Europe will redefine itself despite political shift in the US

Europe will redefine itself despite political shift in the US

Despite the long-awaited political change in Washington as Democratic President, Joe Biden, has officially become the 46th President of the United States, Europe is unlikely to resume its previously unhindered reliance on its trans-Atlantic partner. The four years of Donald Trump were rife with tension and strife between the US and Europe – in fact, […]

India: A Flawed Democracy

India: A Flawed Democracy

Democracy in its broader perspective is all about respecting and recognising people’s rights and liberties, following a Constitutional framework, and broadening the idea of public space. It also takes into consideration minority rights and their welfare. In India, democracy has been conceived short-sightedly and is confined only to holding elections and declaring electoral results. Democracy […]

Tongas in Sopore: Goodbye and Good Riddance

Tongas in Sopore: Goodbye and Good Riddance

The recent decision by the Sopore administration to bar tongas from the streets of Sopore town can be termed as “better late than never”. The decision has come at a time when the administration seems to have geared up to clear the growing traffic mess created by ever-increasing encroachers like cart vendors, vegetable hawkers and […]

Kashmiri Papier Mache: A Perishing Art

Kashmiri Papier Mache: A Perishing Art

Papier Mache has contributed a lot to the economy of Kashmir, but unfortunately this craft is becoming a part-time activity Papier Mache is a French word meaning “chewed paper”. The art of Papier Mache involves moulding raw paper pulp into aesthetically pleasing objects. The valley of Kashmir is known for Papier Mache craft. Unlike today, […]

Bollywood’s Kashmir

Bollywood’s Kashmir

While the political theatre of Jammu & Kashmir is being transformed, Bollywood cinema is rediscovering its age-old infatuation with Kashmir. Flocks of denizens of the entertainment industry have been visiting recently to scout the landscapes of the valley. They have also been calling upon their mates to join them in this movement of exploring and […]

No, Annie Besant was not a Christian Missionary

No, Annie Besant was not a Christian Missionary

This is in response to the thought-provoking article titled ‘Annie Besant, SP College, and why Dogras, elite Muslims and Pandits discouraged education of Kashmiri Muslims’ by Dr Ashraf Shah Kashmiri published in Kashmir Reader a few months ago. Unfortunately, the author made a mistake by claiming Annie Besant was a Christian missionary, which is factually […]

Bad Bank: A Good Idea or Bad?

Bad Bank: A Good Idea or Bad?

It may give a short breather, but it will not address the underlying causes responsible for such huge levels of NPAs, particularly in state-owned banks The banking industry in India is dominated by Public Sector Banks (PSBs) which are owned by Govt of India. As on 2020, PSBs account for 60% of the total bank […]

A strange shiver in the Kashmiri winter

A strange shiver in the Kashmiri winter

A revitalised Kashmiri folklore makes for a promising debut, though a better publishing house could have helped Self-publishing has been acting as a catalyst to literary production in Kashmir. ‘Two And A Half – The Knock of Chillai Kalan’ is a fresh product under the Lieper publication banner. The book re-emphasises the notion that forgiveness […]

Pottery and Poetry

Pottery and Poetry

Pottery is an ancient art and craft that continues to dominate human civilisation despite the modern kitchen culture based on new material and technology. The roots of pottery can be traced to prehistoric times as is revealed by the excavations at Burzhama, Mohenjodaro, Sindh and various other sites. The pots are made of clay or […]

Palestinian Boycott of Israel is Not Racist, It is Anti-Racist

Palestinian Boycott of Israel is Not Racist, It is Anti-Racist

Claims made by Democratic New York City mayoral candidate, Andrew Yang, in a recent op-ed in the Jewish weekly, ‘The Forward’, point to the prevailing ignorance that continues to dominate the US discourse on Palestine and Israel. Yang, a former Democratic Presidential candidate, is vying for the Jewish vote in New York City. According to […]