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Tackling joblessness

Tackling joblessness

Of the many problems facing Jammu and Kashmir, while political uncertainty and violence have been a huge stumbling block in state’s progress and development; corruption has been another major challenge, which has been adding to the conflict by creating and sustaining unjust structures besides perpetuating widespread injustices. Notwithstanding the successive governments’ claims about fighting corruption, […]

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Beyond UNGA

Beyond UNGA

For the past few days, after India first accepted and very next day rejected Pakistan’s offer of talks between the Foreign ministers of two countries at the sidelines of UN General Assembly, once again brazen and brash jingoism is on full public display within the government circles at New Delhi, and in Islamabad too. What […]

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Murky politics

Murky politics

Even though it was in alliance with the PDP here for nearly three years, the BJP government at the Centre was never in a mood to allow even a breather to the former. Irrespective of what PDP would say and claim here, its alliance partner on every single occasion made it clear that it would […]

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Watery desert!

Watery desert!

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is lavishly bestowed with abundant water resources which have immense potential to change the life-standard of the inhabitants of the whole state provided they are exploited judiciously. However, what meets the eye is a soaring picture that if not rectified could lead to an entirely different conclusion which is […]

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Indo-Pak talks

Indo-Pak talks

India has confirmed that a meeting will take place between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly – though dates for the same are still being worked out by the permanent missions of the two countries in New York. Swaraj will […]

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Dealing with the ‘political’

Dealing with the ‘political’

The official assertions often want people to think of the political traditions and concepts of democracy and citizenship in Jammu and Kashmir same as shared among other states in the Indian mainland. But as the events of Kashmir’s history would indicate – especially the difficulty with which common masses are attempting to reclaim their right […]

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Prepone exams

Prepone exams

With two regional majors – National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party having announced to boycott the forthcoming elections to Urban Local Bodies (ULB) and Panchayats, the general belief was that the government would also shelve the idea of holding these elections for the time being. However it did not happen. State’s Election authorities have already […]

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Area of great concern

Area of great concern

Past couple of weeks have once again seen resurgence of horrible road accidents which consumed scores of people in both divisions of the state. As usual, what followed from the government besides the expressions of grief and announcements of exgratia relief for the kin of the dead and injured, were instructions for the hospital authorities […]

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Running away from reality

Running away from reality

Humans are, by nature, programmed not to look squarely into the face of a tragedy. Gloom is unpopular and, as such, people have perfected the art of “out of sight, out of mind” escapism. In case of Kashmir, successive governments in New Delhi have adopted this intrinsic human behaviour into a state policy. But there […]

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Meaningless rhetoric…

Meaningless rhetoric…

“Of the Rs 80,000 crore PM’s package, Rs 19,000 crore have already been released for Jammu and Kashmir.” This was the assertion when last time people were told about it. So the ordinary people here were bombarded with huge financial figures. A standard catch-line accompanying these whooping sums they were told that the money is […]

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