OPINION

 Dr Amjad Ayub Mirza Mirza

From Afghanistan to Anantnag via Abbotabad – I

From Afghanistan to Anantnag via Abbotabad – I

 The death of twenty people on April 1, including three security force personal and three passers-by, during pitched battles between Indian security forces and armed Hizbul Mujahedin militants in Anantnag district of Shopian in Indian-controlled South Kashmir is a stark reminder of a criminal legacy of the anti-colonial religious-nationalism that has its modern roots in […]

 Syed Karar Hashmi

Conversion of agricultural land for non-farming purposes

Conversion of agricultural land for non-farming purposes

  In Jammu and Kashmir Agriculture is the key industry and economy is predominately depend on it, as 80 percent people in the state are directly or indirectly linked with agriculture. Land being a limited resource would continue to be under pressure in future due to conversion of agricultural land for non-farming purposes.  According to […]

 Niloofar Qureshi

Kashmir’s ‘Unmourned” Dead

Kashmir’s ‘Unmourned” Dead

Two Kashmiris who died last Friday made news. The first was Mussavir Ahmed Wani of Delipora village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district while the second was a person named Manzoor Ahmed Bhat from Hajin village in Bandipora district of North Kashmir. While the former who was a Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant was killed in a […]

 BHARAT BHUSHAN

Waiting For Moderators

Waiting For Moderators

Kashmiri youth are no longer amenable to sagacious advice

Three instances point to a crisis in Kashmir—the death of two militants Zubair Ahmed Turay and Rouf Khanday in Shopian and Aanantnag, respectively on 1 April; and Junaid, the son of Ashraf Sehrai the new chief of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) taking up arms days after the father replaced Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Each one demonstrates that […]

 Mubashir Iqbal Kitaba

The exalted, the wisest!

The exalted, the wisest!

How Prophet (SAW) preached co-existence, harmony

There is a common confusion amongst many that Islam does not tolerate the existence of other religions and instead commands faith by hook or crook. This article discusses some of the foundations that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) laid down in dealing with people of other faiths, with practical examples from his lifetime. The dealings of the […]

 P Chidambaram

Southern flames may scald the nation

Southern flames may scald the nation

Post-1991, every state could take advantage of a more open economy, less control and state-specific strategies. States that were once regarded as having low potential now claim to have achieved high growth rates.

The Constitution of India obliges the President (i.e. the central government) to appoint, every five years, a Finance Commission (Article 280). Its foremost duty is “to make recommendations to the President as to the distribution between the Union and the states of the net proceeds of taxes which are to be… divided between them… and […]

 Abrar Reyaz

Stopping of Ambulances from Reaching Hospitals – A violation of Medical Neutrality

Stopping of Ambulances from Reaching Hospitals – A violation of Medical Neutrality

“Healthcare for all is a human right.”  –  Sen. Bernie Sanders

Medical neutrality is the principle of non-interference with medical services in times of armed conflict and civil unrest.  Medical neutrality requires: The protection of medical personnel, patients, facilities, and transport from attack or interference; 2. Unhindered access to medical care and treatment; 3. The humane treatment of all civilians; and 4. Non-discriminatory treatment of the […]

 Niloofar Qureshi

Breaking the ‘Kashmir Struggle’ Stereotype

Breaking the ‘Kashmir Struggle’ Stereotype

Kashmir is once again on the boil which is not good news at all. And what makes the current situation more worrisome is that it has an uncanny similarity with the summer unrest of 2016 that saw a humungous loss of life and property. For one, the initial ‘trigger’ is the same-while it was Hizbul […]

 KI News

Hijab: a very French obsession

Hijab: a very French obsession

Why is a piece of fabric causing such virulent and irrational reactions in France?

By: Rokhaya Diallo An angelic voice emanating from millions of television screens captivated audiences across France on February 4. A contestant on the popular talent show, The Voice was singing Leonard Cohen’s cult anthem, Hallelujah. The spellbinding performance caused all four members of the show’s jury to turn their chairs around in a mark of […]

 Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

Agony of the marginalised

Agony of the marginalised

The marginalisation of Muslims began soon after Partition and has since been institutionalised by political parties and governments. Doing away the burka and skull-cap will not end it.

Our gayness and our gilt are all besmirched/ With rainy marching in the painful field. — Shakespeare, Henry the Fifth Harsh Mander is right: Muslims are being relentlessly marginalised in this country. I would like to add that marginalisation of Muslims has been an ongoing project since shortly after Partition, though not with such venomous […]