EDITORIAL

Planning matters

Planning matters

In 1961, diamond-rich Botswana and Sierra Leone had approximately the same per capita income of about US$1,070, when both these countries in Africa adopted and experienced extremely different paths of economic development. While diamonds caused an economic miracle in Botswana, the same diamonds led to a total state collapse in Sierra Leone. In Botswana the […]

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Ending stalemate

Ending stalemate

History is a great teacher, a huge repository of events and happenings of past that are an important source of knowledge and wisdom. The trick to learn from the history lies in reading and interpreting it so as to be able to draw something from it, something which makes sense with at least identical situations […]

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Kashmir calls for restraint

Kashmir calls for restraint

What happened on Sunday in south Kashmir is very scary. Scary not only because twenty lives were lost to the unbridled violence and hundreds of others were injured, but more because there is an unfortunate tendency of “celebrating” these deaths as a “success”. People in the security establishment as well as certain elements in the […]

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Medical Mafia

Medical Mafia

Kashmir is really a gold mine, and everybody is busy milking the society and its systems to the best possible advantage and that too without any hassles. Although like elsewhere laws are here as well, but unlike anywhere else, nobody bothers to heed these laws as there is no mechanism for their implementation as well. […]

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Rhetorical garbage!

Rhetorical garbage!

Many of the conflicts dotting the world’s political landscape, particularly the ‘internationalized internal conflicts’ are seen as violent manifestations of the political grievances of the populations against the state or the ruling elites. But they are also about the economics. Thanks to the globalization, and the pressures it has been and is putting on the […]

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Beyond TDAs

Beyond TDAs

Having Tourism Development Authorities (TDAs) for promotion of tourism in picturesque areas of the state with immense tourism potential could do wonders. At least on paper, the basic aim of such nodal agencies is not only the speedy development of basic infrastructure at a particular tourist spot — road connectivity, creating facilities for comfortable stay […]

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So far so good

So far so good

Union Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Ahir’s statement on the floor of Lok Sabha that there is currently no proposal regarding scrapping of Article 370 under the consideration of the government, has come as a relief to all right thinking people in Jammu and Kashmir and also in rest of the country. Article 370 […]

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Saying is not doing!

Saying is not doing!

Politicians have a knack for saying one thing and doing something else. They master the skills of claiming one position while actually occupying another. This difference of their positions becomes more pronounced when seen and analyzed in context of space and time. For instance, recall what different political parties say when they are out of […]

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It’s time we learn saying ‘no’

It’s time we learn saying ‘no’

“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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‘Hafta’ system

‘Hafta’ system

Few months back, the High Court ordered a slew of directions to different agencies, which if implemented, could certainly deliver people from the problems they have been facing on account of traffic mismanagement here. In these directions, the Traffic Police got what it had asked for – a directive that no passenger vehicle (buses, minibuses […]