled history which has seen innocent blood being splattered on the streets with almost inhuman nonchalance. Not only have precious lives been lost, dozens of young lives have been left shattered and amputated. […]

Kashmir, Democracy, and Indian State – The Unholy Trinity

By SAJAD RASOOL On the 12th of April, Indian security forces allegedly molested a school girl in North Kashmir’s Handwara town. The reaction was obvious – people came out on the roads to protest against the molestation, stones were pelted on the forces and they once again reacted the same way they have in the […]

WORLD BOOK DAY

By AKHTER SOFI World Book Day – also known as ‘World Book and Copyright Day’ — is celebrated on the 23rd of April. This annual event is meant to promote reading, publishing and copyright awareness among the masses. Specifically, the event acts as a tool to encourage younger generations to read and discover pleasure and […]

At 80, failed Abbas is probed, derided and scapegoated

At 80, failed Abbas is probed, derided and scapegoated

“We won’t act like them, we will not use violence or force, we are peaceful, we believe in peace, in peaceful popular resistance.” This was part of a message issued by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in October, only days after a few incidents took place in which Palestinian youth were accused of attacking Israeli soldiers and […]

THE PERSONIFIED MERCY

THE PERSONIFIED MERCY

By SAJAD AHMAD MIR Lost in the dazzling life of the material world, infatuated by the colourful components of the cosmos, absorbed into the short-lived sensual tastes of life, when mankind grows ungrateful towards its creator, and responds to His blessings with disobedience, it distances itself from the Most Merciful. When injustice takes over, standards […]

Secular and Liberal Iqbal

Secular and Liberal Iqbal

By AJAZ AHMAD LONE The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center abruptly changed the world order, Muslims suffered in every western country and western scholars and intellectuals posed serious questions against their old age traditions and rituals, in order to talk about the modern world, its nature and relation to the world of Islam […]

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