In the Crosshairs

In the Crosshairs

Journalism, even in the best of times, so to speak, is fraught with tension and even danger(s). The essence of this vocation is to, both, speak truth to power and hold a mirror to society. In both these senses, critique and criticism are the natural embodiment and corollaries of journalism. Both these indelible aspects of […]

Shocking. Atrocious. Despicable. And Sheer Evil!

Shocking. Atrocious. Despicable. And Sheer Evil!

In a gory, shocking and horrendous case that should and must shock the collective conscience and conscious of our society, a young nine year girl has been gang raped, mutilated and murdered. The brain behind this hate crime is the step mother of the murdered girl. Words actually fail to delineate and describe this atrocious […]

Decay and Decline

Decay and Decline

Srinagar city has, over time, morphed into a kind of an ugly urban sprawl. This is validated by its slide to 100th position(or scale) in the “ Ease of Living” index. Srinagar has been ranked as one of the most underprivileged cities in India, with no adequate facilities of water supply, solid waste management, parks, […]

A Fool’s Errand?

A Fool’s Errand?

Some noise has been observed (or heard) regarding the development of Srinagar into a “smart city” after a hiatus of three years or even more. While there is an element of grandiosity in turning the city into a “smart” one, the mission purports to transform Srinagar into an eco-friendly, resilient and socio-economically vibrant city that […]

On Trauma

On Trauma

Kashmir is not a “normal” place. While the definition and even description of normal is subjective, but there are certain parameters which can be employed to assess the “normality” of a given society. The non normality of Kashmir accrues and emanates largely from the nature of conflictual conditions that obtain here. One consequence of these […]

On Pseudo Journalists

On Pseudo Journalists

The ongoing Information Technology and Communications (ICT’s) revolution has not only upended past paradigms but also bred new ones. One major and far reaching corollary of this revolution are various forms of social media. Social media, which augured another significant revolution especially in the domains of communication decentred space, among other things. That is, anyone […]

Callous and Indifferent

Callous and Indifferent

Post Eid, it has been observed that much of the waste accruing from consumption and allied activities has been dumped in many water bodies. That this is bad, immoral and unethical amounts to stating the obvious but the question is why have and why are people taking recourse to these ungainly practices? The answers are […]

Deep Uncertainty

Deep Uncertainty

As the Supreme Court of India is slated to hear the plea by an obscure NGO over the abrogation of Article 35 A, the conditions that obtain in Kashmir lend themselves to deep and prolonged uncertainty. According to the Wikipedia, “Uncertainty is a situation which involves imperfect or unknown information. It applies to predictions of […]

Spurious Drugs

Spurious Drugs

Medical or medicinal drugs and their sale are a matter of life and death. Despite this urgency and its nature thereof, many cases have come to the surface in Kashmir, where counterfeit drugs have and are being sold, even over the counter. This is as alarming as can be and in lieu of this, the […]

Flawed Exam Policy

Flawed Exam Policy

The private school business in Kashmir has mushroomed over the years. This largely reflects the demand for education here as people, cutting across classes, feel (rightly) that education is the key to success, social and economic mobility. The poor and shoddy supply of government school education has meant and entailed the proliferation of private schools. […]