A.G. Noorani

Article 35-A

Article 35-A

The attempt to repeal it poses an existential threat to J&K.

ARTICLE 35-A of India’s constitution says that no law for Jammu & Kashmir, existing or future, shall be void as being violative of the fundamental rights if it touches “permanent residents” or confers on them “special rights” on government jobs, acquisition of immovable property, settlement in the state or rights to scholarship or other forms […]

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American sanctions

American sanctions

The 70-page act is essentially a guidebook for the ‘Global Bully’.

IT would be a shame if the international community were to submit to the gross violation of international law that has been systematically committed by the United States, through its Congress, for over two decades. The Countering of America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), 2017, has aroused widespread resentment because of its broad reach — […]

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Judicial activism

Judicial activism

The court is not a substitute for a democratic political process.

JUDICIAL activism is a virtue only when it is accompanied by restraint. In India, as in the US, the supreme court has been notable not for restraint, but for excess. The US supreme court is in a pitiable state. There was a time when its rulings were regarded as persuasive authorities of high scholarship, for […]

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Fallout in Kashmir

Fallout in Kashmir

The PDP-BJP coalition was always an untenable alliance.

WHEN Mufti Mohammed Sayeed justified the unscrupulous coalition of his Valley-centred PDP with the Jammu-based BJP in 2014, as the meeting of the North Pole and the South Pole, he did not realise that this puerile metaphor would provide the best explanation for its break up. The two poles can never meet. The BJP quit […]

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Inter-State Council

Inter-State Council

ONE would normally welcome reports that the government of India is proposing to convene the Inter-State Council. But, for two good reasons, scepticism is in order. First, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not one to concede the states’ demands for greater respect for their autonomy. He is a centralist. The RSS, to which the prime […]

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Ceasefire, no talks

Ceasefire, no talks

Pakistan resides in the hearts and minds of most Kashmiris.

A.G. Noorani COULD the directors-general of military operations of India and Pakistan have agreed “to fully implement the ceasefire understanding of 2003” in Kashmir in a short phone conversation on May 29, unless it had already been agreed at the highest political level? Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has been urging a reluctant centre to order […]

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Governor’s role

Governor’s role

The grossness of today belongs to the BJP’s governors.

ON Aug 5, 1983, the chief minister of Karnataka Ramakrishna Hegde inaugurated a seminar on centre-state relations at Bangalore at which he fired the first salvo in a campaign which he continued to wage for his next five years in office. He said: “Even the governor has become a glorified servant of the union. An […]

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Of summitry

Of summitry

What are summits worth in modern times?

  SUMMITRY is in vogue these days. North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un’s meeting with President Moon Jae-in on April 27 has been the most promising in the series. The two-day meeting at Wuhan between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not a summit that marked a decisive turn in the relations […]

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The prosecutor

The prosecutor

Criminal justice depends on the integrity of three institutions.

THE prosecutor has been under a cloud for a long time; of late that cloud over his office has darkened. On April 20, Maya Kodnani, a minister in Narendra Modi’s Gujarat government, was acquitted in the Naroda Patiya case in the 2002 pogrom of Muslims. Kodnani became a minister after the riots. In 2012, she […]

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Mehbooba’s failure

Mehbooba’s failure

Can any Kashmiri sink lower than this?

THE recent claim that the reaction in India to the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir could bring India and Kashmir ‘together’ is a measure of the depths to which Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti can sink. At the same time, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 49 […]