The Pity of War

The Pity of War

Often times, or perhaps even invariably, those who suffer in and during wars, or war like situations or all forms of war , that is limited war, total war, or the grey zones of low intensity conflict(s) (LIC’s) are the people of a given contested and contended territory. This suffering can take multiple forms and […]

The Saga should End

The Saga should End

Another civilian has lost his life in Kashmir. Adding up the numbers of civilian lives and then pointing these out would constitute dishonor to the dead. But, this would not detract from the fact that civilians, most often , at the peak of their lives have become victims and lost what is of supreme value […]

Between Power Politics and Dialogue

Between Power Politics and Dialogue

United Nation’s chief Antonio Guterres has ruled out any mediation to resolve the Kashmir issue unless all parties agree to it and asked India and Pakistan to address their outstanding issues through talks amidst heightened tensions along the border. The UN through its spokesperson also said that, in principle , good offices of the UN […]

Resolution not Management

Resolution not Management

The administration is mulling an amnesty for “second time stone pelting offenders” in Kashmir. This is in the nature of a follow up step or measure to the review of “first time offenders”. On the face of it, this measure appears to be a good faith one where the administration is attempting to rehabilitate those […]

On Child Abuse

On Child Abuse

Incidents of child abuse and sexual predation thereof that have come to light in recent times might actually be the tip of an iceberg. That is, there are, in all likelihood, more cases than have surfaced even in our society. This assertion might come to most as a shocker, again in terms of our culture […]

Clear Pattern

Clear Pattern

That there is a clear and obvious pattern to the violent skirmishes between India and Pakistan on and along the Line of Control (LoC) would amount to stating the obvious. But, the fact that there are real consequences warrants that matters be put into perspective regarding this tit for tat violence. Given its serial nature, […]

Deep Rooted Inertia

Deep Rooted Inertia

More than 1,500 Common Services Centres (CSCs), created to deliver various digital services to people across Jammu and Kashmir, are reported to be defunct, even as people, especially in rural areas, are facing immense hardships to avail of services like Aadhaar and PAN cards in their respective areas. It may be noted that the CSC […]

Alarming Incidence

Alarming Incidence

There has been an increase in the incidence of cancer in Kashmir over the past years. This can only be alarming. While the administration has revealed the figures and some basic statistics regarding the incidence of cancer and the reasons thereof, the data and its interpretation flounders on the nature and correlation with causes which […]

On the Hajj Subsidy

On the Hajj Subsidy

The Hajj subsidy has, instead of being phased out, been removed by New Delhi. The subsidy in contention, in theory, helped to alleviate the financial burden on those Muslims who could not afford to perform the Hajj pilgrimage, a mandatory pillar of Islam. In some senses, both the subsidy and its removal constituted a form […]

Poor and Vulnerable

Poor and Vulnerable

Over the past few days, there was a stream of bleak news which pertained to the deaths of members of the laboring classes in Kashmir. Most of the cases were of deaths by asphyxiation. While there can neither be a quibble nor an argument about the cause(s) of deaths of these poor and destitute people, […]