Collective Trauma

Collective Trauma

Trauma, defined and described as a psychic injury, on account of exposure to extremely stressful events is, in reality, very hard to identify, especially when it is happening. And, the effects of trauma pan out actually after the traumatic event or exposure. There are forms of trauma. One is individual and the other collective. The […]

Whither Kashmir’s Summer

Whither Kashmir’s Summer

There seems to be a correlation between unrest in Kashmir and the onset of summer or even actual summer. This does not appear to be an implied correlation but if a statistical approach is taken, it can be observed that often times, Kashmir plunges into chaos and unrest soon before or during summer. The inference […]

Fundamental Complexity

Fundamental Complexity

It was only a few days ago that an advisory was issues by a department of the administration about the real possibility of drought in Kashmir. The reasons pertained to a sustained dry spell and attendant weather conditions in the vale. While it might not have been out of place to issue the advisory given […]

Climate Change and Global Warming

Climate Change and Global Warming

Climate change is real. The phenomenon, which leads to global warming, is global and affects all regions of the world, in different permutations and combinations, has gradually but inexorably become real for Kashmir too. This can be adduced from the bizarre and peculiar weather patterns here ranging from snowfall when expected least or lack of […]

No Facile “Panaceas”

No Facile “Panaceas”

If Kashmir and the conflict thereof were about development, then the issue would have resolved itself. And, if insubstantive rhetorical appeals over the heads of people would suffice, then the same would have happened. But, nay, the conflict in and over Kashmir has multiple dimensions of a structural nature that do not lend themselves to […]

Route to Peace

Route to Peace

To state the obvious, India and Pakistan comprise and form the core components and constituents of South Asia – politically, economically, culturally and geo -strategically. These fundamental units might be called “core South Asia”. But, both India and Pakistan are at loggerheads with each other so much so that their rivalry, militarized to a large […]

The Challenge

The Challenge

Education in this day and age is not a top down management affair or even “gig”, so to speak. It is a multi stakeholder, holistic, cross cutting domains endeavor where society, parents, the educational infrastructure like schools, colleges and universities comprise its essential eco system. However, notwithstanding all this, student(s) remain the centre of gravity […]

Tourism and the Truth about Kashmir

Tourism and the Truth about Kashmir

Afresh and unneeded controversy has erupted in Kashmir over a news item that asserted that tourists were attacked in a certain district of Kashmir. This news item has been overplayed and milked by the detractors of Kashmir who want the region and its people should suffer. Whether the news item is fake or not is […]

Shaky Premise

Shaky Premise

The operating premise of powers that be in Jammu and Kashmir that the use of fatal force in dealing with the manifestation of the conflict in and over Kashmir rests on shaky and tenuous grounds. The reasons are obvious and commonsensical. First and foremost, by way of an analogy, the law of physics, which states […]

As Kashmir Stares into an Abyss….

As Kashmir Stares into an Abyss….

In a place where unnatural death happens often time(s), it is but natural for the people of that place to be in a perpetual mourning mode. This description aptly fits Kashmir. It would not be inaccurate to state that the vale Kashmir also, on account of death hovering over it, is in a perpetual and […]