Fortune’s Favourite

As the wag said, there is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. Not that Dr Farooq Abdullah has ever been averse to being talked about, but this little thing about Arvind Kejrival’s list must have been a little disconcerting, particularly when the coming seasons demand vehement […]

Dubious Distinction

Jammu and Kashmir has the dubious distinction of having the maximum number of unemployed youth in India. According to data furnished by official sources, there has been a 400 per cent increase in the number of unemployed youth during the past five years. Curiously, 6.11 lakh registered unemployed youth in J and K constitute 5.30 […]

Future shock

After cap on the supply of domestic Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) refills, people in Jammu and Kashmir are likely to get another shock in the next few months. The government may stop distribution of Kerosene to the consumers having LPG connections. Officials said that state was resisting the directive of Union Petroleum Ministry, but if […]

File a Charge Sheet

In its response to the State Human Rights Commission on the Kupwara massacre of January 27, 1994, the state’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has held the army responsible for the carnage that left 27 civilians dead. Soldiers of the Punjab Regiment had opened unprovoked and indiscriminate fire near a bus stop in the northern town […]

Unveil the Truth

The people of Kashmir remember January 25 for two massacres. Along with a number of others, both bloodbaths, eight years apart and with a collective toll of 48, remain unresolved to this day. Four days after the massacre at Gaw Kadal in Srinagar, twenty-five persons fell to bullets in Handwara. According to eyewitnesses, people in […]

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 […]