OPINION

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Lockdown: some questions remain unanswered!

Lockdown: some questions remain unanswered!

By: Khan Emran It was evening time. Sun was about to set. People were preparing for Iftar (breaking fast in Ramadhan). My neighbour Ghulam Mohammad (name-changed) opened his shop to sell Iftari items like semolina (suji), sugar, basil seeds, juice, fruits, etc. There were not many people at his shop when a police jeep on […]

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Coronavirus: The pandemic under erasure  

Coronavirus: The pandemic under erasure  

By: Javeed Ahmad Raina Novel coronavirus pandemic, a communicable disease of complex nature, apart from the large-scale devastation it has brought about, also provides us an occasion to ponder upon pre-existing maladies of the contemporary capitalist world – be it the racial stereotyping in the West, or the ramping up religious prejudice in the East. […]

 Touseef Raina

The new kind of leadership for the Valley

The new kind of leadership for the Valley

The new kind of leadership should stand for social justice in the development narrative while being sensitive to preserving the rights of the marginalized sections.

Leadership is perhaps one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented concepts in Kashmir for decades now. Leadership over the previous regimes was about conquests by the sword and ideological dominance aided by religion. Military skills, strategy, a deft understanding of alliances, and contesting claims to popular support informed much of the grooming of the leaders […]

 Raouf Rasool

Ramadan: It’s time for reflection and privation; not for gossip

Ramadan: It’s time for reflection and privation; not for gossip

Holy month of Ramadan is a time for reflection and privation, heightened devotion and worship. It is not about killing time by gossiping on the shop-fronts or lanes and bylanes of residential localities. It never was so, and this time around with shutdown in place to contain the spread COVID-19 pandemic, the need to stay […]

 Mushtaq Hurra

Plight of the planet

Plight of the planet

Before the creation of Adam, Almighty Allah, created this universe. And He chose the planet earth for Adam as his abode. Unlike other planets and heavenly bodies, Allah adorned this planet with tall evergreen trees, lofty mountain peaks covered with snow, velvety meadows, beautiful brooks, prismatic gardens, different landscapes, chromatic flowers, different resources and infinite […]

 Zeeshan Rasool Khan

EDUCATION IN PANDEMIC

EDUCATION IN PANDEMIC

In strife-ridden zones, the education sector is always the casualty, as the conflict itself is biggest disruptor. Kashmir certainly is no exception; here also the education has suffered the worst. After the shutdown of eight months since August 05, 2019, when J&K was divested of its statehood and split into two Union territories, students were […]

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Pandemic and Ramadan

Pandemic and Ramadan

BY: Roouf-un-Nabi Dar Months ago, deadly COVID-19 hit us so bad and so hard that the entire world has been brought on knees. There was no early warning system for this. The VIRUS came with absolutely no alarm, and has since put the world under lockdown. Not everything is in man’s hands. Everything happens by […]

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Covid-19 and crumbling globalization

Covid-19 and crumbling globalization

BY: Irfanul Haq War and disease have always played a significant role in changing societies and states altogether. Today it is not war but war-like crises are looming large around the globe and cause is SARS COVID-19spectre, which can prove to be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. It has become progressively more […]

 Raouf Rasool

Tyrant’s excuses: Blamed them for ‘Corona Jehad’, now for ‘Plasma Jehad’ too!

Tyrant’s excuses: Blamed them for ‘Corona Jehad’, now for ‘Plasma Jehad’ too!

They had the cheek to hurl racial slur “Corona Jehad” on an entire community, now they must also show some courage to acknowledge and appreciate what should be, in their coinage, seen as “Plasma Jehad”. It does not hurt when the jokers of Indian media, the television anchors, vent out worst communal prejudices against a […]

 Mukhtar Dar

Kashmir conflict and shattered dreams of youth

Kashmir conflict and shattered dreams of youth

The three-decade old Kashmir conflict has sent thousands of body-bags into untimely graves. Mukhtar Dar explains how the lack of foresight and investment in education has led to more youth choosing violence as a way of life. When militancy erupted in 1989, it was like a volcanic phenomena which suddenly drew attention to decades of […]