On Social Media

On Social Media

A man arrested for posting morphed pictures of a woman on social media and then blackmailing her has been denied bail. The man in contention had found the phone of the victim after she had lost it and then misused the whole saga. The issue here raises a whole host of issues regarding communications technology, […]

Poor and Shoddy!

Poor and Shoddy!

Cutting edge research is, especially now, the pathway to development and “success”. This is a notable fact which all developed and even developing societies have recognized and are gearing themselves for. In fact, it might not be an exaggeration to state the research and innovation constitute power, or in the least, one major element of […]

Condemnable!

Condemnable!

The pellet assault on photojournalists is condemnable. This is insofar as words are concerned but the very incident should not have happened. The reasons pertain to the very nature of journalism and those who practice this vocation. The use of the word “vocation” is salient here for journalism is not a mere profession; it is […]

On Mental Health

On Mental Health

Life, in general, is not free from blemishes; it has its ups and downs and can be taxing and stressful. To employ a metaphor, life is like a string defined by knots: open or untie one knot and another crops up. It goes on and on till life comes to an end. These are in […]

Jarring and Unconscionable

Jarring and Unconscionable

Education and access to it is in the nature of a right and even an entitlement. In many parts of the world, such is the value and import accorded to education that it is provided free. But not so in the case of Kashmir. While it is well known and even established that access, delivery […]

Appallingly Callous

Appallingly Callous

In an appallingly callous incident, a women from Kupwara, was compelled to give birth to her baby on the roadside, after being refused admission by a prominent maternity hospital. The baby unfortunately died. The incident is , among other things, a reflection of the nature of critical health care delivery in Kashmir. There are multiple […]

Abysmal Conditions

Abysmal Conditions

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)-2018, which has painted a grim picture of learning among school children enrolled in J&K schools, has at the same time highlighted the dearth of infrastructure at the institutions. Close to 70 percent schools in the state are without an electricity connection. The report reads that only 31.2 percent […]

The Scourge of Depression

The Scourge of Depression

Kashmir, as a whole and at many levels, does not lend itself to happiness. The overall environment here can create stresses and tensions of a nature that can impact negatively the mental health of people. One such psychological and emotional issue is that of depression. This insidious issue can not only throw peoples’ lives out […]

Grave Problem

Grave Problem

Any human habitation and dwelling will generate waste. This is as obvious as can be. But, it is in the nature of an issue that has been grappled by with cities and other human habitations across the world since time immemorial. Modern and metropolitan cities have devised solutions for waste disposal that is not only […]

Odious and Evil

Odious and Evil

A newborn baby girl, who is believed to have been abandoned by her parents the preceding night, was found dead in Srinagar’s Rajbagh area on Monday. The infant, who had been kept in a box as per eyewitnesses, was abandoned across the road at Rajbagh crossing. This is as appalling and shameful as can be […]