Facile Convocations

Facile Convocations

University Convocations, when students are awarded degrees, are usually a source of joy and pivotal moments for both students and respective universities. Years of hard work are rewarded, appreciated and recognitions awarded to various students. Convocations cut across both ways, that is, for students and universities. But, broadly speaking, convocations and awarding degrees cannot and […]

Duty of Care

Duty of Care

The doctors associated with almost six hospitals of the Government Medical College (GMC) have gone on a strike. The reason for this rather general strikes is that these doctors feel that they are victims of a pay anomaly. The victims of the doctors’ strike are poor and hapless patients, especially those who cannot afford private […]

Victims of Patronage Politics

Victims of Patronage Politics

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday overturned a claim of 281 persons who called themselves need-based casual labourers in the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Division, Handwara, by dismissing their petition with a view that no concrete evidence had been produced before court to believe that they were working as need-based wagers. While the […]

Expedite Prisoner Swap

Expedite Prisoner Swap

In a convoluted relationship defined by structural and historical animus whose edges are getting harder by the day, there are certain issues of a humanitarian nature that do not get the attention that they deserve. One such issue is that of prisoners across the India Pakistan divide. The reference here is to Pakistani prisoners incarcerated […]

Floods and Kashmir

Floods and Kashmir

Inclement and consistently rainy weather in Kashmir over the past few days which raised levels of various water bodies led to fear and paranoia among people. Most feared a repeat of the disastrous 2014 floods which marauded and devastated the valley (even though the region was mercifully spared of losses in lives). Regardless, the psychological […]

On Political Prisoners

On Political Prisoners

Scores of political prisoners continue languish in jails in many jails across India. Jail terms, to state the obvious, are neither salubrious nor sanguine for anyone. This becomes more poignant and salient especially when political prisoners are shifted out and away from their homes. Besides the obvious stress, there are logistical issues involved here as […]

Precarious Existence

Precarious Existence

A certain division of labor is one of the defining features of any given society. This is more acute in socially and culturally stratified societies. Kashmir is no exception to this general norm. In terms of economics, major reasons that account for a given division of labor in society and its acuity thereof are capital […]

Twitter Troll(ing)

Twitter Troll(ing)

The microblogging site Twitter which has millions of subscribers and users is in the process of tightening its rules and processes to prevent abuse, among other things. This move probably comes in the wake of indignation against alleged Russian interference in the United States controversial presidential elections. In a way, this step and measure is […]

Abominable Crime

Abominable Crime

Negligence, willful, by design or default is also a form of corruption. But, in societies where corruption has almost been normalized, this form of corruption is ignored or elided. The reference here is the findings that suggest that expired medicines are either held in abeyance or, at times, sold over the counter even in government […]

On Human Capital

On Human Capital

There is now a consensus among economists that human capital is an essential prong of society and rather indispensable for its growth and development. The term and the concept can be defined as the cumulative fund of knowledge and skills that a community’s or a societies individuals have, which among other things enhances its productivity. […]