Boring games

Boring games

When PDP and National Conference exchange words over some issue, more than politics, what Kashmiris are offered, is an awfully boring game. A long term effect of this game was witnessed during the governor’s rule when nobody seemed to miss either of the two, who we are told every second day have been elected by […]

Whose interest? 

Whose interest? 

Kashmir is often drowned in such official propaganda that a mere statement by the government — true, half-true or outright false — is deemed as meeting the requirements of accountability. Governments, chief ministers and ministers change but the phenomenon only gets more entrenched, like the bureaucracy, making accountability even more distant a possibility with the […]

Nepal strikes back

Nepal strikes back

The recall of the Nepali ambassador to India, and the cancellation of the Nepali Presidential visit to India, is another low point in deteriorating relations between, arguably, the only two ‘Hindu nations’ on the planet. Kathmandu is livid that New Delhi continues to meddle in its internal affairs,  that India continues to treat Nepali affairs […]

Colony’s sainik

Colony’s sainik

Government spokesman Naeem Akhtar made a very sinister statement two days ago. He essentially accused Kashmir Reader and Indian Express of attempting to sabotage Kashmir economy and tourism by instigating people to violence. The newspapers had carried reports about a proposal sent by a soldiers’ panel to the state government, seeking land for setting up […]

Better than Israel

Better than Israel

The difference between the Israeli settler program, and the Indian idea of a Sainik colony in Kashmir, differs only in the idea of execution. Why do Indian soldiers, rather widely seen as rank oppressors and the worst abusers of rights in Kashmir, want to live in the Valley in the first place? Is this a […]

Sin of forgetting

Sin of forgetting

When it comes to Kashmir, the difference between the BJP and any other political group in India is that the former chooses to do openly what the others implemented using deceit and doublespeak. The PDP was, by most accounts, created to cut the NC to size. That objective having been more than achieved, the PDP […]

Forms of the Ikhwan

Forms of the Ikhwan

A watershed in the raging anti-India revolt was the phenomenon of Ikhwan, a militia comprising an assortment of informers, closet criminals, smugglers, extortionists, rapists and hired murderers, which was unleashed on Kashmiris after being conceived and nourished in army camps in the mid 1990s. Its name, which in Arabic means ‘brothers’, embodies the inherently cruel […]

Compensation over justice!

Compensation over justice!

The Handwara minor girl continues to be in police custody despite her parents, lawyers and herself having pleaded multiple times that she be freed to pursue justice. The case already looks like a classic in which the police are trying to determine everything themselves even as reasonable doubts have been repeatedly raised about the manner […]

Imperial signs

Imperial signs

Reports say the Airport Advisory Committee has, on Monday, passed a resolution to name the Srinagar Airport as Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport, after Shiekh Nur-u-din, often called the patron saint of Kashmir. That this body, which apparently acts as a link between the state authorities, the Indian air force (basically in charge of the Srinagar airport)  and […]

Resistance not futile

Resistance not futile

A key characteristic of contemporary combating-insurgency, colonial, authoritarian regimes is the impression, sought to be drilled into those resisting those perfidious structures, through violence, in all its manifestations, is that nothing really will change. That those resisting are fighting a futile battle, wasting their lives and their breath by even speaking of freedom. This isn’t […]

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