An advanced structural engineering solution against earthquakes

An advanced structural engineering solution against earthquakes

By Mueed Rasool Highly qualified researchers after conducting thorough studies have authenticated that Kashmir valley falls in Zone-V in terms of earthquakes.  The state faces disquieting earthquakes time and again. And researchers have predicted that future earthquakes could be more devastating for the Valley. To prevent loss of assets as well as human lives, some […]

Mufti’s death an opportunity for PDP to correct course

Mufti’s death an opportunity for PDP to correct course

More than three weeks after the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the Peoples Democratic Party’s indecisiveness about government formation has held the state hostage. So far, the media has largely relied on speculations because PDP President Mehbooba Mufti has kept her cards close to her chest. Internally, the suspense has baffled its coalition partner the […]

Exploring the Disjuncture in Indian Secularism

Exploring the Disjuncture in Indian Secularism

Aejaz Ahmad There is no escaping the fact that modernity was imposed on India from above. The values associated with modernity, such as secularism and democracy didn’t essentially emanate from the core of Indian society as it did in the West. What we ended up creating is what can be called ‘tactical democracy and secularism’; […]

Winter’s Game of Thrones

Winter’s Game of Thrones

ASIF AMIN TIBET BAQUAL Kashmir’s blank political canvas seems to be generating more intrigue than the impending suspense created by the “Game of Thrones: Season Six” poster. While winter is yet to come to Westeros, Kashmir is already in the throes of it. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death has frozen the political landscape of Kashmir and […]

While India Celebrates, Kashmir Mourns

While India Celebrates, Kashmir Mourns

NN Vohra, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir and apparent ventriloquist dummy for some folks a little further south, reportedly said, “It is the duty of all citizens to protect and preserve the unity and integrity of the nation,” adding that “towards the attainment of such an objective all of us must join hands to negate […]

Documenting pain in Kashmir

Documenting pain in Kashmir

Jannat Mullick A visit to any psychologist’s clinic in the Valley will reveal the enormous number of persons suffering from mental illness. And women are a majority among them. This writer had a chance of meeting such a woman some time ago at one of the psychiatric clinics. This lady was an acute reflection of […]

The purpose of education

The purpose of education

Zaira Ashraf When Prophet Muhammad (saas) went to the cave of Hira, It was his endeavor to understand things in the right perspective that led him there; hoping to find the solutions to problems that society around him was facing. Solitary refinement culminating into the revelation of “Iqra” actually contextualizes the predestined theological plan to […]

The sexploitation of school girls

The sexploitation of school girls

Ibrahim Khaja The news reports on how school girls were being exploited are alarming, though not surprising. The ugly episode, as reported in the media, reflects gross negligence and irresponsibility on the part of the school authorities. The issue brings in its wake a need for a serious relook on the way girl students are […]

A journey through a rumour

A journey through a rumour

Yasir Altaf Zargar Kashmir often becomes a place quite suitable for rumours. From earthquake rumours, to those abounding during the devastating floods, to the recent polio rumour, people across Kashmir often fall prey to the wild spread of baseless talk. And, like any other place, the internet can also be misused. Not using the internet […]

Mehbooba’s Dilemma

Aadam Farooq While the BJP swept the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and won almost all the seats in Jammu province, it couldn’t open its score in Kashmir. The people of Kashmir didn’t want RSS ideology to enter the state. So, in December 2014 Kashmiris voted for what seemed to be a safe option: the People’s […]