BJP’s Kashmir policy: a failure

By Zaboor Ahmad The BJP, for all practical purposes believes that it has a consistent and coherent policy towards Jammu and Kashmir. The genesis of the trouble in Jammu and Kashmir lies in the himalayan blunder committed by Pandit Nehru and Lord Mountbatten when the duo decided to land the Kashmir issue at the doors […]

The burden of ‘triple talaq’

The burden of ‘triple talaq’

By Habeel Iqbal Taing The “position of women in Islam” has been one of the most debatable topics surrounding Islam and Muslims the world over for decades. The issues have been varying from Hijab, Right to ownership, marriage and divorce practices. The last one, divorce, has been the most contentious of all these issues in […]

Unravelling the ‘Response’

Unravelling the ‘Response’

By Rouf Dar, Umar Lateef Misgar,  Harun Lone After an attempt to discuss an aspect of the machinations of Indian occupation in Kashmir in this newspaper on 14th of May (‘IAS  in Kashmir: Glorifying Occupation’) , we have been flooded with responses. Abuse; some insights and, to misquote Orwell, pure wind has been directed against both […]

The Kashmir Dispute:  Taking Lessons from Aaland Islands 

The Kashmir Dispute:  Taking Lessons from Aaland Islands 

There are some disputes in modern history that one might take lessons from in understanding the wisest course to take in resolving the Kashmir dispute. The Aaland Islands is a case in point. The Aaland Islands are joined at the hip — well, should I say, the toe of Finland — and have been considered […]

Improving our elementary education system

By Muzafar Jan The education of youth is so descriptive and comprehensive for society that it reminds me of the quote: “Neither piety, nobility nor freedom can flourish long in a society where the education of youth is neglected”. Kashmir has become a bone of contention in political corruption resembling a theatre of astonishing dispensations […]

Roots of the Conflict

Roots of the Conflict

Palestine’s Nakba in the Larger Arab ‘Catastrophe’ On May 15th of every year, over the past 68 years, Palestinians have commemorated their collective exile from Palestine. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine to make room for a ‘Jewish homeland’ came at a price of unrelenting violence and perpetual suffering. Palestinians refer to that enduring experience as […]

Regrettable, General Hooda?

Regrettable, General Hooda?

By Seema Kazi Dear General Hooda, Now that the truth of abuse by soldiers under your command in Handwara has been publicly affirmed by the victim herself, your moral authority and that of the institution you represent is well and truly in shreds. Your institution’s attempt to employ the police as handmaiden-in-crime in order to […]

Why the New Industrial Policy is Bad Economics?

Why the New Industrial Policy is Bad Economics?

By Ajaz Ahmad Rather The new industrial policy momentarily generated a heated debate in the state, to the effect that there is official affirmation to revisiting some controversial clauses. The main objection to the policy is the clause related with leasing of land to non-state subjects discussed in Chapter Two of the official document under […]

The Abyss of Syria

Bashar al-Assad is showing no signs of relenting. It is time for international bodies to prevent Syria from slipping further into abyss By Adil Beig When the Arab Uprising hit Syria in early 2011, Bashar al-Assad, like every other Arab dictator, reacted with force. Hundreds of protestors were killed, resulting in the escalation of violence. […]