OPINION

 Shahid Majeed Mir

Kathua Case a telling example of fanaticism and criminality

Kathua Case a telling example of fanaticism and criminality

Societies thrive on certain distinguished attributes which are evolved during the course of histories and are common and aren’t bound by religion, race, caste, sex or any other barriers. These attributes are common heritage of mankind and are of immense significance, for they distinguish us from wild animals. Aristotle maintained ‘Man is a social animal’ […]

 Niloofar Qureshi

Malik Sahib, there are alternatives to shutdowns!

Malik Sahib, there are alternatives to shutdowns!

  It’s undoubtedly the increasing criticism of the Hurriyat’s over-obsession with shutdowns that provoked Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik to raise this issue while addressing a seminar organised by the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) last month to pay tributes to slain advocate and noted human rights activist Jalil Andrabi. In […]

 Shahid Majeed Mir

Can’t afford to shut educational institutes!

Can’t afford to shut educational institutes!

  Kashmir- the hotbed of violence, which has seen conflict unfolding in the worst ever forms and taking a heavy toll on human life, dignity, health and also property, has suffered massively on all fronts. Historically speaking, this piece of land and its inhabitants have hardly seem any substantial period of peace and tranquillity as […]

 Abrar Reyaz

Of Indian Media, Public Intelligentsia and Civil society

Of Indian Media, Public Intelligentsia and Civil society

The Criminal Silence on Kathua Rape and Murder

The horrific and gruesome abduction, gang rape and murder of a 8 year old girl in Kathua district of Jammu, didn’t seem to bother the collective conscience of the mainland India. Maintaining criminal silence for three months, paving way for cover up and hushing up the details is what has largely been done and many […]

 Brinda Karat

No place for young girls

No place for young girls

In Kathua and Unnao, the common feature is the blatant support given by BJP leaders to those accused of rape

The child was just eight years old. The beautiful image showing her wide-eyed innocence, a semblance of a smile caught by the camera, is widely shared on the Internet. She looks even younger in the photograph. She belonged to the Bakherwal nomadic community, and went missing on January 10 from the camp site in Rasana […]

 Towseef Ahmad

Finding Structure

Finding Structure

...in Conditions of Happiness and the Happiness Hypothesis, Morally Relevant Properties and Hypothetical Metaphysics

The fundamental question and even the imperative question is that, is there a socio-economic limitation on our rights or can we claim the plenary rights fairly and proportionality vis-à-vis the several classes existing on the level and plane of intelligible differentia pyramids. The answer can be in the fundamentality itself and ought simpliciter if the […]

 Dr Amjad Ayub Mirza Mirza

From Afghanistan to Anantnag via Abbotabad – III

From Afghanistan to Anantnag via Abbotabad – III

On May 2, 2011 Pakistani military cadets at the Kakul Academy in Abbotabad, Pakistan woke up to an approaching juddering sound. 100 yards away it also brought someone else’s sleep to an abrupt end. This person was Osama bin Laden. As we now know, on that fateful night, four U.S. military helicopters swooped down on […]

 Sukhadeo Thor

Broken promises

Broken promises

During the four years of BJP rule, Dalits seem to be losing the gains they had made earlier

The BJP’s manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections spoke of the party’s commitment to social justice and harmony. It promised economic empowerment of the Dalits through education, entrepreneurship and skill development. The manifesto also stressed on preventing atrocities against the Scheduled Castes (SCs). These goals were to be pursued in a mission mode. But […]

 Dr Amjad Ayub Mirza Mirza

From Afghanistan to Anantnag via Abbotabad – II

From Afghanistan to Anantnag via Abbotabad – II

On 22 March 2018 The Washington Post published Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman’s confession regarding Saudi Arabian government facilitation of the CIA in financing and support to Islamic (read Wahhabi/Salafist/Deobandi or an amalgam/hybrid of these) cultural narrative across the ‘Muslim world’. He was quoted saying the following: “Investment in mosques and madrassas overseas were […]

 Sushil Aaron

Modi appeal fading but divided opposition gives him edge

Modi appeal fading but divided opposition gives him edge

There is, however, no denying the fact of widespread discontent and a sense of loss of governmental control.

The Narendra Modi government is beginning to look as beleaguered as Rajiv Gandhi’s was before the 1989 elections. If the Bofors deal and confrontations with the Press weakened Rajiv’s authority then, it is the aggregation of protest and disaffection that is now taking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by surprise. Many see information and broadcasting […]