Slow and Steady

Slow and Steady

In all likelihood and by all signs and indicators, ace cricketing sports star turned politician of Pakistan is slated to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Whether he will cobble together a coalition or rope in independents to form the government is beside the point. The fact is that he will assume the highest office […]

Pellet Victim(s) Rehab

Pellet Victim(s) Rehab

The distinctive hallmark of any given society is how it treats its most vulnerable segments, the poor and the needy. On this front, contrary to perceptions and memories of yore, we do not appear to score too well. In fact, while it’s not clear what the real reason is but it would appear that we, […]

First and Second Order Issues

First and Second Order Issues

“Good governance” is a contested and even a loaded term. While there is no consensus on what it precisely means, but the elusive definition might only be an academic quibble. From a prosaic and practical perspective, good governance can, if not actually defined but may be put into perspective by the difference it makes to […]

Dying Water Bodies

Dying Water Bodies

There is increasingly a dissonance between “brand Kashmir” and the realities of Kashmir in the sense of its pristine beauty and landscape. This is perhaps best illustrated by the current nature and condition of our water bodies which are not only shrinking by the day but are actually in the throes of death. The result […]

Innocence Lost!

Innocence Lost!

In the folklore of Kashmir, there was a time when and if some untoward incident would take place, people would say heavens would cry. Such was the innocence of the place. But, alas, now it seems that portions of our society have become brutalized, ruthless and even criminal. This is unfortunately reflected in the brutal […]

Maintain Nutritional Standards

Maintain Nutritional Standards

The administration seems to be losing coverage of schools under midday meals scheme, despite claims to the contrary. A comparison of the annual work plans and budget for National Programme of Nutritional Support to Education, commonly known as Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme, reveals that from a coverage of 23166 schools with an estimated roll of […]

Facebook Issues

Facebook Issues

Facebook, a ubiquitous household online social media and networking site( or service) , which has connected millions of users worldwide, is now increasingly becoming controversial, not only because of its huge size, scale and reach but also for dodgy practices. The most infamous of these was the Cambridge Analytica scandal and adverts of a political […]

On Corruption

On Corruption

Corruption is a disease that eats into and consumes the vitals of any given society, Kashmir being no exception. The bane of corruption is morally and ethically degrading and it devours the conscientiousness of society. And, at the end of the day, corruption destroys the soul of both its protagonist and its victim. Many theories […]

Looming Land Scarcity

Looming Land Scarcity

The vale of Kashmir , defined by pristine , awe inspiring beauty, however, in the main, is beset by certain structural features that have economic implications. These features or even problems are twofold: one is that it is land locked and the other, barring water and some minerals, Kashmir lacks abundant resources. In economics, there […]

Solemn and Inspiring

Solemn and Inspiring

One hundred and five couples have gotten married in Kashmir in a solemn, simple and inconspicuous manner in Srinagar city. The profile of those who tied the nuptial knot was diverse: they came from diverse parts of Kashmir. But, one aspect that stood out was that they mostly came from less privileged sections of society. […]