Akeel Rashid

To be blunt: World, for now, is helpless in the face of Coronavirus

To be blunt: World, for now, is helpless in the face of Coronavirus

With no medicine or inoculation available to treat and prevent the deadly Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), some preventive tips are in circulation across the world to at least tackle the further spread of the novel virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the virus is so new and different that it needs its own […]

 Akeel Rashid

Schools are open now, but what about hearts and minds of students?

Schools are open now, but what about hearts and minds of students?

The schools in Kashmir opened on February 24 after a gap of almost seven months and the moment carried enormous emotional weight. Parents –whom I talked to with regard to opening of schools after four months of uncertainty-driven-closure and three months of winter vacation — got emotional while describing the feeling of sending their children […]

 Akeel Rashid

Isn’t it dangerous compromise with coronavirus threat?

Isn’t it dangerous compromise with coronavirus threat?

Five Kashmiris return from China, after screening at airport, allowed to go home with ‘home quarantine’ advice

Srinagar, Feb 02: Five persons today arrived here from China, who after screening and check-up at the airport have been advised ‘home quarantine’ by the doctors Though after the check up, the arrived persons, even if nothing was detected during initial screening by health officials, should have been quarantined by the health department, as is […]

 Akeel Rashid

Back to Basics: The Srinagar city’s waterlogging problem

Back to Basics: The Srinagar city’s waterlogging problem

Following the heavy rainfall on Thursday, the city centre Lal Chowk and other areas of Srinagar ended up as a stagnant pool of water. As soon as the photos and visuals of the waterlogged roads surfaced on the social media, the netizens and journalists, as usual, went on a criticism spree. All of this criticism […]

 Akeel Rashid

It’s not all about vacations!

It’s not all about vacations!

As the demand for extending summer vacations picked up on Wednesday in view of the hot weather conditions in Kashmir, it spontaneously laid bare the issue of poor physical infrastructure in government-run schools of the valley. But what have vacations got to do with the aforementioned issue? Well, one of the justifications that the parents […]

 Akeel Rashid

‘Focusing on people’s interest, not self-interests’

‘Focusing on people’s interest, not self-interests’

Since taking charge as the governor of Jammu and Kashmir state, Mr. Satya Pal Malik has been largely focusing on the “issues of Kashmir” and leaving the topic of “Kashmir issue” for the centre to deliberate upon. He has stoked controversies and, as well as of late, won applauds for his honest and upfront approaches […]

 Akeel Rashid

Self-marginalization of mainstream politics in J&K

Self-marginalization of mainstream politics in J&K

The role of the politicians, if one goes with one of the agreed upon definitions of the term ‘politics’, is to govern directly or indirectly. More importantly, they (politicians) do not lose this criterion, whether being in power or not, unless they choose to do so. When one tries to analyze the role of politicians […]

 Akeel Rashid

‘A+ accreditation is welcome, but KU needs an overhaul than gloat about NAAC grading’

‘A+ accreditation is welcome, but KU needs an overhaul than gloat about NAAC grading’

Srinagar, May 21: Even as the officials at the University of Kashmir are thumping their backs for bagging A+ Grade from the National Assessment and Accreditation Committee (NAAC), the students of the varsity however are not amused or enthused about it. The grade sheet, announced by NAAC on Monday, which awarded the KU A+ Grade […]

 Akeel Rashid

When students unlearn the ‘Viable methods of protestation’!

When students unlearn the ‘Viable methods of protestation’!

The students in Kashmir are once again out on the streets manifesting their rage–yeah rage! Because protest is too weak a word for something which tends to cause disruption–and it is certain that they will end up being resentful and burned out, as usual. By abandoning the educational institutions (read space spaces) and forcing their […]

 Akeel Rashid

KU’s new low: Secrecy of UG exam paper compromised

KU’s new low: Secrecy of UG exam paper compromised

Big boasts, small roasts!

Srinagar, May 12: Already facing complaints of large-scale discrepancies in the evaluation status of UG 3rd semester, Kashmir University (KU) is caught pants down in yet another controversy – the shocking incident of question paper leak. The leakage of English question paper was first alleged by Syed Mujtaba, a UG 2nd semester student of Government […]