EDITORIAL

Pulwama killings

Pulwama killings

In a bid to kill three militants, if you end up killing seven civilians and injuring dozens others, there definitely is something wrong with your operational preparedness and also with your attitude towards the people amongst whom you are operating. What happened at a Pulwama village on Saturday morning was uncalled for and no matter […]

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Remove unnecessary hurdles

Remove unnecessary hurdles

Of the many problems facing Jammu and Kashmir, joblessness or lack of meaningful employment is certainly one of the major crises. However, thus far not much is actually being done to tackle it. While a good chunk of jobless people could be engaged in government service, it is also true that no government, how-much-so-ever it […]

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Let public representatives start working

Let public representatives start working

Now that the election to local bodies has concluded and thankfully peacefully, the governor administration should gear up to make newly elected grass roots representatives to start working for the welfare of the public. As the Governor has already dissolved State Legislative Assembly, the elected representatives, who actually were the only connect between masses and […]

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Why keep white elephants?

Why keep white elephants?

Like a proverbial ‘Andher Nagri’, nothing seems to work here in this God-forsaken land. Each field and every sphere of human activity here is corrupted with so many vices that one really wonders about the possibility of things changing for any good. Making the matters worst for the common masses is the fact that those […]

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Correct systemic wrongs

Correct systemic wrongs

As the autumn sets in here in the Valley, people are made to believe that the administration and its machinery are geared up to face the coming winter. But come winter, everything goes haywire. This is what has been happening in the past and this season too things seem no different. So far this winter […]

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Trapped!

Trapped!

In a 1970 publication – ‘The Great Conspiracy Trial’ – author Jason Epstein records an anecdote about the trial of the Chicago Seven: Over the weekend some 150 lawyers from all across USA, had gathered in Chicago to picket the Federal Building in protest against Judge Hoffman’s [arrest of] the four lawyers. The delegation, supported […]

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Official language

Official language

Urdu, the official language of Jammu and Kashmir, is being treated so badly by the system here that its official status is just confined to the official records only. Such is the miserable plight of Urdu here that many a legislators have in the past confessed even on the floor of the Assembly that state […]

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Alternative to shutdowns

Alternative to shutdowns

Growing no bones in expressing resentment at regular strikes and shutdowns here, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) other day urged the separatists to think of and evolve with an alternative to this tactic of putting brakes on the trade and business here every now and then. In a very guarded manner, the […]

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City of official neglect!

City of official neglect!

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard of their own interest. We address ourselves not to their humanity, but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities, but of their advantage.” This complex truth of […]

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Help yourself!

Help yourself!

If the devastating ethnography of the raw realities of life and history in Jammu and Kashmir are looked into, it goes without saying that the most vital chunk of the society – our youth – are not only a disarrayed and disturbed lot but they are also exhausted in terms of their hope for a […]

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