A Tale of a Red Zone Village

A Tale of a Red Zone Village

NK Wani Life in a village is both a blessing and a curse. Blessing, in terms of the age-old communal bond that people share on every occasion; the textbook ideas of ‘brotherhood’ and ‘fraternity’ are essentially practised in these remote and far-off villages, far from the maddening crowds of cities where such words have been […]

The Need of Being Heard

The Need of Being Heard

Zahid Mushtaq One of our deepest longings – deeper than we recognise – is that other people should acknowledge our feelings. We want, at key moments, for our sufferings to be understood, our anxieties and sadness to be given legitimacy. There is a hunger for us to be heard. There is a need for our […]

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Shahzad Hussain C.N Adichie published this book-length essay in 2014. Adichie is a Nigerain novelist and short-story writer. Her parents held academic positions at the University of Nigeria. She did her schooling and college in her home country and later went to USA for higher education. So her writings have influence of both the experiences […]

Kashmiri Pandits taken for a ride on Shikara

Kashmiri Pandits taken for a ride on Shikara

Sahil Bhat The exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the early ’90s from Kashmir has been a subject of conflicting narratives. Some blame Jagmohan, the then Governor, while others blame Kashmiri Muslims. The latest intervention in this debate is in the form of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s movie Shikara, the love story of a Kashmiri Pandit couple […]

The unemployed and unwanted fisheries graduates of J&K

The unemployed and unwanted fisheries graduates of J&K

The Bachelor of Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc) degree programme, a 4-year ICAR recognised professional degree programme, offered by state and central agriculture universities, is the only Bachelor-level degree programme approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in the field of fisheries science. The programme is accredited by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). More than […]

Hopes from a post-Covid world

Hopes from a post-Covid world

FAISAL BANDAY “Humanity has but three great enemies: fever, famine, and war; of these by far the greatest, by far the most terrible, is fever.” – Sir William Osler (19th Century Infectious Disease Specialist) Almost a century after the brutal Spanish Flu pandemic (1918-1920), we are facing yet again, as Sir William Osler puts it, […]

Covid-19 a reminder of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

Covid-19 a reminder of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

Mustafa Majid Sheikh The majority of humans are staying home to save themselves from being infected with novel coronavirus. As a consequence, the air is cleaner, the water is clearer, and animals are freer. It seems that the Covid-19 pandemic is a gift to the environment. It has not only taken billions of people off […]

Is India a Secular State?

Is India a Secular State?

Bilal Ahmad Dar ‘In practice, India has been neither secular nor socialist. It has always functioned as an upper-caste Hindu state.’ Arundhati Roy The Constitution of India is based on the premise of secularism and unbiased principles. But the question is: Are these secular principles practised in true sense of the term? The answer suggested […]

Is Russia Aiming At Exit From The Syrian Conflict

Is Russia Aiming At Exit From The Syrian Conflict

Mohammad Zubair Ud Din A report emerged in the Middle East Monitor on 4 May, 2020, which has evinced keen interest among international observers. This report says that the “Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) expects that Russia, Turkey and Iran will reach a consensus to remove the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar Al-Assad, and […]

Perils of ‘Late Marriage’ in Kashmir

Perils of ‘Late Marriage’ in Kashmir

Azhar ud Din “Of my tradition is to marry. So, then whoever turns away from my tradition (Sunnah) is not from me (my nation).” (Prophet Muhammad PBUH) Marriage is not just a legal bond between man and woman, it is social sanction that allows two opposite genders to live together. Marriage is not only about […]