Alarming Pollution Levels

Alarming Pollution Levels

Srinagar has been listed as the tenth most polluted city in the world in terms of air quality (PM 2.5 levels) by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database. This is as alarming as can be. There is not just the tourism or tourist dimension involved here but , […]

Pollen Menace

Pollen Menace

Pollen, emanating usually and often times, from poplar and robinia(kikkar) trees, has become a menace in Kashmir. Ensconced in a fine cottony substance, pollen seeds are so light that these float in the air very easily. If this were the only problem or issue associated with the floating in the air of pollen seeds, then […]

Devise New Mechanisms

Devise New Mechanisms

One casualty of the volatile conditions that obtain in Kashmir has been a vital component of the education process: examinations. While much has been written about the impact on the education sector here, on account of volatile conditions, but there have been no real and substantive prescriptions about how to deal with the loss of […]

Peace, Within and Without

Peace, Within and Without

‘Black Cat’ commandos of the elite counter-insurgency force NSG are likely to be deployed soon in Jammu and Kashmir to help forces in dealing with encounters and “hostage-like situations”. The NSG was raised in 1984 in the aftermath of Operation Blue Star, which was carried out to flush out militants hiding in the Golden Temple […]

Appalling, Disgusting and Predatory

Appalling, Disgusting and Predatory

A young girl who has taking tuition from a 30 year old teacher has apparently been raped by this man. Intriguingly and sordidly, this ghastly incident comes in the wake of the Kathua rape murder. When, the question is, will we, wake up to the nature of this ghastly, sordid and beastly crime that takes […]

Victims of Apathy

Victims of Apathy

The pellet victims of Kashmir, usually young boys and, at times girls too are not only victims of fury but also apathy. This constitutes a travesty for these victims are scarred for life, physically, emotionally and psychologically. Instead of rehabilitation, assistance and support of varied kinds, Kashmir’s pellet victims are left to the sufferance of […]

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

Corruption is all pervasive in our society. But, in general, the definition of corruption that we employ is too narrow and restrictive. In quotidian life, it is believed and held that corruption merely means bribe taking, that is, demanding and accepting monies for a favor. But, this definition or understanding excludes other forms of corruption […]

Superfluous Exercise

Superfluous Exercise

The shift of the administration from Jammu to Kashmir, anachronistically known as the “Durbar move” is in the process of happening. The shift, harking back to the times when Jammu and Kashmir was ruled by hereditary rulers, is not only a misnomer but also is defined by a disconnect with modern times. Moreover, the so […]

SAARC’s Inglorious Death?

SAARC’s Inglorious Death?

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), an intergovernmental organization , founded in 1985, comprised of many states of South Asia, including its core constituents, India and Pakistan was, in theory , formed for South Asia’s economic development and regional integration. But, despite thee laudable ideals and goals, the SAARC never lived up to […]

The Case for Capital Punishment

The Case for Capital Punishment

What can actually and really deter a person (or persons) from committing an abominable and deplorable crime like a rape cum murder? Or crimes of a similar nature? These questions are of an eminently jurisprudential and practical nature and import but not academic. In the ultimate analysis, what a person values most and deprivation of […]