Javaid Trali

Massive developmental initiatives are needed

Massive developmental initiatives are needed

The available literature on conflicts, causation and resolution strategies, offers a lot of creative inputs; which if implemented with some sincerity, would certainly spell out the roadmap for how the government can improve the situation.

The new financial year has begun. Last month (March) was very hectic for the government departments. The government departments had busied themselves with every kind of task and work under their responsibility – thus trying to spend as much money as they could. The roads and streets of Srinagar were as busy as was the […]

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“Mission Pehal”: An arduous task, demanding a long-term sustained commitment from Army

“Mission Pehal”: An arduous task, demanding a long-term sustained commitment from Army

At issue here is not what the Army officer said during the interaction but the fact that such a direct interaction between the army and youth has, sadly, never taken place before. At issue here is not what the Army officer said during the interaction but the fact that such a direct interaction between the army and youth has, sadly, never taken place before.

Some of the questions they asked were tough and very discomforting, but they were answered nevertheless. Certain responses were not very convincing, but it was still interesting to see a rare interaction taking place between the Army and the youth last month at the Town Hall in Pulwama. The interaction under “Mission Pehal”, in retrospect, […]

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From fighting to surrender negotiations: Replacing “successful ops” with “smart” ones

From fighting to surrender negotiations: Replacing “successful ops” with “smart” ones

From fighting to surrender negotiations:

Instead of providing incentives for the encounters, now is the time to incentivize the arrests or surrenders of militants in Jammu and Kashmir. In conflict settings, besides a huge multitude of civil actors including the representative governments, the military and police ought to be involved in peace and developmental processes. As all of them tend […]

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J&K water resources should fulfil the domestic power needs

J&K water resources should fulfil the domestic power needs

Leave aside supplying power to industries, J&K is not even able to take care of its domestic power needs.

Jammu and Kashmir has abundant water resources. Statistically, this is a fact. These water resources, once harnessed for generating electricity, have the potential to make J&K one of the richest places in the entire subcontinent. But this is a hollow claim. Of course, there are several reasons for saying this. For so long we, the […]

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Moving beyond assumptions and towards ending militancy through political processes

Moving beyond assumptions and towards ending militancy through political processes

New Delhi’s ‘anti-militancy policy’ with regard to Jammu and Kashmir is based on the hypothesis that ‘persistent militarized intervention’ is the only means of defeating what it calls ‘Pakistan-sponsored’ or ‘cross-border terrorism’. This policy commands that anyone holding a gun in Kashmir is a ‘legitimate target’ for the counterinsurgency force, and therefore needs to be eliminated right away.

It has happened on several occasions during the last 3-4 years or so that a particular district in Jammu and Kashmir was declared militancy-free by the security agencies, and after a few days of this announcement, a militancy-related incident takes place in that particular district and the security agencies are back to square one. The […]

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Air Commodore Hilal Ahmad Rather has proven: Reaching for the sky, literally and figuratively

Air Commodore Hilal Ahmad Rather has proven: Reaching for the sky, literally and figuratively

Believe it or not, every second person in Kashmir has the potential to become a fighter pilot, a world-class scientist, an excellent academician, a brilliant doctor, a creative engineer, an outstanding sportsperson, a skilled worker et al., All government needs to do is to create conditions for this potential to thrive, writes Javaid Trali. Cesar […]

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How and when the state intends to fill the political vacuum in Kashmir?

How and when the state intends to fill the political vacuum in Kashmir?

Missing leadership and people’s organization(s) pose a very dangerous situation, and cannot be allowed to aggravate further, writes Javaid Trali. Knowledge and foresight are mankind’s most invaluable tools for self-assertion and growth. Unfortunately, Kashmir seems to have faced acute shortage of both all along. No wonder the “political haves” of this place have only displayed […]