EDITORIAL

 EDITORIAL

Remove unnecessary hurdles

Remove unnecessary hurdles

Jobs for the jobless have always figured on top of the promissory lists of successive governments here. Every single government has always pledged to explore ways and means of providing meaningful and profitable jobs to the educated jobless people besides trying to absorb thousands of underemployed people who are already in government service albeit as […]

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It’s not so easy!

It’s not so easy!

Past week Governor Satya Pal Malik among so many other things also talked about something called “single window clearance” system being put in place in the state to boost industrial development. Those in know of how things work here must certainly be wondering if such a system really exists. For instance, there is already a […]

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Beyond speeches

Beyond speeches

Once again in his Republic Day speech and messages, the State Governor remained centered around progress and development — claiming that the State was on path of development – thanks to his administration’s “Mission Good Governance and Development”. Indeed history is witness that every single government has on every single such occasion always claimed that […]

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Rethink your politics

Rethink your politics

The fundamental importance of human freedom, in general, is strongly supplemented by the “instrumental effectiveness of freedoms of particular kinds to promote freedoms of other kinds”. It is because the linkages between different types of freedoms are empirical and causal, rather than constitutive and compositional. This is explained with the strong evidence that various freedoms, […]

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Hegemony has its limits

Hegemony has its limits

Gone are the days when events and happenings in any part of the world would remain confined to the geographical boundaries of that part only. Living in today’s ‘mediatized’ societies, the physical and political boundaries have lost their significance, at least in the sense that within no time information travels from one part of the […]

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Why defend indefensible?

Why defend indefensible?

This Tuesday saw two unfortunate incidents happening in Srinagar and Shopian. In Habba Kadal area of downtown Srinagar, a young boy was critically injured by a stone pelted at him allegedly by the paramilitary CRPF personnel while as in a Shopian village government forces fired pallets at media-person, injuring four of them. Both these incidents […]

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Need to reform

Need to reform

One of the fundamental differences between liberal democracies and more totalitarian societies is that liberal democracies are more tolerant of dissent and protests. Totalitarian regimes, on the other hand, treat all dissent and protest as criminal. No wonder then that in totalitarian or authoritarian states the government forces (police, paramilitaries and even military) display a […]

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May wisdom prevail!

May wisdom prevail!

The bugle for the Assembly elections has been sounded. Even though the Election Commission is yet to announce the dates for the conduct of elections, but the way the state’s mainstream politics is functioning – with political leaders switching sides and loyalties  in anticipation of better pastures, and everybody trying to woo people into supporting […]

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Rhetorical revolutionaries

Rhetorical revolutionaries

Past nearly two and half decades of political turmoil in Kashmir have produced a whole new breed of political leadership – both in the separatist and the mainstream camps  — who could be aptly described as the ‘revolutionaries of rhetoric’. The reason being that they are suffering a massive disconnect with the common masses as […]

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Responsible governance

Responsible governance

With the Governor’s Rule here having completed more than six months, it is but natural for the people to expect something better as for the degree and quality of governance is concerned. Various departments should get the kind of attention they deserve and this, it is hoped, will be reflected in the low pendency of […]