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, […]

Tame the Reflex

Tame the Reflex

It is, at this point in time, not clear what Indian Army Chief, Bipin Rawat has in mind or what his real agenda is in making insensate and rather provocative remarks. The reference here is to the General’s remarks about, “calling Pakistan’s bluff” in terms of the use of nuclear weapons. Rawat, speaking to reporters […]

False and Meretricious

False and Meretricious

Indian Army Chief, Bipin Rawat, has stated that in Jammu and Kashmir, some schools in Jammu and Kashmir were allegedly teaching students with two maps – one of India and another of the state. This statement is not only a gross distortion of reality but an unwarranted, uncalled for interference in education. In some senses, […]