CBI and its Investigation Process in Kashmir
Inamul Haq There is a huge outcry from the supporters of BJP/RSS that Kathua rape case should be handed to Central Bureau of Investigation (Hereafter CBI) rather than crime branch. Obviously, CBI is an investigating agency rather than crime branch, but the question is what is wrong with crime branch. The report is the history […]
Plumbing the depths
Scatological spying has a long history.
BY: Zarrar Khuhro IT’S a history-making handshake for sure: North Korean leader King Jong-un and his South Korean counterpart clasped hands across the military demarcation line that separates the two countries before they ventured behind closed doors to begin their talks. Symbolism was rife is this carefully coordinated and rehearsed encounter, with even the table […]
As Koreas mend relations, will Indo-Pak relations see some reconciliation?
Moon Jae-in of South Korea and Kim Jong-un of North Korea have written a new chapter of peace prospects on Korean peninsula as they pledge to work together for reaching “a final peace” agreement of ‘no nuclear arms’. With the emergence of this new thaw in the relations between the two, a significant lesson […]
Traumatizing SSA Teachers
By: Bilal Ahsan Dar In most societies at most times throughout history, teachers have been among the most respected members of their communities. Sadly, this isn’t the case anymore, atleast not in this part of the world. Teachers in J&K working under SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) are on the roads again, not for a different […]
Criminal justice depends on the integrity of three institutions.
THE prosecutor has been under a cloud for a long time; of late that cloud over his office has darkened. On April 20, Maya Kodnani, a minister in Narendra Modi’s Gujarat government, was acquitted in the Naroda Patiya case in the 2002 pogrom of Muslims. Kodnani became a minister after the riots. In 2012, she […]
‘Minding Protests’: Poverty of Philosophy!
In its editorial ‘Minding Protests’, published on 23 April 2018, Kashmir Images complains about the menace of public protests that have engulfed the Valley of Kashmir. Most of the public protests that are held in the Valley of Kashmir take place with the backdrop of a large military presence of Indian troops in the region […]
Expecting ‘education’ to be apolitical is a flawed idea
By: MIR SEENEEN While majority of the people especially the ones constituting the Intellectual Class, have resorted to censorious criticism of students for flooding the streets in demand of justice by terming it as absolute “Hooliganism” and “Rowdyism”- to me, it signifies a great sense of responsibility and reasonableness, as the youth have realized their […]
The changing structure of riots
They are challenging the very essence of government and politics in Indian democracy
BY: Shiv Visvanathan The recent riots in West Bengal and Bihar have got stuck in the gullet of Indian democracy. These riots are disturbing not only as new rituals of violence but as part of the more cynical narratives of electoral democracy. In fact, as acts of violence, they are depressing thrice over as events. […]
Between Ai Weiwei and Bashar al-Assad, we wonder
What should we make of Ai Weiwei's 'Laundromat' installation?
BY: Hamid Dabashi On a fine early afternoon in late March a young German-Iranian friend and I walked into the Garage Gallery at the Fire Station in Doha, Qatar – and we wondered. We were there to see the famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s “Laundromat”: “A traveling installation”, as the official description of the exhibition […]
Panchayati raj at 25
BY: Mani Shankar Aiyar I write this as I fly to Thiruvananthapuram on April 24 for the Silver Jubilee National Panchayati Raj celebrations organised by the Kerala Institute of Local Administration. It is ironic that while the Left Front in Kerala and the BJP at the Centre, both of which voted against Rajiv Gandhi’s historic […]