The Pity of War

The Pity of War

A condition of “No War, No Peace” or even “ Cold Peace” that obtains between India and Pakistan does not detract from the fact that there is a warlike ambiance and condition on peoples’ who happen to live on or near the Line of Control(LoC). An indication of the intermitted or warlike conditions with pauses […]

Different Uncertainties at Different Horizons

Different Uncertainties at Different Horizons

The phrase “ Different Uncertainties at Different horizons” coined by Harvard academic in 2009 in a different context, permutation and combination can equally hold for the conditions that obtain in and define Kashmir. A stock take and review of these conditions might be called for on the 1st anniversary of Burhan Wani’s death. While the […]

Raucous “Debate”

Raucous “Debate”

The word “raucous” perhaps best describes the debate over the Goods and Services Tax( GST )formulation and implementation in Kashmir. Noisy and loudly disturbing, the so called debate degenerated into a slanging match. And given that the PDP-BJP coalition has a majority, the GST bill was passed regardless. The prelude to the debate in the […]

Beyond Management!

Beyond Management!

A clear cut pattern has emerged regarding the approach of the state towards the conflict in and over Kashmir. The grist to the mill of this pattern lends itself to the assessment that the state is managing the conflict. The specifics of this management strategy appear to be multi-pronged: one, kill as many militant cadre […]

Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable Tourism

Kashmir attracts tourists from all over on account of its pristine and natural beauty that is resplendent here. Given what may be called the centrality of tourism to Kashmir, it has over time become a sector in its own right, with the livelihood of thousands of people contingent on its ebb and flow. Essentially, Kashmir […]

Brazen Illegality

Brazen Illegality

The one major feature of Brick manufacturing in Budgam district is that of blatant flouting of statutory requirements. Almost ally all brick kilns operating in the district are illegal-each one having failed to renew their licences from the district authorities. It may be noted that Budgam has the highest concentration of brick kilns in the […]

Unabated!

Unabated!

Politics in Kashmir appears to have been delegated to agencies other than the political class(es) of the state. This can be inferred from the overall condition(s) that define Kashmir. The gravamen of these conditions- quotidian killings and the primacy of the military option over the political- appears to be one indicator over the abdication of […]

All War is Bad Politics

All War is Bad Politics

The Chinese military has rejected as “extremely irresponsible” Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat’s remarks that India is ready for a “two-and-a-half front war”, asking him to “stop clamouring for war”. Rawat had said that India is prepared for security threats posed by China, Pakistan as well as by internal threats. Rawat’s remarks are indeed […]

Growing Insecurity

Growing Insecurity

The intensity and volume of lynching incidents directed against Muslims in India have increased. This development has crystallized during and after the BJP assumed power. Obviously, given the frequency of these incidents, one inference that can drawn is that the vigilantes who resort to lynching feel emboldened to do so because of a rather permissive […]

Mere Symbolism

Mere Symbolism

The US State Department has designated Kashmiri militant leader and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen supreme commander Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) and imposed sanctions on him. The label and the designation come in the wake of Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States and his meeting with Donald Trump. It would appear that the […]

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