Are we respecting sexual rights of our youth?

Ajaz Ahmad Rather It is not surprising that many articles on American demographics have called the US ‘the nation of bastards’. According to the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention, at least 40 percent of babies in the US from 2008 to 2013 were born to unmarried mothers. And at the centre of this trend, […]

India repeatedly promised plebiscite in Kashmir to the world community

Qazi Athar After the controversial instrument of accession was executed the Indian army landed in Kashmir to repulse the tribal “invasion.” The founder of Pakistan, MA Jinnah told the chief of army staff Sir Douglas Gracy that the country should now get involved in the hostilities but joint field marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck responded that […]

Mufti brought both the Congress and RSS into Kashmir

Mufti brought both the Congress and RSS into Kashmir

Abdul Majid Zargar The death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed resulted in many articles and write-ups lavishing praises on him. While it is an unwritten rule of our rich cultural ethos not to speak bad of deceased persons but it shouldn’t be used as a brush to distort facts and obfuscate truth. Despite many who find […]

Why are Indians reluctant to melt gold?

BASHARAT MUSTAFA FAZILI Indians have always been addicted to gold and they continue to have the highest gold consumption in the world. In the past five years, the average demand for gold has been 895 tonnes annually which is roughly 25 percent of the global gold demand.  According to official estimates around 20,000 tonnes of […]

India’s shameless blockade

India’s shameless blockade

Garga Chatterjee After years of political turmoil, which saw the demise of the Kingdom of Nepal (and with it, a decrease in the unhealthy amount of influence that New Delhi wielded in that nation’s domestic politics), most major parties have agreed on a constitution. Nepal according to that constitution is a federal state. This means […]

A farewell to a witness of “unidentified” bodies

A farewell to a witness of “unidentified” bodies

Sheikh Saaliq We had enough of obituaries and farewell notes for the pro-India politician late Mufti Sayeed. How he was in the books of other pro-India politicians and bureaucrats also came to fore. This one is for a witness, a hero; who died a silent death, away from the media gaze, and perhaps has a […]

An open letter to the President of Pakistan

An open letter to the President of Pakistan

Ashq Hussain Bhat Your government has recently revealed their plan to execute constitutional changes vis-à-vis the status of Gilgit and Baltistan. This measure on part of your government is likely to produce disastrous consequences for the people of former princely state of Kashmir especially for the people of Kashmir Valley because Baltistan and Gilgit are […]

Do you plan your finances?

Do you plan your finances?

Basharat Mustafa Fazili The inquisitive title of this article may surprise many of you. But in fact, this is a simple question that I would love to put to all the readers with the expectation of a simple “yes” or “no”. I am confident that majority amongst you would say “no”. There is a famous […]

Yes, AFSPA has become irrelevant

Zahir-ud-Din The Additional General Secretary of National Conference, Dr Mustafa Kamal remains in news for his `controversial’ statements. While most of his statements are ridiculed or rubbished, his recent statement on AFSPA merits special mention here. He said AFSPA has become irrelevant. Yes, it has and Kamaal needs to be appreciated for his `courageous’ statement. […]

What Chenab Formula!

PG RASOOL This year started with some substantial claims by India and Pakistan on the settlement of Kashmir issue. Though no details were made public but whatever was divulged amount to `revelations’. For example, the Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh at a press conference in New Delhi said on January 3,2014 that he tried […]