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An authoritative international study several years ago pointed out that private spending accounted for a whopping 75 per cent of India’s total expenditure in the health ‘sector.’ Corporate health in the country has come a long way since the WHO came out with its findings, and Kashmir’s medical entrepreneurship is legion (with even a leading […]

Militarization and 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 […]

Publicise Shrine Bill

The report on proposed Protection of Hindu Shrines Bill has been tabled in the legislature. The Pandits want the legislation to protect the age old shrines and temples of Valley which, it believes, are the symbols of its ancient culture and traditions. The pandits have been very active seeking support for the bill. They raised […]

Follow Legal Procedure

The people of Kashmir have every reason to suspect official claims on the recent killings in Kupwara.  A similar claim was made by the army in the case of the Machil fake encounter where it was later proved that the slain were civilians who had been taken to a particular area and killed.  And who […]

Housing Policy Needed

On Monday, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah finally laid the foundation stone of Srinagar city’s much-talked about first vertical housing project. Undertaken by the Srinagar Development Authority (SDA), the project is supposed to bring in apartment blocks to deal with the housing needs of the burgeoning summer capital.  But 600 flats in a city of 1.35 […]

Notional Interest

Since the Army and other forces had been covering themselves with glory in Kashmir after 1990, it was necessary for you-know-who to cook up the Kunan Poshpora rape story to malign the high martial traditions of the Indian military.  The case has been made again and again, and with due patriotic fervour and passionate eloquence, […]

Justice and Kunan-Poshpora

Twenty-three years on, Kunan Poshpora survivors continue to strive for justice. Even as redress seems to be a distant dream, the survivors are determined to take their struggle to its logical end. Authorities have been concealing the truth right from the beginning, sometimes by intimidating the victims and sometimes by offering compensation. Truth is bitter, […]

Do With Data

A grim scenario has been projected for Kashmir with regard to the incidence of tobacco-related cancers in the coming decade, with activists fearing that the rate could be “alarming” by 2025. A non-government organisation of good standing has gone to the extent of suggesting that the deadly disease could be found raging in the valley, […]

Apprise the Masses

A Home Ministry statement issued last week said that New Delhi had been in touch with Kashmir leaders, and went on to add that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had met a former intelligence officer in November last year. Fortunately, the disclosure has not served the intended purpose.  Vested interests have always tried to erode the credibility […]

NC govt’s dichotomous policies

Before and after coming into power, Omar Abdullah had quite often advocated the need for setting up of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Jammu and Kashmir. The proposal though flawed, instilled a ray of hope among masses that the government led by National Conference (NC) would try to heal the wounds inflicted on people […]