EDITORIAL

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Talk peace, not war

Talk peace, not war

The Supreme Court has directed chief secretaries and DGPs of 11 states to take “prompt” and necessary action to prevent incidents of threat, assault and social boycott of Kashmiris in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. It further directed that police officers, who were earlier appointed as nodal officers to deal with incidents of […]

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Learn lessons

Learn lessons

“Justice without power is impotent; power without justice is tyranny.” This is what the major regional players – the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party – should hear loud and clear. As is the case now, both parties are inventing explanations and pointing to the culpability of so many actors to explain their inability to […]

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Stop divisive politics

Stop divisive politics

Immediately after independence, the most daunting task for India was to manage its vast diversity. In a country of more than 500 spoken languages, scores of practising religions, hundreds of cultures and sub-cultures, this was no easy challenge. The project of state-building had to bridge the north-south divide, and find accommodation in the Union for […]

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Hooliganism!

Hooliganism!

Any idea why people of Kashmir have generally lost it with politics, more so with the word ‘democracy’ – the kind of democracy they have witnessed all along? The answer lies partly in the latest snap-shot of the ‘democracy’ they are seeing at work everywhere in mainland India where people are being hounded and harassed […]

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War-talk won’t help

War-talk won’t help

The heightened tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of Pulwama suicide attack have once again become a staple for the debates which are beamed into people’s homes every night by various television channels. Whether people are really interested in these debates or not, but these television channels have perfected the art of stoking […]

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Pulwama attack aftermath

Pulwama attack aftermath

The attack carried out by a suicide bomber of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group, who rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a bus on Jammu-Srinagar national highway near Lethpora in south Kashmir is the bloodiest in J&K’s nearly three decade old militancy. The attack has attracted global condemnation and from UN to US, Pakistan to China, almost […]

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Stop hate mongering

Stop hate mongering

Almost all wars, both international as well as internationalized internal wars or civil wars, point towards the complicity of international actors in fueling and sustaining these conflicts, sometimes for political and strategic reasons, but most of the time for pure economic interests. Be it the transnational arms dealers or the multinational business corporations or for […]

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Ask them ‘why’

Ask them ‘why’

With elections round the corner, though a formal notification is yet to come about, people are getting to see a completely different behaviour among the political class here. They are once again seeking support in lieu of moon and stars they promise to the electorate. While some are seeking votes by being self-congratulatory about their […]

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Hollow claims mean nothing

Hollow claims mean nothing

With continued closure of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, so many problems are staring Valley in the face. Though the administration claims that there is not much shortage of essentials here, but the situation on the ground is belying such assertions. Fact of the matter is that Valley is facing acute shortage of almost everything, including […]

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Two more shutdowns!

Two more shutdowns!

One again the strikes and shutdowns are back. After having observed shutdown on February 09 and 11, now the people have been told to sit home for two more day – on February 13 and 14. Obviously this latest call for shutdown has not gone down well with the people here. And rightly so! Social […]