Order and stability is the law of nature

Order and stability is the law of nature

Chaos is neither basic nor permanent, but it works as a restraint on disorder, instability and chaos itself. The pain it inflicts serves as chastisement for those who disregard order and stability and do not conform. Order and disorder are complementary to each other. It is actually the same thing in different guises. Have a […]

UNSC’s Reforms and India’s Ambitions

UNSC’s Reforms and India’s Ambitions

The United Nations (UN) was set up 75 years ago with the aim of maintaining world peace and security. However, the 21st century world is very different from the 20th century one. The humanitarian and economic losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic are comparable to that of major wars. Unemployment is worse than at any […]

Private coaching centres need to be taught some lessons

Private coaching centres need to be taught some lessons

Education has been virtually outsourced to private tuition/ coaching centres in Kashmir, without any checks and balances A few days ago I had to visit a local J&K Bank branch to replace my expired debit card with a new one. I had just driven a few kilometers from my home when I was caught in […]

The great lesson of Bait-ul-Hikmah: Knowledge is Universal

The great lesson of Bait-ul-Hikmah: Knowledge is Universal

In 750 CE the Abbasids took over from the Umayyads (661-750 CE) as rulers of the Muslim territories. While the reign of Khulfa-i-Rashidin ended with the martyrdom of Hazrat Ali (RA) in 661 CE, both Umayyads and Abbasids justified their rule by calling themselves as Khalifa and not king. Under the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphate, […]

Happy retirement to the amazing Majeed sahib

Happy retirement to the amazing Majeed sahib

Every teacher deserves respect, and one comes across many teachers in the course of one’s learning, but some teachers are remembered for ages to come. One such teacher is Mr Majeed Mir, who has a multi-dimensional personality and is an expert on a number of subjects. Though Majeed sahib is a history teacher, he is […]

America’s self-serving hegemonic discourse in crisis

America’s self-serving hegemonic discourse in crisis

‘American exceptionalism’, a rare meeting point between Democrats and Republicans, is facing its greatest challenge since its coinage sometime in the mid-17th century History is being written in the United States today. Even the most pessimistic about the prospects of American democracy have rarely ventured out this far while offering a bleak analysis of America’s […]

That perfect rhythm of Kanz and Mohul

That perfect rhythm of Kanz and Mohul

The mortar (Kanz) was made of a hollowed-out wooden block and the pestle (Mohul) of light hard wood, especially of the hawthorn (Posh Hatb) tree Rice is a crop of prime importance in Kashmir agriculture. It is the staple food of a large population of this land-locked valley. The pounded paddy that yields rice is […]

Mohammad and Aisha: The love that is truer than epics

Mohammad and Aisha: The love that is truer than epics

Tabish Khursheed A human being is born with psychological and emotional impulses to respond to the things around him, and so is his impulse of love for the opposite sex strongly ingrained in his “fitrat” (nature). The inclination of one sex towards the other is so immense and paramount that every culture across the globe […]

Season of Political Shenanigans in Kashmir

Season of Political Shenanigans in Kashmir

On the face of it not much may seem to be happening on the political scene in Kashmir, but even the volatile turn that events in Delhi have taken in the wake of the farmers’ protest cannot hide the frantic political activity going on in both Jammu and Kashmir regions for securing chairmanships of different […]

Finding hope in a bookstore

Finding hope in a bookstore

A society is what it reads. Reading and understanding is a must for any society to sustain its very existence. Reading becomes especially important when there is an onslaught of lies from the corporate-backed media. The problem can only be tackled through independent reading. For Kashmir to get through the oscillations of its restive politics, […]