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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]