UN’s Diamond Anniversary: A Sombre Celebration

UN’s Diamond Anniversary: A Sombre Celebration

At 75, UN needs a boost to multilateralism The 75th UN General Assembly (UNGA) session, which began on 15 September, has been unlike any other in the organisation’s three quarters of a century of existence. This year, most global leaders will not be at the UN in person and most meetings have gone virtual, but […]

Nostalgia: The Telegram Man

Nostalgia: The Telegram Man

Some people become a part of our memories and leave an indelible mark on our mind due to their sheer disposition and manner. Same was the case with one Mr Sulla Khan (name changed), the then Telegraph overseer in the CTO (Central Telegraph Office). With his stylish turban on his head, he looked taller than […]

The management of zoonoses in Kashmir

The management of zoonoses in Kashmir

Zoonoses are infectious diseases (virus, bacteria and parasites) that can be spread from animals to humans, and vice versa. Zoonoses can spread from direct contact with animals or indirectly. They can be vector-borne or food-borne. Zoonotic diseases are very common, for example, tick-borne encephalitis and borreliosis. Many food-borne infectious diseases like salmonella, Yersinia, botulism or […]

Elementary lessons for a teacher

Elementary lessons for a teacher

Being a teacher, I would like to chip in with some ideas to make the teaching and learning process more effective. Firstly, a teacher should feel blessed to have the job of imparting education. An all-round education consists of learning, knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits. Education teaches people how to reason and “how to […]

Repercussions of a Political Vacuum

Repercussions of a Political Vacuum

In the disputed Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, there is a political vacuum since June 2018. It was then that the poles-apart coalition of BJP and PDP came tumbling down like a pack of cards. No new Legislative Assembly elections were held and the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir went under Governor’s rule. […]

Teachers not to blame for state of govt schools

Teachers not to blame for state of govt schools

For many years now it has been observed that the performance of private schools is much better than government schools. Everyone criticises government teachers and the government school system. On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, the principal secretary, school education department, expressed anguish over the poor performance of government schools. He said, “Why can’t the […]

India’s stake in ‘Naya’ Afghanistan

India’s stake in ‘Naya’ Afghanistan

India’s presence in the recently-commenced intra-Afghan peace talks signals that she wants to play a meaningful role in a post-war Afghanistan, but there remain hurdles in that path. It is not often that a war-torn country gets a golden opportunity to turn the clock back. The intra-Afghan peace talks aim at no less than ending […]

Pakistan’s growing hatred of Shias

Pakistan’s growing hatred of Shias

In 2015, Fatima Bhutto, niece of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, wrote that in a predominantly Muslim country (of Pakistan), it is no longer Hindus or Christians who face the largest threat of violence from orthodox and radicalised groups but Shias. Her prophetic words became once again true when recently a large crowd of […]

Article 370 is gone, live with it

Article 370 is gone, live with it

A year has passed since the decision which was justified as “rectifying a historical blunder” and as paving the way for prosperity, peace, and development in Jammu & Kashmir. For some reason, I still can’t stop thinking why it actually happened. A lot of eyebrows were raised at this move, but notwithstanding all the criticism […]