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Hopeless impasse

Hopeless impasse

With New Delhi constantly and squarely insisting that the trouble in Kashmir is just “cross-border manipulation by Pakistan”, and refusing to look at it also as a manifestation of people’s anger and alienation, the conflict here is clearly stalemated. What is really disconcerting is that even as the ongoing impasse is hurting all the concerned […]

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Lack of resolve

Lack of 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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Confusion unlimited!

Confusion unlimited!

“There is a place under the sun for every citizen of this world.” If only this statement were true, then the world would have been a better place – free from strife and war. However, the world, as it has always existed, remains not how philosophers and thinkers have idealized it to be. It is […]

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Progress invisible!

Progress invisible!

Not a day passes off without some or the other minister claiming that “the state is progressing by leaps and bounds owing to the massive funds pumped in by the central government.” Ever-grateful as the minister is, and will always remain, for the Centre may have ensured his personal and that of his colleagues’ progress […]

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‘Medical corruption’

‘Medical corruption’

On Monday the Jammu and Kashmir High Court directed the government to properly monitor the private health establishments, particularly the diagnostic centres in the state so that their unfair practices including the over-charging are curbed. The court also directed the government to publicise the costs of coronary stents available in the hospitals of the state […]

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Prioritizing Kashmir

Prioritizing Kashmir

At present some three dozen active conflicts are underway and raging with much ferocity. As for the tragedy and destruction caused by these, for instance, those of the last years of twentieth century alone are estimated to have taken in excess of six million lives, displaced more than thirty-five million people from their homes and […]

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Minding protests

Minding protests

Protesting against human rights violations or for that matter any genuine cause or concern is ok, but then one also needs to be careful about other people’s rights and sensibilities. One cannot go on protesting lack of certain rights and liberties of some people by undermining the rights and snatching away the liberties of other […]

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Maintaining discipline

Maintaining discipline

Now it is getting ugly, really ugly. The way some people here are using Kathua rape and murder case as a pretext for their unruly behavior has become a cause of huge fear and hearty-ache. Needless to say this behavior is also turning away people, and with it their sympathies for the “collective cause” – […]

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Challenge of polarization

Challenge of polarization

When East India Company started consolidating British imperial domain over India by the mid-eighteenth century, it was directly pitted against the Muslims who had been ruling India since the eleventh century. Understandably then, for Muslims the loss of power and position of privilege was much more profound than what was felt by any other religious […]

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Give what they deserve

Give what they deserve

Sigmund Freud has long back talked about people’s urge and need for looking for familiarity, and how easy it is for them to expect only the familiar outcomes even in case of entirely different situations and circumstance. Human cognitive behavior is such that it is, as if, resistant to looking beyond the relational schemas for […]

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