Fight Not Just Coronavirus But Also Irrationality and Fatalism

Fight Not Just Coronavirus But Also Irrationality and Fatalism

ZAHOOR AHMAD SHAH In Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in the valley, there is no dearth of sermonisers and preachers stressing on having faith in God. Some have even restored to very irrational and idiotic conclusions and have declared that those having faith in Allah cannot get infected as they are the chosen ones. Such beliefs […]

Science and religion make not for a contradiction

Science and religion make not for a contradiction

BHAT ZAIEEM God helps those who help themselves with thoughtful prudence. The practice of Islam has been hit harder than any other religion by the impact of Covid-19. Religion is supposed to be a source of comfort in times of confusion and suffering. And yet, everywhere you look, religious services are being suspended. Does it […]

Covid-19: Call it Kashmir

Covid-19: Call it Kashmir

ARIFA GANI My Saturday started with an interesting piece of news from Italy. I learnt from a popular international news channel that an ambulance comes to pick up anyone carrying the Covid-19 bug. Thereafter, the family is told nothing of the patient’s plight, except, in case the patient succumbs, the address to the person’s grave […]

Pandemic, Panic, Paranoia How To Beat It All

Pandemic, Panic, Paranoia How To Beat It All

SHEIKH UMAR AHMAD Almost 3 months into it, we are yet to experience the worst as the cornavirus cases increase day after another. The main strategy that is actively being talked of is social distancing. The outbreak of coronavirus disease is stressful to people due to the curfew-like situation and people confined within their homes. […]

Kashmir’s students need help

Kashmir’s students need help

FAHEEM UL ISLAM In India almost every educational institution has been closed and the government has announced online education, urging students and teachers to remain in touch with each other through phones and internet. I want to ask this government where was your online educational policy when there were no schools open in Kashmir for […]

Conflict and education should not be mutually exclusive

Conflict and education should not be mutually exclusive

SYED ZAHID History, like a mirror, shows us the scars of the wounds that we have suffered in confining education within the shackles of caste, class, and gender. The foundation of modern society is education. With traditional ties of kinship, family, etc, becoming weaker, education is a binding force in so many ways. It has […]

The Trouble With The Economically Weaker Section (EWS) Category In Kashmir

The Trouble With The Economically Weaker Section (EWS) Category In Kashmir

SHAHZAD HUSSAIN To bring historically marginalised communities at par with other communities, the Constitution of India provides for affirmative action in the form of reservation in educational institutions and government jobs. Before 2019, reservation was provided mainly on the basis of social and educational backwardness. It was given to three types of categories: Scheduled Castes […]

China emerges from coronavirus as the world leader

China emerges from coronavirus as the world leader

SYED SUHAIL YAQOOB Can Covid-19 change the world order in China’s favour? The answer cannot be but yes. Three things are needed by a country to become dominant in global power equations: economy, military, and leadership. China has all three. It is already the second-largest economy and the largest trading nation in the world. Its […]

Kashmir must not panic, for now

Kashmir must not panic, for now

ABRAR A MATTOO The novel coronavirus is not a laughing matter, and if you come across someone who thinks that it is, pinch him awake, for he must he asleep. Only a month ago, on 19th of February, Italy had three positive cases of the virus and today they have more than forty-seven Considering that […]

Psychological Impact and Role of Mental Health during Epidemics

Psychological Impact and Role of Mental Health during Epidemics

DR AJAZ AHMAD SUHAFF We are continuously being tested by the unpredictable powers of nature. New threats to human health emerge often without warning in our environment. Infectious diseases have increased over the past century due to increased global travel, urbanisation, and exploitation of the natural environment. Initially there is uncertainty about the nature, spread, […]