OTHER VIEW

 SEEMA MUSTAFA

When Kathua and Unnao Became Just ‘Incidents’

When Kathua and Unnao Became Just ‘Incidents’

One of the several protests in Kashmir over past 3 months

  It is not a good day for a country when its Prime Minister dismisses two heinous incidents of rape and murder as casual “incidents” being “discussed since the past two days.” The two incidents that he did not describe or directly refer to can be presumed to be that of little Asifa, abducted, raped […]

 Aijaz Zaka Syed

The myth of unity

The myth of unity

Commenting on Hindutva’s ambitious project to “unite all Hindus”, Aakar Patel, former editor and the current executive director of Amnesty International, offers an interesting argument. While it should not take much effort and imagination to unify the 85 percent majority against the less than 15 percent voiceless minority, Hindus are not a monolithic community. Far […]

 Dr.Shiben Krishen Raina

Modern-day Writers

Modern-day Writers

When a person is praised because of his prowess, skills and abilities, that’s the real tribute to the person. Some are praised merely due to their ‘utility’ factor, and that’s nothing but flattery. Some need to be praised ritually in a conference, assembly, seminar or meeting since they are sitting in chairs of veneration. Similarly, […]

 A.G. Noorani

Modi & ‘fake news’

Modi & ‘fake news’

The media needs no committee of babus.

  ON April 2, India’s minister for information and broadcasting, Smriti Irani, announced measures to curb ‘fake news’. Based on a complaint of its dissemination, a journalist’s accreditation would be “suspended” pending the Press Council of India’s (PCI) “determination of the news item being fake or not”. The suspension would last six months for the […]

 Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Kathua, Unnao: Shame on us

Kathua, Unnao: Shame on us

In Kathua and Unnao, just blaming politicians is another way of exonerating ourselves

Our conduct as a society in the rape and murder case of an eight-year-old in Kathua has been so despicable that it can be said, without exaggeration, that India’s moral compass has been completely obliterated, carpet-bombed out of existence by the very custodians of law, morality and virtue who give daily sermons on national pride. […]

 Sheikh Nissar

Politicizing tragedies

Politicizing tragedies

Individual freedom is ebbing in Kashmir valley due steady government encroachment. Encroachment of individual liberty is the main reason behind, why youth abandon school/college and pickup the gun. The political climate prevailing in valley has affected the personality and development of youth. Fighting between Indian forces and militants is a routine. Youth, children and women, […]

 Other View

Fake encounters: The expendable Kashmiri

Fake encounters: The expendable Kashmiri

How do we get to a situation where it's alright for soldiers to go scot-free after committing premeditated murder?

By: Mirza Waheed On January 23, the Indian Army passed a not-guilty ruling in the Pathribal Case of 2000 in which five civilians were executed in Indian-occupied Kashmir by the Indian Army and passed off as dreaded militants. The somewhat resigned silence, even among Kashmiris, over the ruling begs a few essential and profound questions. […]

 SEEMA MUSTAFA

The message from Kathua and Unnao

The message from Kathua and Unnao

What Does it Mean for Indian Democracy When the Police Has to Appoint Investigating Officers From a ‘Third’ Religion

  What does it mean for a democratic nation when rape is justified? And rapists protected, first by mobs that march in their support, and then by the administration that refuses or unable to take action? And then to cut through the absence of trust and communalisation a state police has to bring in officers […]

 Niloofar Qureshi

Kashmir Issue and the Solidarity ‘Overdose’

Kashmir Issue and the Solidarity ‘Overdose’

‘Solidarity’ is a marvelous word and a very convenient one too. Once expressed, it assures those badly battered by adversity that they aren’t alone in their hour of crisis and at the same time it costs nothing to those who express it. However, there is a problem- though an excellent tranquiliser, ‘solidarity’ unfortunately doesn’t solve […]

 Tajamul Ahmad Sheikh

Mi’raj: The Night Ascension

Mi’raj: The Night Ascension

For the supervision and guidance of the creation, Almighty Allah sent down the Prophets. Each Prophet had been granted miracles related to the issues that were prevalent and ubiquitous at their times. For instance, during the time of Prophet Musa, magic and wizardry were at its peak. In order to eradicate that magic, Prophet Musa […]