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Ecotourism?

Ecotourism?

Even as ecotourism has been a buzzword for over two decades now, yet many a hot spots of tourism activity throughout the world are still grappling with ways and means of putting theory into practice. When it comes to tourism in the third world places like Kashmir, where the idea is still in its infancy […]

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Clever scuttling!

Clever scuttling!

There are two ways of confusing and scuttling any corrective action, howsoever well intended it is. Take, for instance, the action against illegal constructions in the city which have come up in violation of the Srinagar Master Plan. First is to ‘make it look indiscriminate while maintaining a careful selectivity’, so that besides those who […]

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For how long…?

For how long…?

Despite repeated pledges by government authorities, they have not been able to keep the rates of various commodities under check. Indeed in Kashmir traders have always made various governments to dance to their tunes. And of course this wouldn’t have been possible if the sleazy money misappropriated from ordinary consumers by way of unscrupulous trade […]

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Restore our roads

Restore our roads

People of Kashmir should seriously start thinking about not paying the road tax. The reason is simple: government does not deserve it. Instead it is the government which should actually be paying people for the damages suffered by their vehicles while moving on the broken roads here. Such is the condition of the roads and […]

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Religions unite

Religions unite

Mela Khir Bhawani once again saw Kashmiri Muslims and Hindus mingled together at Tulmul with traditional touch of Kashmiriyat. While thousands of Kashmiri Hindus (Pandits) converged at Tulmul for yearly religious pilgrimage, there were Muslims welcoming them with open arms. With wet eyes and warm hearts, the two sects, which till 1989 used to live […]

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Conscientious objection

Conscientious objection

“The tyrant and his subjects are in somewhat symmetrical positions. They can deny him most of what he wants – they can, that is, if they have the disciplined organization to refuse collaboration. And he can deny them just about everything they want – he can deny it by using force at his command. They […]

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Welcome Verdict

Welcome Verdict

Justice has prevailed. Those responsible for brutal rape and murder of a teenaged nomad girl in Rasana, Kathua have been convicted. This conviction has strengthened the faith of the people in judiciary as well as police. It goes without saying that Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Crime Branch investigated the case and have done it so […]

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Tune to peace frequency

Tune to peace frequency

Almost all civil war situations point towards the complicity of international actors in fueling and sustaining these conflicts, sometimes for political and strategic reasons, and times for pure economic interests. Be it the transnational arms dealers or the multinational business corporations or for that matter even the various nation-states — and the extensions of all […]

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Kashmir needs serious resolve

Kashmir needs serious resolve

On the occasion of the final demobilization of El Salvador’s FMLN in December 1992, then UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali said: “The transition from war to peace does not come spontaneously or easily… years of strife inevitably leave deep scars, bitter memories and rancour. Peace is won only by effort and resolve. There must therefore be […]

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Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramzan. This has to do with the communal aspects of the fast, which expresses many of the basic values of the Muslim community — empathy for the poor, charity, worship, steadfastness, patience etc. Fasting is also believed to extol fundamental distinctions, lauding the power of […]

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