Raouf Rasool

When defending indefensible is confused with serving ‘national interests’!

When defending indefensible is confused with serving ‘national interests’!

More than two weeks have passed since Major Leetul Gogoi of Budgam human-shield infamy was caught from a local hotel here along with a local girl. But so far not much has been heard about the progress on the investigations against him. On May 25, the Army chief General Bipin Rawat, who was here, promised […]

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Extolling courage, resolve, and sacrifice

Extolling courage, resolve, and sacrifice

If there is a thing all the different political leaders and formations here are unanimous about – it is the SACRIFICE. This is why word ‘sacrifice’ has become a flag-post of the entire political discourse here, with both mainstream and separatist parties claiming its ownership, so much so that past experiences as well as future […]

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When will political speeches translate into actions?

When will political speeches translate into actions?

  Even as the words and terms like ‘fast-track’ (development) are recent entrants into the official vocabulary, they too have become sort of clichés now. Cynicism aside, the unfortunate reality remains that whatever is being said in political speeches is not visible as much on the ground. This is indeed the great worry. Politics alone […]

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When will they wake up?

When will they wake up?

  In his ‘Adventures of Ideas’, Alfred North Whitehead says “the enjoyment of power is fatal to the subtleties of life. Ruling classes degenerate by reason of their lazy indulgence in obvious gratifications”.  In such a state ‘people of power’ fall asleep, for it is in sleep that ‘we’ each turn away from the world […]

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Revolution and the law of change

Revolution and the law of change

  Unfortunate it is, but true nevertheless that Kashmiri society has, in general, permitted and patronized a suicidal situation here wherein ‘revolution’ has been confused with ‘sure-loser confrontations’. A good mass of society, in fact the most vibrant and productive chunk (the young) has somehow been led into believing that the panacea of the political […]

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Igniting ‘national myths’ for polarizing people

Igniting ‘national myths’ for polarizing people

DIFFERENCE, though an inherently natural and important behavioral characteristic, is also a dangerous trait in socio-psychological make-up. Beginning as a minor difference in (of) opinion, left unchecked and uncontained, it takes no time in acquiring monstrous proportions of difference of (in) interests. Once interests — be they selfish personal ones, or the social, political, cultural, […]

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Don’t bombard us with meaningless figures

Don’t bombard us with meaningless figures

Raouf Rasool “Padshaham Drag Wouth, Ada Palaav Khiyew!” This is exactly how it is for the political bosses who treat us to hollow rhetoric — of whooping figures and romantic fantasies. Every now and then we are told what the magnanimity of New Delhi looks like – most part of the Prime Minister’s Rs 80,000 […]

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Pot calling the kettle black!

Pot calling the kettle black!

  For the past some time now, and particularly after some shady recruitments in Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) and elsewhere came to light, National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah has been accusing the PDP-BJP government of “destroying public institutions” in the state by sidelining legal and established recruitment processes. The trend, he […]

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Using ‘national myths’ to polarize people

Using ‘national myths’ to polarize people

  William Ury once said: “dealing with the differences is today one of the greatest challenges facing human beings.” True, what we are seeing happening these days is that the differences of opinions and worldviews are actually being exploited to breed conflict. And what is really unfortunate is that it is not only the regular […]

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We’re tolerant people!

We’re tolerant people!

“As a young man in early nineties, most of my actions were, instead of rational thinking or logic, programmed by the adrenaline rush in my body. But today I am different; I have learned to tolerate dissent, and I am tolerant of even the worst of my detractors.” This is how one of Kashmir’s ‘leaders’ […]