OPINION

 Niloofar Qureshi

Kashmir Issue- conflict of emotions and rationality

Kashmir Issue- conflict of emotions and rationality

Muhammad Rafi Bhat was an assistant professor working in the Sociology Department of Kashmir University (KU) on contractual basis till Friday after which he went missing. Twenty four hours later his parents learnt that he had joined Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and before this shocking news could sink in he was dead. Bhat was one amongst […]

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Heroes & villains of old

Heroes & villains of old

Cow, namaz, historical monuments, Jinnah — we are back to cultural issues in the prelude to Partition

  By: Pratap Bhanu Mehta Partition was a traumatic event. It created two entities aspiring to be nation states out of a complex civilisation. Partition still drives the mutual insecurities of both India and Pakistan. Although the two states have been in existence for more than 70 years, Partition is still a source of psychological […]

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A post-colonial reckoning: on the Windrush scandal

A post-colonial reckoning: on the Windrush scandal

Britain’s approach to immigration from the Caribbean and South Asia is in the political spotlight

By: Vidya Ram On Wednesday, the anger and emotion felt by some MPs during an intense debate in the House of Commons on the Windrush scandal enveloping the British government was palpable. “What we are not talking about so much is race,” said Shabana Mahmood, an opposition Labour MP for Birmingham, who sought to drive […]

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Let’s not slip again

Let’s not slip again

Why government must not ask public sector outfits to bear burden of high oil price regime

  By: Vikram S Mehta The price of oil has crossed $70/barrel and the trend is upwards. In contemplating its policy response to a high oil price scenario, the government should draw upon the lessons of the past. Last year, I started an article on these pages with the sentence “the oil market has never […]

 Akeel Rashid

Every killing is regrettable

Every killing is regrettable

Whatever ‘terrible’ is happening in Kashmir, technically it cannot be attributed to a ‘war’ but the egregious circumstances unfolding (read: gunfortunate events) in Kashmir are not less horrifying, if not equal to that of war. Killings have become a new norm in Kashmir and an accepted reality. If one picks up a human-centered yardstick and […]

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Great aspirations: Inter-Korea relations going forward

Great aspirations: Inter-Korea relations going forward

The future of the Korean Peninsula remains opaquer than the ebullience displayed at last month's inter-Korea summit.

By: J Berkshire Miller Last month, reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-un continued his diplomatic charm offensive when he stepped over the demilitarised zone border – which has divided the two Koreas since the 1953 armistice – and held summit discussions with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The meeting, which was the third occasion for […]

 Dr.Shiben Krishen Raina

QUALITIES OF A GOOD TRANSLATOR

QUALITIES OF A GOOD TRANSLATOR

It goes without saying that the significance and relevance of translation in our daily life is multidimensional and extensive. It is through translation we know about all the developments in communication and technology and keep abreast of the latest discoveries in the various fields of knowledge, and also have access through translation to the literature […]

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Iqbal- The philosopher, poet! 

Iqbal- The philosopher, poet! 

BY: Dr.Tasaduk Hussain Itoo Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), philosopher, poet and political leader, was born in Sialkot, a small town in the Punjab, which is now a province of Pakistan. In 1927 he was elected to the Punjab provincial legislature, and in 1930 he became president of the Muslim League. In addition to his political […]

 Aijaz Zaka Syed

Korean lessons for South Asia

Korean lessons for South Asia

What prevents India and Pakistan from shedding their 70 years of baggage and take that leap of faith for peace and a more rewarding future for their people? Much like the two Koreas, the South Asian twins have had an incredibly volatile and difficult past, not to mention the three wars that they have fought over Kashmir.

It’s not every day that you see history in the making. Watching the leaders of North and South Korea, locked in an existential struggle for more than six decades, take those deliberate steps towards peace with great dignity last week was a surreal experience even for distant observers like me. And no, North Korea’s Kim […]

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Harming the nation

The deliberate refusal to implement the decisions of the collegium is hurting the judiciary.

By: ARVIND P. DATAR The first blow to the independence of the judiciary came in 1973 with the supersession of the three senior-most judges of the Supreme Court because they had ruled against the government. Two years later, the setting aside of Indira Gandhi’s election by the Allahabad High Court eventually led to the Emergency […]