OPINION

 A.G. Noorani

Governor’s role

Governor’s role

The grossness of today belongs to the BJP’s governors.

ON Aug 5, 1983, the chief minister of Karnataka Ramakrishna Hegde inaugurated a seminar on centre-state relations at Bangalore at which he fired the first salvo in a campaign which he continued to wage for his next five years in office. He said: “Even the governor has become a glorified servant of the union. An […]

 Aijaz Zaka Syed

This is not about Jinnah

This is not about Jinnah

  Seventy years is a long time in a nation’s history. You would think it is enough to heal the wounds of an unforgiving past. In Europe, which witnessed the bloodiest war in history with more than 80 million deaths, the bitterest of foes have been able to bury the past and embrace a peaceful […]

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Will the real ‘ladla’ please stand up?

Will the real ‘ladla’ please stand up?

The PML-N leadership has long been taunting Imran Khan by pasting on him all kinds of nasty identities.

By: Asha’ar Rehman IT hasn’t been long since the day when Mian Nawaz Sharif declared that he was ideological — meaning that he steadfastly followed an ideology. Decoded, the message read that his politics was governed by some principles. It meant he was no longer prepared to fight for his rights as a politician and […]

 Niloofar Qureshi

The Day ‘Kashmiriyat’ Died

The Day ‘Kashmiriyat’ Died

A tourist from Chennai being killed by a rock hurled at him by a Kashmiri is something that should have never happened but unfortunately it did. However, those who claim being surprised by this tragic occurrence or saying that they never imagined that a thing like this  could happen are outrightly lying because there were […]

 Azad Hussain

THE DEATH OF A TOURIST:  Unfortunate, unusual incident

THE DEATH OF A TOURIST:  Unfortunate, unusual incident

It is the sad reality we have to face and introspect about, but the incident shouldn’t be framed as ‘death of Kashmiriyat’ 

The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been suffering the consequences of the decades old conflict and no day passes by without the news of someone getting killed, somewhere, somehow! The inhabitants of the valley of Kashmir have suffered the brunt of violence in the most atrocious form that it can take and many unarmed […]

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Reviving ‘Neighbourhood First’

Reviving ‘Neighbourhood First’

India’s regional reset won’t be complete without a change in its Pakistan policy

  By: Rakesh Sood Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s critics acknowledge his uncanny ability to take bold decisions and this reflects in his foreign policy initiatives. Interestingly, he is also demonstrating an ability to undertake course corrections. The informal summit at Wuhan, China, last month and a visit to Nepal this month reflect a change […]

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Another ‘unrest’ in the making in J&K?

Another ‘unrest’ in the making in J&K?

Let’s hope that good sense prevails and all parties to this long drawn conflict have some courtesy for the human lives that are lost, for the blood that is spilled everyday and for the tears of the mothers which are shed every instance. Let’s hope that peace prevails

By: Rayees Masroor The signs are all there- a spurt in violence, separatists uniting to call for protests and shutdowns, large number of civilians attending funerals of slain militants and protestors gathering to pelt stones at the government forces during gunfight. The valley is already going through a bloody spring amid deaths and destruction. Large […]

 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 […]