Progress in Conflict: Why poverty decreased measurably during militancy

Progress in Conflict: Why poverty decreased measurably during militancy

Contrary to common experience across counties, it is profoundly surprising that poverty in the state of Jammu and Kashmir decreased significantly in the years characterised by severe conflict and violence. Despite the fact that the government’s facilitating role was minimal, tourism an important industry lost its foothold, hartals disallowed business transactions, the fear of death […]

Cheap Oil: Good News or Bad?

Cheap Oil: Good News or Bad?

Nazim Humayoon Nowadays, oil prices are falling globally and the effect is seen in the prices of petrol, diesel and aviation fuel. We have seen recent cuts in oil prices and it brings a smile on the faces of vehicle owners. Crude oil price fell from $115 per barrel in June 2014 to its latest […]

The Complex Reality of ‘Home’ for Palestinians

The Complex Reality of ‘Home’ for Palestinians

When ISIS militias swept into Mosel, Iraq, in June 2014, Ibrahim Mahmoud plotted his flight, along with his whole family, which included 11 children. Once upon a time, Ibrahim was himself a child escaping another violent campaign carried out by equally angry militias. In his life-time, Ibrahim became a refugee twice, once when he was […]

Hagiography, false history and the counter-facts

Hagiography, false history and the counter-facts

Muhammad Tahir When Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, the late chief minister of Indian-held Kashmir, died on January 7, my Facebook newsfeed was flooded with the news. The response from netizens was varied: Mufti’s demise was seen by some as an end of another collaborator while for others the occasion demanded being courteous to the dead under […]

If you call me a terrorist, I will call you ignorant

If you call me a terrorist, I will call you ignorant

Aarif Muzafar Rather When I was a teenager, I would follow older boys of my locality for an afternoon bath in a spring in our village. Our school usually gave us some time to enjoy the summer as they followed their own schedule called ‘ The Morning Time’. The older boys would play cards and […]

Does Islam endorse a blanket denial of other cultures?

Does Islam endorse a blanket denial of other cultures?

There is no doubt that adherence to Islam excludes loyalty to disbelief. One cannot conceive of a situation where belief and disbelief can coexist simultaneously and, more importantly, comfortably with each other. Similar is the case with other varieties of dogma and practices. As the Prophet (pbuh) clarified, an otherwise Muslim person ceases to be […]

NET NEUTRALITY – What is it all about?

NET NEUTRALITY – What is it all about?

Last year when one of the major Indian telecom operators came up with a plan to charge separately for transmitting voice over Internet protocol services offered by applications like Skype, Viber and Line, it stirred a debate and the people at large protested and, ultimately, with the intervention of TRAI, the proposal was dropped subject […]

A child imitates what he sees around

A child imitates what he sees around

Dr Sehar ul Hassan Haroon Home is a place where a person feels safe and secure. We have social and a home environment which plays a basic role in our lives. Home and school environment are breeding grounds for children’s development. People have two sets of manners: company and home manners. In simple way we […]

Why should unelected governors exist at all?

Garga Chatterjee Not all is right in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in the Indian Union. Some old British-rule era habits die hard, or may be they never die for some imperial habits are essential for maintaining undemocratic dominance over democratically elected undesirables. Thus New Delhi struck again, this time through the office of the […]

You are either a secularist or an Islamist, can’t be both

You are either a secularist or an Islamist, can’t be both

Umar Sultan There are many worldviews or ideologies in the world claiming to have the ability to promote peace, stability, justice, development and other virtues. People are free to espouse any of these. At the same time, one can analyse, criticise or even disprove any ideology. There isn’t any coercion for any person to espouse […]