OPINION

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If the Modi Government Can Sit at the Table With the Taliban, Why Not Kashmiri Separatists?

If the Modi Government Can Sit at the Table With the Taliban, Why Not Kashmiri Separatists?

The Narendra Modi government has a duality of approach to problems in Afghanistan and Kashmir. Inviting stakeholders to contribute to a resolution in the troubled state will be a feather in its cap.

BY: Badri Raina As we write, talks are being initiated in Moscow to find a solution to the political imbroglio in Afghanistan after some fifteen years of continuous warfare that has led to no decisive victories or defeats. If anything, America’s longest war there has not only cost it heavily, but brought home to its […]

 P Chidambaram

Those who are left behind

Those who are left behind

As long as Sardar Patel lived, he did not forgive the fanatics who killed Mahatma Gandhi (as Home Minister he had banned the RSS for 17 months), but both the RSS and the BJP have found it expedient to forget that chapter of history.

India has the tallest statue in the world. It is 182 metres high, sculpted by an Indian and erected with the help of Chinese manufacturers and workers. Its estimated cost is Rs 3,000 crore and, contrary to the myth of State funding, it was paid for, almost entirely, by central public sector enterprises. I am […]

 Akeel Rashid

Of feigning concern over horticulture sector

Of feigning concern over horticulture sector

The sudden snowfall in the last week of November brought with it both glee and gloom for the people of Kashmir as the feeling of cheer was evident on the social media on which netizens shared welcoming pictures and videos of the season’s first snowfall. While as the feeling of gloom arrived a bit late. […]

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The Akbari Synthesis and India’s Plurality

The Akbari Synthesis and India’s Plurality

By: Ranjit Hoskote THE PARAKEETS transit between heaven and earth like the souls of departed Sufis, their music of trill, squawk and wooroo echoing in the vaulted arches. Morning’s hazy lucidity brushes the tomb, the light snagging in the mottled red sandstone and sparking along marble intarsia. Antelopes rest in its grounds. Their graceful ease […]

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Iran Sanctions: India Has Given In to US Pressure

Iran Sanctions: India Has Given In to US Pressure

Reduced imports to zero import

By: PRAKASH KARAT The Modi government has caved in, in the face of threats of US sanctions regarding oil imports from Iran. At first glance, this would seem improbable, given the way the government is trying to project the temporary waiver from sanctions given to India and seven other countries. However, the picture becomes clear […]

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Elections and borders

Elections and borders

India’s refusal to talk to Pakistan has much to do with BJP’s electoral narrative.

By: Christophe Jaffrelot Sometimes what has not happened needs to be explained as much as what has happened. External Affair Ministers of India and Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, did not meet on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly in New York in September. Why? In his victory speech in July, Imran […]

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Of BOSE and candle light examination!

Of BOSE and candle light examination!

By: SAMEER FIDA HUSSAIN These day’s board exams are going on in full swing in Kashmir as well as Jammu division. Earlier, it used to be only secondary school examination (class X) and higher secondary part II (class XII) where examination was conducted by JK State Board of School Education (BOSE) but from the current […]

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No respite from poverty for Muslims

No respite from poverty for Muslims

Government intervention is required to improve educational and economic indicators

BY: Irfan Ahmad,  Santosh Mehrotra The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) labour force survey reports that the economic condition of Muslims does not show any signs of improvement despite India being the fastest-growing large economy. An analysis of the data on economic and educational indicators for various religious groups reveals that Muslims are facing a […]

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Being friends with China

Being friends with China

BY: Imtiaz Alam The message from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China is loud and clear: “no plans to scale back CPEC”; a promise to ‘provide necessary assistance to Pakistan’ to tide over its financial troubles; ‘but more talks needed’, as per the Chinese vice foreign minister. Clearing the confusion over CPEC, Chinese Foreign […]

 Jawed Naqvi

Two sardars, one statue

Two sardars, one statue

In contrast to Modi’s wont, Patel intervened quickly for Muslims when the Babri mosque in Ayodhya first turned into a legal dispute in 1949.

ATAL Behari Vajpayee did not quote Sardar Patel in Lahore. Had he done that, his summit with Nawaz Sharif would probably have collapsed before the Kargil stand-off could ruin it. Instead, Vajpayee recited from a poem about neighbours by Sardar Jafri, though he skipped a critical line about the fresh breeze from the Himalayas. Sardar […]