Causes of Violence in Jammu and Kashmir

Causes of Violence in Jammu and Kashmir

Since 1586, when the Mughals conquered Kashmir, we have been subjected to many occupations. On March 9, 1846, the Sikhs or the Lahore Darbar sold us to the British because the former could not pay the war indemnity. A week later, on March 16, we were sold by the British to the Dogras for 75 […]

Paharis are also part of us

Paharis are also part of us

The state must declare Pahari as one of the official languages of J&K The word Pahari is derived from the word pahar, which means mountain. Inhabitants of mountains and hilly areas, Pajharis speak a distinct language called Pahari and have their own social identity. Pahari-speaking people constitute an estimated population of more than 10 Lakh […]

What we do to the environment is what we do to ourselves

What we do to the environment is what we do to ourselves

Self-interest is one of the defining features of human nature. There is an impulse in all of us to strive for pleasure and happiness and avoid pain and suffering. The pursuit of prosperity is fundamental in everybody’s life. However, being part of a society which is inhabited by many, we have certain moral and social […]

Why Are We Leaderless?

Why Are We Leaderless?

Plato, the teacher of Aristotle, said that a leader is an asset of the state. Plato further says that a leader always is a philosopher, one who is devoted to truth. In this respect, Islam advises the Muslim community to work under the watchful eye of a just ruler. A leaderless community can never flourish. […]

Are There Social Classes in Islam?

Are There Social Classes in Islam?

If we go back to Islam, the concept of social classes doesn’t exist at all. The only criteria upon which a person is to be judged is “taqwa”, which means piety, righteousness, etc. As ALLAH says in Sura Hujrat 13, “O humankind! We have created you from the single pair of male and female and […]

The Unspoken Language

The Unspoken Language

23 September: International Day of Sign Languages Greeting someone by joining our hands, or flashing the sign of victory with a “V”, or a smiling face – these are some of the gestures or signs we use in our everyday life. Sign language is used as an alternative for verbal communication. Without speaking a word, […]

Social Media and the Individual

Social Media and the Individual

We live in the era where almost everything has been digitalised. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that social media now dominates our lives. This has both positive and negative effects, but the needle deflects more towards the negative ones. One of the worst effects is that it kills creativity, and badly affects mental health. […]

Attention please, DC Kulgam, to Pedestrian Footpaths

Attention please, DC Kulgam, to Pedestrian Footpaths

As a kid I often heard from my elders that if you come across a stone on a road, pick it up and put it aside. However, if the stone is so big that a person cannot lift it, it is better to bring that to the notice of the administration. And if the administration […]

Ban on Chinese Apps a Smart Strategy

Ban on Chinese Apps a Smart Strategy

On June 29, India banned 59 Chinese apps after a deadly clash in the Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives. TikTok, UC Browser, Xender, SHAREit, and Weibo were among the notable apps that were banned. There was a second round of ban on July 23, when the ministry took down mirror […]

UN’s Diamond Anniversary: A Sombre Celebration

UN’s Diamond Anniversary: A Sombre Celebration

At 75, UN needs a boost to multilateralism The 75th UN General Assembly (UNGA) session, which began on 15 September, has been unlike any other in the organisation’s three quarters of a century of existence. This year, most global leaders will not be at the UN in person and most meetings have gone virtual, but […]

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