Statistical Illusion

Statistical Illusion

An entirely superfluous debate has taken place in the so called “mainstream” political spectrum of Jammu and Kashmir. The debate pertains to the number of youth who have taken to militancy in the region. While the statistics trotted out by the administration suggest an increase, the debate in the “mainstream” camp revolves around finger pointing […]

Streets of Kashmir are the Safest

Streets of Kashmir are the Safest

The streets of Kashmir are among the safest in the world. This assertion might sound like a confirmatory bias or nativist prejudice by a Kashmiri. But, there is both empirical and normative evidence to support the fact of safety and even security of Kashmir’s streets- despite the conflictual conditions that obtain here. Most other cities […]

United Nations’ Relevance and Reform

United Nations’ Relevance and Reform

The United Nations (UN), conceived as the “Parliament of Man”, has been hobbled by structural and power political issues since its inception. The multi-tiered august international organization (INGO) emerged after the League of Nations’ failures and the detritus of the Second Great War. The UN’s track record has been rather mixed and opinion is divided […]

Morbid Stereotyping and Labelling

Morbid Stereotyping and Labelling

The attack on Kashmiri students in Haryana cannot and must not be dismissed as one carried out by “loonies”, “crazies”, “malcontents”, “goons” or any other label. The implication here is not that there was a grand design or even conspiracy behind these beatings. There might or might not have been one but the actual issue […]

Open, Unencumbered Internet is a Necessity

Open, Unencumbered Internet is a Necessity

In a day and age, when the internet and related technologies are upending past paradigms – social, economic, commercial and even political- Kashmir remains in the grips of erratic internet connectivity. Notwithstanding, the gales of populism that have swept many parts of the world and where there has been a return of the nation state, […]

Regional (Dis)Orders

Regional (Dis)Orders

World politics and international relations are in deep flux and fluidity contemporarily. The unipolar world where America stood at the apex has gradually but inexorably given way to a rather loose concatenation of power and its distribution. In this schemata, the world is both bipolar (loosely) and multipolar. In terms of bipolarity, the axes of […]

Save the University

Save the University

Academics should and must be above politics and politicking. So must the administrators who are responsible for running academic institutions. Of these citadels of learning, the university constitutes the apex. But, alas, in Kashmir, the University systems, generally speaking, have morphed into moribund and decaying institutions. The University of Kashmir might constitute a case in […]

Protect Vulnerable Children

Protect Vulnerable Children

Many cases of child molestation and sexual predation of children have come to light in the recent past. This is as alarming as can be and reflects an unrecognized pathology in society. It bears mention here that no society in the world is actually free from these pathologies but in most, especially, developed societies, these […]

Effect and Cause

Effect and Cause

Pellet guns, or more accurately, the use of pellet guns, are in the news again. It would be a vain wish to hope that the notorious weapon(s) would merely be a news item. In the context of Kashmir, it is not. The notorious weapon exacts victims as recent memory attests. And, the issues that pellet […]

Yet Again…

Yet Again…

Yet again, two young lives have been snuffed out in Kashmir. This points out to the very precarious nature of life here. Life and death, in some senses, are two sides of the same coin, especially from a religious perspective but there is a right to live and life is a gift from God. Nobody, […]