EDITORIAL

 EDITORIAL

Tame them now

Tame them now

For the past over a month now, owing to wet weather, Srinagar-Jammu national highway has rarely remained open. So the greedy and the unscrupulous are having a field day because Valley has been facing shortage of almost everything including fuel. The traders in the Valley are always waiting for such opportunities – closure of the […]

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Policy reform

Policy reform

Subjectivities that define and determine ‘good’ and ‘bad’ differently for different people are very much there defining almost everything prefixed or suffixed by these adjectives. No wonder everything labeled as good or bad automatically becomes the focus of debate and controversy. Having said this, it doesn’t mean that these adjectives are good-for-nothing per se, that […]

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Uncalled for controversy

Uncalled for controversy

Governor Satya Pal Malik’s statement that Mehbooba Mufti shouldn’t be taken seriously “as her party was breaking up and she was making comments against the government forces and India’s political system to save her party”, was strongly flayed by not only the PDP but former chief minister and NC Vice President, Omar Abdullah too. Governor’s […]

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Why this bias?

Why this bias?

During feudal ages a “man’s home was his castle”. He could do whatever he wished to anyone who might trespass on his property, as the belief was that property ownership accorded full and complete rights of possession. However, the industrial revolution brought about changes not only in the general behavioural patterns of people but the […]

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Save Anchar & Kushalsar

Save Anchar & Kushalsar

Expressing discontentment over the non-submission of a tangible action plan on the networking of streams, lakes, and wetlands with River Jhelum and constitution of a State Wetland Authority, the J&K High Court other day directed the government to file a concrete action plan for preserving the wetland resources of the state. The court rapped the […]

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Too little, too late!

Too little, too late!

This Sunday, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his measured silence on Kashmir when he came here to inaugurate some developmental projects. He talked tough about militancy, asserting that his government would do whatever it takes to end trouble here. Prime Minister didn’t say a word to signal some regret or remorse over what has […]

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Traffic mismanagement

Traffic mismanagement

Even though traffic mismanagement has all along been a characteristic feature of Kashmir’s roads and streets, for the past many years, particularly since the work on couple of flyover projects in Srinagar uptown was started, the chaos and confusion has increased manifold. In fact two of the most vital traffic arteries have been impacted by […]

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Beyond rhetoric

Beyond rhetoric

Any serious commentary on the politics of Kashmir tends to be disdainful of the political elite; and more than their ‘person’, of their politicizing the mundane for selfish ends. And there are reasons for it. At a place where even the bare essentials of life are packaged and passed on as favours to the common […]

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Good days!

Good days!

The BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is about to complete its tenure at the Centre. As expected, government is drumming up its achievements, and rightfully so. But at the same time, there is deliberate silence about the targets that could not be achieved, and things that did not improve during this tenure. […]

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Help yourself!

Help yourself!

If the devastating ethnography of the raw realities of life and history in Kashmir are looked into, it goes without saying that the most vital chunk of the society – youth – are not only a disarrayed and disturbed lot but they are also exhausted in terms of their hope for a better future. And […]