EDITORIAL

 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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Too little, too late!

Too little, too late!

Notwithstanding the apex court’s directions to ensure that no such thing happens, the Kashmiris have once again been singled out for mob violence. This time on a posh Lucknow street where a couple of Kashmiri youth selling dry fruits were targeted by saffron clad goons with fists and sticks this Wednesday. As if this was […]

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Understand people’s anxieties

Understand people’s anxieties

Years and decades of systematic disenfranchisement and constant bullying have sowed the seeds of anger and aversion so deep into the popular psyche in Kashmir that the situation here remains ever-volatile. All it needs is a trigger for the pent-up rage to spill over, out in open, and incinerate everything – the government, its credibility, […]

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Conscientious objection

Conscientious objection

“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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Area of great concern

Area of great concern

Past couple of weeks have once again seen resurgence of horrible road accidents which consumed scores of people in both divisions of the state. As usual, what followed from the government besides the expressions of grief and announcements of exgratia relief for the kin of the dead and injured, were instructions for the hospital authorities […]

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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 all the Peoples Democratic Party used to say and […]

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Beyond war talk

Beyond war talk

For the past couple of weeks, the brazen and brash jingoism is on full public display within the public as well as government circles throughout India. What is really unfortunate is that war-mongering is openly peddled to create a hysteria of sorts which in reality is dangerous for the entire subcontinent as has been proved […]

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It calls for patience

It calls for patience

The Indian Air Force carrying out strikes deep inside Pakistan’s territory on what it claims was a militant group’s training camp has once again given birth to a fresh bout of hostilities between the two estranged neighbours. Together with the chest thumping that followed in India, Pakistan had to retaliate – and it did. So […]

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Exercise restraint

Exercise restraint

In the spring of 1987, a team of academics from some prominent universities were taken on a visit of the U.S. Strategic Air Command (SAC) based in Omaha, Nebraska. On the tour, the academics received a thorough briefing on every aspect of American preparedness for a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. They were led […]

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Selective condemnations

Selective condemnations

No other question in the Kashmir context, or in case of any other conflict, has generated as much thought, controversy, anxiety and intellectual angst as the issue of use of force by the state as well as the non-state actors. As can be corroborated by history, the perpetrators have all along maintained that their use […]