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 Raouf Rasool

Bombardment by meaningless rhetoric …

Bombardment by meaningless rhetoric …

“Padshaham Drag Wouth, Ada Palaav Khiyew!” This is the Kashmiri version of that folk legend of French Revolution times when those brought up in royalty, and having no idea of what draught and famine meant, would wonder why people were not eating cakes. Every single day people here are treated to promises of progress and […]

 Raouf Rasool

Re-cultivate public trust

Re-cultivate public trust

The situation in Kashmir continues to remain chaotic. The reason being that none of the different actors active in the political amphitheatre seem to have drawn necessary lessons from what has happened here thus far. While those pitted against it are always ready to latch on every single opportunity to precipitate a crisis for the […]

 Raouf Rasool

Selling differences as political myths…!

Selling differences as political myths…!

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, […]

 Raouf Rasool

Let actions also do some talking!

Let actions also do some talking!

It has been for long now that people here have been listening to the official assertions about prioritizing development to bring a turnaround in the situation here. The words and terms like ‘fast-track’ (development) despite being recent entrants into the official vocabulary have become sort of clichés by now. Cynicism aside, the unfortunate reality is […]

 Raouf Rasool

Srinagar, the City of official neglect!

Srinagar, the 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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They are ‘out like the Archimandrite’!

They are ‘out like the Archimandrite’!

Poor history – it’s once again at the receiving end. In fact it has always been – certainly in this part of the world because here successive governments of the two main political groupings have conveniently been using it to sanctify and add value to even the ordinary and mundane things and matters, which otherwise […]

 Raouf Rasool

I bow my head in shame

I bow my head in shame

I bow my head in shame. We have not only let down the minor Boniyar girl, but we have exposed our moral bankruptcy to the hilt. And that is really shameful! When Kathua rape and murder happened, we were up in arms against the gruesome incident, demanding exemplary punishment to the accused. Notwithstanding the politics […]

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God bless those who say what they feel must be said!

God bless those who say what they feel must be said!

Even as it is a known fact that all revolutions must have ideologies to spurn them on, however, it is also true that “in the heat of the conflict these ideologies tend to be smelt into rigid dogmas claiming exclusive possession of the truth”. And this is where the tragedy lies, because dogma is the […]

 Raouf Rasool

Doing what one can with what one has…

Doing what one can with what one has…

In  ‘The Professional Radical’, Marion K. Sanders quotes an interesting anecdote. He says one of the greatest political organizers the world has ever seen – Saul Alinsky was once lecturing at a college run by a very conservative, almost fundamentalist Protestant denomination. After the lecture was over, some students came to Alinsky, and narrated their […]

 Raouf Rasool

Mess on roads!

Mess on roads!

Developed West: If you are driving a car and you hear a siren – of an ambulance or a police car – you simply pull up to the side to make way for them. The rule-book says you can’t just slow down but you have to stop, and people obey this rule so religiously that […]

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