A Vicious Misnomer

A Vicious Misnomer

While there has been some opposition and resistance to the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) proposal to introduce a course on “Islamic terrorism”, questions abound about the very nature of the course and its nomenclature. First, a few general points. No such thing as “Islamic terrorism” exists. The term is a loaded one employed by the […]

Specially Abled Children

Specially Abled Children

It has come to public notice that the administration has spent merely Rs. 8 on specially abled children or children with special needs per day. The number of these specially abled children is over thirteen thousand in Jammu and Kashmir. Even on the fund spending, almost half the specially-abled children, or Children with Special Needs […]

A New Low

A New Low

Politics in Jammu and Kashmir hit a new low after Choudhary Rajendar Singh, brother of the expelled minister, Lal Singh, openly and publicly and, in fact, cockily, was spewing abuse against Mehbooba Mufti. The extent of the man’s depravity is reflected in the choice of verbal abuse that he was employing against Mehbooba and his […]

Inefficient and Self Serving

Inefficient and Self Serving

Efficiency of spending is one of the key parameters of deft and prudent management. But, Jammu and Kashmir’s tourism department, besides being a kind of a behemoth that is wasteful and inefficient flounders even on this parameter. It has been found out that the Kashmir Valley has failed to attract tourists for the past three […]

Chimerical and Illusory

Chimerical and Illusory

The overtones and undertones of Narendra Modi’s address and the tonalities thereof remain the same. That is, “development” is the solvent to and panacea to the conflict in and over Kashmir. The zeal with which this facile mantra is repeated by powers that be in India suggests that these powers even believe it! This is […]

Death Penalty and Rape

Death Penalty and Rape

In a bid to curb violence against women, two ordinances, one of which advocates the death penalty for those convicted of raping a girl below 12 years of age were approved. This development, which comes in the wake of the gory and brutal Kathua murder and rape incident, is indeed welcome. In the final analysis, […]

Short Termist and Vacuous

Short Termist and Vacuous

Any initiative, broadly and generally speaking, that operates in a vacuum, is bound to flounder on the rocks of reality. Nature, as they say, abhors a vacuum. This has a resonance in terms of the ceasefire announced by New Delhi, in view of the Holy month of Ramadan. It’s not clear what the measure is […]

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has entered into a war- of-words with Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over the recent massacre of at least 61 unarmed Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces. “Netanyahu is the PM of an apartheid state that has occupied a defenceless people’s lands for 60+ yrs in violation of UN resolutions,” Erdogan […]

Ramadan Kareem!!

Ramadan Kareem!!

After a day or two, we will be blessed by the holy month of Ramadan. This glorious and blessed month is not only special for intrinsic and inherent reasons but also because the Holy Quran was revealed during its course. This means, the greatest blessing for us Muslims, that is, Islam, became reified in our […]

Alarming Disinterest

Alarming Disinterest

That there is an obvious disinterest and disinclination to take up trades and crafts that traditionally used to be the preserve of natives in Kashmir is for all to see and axiomatic. The attrition of natives from these trades and crafts has been gradual but inexorable. The attendant vacuum has been filled by non locals […]

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