Prisoners’ Woes

Even after outrage over last year’s deplorable stripping incident, nothing has changed in the state’s various prisons, including the Central Jail in Srinagar. The detainees, and their relatives who visit them, continue to suffer on one count or the other.  The High Court has repeatedly directed authorities to implement the jail manual in letter and […]

People’s (Un)democratic Party

After the recent Parliamentary polls, the People’s Democratic Party emerged as a formidable pro-India party that could challenge the family rule of the Abdullahs in the Valley. The way this party drubbed all three candidates of National Conference in all constituencies of Kashmir region came as a shocker to many political pundits. The swift rise […]

Long Live State Security

By disallowing purely an academic event, authorities on Wednesday proved yet again that Jammu and Kashmir is a police state. Noted writer Mridu Rai was scheduled to deliver a lecture in honour of the great Kashmiri freedom fighter, Raghunath Vaishnavi, at a Srinagar hotel, and had traveled all the way from Calcutta to keep her appointment, only […]

Duty and Ramadan

One can’t grudge a family man or woman his or her desire to be home with kids for iftaar after a hard day at work. This applies as much to professionals like doctors, teachers and lawyers (journalists being a breed apart), as to those generally known as the working classes, and the business community. With […]

Sights of Suffering

The disturbing other side of Kashmir’s showcased prosperity becomes evident rather sharply in the month of Ramadan when the devout are enjoined to take particular care of their responsibilities towards the underprivileged and the needy. But even otherwise, sights and signs of suffering and want abound, particularly in Srinagar, where many from outlying districts, particularly […]

Power Play

It is entirely possible that the Jammu and Kashmir government, led by Omar Abdullah, may pull a rabbit out of its hat with respect to power supply just before it goes in to seek a fresh mandate from the electorate. After it got a hiding in the parliamentary polls, the NC-led dispensation lost no time […]

The Visitation

He conquered, he came, but did he see? Being a makhloot form of ‘paraphrase and reverse,’ perverse would best describe the reinvention of a phrase originally attributed to the bane of all Gauls, past and present, and applies to conquerors of a much later age too, who would rather let blood than test the ballot, […]

Resolve Kashmir

Successive governments at New Delhi have ruled out redrawing of borders between India and Pakistan with respect to Kashmir. Most prime ministers of India have said that any solution to the Kashmir dispute should ensure that the Line of Control (LoC) be “like a border”.  Some have, however, advocated free movement of the people of […]

Matter of concern

The startling claims by Chairman Hurriyat (M)Mirwaiz Umar Farooq that around 4 lakh youth in valley abuse drugs is a matter of concern and needs to be addressed at the earliest. The menacing abuse of drugs is rampant in every district with administration making no efforts to tackle this problem. It needs to be emphasized […]

Sheer Exploitation

Come Ramadan and vehicles owned or hired by some orphanages are seen raising money in a number of areas in Srinagar. Orphanages and religious institutions mostly run on charity and, therefore, have to solicit donations from society. But the way they do it is detestable. The vans the orphanages use are mostly hired, and their owners are paid 25 […]