Javaid Trali

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 […]