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 different political parties say when they are out of […]
It’s time we learn saying ‘no’
“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 […]
Few months back, the High Court ordered a slew of directions to different agencies, which if implemented, could certainly deliver people from the problems they have been facing on account of traffic mismanagement here. In these directions, the Traffic Police got what it had asked for – a directive that no passenger vehicle (buses, minibuses […]
It goes without saying that the successive state governments in Jammu and Kashmir have inherited a severe social and economic decline. In post-2002 Jammu and Kashmir, the state governments have remained very vocal about bringing peace through development and this line of action has been shared, endorsed and supported by the Union governments in New […]
Why this stereotyping?
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 […]
Education is the key
Those who have read about the world’s political and economic history stand witness to the fact that power paradigms have been shifting continuously. What used to be seen as lever of absolute power, steadily lost this leverage to something else as the world evolved toward higher degrees of civilization. Drawing from the Hindi cinema, for […]
History bears witness that nations have evolved from nadir to zenith by sheer diligence and collective grit of their people. Nations are not born great, collective will of people help them achieve greatness and makes them great. Similarly, the societies are never inherently desolate; ideological voids, vices, preference to individual comfort over collective good and […]
Understand people’s problems
Couple of weeks back, in a private discussion a group of young Kashmiris while sharing their mind on the issues of governance, said: “We face lots of problems and hardships on account of various public utility services – say transport for instance. But how can those in the ruling chairs understand these problems and identify […]
Jammu and Kashmir has been lavishly bestowed with a wealth of resources by nature, which if exploited judiciously and scientifically could unburden people from seemingly unavoidable dependence on neighbouring states for essential commodities like food-grains. The soil of the state is very fertile and the yield per hectare could be astounding if only the farmers […]
Kashmir conflict is badly stalemated— both in its internal (Srinagar-New Delhi) as well as international (India-Pakistan) dimensions. And what is really unfortunate is that while this stalemate is badly hurting the ordinary people here, the other parties – governments of India, Pakistan, and also the one in place here, have better absorption capacities, and are […]