EDITORIAL

 EDITORIAL

Reach out to people

Reach out to people

For the past some time now, the government response to the situation here has been overly reactive. Whenever it feels there are chances of any trouble, curfew-like restrictions are imposed on certain police station areas of the city and the countryside. And with this, the government thinks its job is done. Nobody seems to be […]

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Mess on roads!

Mess on roads!

Developed West: If you are driving a car and you hear a siren – of an ambulance or a police car – you simply pull up to the side to make way for them. The rule-book says you can’t just slow down but you have to stop, and people obey this rule so religiously that […]

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‘Achhe Din …!’

‘Achhe Din …!’

Looking at the failures and follies of past is always a cause and source of regret and hopelessness, but if there is resolve to get over with past mistakes and make best of the new opportunities – then there really are many reasons for hope and optimism as well. Indeed if one goes on philosophizing […]

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Refusing to learn lessons

Refusing to learn lessons

The situation in Kashmir is really worrisome – troubling because there is a huge multitude of actors who are working overtime to just ensure that the situation here remains forever on boil. And mind it these provocateurs are present on both sides of the political divide — non -state actors as well as the state […]

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Realism needed

Realism needed

The ongoing situation in Kashmir has once again necessitated and reinforced the need of realism in the separatist politics here. Honest analyses of this politics – take for instance, once people’s overwhelming participation in shutdowns and strikes, now followed by visible lack of interest in heeding these calls — underscores the need for a thorough […]

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Running away from reality

Running away from reality

Humans are, by nature, programmed not to look squarely into the face of a tragedy. Gloom is unpopular and, as such, people have perfected the art of “out of sight, out of mind” escapism. In case of Kashmir, successive governments in New Delhi have adopted this intrinsic human behaviour into a state policy. But there […]

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Time to move beyond speeches

Time to move beyond speeches

“You can say what you have to say to get over the hump, but once you’re over the hump, you do whatever you want to do.” In other words, it’s okay to present yourself as something moderate, even centrist, for the purposes of securing power, and once you’ve secured that power it is perfectly acceptable […]

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Rethink Kashmir

Rethink Kashmir

On Sunday, Chief Minister while addressing the convocation at University of Jammu, urged the Centre to “continue its support to enable the state to provide best opportunities to youngsters and create an atmosphere to nourish their talent.” “For me, Jammu and Kashmir 2.0 is fundamentally about providing the best opportunities to the young people of […]

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Time to walk the talk

Time to walk the talk

While political uncertainty and violence have been a huge stumbling block in state’s progress and development, corruption has been another major challenge, which has been adding to the conflict by creating and sustaining unjust structures besides perpetuating widespread injustices. Notwithstanding the successive governments’ claims about fighting corruption, it remains an unfortunate reality that almost all […]

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Tame them now

Tame them now

Every time a brief spell of wet weather forces closure of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, Valley has to face artificial shortage of some essentials. And as has always been the case, this is done to push up the prices. Otherwise also, the traders in the Valley are always waiting for such opportunities – so the […]