Alarming and shameful

Never has it happened before in the abode of saints. But closing eyes to a harsh reality will amount to suicide. The society has to wake up and take measures to prevent what noted sociologist Professor Bashir Ahmad Dabla has found out through his study. According to the study, the molestation of women is on […]

Jaitley’s Kashmir visit

India’s Defence Minister Arun Jaitley came to Kashmir and left. In the process, he dashed the hopes of some here. His statements were snub to those who believe a change in guard at New Delhi may initiate a process towards the resolution of this issue. Rhetoric it is and people here are used to such […]

University of Coop

The race for new Kashmir University Vice Chancellor has started. Already a particular lobby is vying for the interim VC to be appointed for a full term. Irrespective of whether a local or non-local VC is appointed, the question that remains is where is this institution heading? Apart from usual press notes and occasional programmes […]

Impunity in JK Bank

The Chief Minister Friday advised the people to invoke the jurisdiction of the State Vigilance Organization (SVO) or the Accountability Commission (SAC) to get irregularities in Jammu Kashmir bank probed. He was responding to queries from media persons regarding backdoor appointments in the Jammu Kashmir Bank. A few years ago, the SVO sought some files […]

Preserve the State Flag

The National Conference leadership has once again started to chant the autonomy mantra to woo voters. But Omar has yet to take action against the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council for abandoning the state flag. Two years ago, the LAHDC created a political storm in the state by adapting a new symbol and abandoning the […]

Yatra and environmental concerns

The 45-day annual pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir is all set to commence from June 28. Nearly half-a-million Hindus are expected to undertake the pilgrimage. This year’s Yatra begins in the backdrop of slew of judgments from the Supreme Court of India. Last year, the apex court had asked the Jammu and Kashmir […]

Making Right Economic Choices

The turbulent political situation in Jammu and Kashmir for more than past two decades has marred its economic development. From being a self sufficient state in its economic needs once, J&K has now reached a situation that it always has to be with a begging bowl in front of New Delhi and more than 50 […]

Food Scarcity

Two years ago, the state’s Economic Survey had come out with a perturbing projection about Jammu and Kashmir facing an acute shortage of food grains by 2030 when the annual requirement would be 1.82 million tons. Experts have given a variety of reasons for this grave impending crisis, ranging from changing food patterns to loss […]

Prevent Further Polarisation

The government of India is likely to announce a package for the settlement of refugees living in Jammu. According to reports, the Home Ministry is in consultation with other ministries to give a final shape to the package. Further, the NDA government is said to have decided to prioritize the issue of refugees who have been seeking settlement for the […]

Snatching Livelihoods

Craftsmen hit by power looms and spinning machines have recently been up in arms against government apathy, and demand a blanket ban on such machines to save the livelihood of thousands of weavers and spinners. Handicrafts, a traditional vocation supporting lakhs of people in rural and urban Kashmir, is fast losing its artisan base because […]