Covid-19: Know Thy Enemy and Divine The Sign

Covid-19: Know Thy Enemy and Divine The Sign

Shakil Ahmad Wani We are struggling to understand how the novel coronavirus tears through the human body. We know that it reaches for the lungs but it can also reach the heart and blood vessels, kidneys, gut and brain. Despite lot of information flowing in, a clear picture is still elusive as the virus acts […]

Indelible scars of Enforced Disappearances

Indelible scars of Enforced Disappearances

Zahid Yousuf Mantoo There are reportedly more than 8,000 cases of enforced disappearances in Jammu and Kashmir. These disappearances began in the 1990s even before the enactment and implementation of The Jammu & Kashmir Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in September 1990, which provides impunity for India’s armed forces. The Association of Parents of […]

A very different Eid

A very different Eid

Dr Reyaz Ahmad Ganaie This year at the end of the fasting month of Ramzan when the state sponsored Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in neighbouring Pakistan announced the sighting of the Shawal moon, late-night announcements were made on loudspeakers in the local masjids in Kashmir extending greetings to the people. However, this Eid was very different due […]

The Battle of Badr

The Battle of Badr

JAVAID AHMAD WAGAY At Badr took place the first major encounter between the newly-born nation of Muslims and the unbelievers (Kaafireen), the Quraish of Makkah. This event changed the course of history of not only Arabia but of the entire world. At the dawn of Islam in Makkah, Muslims were killed, tortured, and persecuted. Eventually, […]

The United Nations Peacekeeping Force

The United Nations Peacekeeping Force

Syed Mustafa Ahmad Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his defence of UN Peacekeeping forces said, “The first United Nations peacekeeping operation (Congo, 1960) was an attempt to confront and defeat the worst in Man with the best in Man; to counter violence with moderation, and war with peace. Since then, day after day, the […]

Respect for a corrupt doctor, disdain for an honest policeman

Respect for a corrupt doctor, disdain for an honest policeman

Kaiser Maqbool Perhaps our need for some consistency and predictability in our lives makes it tempting to generalise lessons we’ve managed to learn in certain situations. But alas, life appears to defy simple analysis. So while it’s in our interest to uncover its most important governing principles, we should be wary of generalising. In the […]

The Fragility of Human Life and Society: Exposed

The Fragility of Human Life and Society: Exposed

The modern world economy is characterised by ravaging of natural resources and over-dependence of economies on each other. It is, in the long run, essentially unsustainable. Driven by political jingoism and vague notions as ‘conquest of nature’, the modern economy seems to be guided by the principle that the more complex and automated and bigger […]

Judiciary in Service of the Executive: The Case of the Supreme Court

Judiciary in Service of the Executive: The Case of the Supreme Court

Younis Ahad The maxim “ubi jus ibi remedium” means that where there is a right, there is a remedy. It is a foundational principle of justice. India’s Constitution contains a full chapter of fundamental rights and the doors of the Supreme Court are open to anyone who is denied any of these rights. Under Article […]

Artificial Intelligence and Big Data as Shield against Coronavirus

Artificial Intelligence and Big Data as Shield against Coronavirus

Akhtar Nazir & Dr Abrar Ul Haq Wani The medical-scientific response to Covid-19 is analogous to that towards the previous epidemic of SARS but with a major difference: it involves a new emerging contrivance known as Artificial intelligence (AI), which for current purposes can be defined as Machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Processing (NLP), and […]

Some rational arguments against the romantic defence of poplar trees

Some rational arguments against the romantic defence of poplar trees

Nadeem Mubarik Citizens of Kashmir have been facing health problems due to the fluffy cotton seeds shed by poplar trees, also known as Russian poplars. The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic aggravated the problems and many people began urging the administration to do something about it. Social media was flooded with posts during the month […]

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