Increased Incidence

Increased Incidence

Be it the brutal murder of a young girl at Uri by her step mother and her accomplices, the violent and gory killing of a boy in Kupwara, or more recently the murder of a school going kid in Gander, crimes of a violent nature seem to be on an upward trajectory in Kashmir. By […]

Sliver of Hope?

Sliver of Hope?

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has responded to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra’s Modi’s letter. Khan, referring to what called an “undeniably challenging relationship” has written that, “We, however, owe it to our peoples, especially the future generations, to peacefully resolve all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, to bridge differences and […]

The Spirit of Karbala

The Spirit of Karbala

The day of Ashura, which is the sad and tragic climax and denouement of Hazrat Hussain’s(AS) odyssey , is a day of rememberance for all Muslims. To recapitulate briefly, Yazid, in a brazen attempt to seek legitimacy for himself and the incipient state that he was building, sought legitimacy from Hazrat Hussain(AS) , the grandson […]

Reckless and Rash Driving

Reckless and Rash Driving

Hardly a day goes by without sad news of road accidents, fatal or non fatal. It is also a known fact or experience of every motorist, pedestrian and commuter that driving on the roads, streets and even alleyways is dangerous and reckless. The reasons are many. But, the prime culprit, so to speak, is the […]

On Fee Hikes

On Fee Hikes

As private schools mushroom in Kashmir to fill in the “demand gap” for education and its shoddy and sub -par provision by Government schools, the issue of fee structures and hikes thereof have become salient. This particular issue is an important that must neither be ignored nor brushed under the carpet. The administration’s response it […]

Education for the Specially Abled

Education for the Specially Abled

Education in Kashmir, once the privilege of the few, has gradually and inexorably become broad based and widespread. There is now expanded access to education with people here viewing it both in terms of its intrinsic worth and as an avenue of social and economic mobility. The vociferous demand for education and the lacunas in […]

An Urban Sprawl

An Urban Sprawl

Srinagar city has, over time, morphed and mutated into a vast, differentiated urban sprawl. This concrete reality is at odds with the perception and fame of Kashmir, known as it is for its pristine and sublime beauty, with Srinagar city as its centre of gravity. The reasons and causes for what amounts to degradation and […]

Hypocritical Whataboutery

Hypocritical Whataboutery

Amidst global condemnation and consternation, Myanmar’s leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has stated that the handling of Rohingya Muslims, 700,000 of whom have fled to Bangladesh amid a brutal military campaign, could have been better. However, Su Kyi still defended security forces from charges of civilian atrocities. It may be […]

On Predation and its Alarming Incidence

On Predation and its Alarming Incidence

Another child victim almost fell to the vile snares of a sexual predator. Luckily, the girl child victim was smart and alert enough to raise an alarm when the predator attempted to molest her. The incident in contention took place at the upper primary school Lillam village of Kupwara. It was when most of the […]

Unrepentant, Unreformed Bully

Unrepentant, Unreformed Bully

While it is difficult for bullies, in general, to reform and transform into normal, civic and civil individuals, but in many cases , with maturity and vicissitudes of life, many do. However, at the same time, many also remained unreformed and unrepentant. The latter assessment holds true for the United States which continues to adhere […]