Downtown: The Heart beat of Kashmir

Downtown: The Heart beat of Kashmir

Downtown is the veritable heart of Kashmir. There can be no two opinions about this. Downtown’s primacy and status as the jewel in Kashmir’s crown accrues from history, culture and society. Historically, it was the downtown that was the centre of gravity of politics in Kashmir and hence the site of action, so to speak. […]

Unreal Grading(s)

Unreal Grading(s)

After its team visited Kashmir University from May 2-5, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has given Grade ‘A+’ rating to the varsity, the same grade the institution was given last time. University officials, though, are claiming an “improvement” given the “tougher” criteria of evaluation lately. There are issues with both assessments, one that […]

Eliminate Timber Smuggling

Eliminate Timber Smuggling

It goes without saying that forests are the sine qua non of a given ecology and their viability, sustainability, longevity and even survival can determine the health of that ecosystem. Kashmir is no exception to this factual. In fact, it may be more germane and important in the context of Kashmir given that it is […]

Dying Function(s) of the Sahar Khan

Dying Function(s) of the Sahar Khan

The advent and the interweaving of information technology and its various accouterments into the daily fabric of quotidian life has led to the obsolescence and even disappearance of various things that were held to be fixtures of and in life. Consider a prosaic example. Till very recently, most of us would communicate with relatives, friends […]

The Spirit of Islam

The Spirit of Islam

The religion and faith of Islam, axiomatically and naturally, are dynamic. And each injunction that Muslims are enjoined to perform, it follows, is dynamic too. This would hold for fasting as well, which is in the nature of an obligation (fard) upon every healthy adult Muslim. But, in practice, we have reduced the dynamism of […]

Unabated

Unabated

Illegal constructions apparently are galore these days in Kashmir. The reasons, on the face of it, pertain to the usual: greed, sleaze and exploitation. But these are constants of human nature that apply and are operative across the world spanning cultures, and different societies. However, this kind of activity, that is, illegal construction on the […]

New Lease of Life

New Lease of Life

Kashmiri apples, apparently, have nowhere to go on account of the highway remaining frequently closed. The issue is more poignant and salient with respect to apples in cold storage which were supposed to cater to off season demand. But, on account of the highway remaining inaccessible on account of inclement weather and other assorted reasons, […]

Restore Parity

Restore Parity

While the administration has placed price ceilings of sorts and thereby capped prices of mutton and chicken, the fact remains that there are a plethora of other essential items including edibles whose prices gyrate and are subject to the capricious whim of sellers. This distorts the supply, demand and price dynamic and equation, leading to […]

Maintain Amity

Maintain Amity

The abominable and terrible rape of a three year old has shaken the conscience and sensibility of people across the length and breadth of Kashmir. That the incident happened in Kashmir which is often referred to as the “Peer a Vaer”(the alcove of saints) is itself incredible and the protests that have ensued in the […]

Despicable and Abominable

Despicable and Abominable

In yet another case of sexual predation that has jarred and hit Kashmir, a three year old has become victim to the predatory perversion of someone who does not deserve to be called human. Cases like these were unheard of in Kashmir but perhaps they always happened beyond the glare of the media. Whatever be […]

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