PPP Pioneers

Side-effects, a term usually associated with prescription drugs, can safely be applied in Kashmir to illness itself. For, no sooner does a healthy person here transition into patient-hood than he or she suffers leaden feet – a problem research could show to be universal in the Valley. Far from being a prospect of relief and […]

Fix Responsibility

On January 21, 1990, scores of peaceful protestors were gunned down by a joint party of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF near Gaw Kadal in central Srinagar. The more that 10,000-strong procession was on its way to Chotta Bazaar where the CRPF had molested some women during Kashmir’s first search operation. The march […]

Will Self Rule work?

Four years after the three interlocutors saw a better option in Peoples’ Democratic Party’s Self Rule, the party made a mention of it during electioneering. The formula has evoked sarcastic remarks from Kashmir born, London based commentator Dr Siraj. He dealt a severe blow to Self Rule proposal while addressing a seminar in Srinagar three […]

AAP and Anarchy

Many in Kashmir would find it instructive to study how and why the Indian National Congress, the political platform that eventually came to lead India’s independence movement, was formed. Given Kashmir’s peculiar political circumstances, the young here may find shades of irony in the fact that the Congress was the brainchild of a retired colonial […]

The Roshni Scam

The Vigilance Organisation seems all set to probe the Roshni scam. The Superintendents of Police (SPs) in the SVO have been directed by the Chief Vigilance Commissioner to crack the case speedily. In their turn, the officers have sought revenue records from the District Development Commissioners concerned for scrutiny as a part of detailed investigations […]

For Cricket’s Sake

With its spectacular performance so far in the Ranji Trophy this season, the Jammu and Kashmir cricket squad has made points and headlines with equal intensity. The odds it battled could have daunted sides with greater experience. But it surmounted them all – be it lack of adequate preparation in the build-up, quality and strong […]

Fulfil Sher-e-Kashmir’s dream

Sher-e-Kashmir tried his best to grant hill councils to erstwhile Doda district and the Pir Panchal region. However, the Jammu people opposed it and he shelved the idea. Immediately after assuming office of the Chief Minister in 1996, Dr Farooq Abdullah tried promised to fulfil his father’s dream. He promised administrative autonomy to both the […]

Poll Gimmick

Many questions have been raised at the government’s decision to create new administrative units (districts, tehsils, blocks etc) in Jammu and Kashmir at a time when the state is confronted with financial hardships and looming Parliament and Assembly elections. Since the government has not only not made public but also ignored the Bleoria Commission and […]

Shameful Inaction

According to data furnished by the Home Department, there are more cases of rape and molestation registered against “security” men and the police than against insurgents. This applies to statistics offered for both provinces of the state. The data reveals that 5125 cases of rapes were registered across the state, 2601 in Kashmir and 2524 […]

One Way Ticket

As fellow-traveller on Kashmir’s mountain highways, Death’s commitment to his calling is second only to the lack of it among the state’s police and traffic authorities. Evidence seems to suggest that this, in fact, is a league of extra-ordinary forces, one driven by inevitability, and the other by incorrigibility. But even in this ghoulish pact, […]