OPINION

 Shahid Majeed Mir

KU Undergrads left in Lurch

KU Undergrads left in Lurch

Every graduation course conventionally is of 3 year duration with one annual examination at the end of each year. However, this academic scheme was modified by the JandK higher education department in the year 2015 by the introduction  of Semester system. This semester system was implemented with a hope to improvise the quality of higher […]

 Donald E. Graham

Regulating Facebook will be a grave mistake

Regulating Facebook will be a grave mistake

Technology companies must take the measures needed to convince users that they care about their privacy

The problems at Facebook and others, real and perceived, at Google, Amazon and Apple have led to an easy consensus: The large technology companies should be regulated. Such an outcome would be a bad mistake — bad for the companies, of course, but also bad for us, their users. I do not pretend to be […]

 Jawed Naqvi

A lurking prejudice unveiled

A lurking prejudice unveiled

Literary references abound describing the stifled plight of 19th-century upper-caste women who lived encaged in sprawling havelis.

“AND underneath her wimple/She has curlers in her hair/ I even heard her singing in the abbey.” The Maria song from Sound of Music — way before historian Ramachandra Guha unveiled his lurking contempt for the Muslim burqa — described one of several ways a woman could deal with impositions inflicted by religion and tradition, […]

 Linda S. Heard

Sifting fact from fiction in Egypt’s presidential elections

Sifting fact from fiction in Egypt’s presidential elections

Egyptians have a choice and that choice should be respected, not undermined by agenda-led or armchair ‘experts’ in faraway lands

he western media has been touting Egypt’s currently underway presidential contest between the incumbent President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi and Ghad Party leader Mousa Mustafa Mousa as a “sham” on the grounds that several candidates were detained or withdrew. Al Sissi may be the front-runner, but no matter who wins, I have no doubt that […]

 Shahid Majeed Mir

Foreign policy with Modi doctrine

Foreign policy with Modi doctrine

The need is to engage with Pakistan in constructive dialogue. Because history proved moderate policy to be successful as "eye for eye makes whole world blind"

The interdependence of countries after globalization fever opened a new vista in external relations. Indian story of external relations is relatively a new affair. The independent foreign policy after independence was dominated by Nehruvian ideology of global role. NAM and USSR tilt remained on the scene interspersed by bleak periods of bilateral wars in neighborhood. […]

 Dr Amjad Ayub Mirza Mirza

Kashmir: The bleeding wound of British imperialist legacy

Neither Juggler nor integral!

  Naeem Bhat, a peaceful anti-war protestor succumbed to his injuries on 21 March in the Intensive Care Unit of PIMS hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan. He was seriously wounded in Pakistani administered Kashmir (PaK) when police opened fire during an anti-war rally held on 16 March near the Line of Control (LoC), the cease-fire line […]

 Rana Safvi

The Sufi dargah passes no judgement, welcomes all

The Sufi dargah passes no judgement, welcomes all

As the ‘urs’ or death anniversary of Moinuddin Chishti, among the greatest Sufi masters the world has ever seen, comes around again, I was reminded of how Sufi khanqahs (hospices) and dargahs are not only sacred spaces but also welcoming spaces, without any restrictions of religion, caste or class. This is why people started flocking […]

 Udayan Mukherjee

Why India is a growing economy but an unhappy nation

If people don’t earn enough, don’t have jobs they like, worry about their health, cannot trust others or the State, and are not free to make their choices, how can they be happy?

As the world celebrated Happiness Day on March 20, we were informed by the United Nations that India is one of the least happy nations on the planet. We rank 122 out of 155 countries, easily the worst in South Asia, with only the poorest African nations below us on the list. One can almost […]

 A.G. Noorani

A hawkish doctrine

A hawkish doctrine

Modi’s NSA doesn’t believe in friendly relations.

STATES have an image of themselves that inspires their policies in the global order. A basic principle that governs their foreign policy emerges. For centuries, Britain adhered to the principle of balance of power in Europe. It required the country to ensure that no power emerged on the continent that was more powerful than all […]

 KI News

Tibet is not a card

India must refresh its overseas China policy and its domestic engagement with the Tibetan community

By: Suhasini Haidar The government’s bid to ease tensions with China has been met with some criticism, particularly over a leaked memo to officials telling them to stay away from events that commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s 1959 flight to India. This has led to the cancellation of several public events related […]