Collective (In)Action

Collective (In)Action

The heavy snowfall that befell and bedecked Kashmir, something that most people in Kashmir welcomed, also was revealing. Among other things, it revealed that when it comes to themes and issues that pertain to public and collective welfare, we, as a society are not only remiss but also negligent. Consider an example. Invariably, or almost […]

Inadequate and Insufficient

Inadequate and Insufficient

A city, in terms of its functionality, ease of commute, aesthetics, is as good as its transportation system. Key to all here is efficient, effective and equitable public policy that determines the nature of a given transport system. But, Kashmir, being no exception to this general observation, fails on this important front and dimension. Public […]

Municipal Woes

Municipal Woes

The Municipality, in any part of the world, is an important institution. It can even be stated that this particular institution determines the overall health, tenor and tone of a given locale. Kashmir and its city, Srinagar are no exceptions. Given the critical importance of the Municipality, it stands to reason to state that, to […]

Underprepared and Inexcusable

Underprepared and Inexcusable

Both the meteorological department and almost all weather portals have predicted inclement weather in Kashmir over the weekend. By and large, there is some degree of accuracy to these forecasts. So, in all likelihood, unless God wills otherwise, there is going to be either wet weather in the coming days or even snowfall. But, despite […]

Whose Responsibility?

Whose Responsibility?

The father of a new born baby was found attempting to bury the child at Malkhah. The man, caught by locals and later handed over to the police, claimed that he was too poor to afford treatment and care for the new born. The attempt as torpid, terrible and appalling as it is must and […]

Prudent Starting Point

Prudent Starting Point

Prisoners, across the Indo Pak divide, languish in each country’s prisons. But, at the beginning of every year, India and Pakistan share the number of prisoners lodged in each respective country with a probable intent of releasing or swapping them. Generally speaking, prison and incarceration thereof, is not only an insalubrious and a terrible experience […]

Good Riddance 2018!

Good Riddance 2018!

The end of the second millennium raised great hopes and expectations of peace, amity and progress in and across the world. But, as we are in the second decade of the 21st century, both the expectations and prognoses of peace and progress appear to flounder on the rocks of reality. This is not to state […]

Stellar and Wonderful But….

Stellar and Wonderful But….

In the recently declared tenth standard results, students from Kashmir have surpassed expectations. The overall result is good but within this category, the performance of students from South Kashmir has been stellar and wonderful. Special accolades and praise is due to students from this particular region of Kashmir given the fact that they brave crackdowns, […]

Multiple Crises

Multiple Crises

An unusually intense cold weather this year, probably an emanation of Climate Change, has hit Kashmir this year. Meteorological reports suggest that the cold wave will show no signs of abating, at least, in the near future. Common sense suggests that, against the backdrop of the cold wave, people be provided with the necessary amenities […]

Shifting Sands

Shifting Sands

International politics and relations, and the attendant security paradigms are never static. All are dynamic fields and domains that keep on evolving and changing. This assertion is perhaps best reflected in the Trump presidency in the United States. Trump, in a way, is an “insurgent” in the White House. That is, he , both in […]