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Tolerance of diversity

Tolerance of diversity

BY: Kamila Hyat We have faced several periods in the past when thoughts and ideas were restricted. But the problem has persisted. The ban reportedly placed on an O Levels textbook for Pakistan Studies, being used since nearly two decades in many schools, is disturbing. The objectionable content is irrelevant. The problem is that an […]

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Kashmir’s award-winning tormentor

Kashmir’s award-winning tormentor

In India today, those who torture in Kashmir are held in high esteem.

BY: Mirza Waheed An ordinary man was tortured in Kashmir in April last year. He was beaten, strapped with ropes to the front of a military vehicle and a cardboard placard was forced on his chest. He was then paraded as a “human shield”. Farooq Ahmad Dar was an embroiderer of fine Kashmiri shawls, the […]

 Mani Shankar Aiyar

The four year toll

The four year toll

BJP-led government might be good at coining acronyms but the people know that it has only marginally built on the legacy of Congress-led governments.

If Ravi Shankar Prasad (‘Before and after four years,’ IE, May 26) cannot hear the bells tolling all the way from Kairana to Bhandara, he must be tone deaf. “Ask not for whom the bell tolls,” Ravi Shankar ji, “It tolls for thee”. There have been two truths evident since 2014. First, it was not […]

 Niloofar Qureshi

Of ‘Resistance’ and ‘Cruel Jokes’

Of ‘Resistance’ and ‘Cruel Jokes’

Two years ago the joint resistance leadership (JRL) of Hurriyat refused to meet an all-party parliamentary delegation without assigning any reasonable explanation and thus missed a golden opportunity to put across their point of view, but we didn’t complain. And neither did we raise any objection when the JRL recently called the center’s Ramadan ceasefire […]

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Zakaat – An obligation, a necessity

Zakaat – An obligation, a necessity

By: Mushtaq Hurra The turmoil has brought unending and relentless miseries upon common masses of Kashmir for the last three decades or so. From killings, rapes, custodial disappearances to huge loss of wealth and property, Kashmiris have been victimized both politically and economically. Frequent bandhs and strikes which are seen as the only way of […]

 Bashir Manzar

Ceasefire and surging militant attacks

Ceasefire and surging militant attacks

Separatists can’t always shout ‘kill the umpire’ but get ready to play the game

The unprecedented surge in militant attacks in the holy month of Ramazan following a ceasefire announced by the Government of India (GoI) has generated a debate in the political circles of Jammu and Kashmir. The big question that haunts every citizen, though it may not be spelled out publicly due to known reasons, is that […]

 Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Heed the echoes of June 4

Heed the echoes of June 4

The story of Monica Felton, Rajaji, Mandela — and history’s call to today’s democratic forces to rally together

This is about two June the 4ths, both of which bear a message for Indian politics today. The first is sited in Madras, 1959. The second, again, in Madras, 1964. An Englishwoman, Marxist by conviction, an authority on urban planning and a passionate advocate of the World Peace Council, Monica Felton, had settled in India’s […]

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Book of spies

Book of spies

There is little that is revelatory in Dulat-Durrani conversation. Track II’s task is to find a way for Delhi to talk with Rawalpindi, not just Islamabad

By: Ayesha Siddiqa The conversation between former head of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) A S Dulat and retired director-general of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt General Asad Durrani has created a storm in a teacup. There is talk about revelations and confessions, as if both gentlemen said entirely new things. That is neither […]

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We are sorry, Charanjeet Singh

We are sorry, Charanjeet Singh

By: Dr Naazir Mahmood With the murder – which is still being investigated – of Sardar Charanjeet Singh in Peshawar, we may have added another brutal act to our national inventory of intolerance and bigotry. We also saw, just weeks ago, an attack on an Ahmadi place of worship. The attack drew international condemnation. Charanjeet […]

 Akeel Rashid

The economy of conflict and the conflict of economy!

The economy of conflict and the conflict of economy!

  All the discussions and debates in Kashmir tend to unanimously focus on the political crisis and the conflict which has been raging on here for several decades now. While there is no denying of the fact that politics has predominantly remained the subject matter here, the issues concerning our economics have tragically either found no […]