A Fuzzy Mish Mash

A Fuzzy Mish Mash

A walk or let’s say even a brief interaction at perhaps any office of the administration is revelatory in the sense of the confusion that prevails there. In the nature of almost a daily experience, interaction with the administration’s official is usually unpleasant. It is a rarity when the official(s) are not obstructive. Often times, […]

End Exploitation of the Vulnerable

End Exploitation of the Vulnerable

It may sound jarring and obnoxious to modern and refined sensibilities that in the 21st century human trafficking and sexual exploitation of young , vulnerable and desperate women takes place. As jarring as it may sound, but it happens. Of these hapless victims of human predation, refugees stuck in various camps and habitations are more […]

Health Care for Detainees

Health Care for Detainees

It goes without saying prisons are not places where a person’s health, emotional, psychological and physical, will be picture perfect. The stress accruing from prolonged incarceration can induce physical health problems which can then either cascade further or lead to long term issues. Or, extant health issues can get exacerbated. It then is imperative that […]

The Menace of Drugs

The Menace of Drugs

Why do some young people take to drugs? This is a question that has no single answer. There a whole host of issues that makes some young people addicted to drugs. The salient of these include frustrations, anxieties, peer pressure ,the thrill and the kick gained after taking drugs and assorted vulnerabilities. Generally speaking, young […]

Sobriety and Proportion

Sobriety and Proportion

A woman has been found guilty of falsely accusing a man of rape and criminal intimidation by a Kashmir court. Apparently, the man in contention had refused to marry the woman and in pique she had filed an FIR against him. As society moves in somewhat different directions , sometimes insalubrious ones, cases where either […]

An Unhinged World

An Unhinged World

It was generally held and assumed that there would accrue what was called a “post Cold War peace dividend” across the world. But, this assessment turned to be a van wish. From the United States, to Europe to the Middle East , Latin America, Asia to Africa, the world is not only in disarray but […]

Recurrent Internet Shutdowns

Recurrent Internet Shutdowns

Each time, something untoward happens in Kashmir, the internet services are either suspended or slowed down to an extent that it amounts to a suspension of these services. In this day and age, this might even amount to a scandal given that we live in an era that is defined by an Information, Communication and […]

Skill Development in the 21st Century

Skill Development in the 21st Century

In the 21st century, there is a premium on skills. The more skilled a person is, the more his or her chances of getting gainful and even meaningful employment and career choices. But, in Kashmir, there is either very little skill development or people are shifting away from skills, especially of the traditional variety. This […]

Silent Sufferers

Silent Sufferers

A woman, working for the health department, in Bandipora has died of burn injuries. Her colleagues are crying foul and asserting that she has been murdered by her in laws. If this is true, then it is well and truly alarming and worrisome. Often times, the reasons for fatal cases like this happen because of […]

Global Democratic Recession

Global Democratic Recession

In the seventies, an American scholar Samuel Huntington asserted that the world was moving towards the ideas and practices of democracy in waves. There were obvious tones of triumphalism to Huntington’s assertions. But fast forward only a few decades and the world is in the midst of a democratic recession. The reasons for the recession […]

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