On Rhetoric

On Rhetoric

Recently there was a suggestion in the legislative assembly that there be workshops and courses to train legislators in the method of arguing, of making speeches. Records of assembly debates of ages ago, perhaps audio recordings, could be prescribed for their education. Some 2100 years ago, the Roman political philosopher Cicero wrote that “rhetoric”, the […]

Pak phobia

Pak phobia

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s speech to the US Congress reportedly received applause from a section of Congressmen when he alluded to Pakistan as “those who harbor, support and sponsor terrorists” and sought American cooperation in fighting “terrorism.” One could focus light on the rise of fascism in India, where Modi’s lawmakers justify lynching of […]

Khanabal Command Headquarters

Khanabal Command Headquarters

It was like a miniature Unified Command Headquarters meeting at south Kashmir’s Anantnag town on Tuesday, precisely to strategize the conduct of by-poll for the assembly segment. It was not a full-fledged UHQ meeting because Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was not presiding over nor was the northern commander part of it. Otherwise, all commanders of […]

No more dams in Kashmir

No more dams in Kashmir

Much indignation and cornering of the PDP-BJP government followed the news that the state of Jammu & Kashmir will get no ownership, no increased royalty, no greater share in generated power of the Dulhasti hydropower project on the Chenab river in Kishtwar and the Uri-I hydropower project on the Jhelum river in Baramulla. Chief minister […]

Immobilisation

Immobilisation

As Jammu and Kashmir spins into incoherence and shame, it is time for the civil society to assert and ensure it’s the formation of a resurgent civil society of Kashmir which will demonstrate that despite the complicity of the state that has (willingly or unwillingly) allowed it the happen, despite the tendency of political parties […]

The Pandit politics

The Pandit politics

If there is anything to learn from history, it is that sometimes you can guess the future. Now that the BJP finds itself in the government of both India and Jammu & Kashmir, considerable time and energy will be spent in the coming years for righting that ‘historic wrong’ that the nationalist Hindu generally feels […]

2014 is 1987

2014 is 1987

It would do Mehbooba Mufti no good to justify being in power by peddling spurious theories and justifications for the equally spurious political decisions taken by her party or, as she always states, her father late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. She says that if her father had aligned with Congress or National Conference instead of BJP, […]

Theatrics over Handwara 

Theatrics over Handwara 

The casual approach exhibited by the legislators in both houses of the state legislature on Handwara killings is not surprising. On the inaugural day of the budget session, when Governor NN Vohra addressed a joint session of legislators at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Center (SKICC), a few members from the National Conference and Congress were on […]

Blame the status quo

Blame the status quo

The last few days have, again, been particularly bloody in Kashmir with a number of militants killed, and some policemen as well. The fact that scores of thousands have been killed in Kashmir, among other horrors, should still not desensitise us, and make us accept deaths, incarcerations, torture, all forms of violence, including the application […]

Wither journalism teaching

Wither journalism teaching

Education authorities have embarked on a mission to deal a death blow to teaching of journalism in Kashmir. The process started a long way back when political expediency started dictating educational priorities. Every media student at Kashmir University is told that the heydays of the prestigious Media Education Research Centre (MERC), set up in the […]

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