Editorial

Anger against inaction


[ March 30, 2017 ]
The anger of youth fueling again on streets in Kashmir is a grim reminder to Mehbooba Mufti led PDP-BJP coalition government that nothing short of the accountability of uniformed men facing charges of disproportionate forces during last year’s unrest can satisfy the angered youth in Kashmir. Holding the portfolio of home department herself likes all other former Chief Ministers, Mehbooba Mufti announced exgratia relief and government jobs...
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BJP’s non entities in power corridors


[ March 29, 2017 ]
On the eve of completing its on year the incumbent PDP-BJP coalition government headed by Mehbooba Mufti local BJP, the local BJP leaders who failed to even secure their deposits in the last assembly elections are finally seeing their day dreams coming true with their appointment as Vice Chairpersons of several public sector undertakings (PSUs) . Though dozens of local BJP men were trying hard for the party mandates to a couple of legislat...
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Restrictions in election time


[ March 28, 2017 ]
Ahead of by-polls for Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies, the law and order scenario is worsening in poll bound districts of south and central Kashmir districts and this speaks volumes about the unfavourable atmosphere for the conduct of bye elections prevailing in both the lok sabha constituencies. Though government has a moral obligation to allow people of all shades of political opinion to participate in the election proc...
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Dialogue in distress


[ March 25, 2017 ]
With Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking Pakistan to stop supporting militancy in Kashmir for resumption of bilateral dialogue and conveying willingness to talk to all stake holders in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan on the eve of its national day reiterating support to Kashmir’s resistance struggle it is quite evident that New Delhi is equally distanced from the point of re-approachment with both the Pakistan Government in Islamabad and as w...
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PDP’s outdated poll agenda


[ March 23, 2017 ]
The remark of PDP President and incumbent Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that her party allied with BJP in the interests of the people of muslim majority Jammu & Kashmir state is questionable on many counts. Reminding Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that her party sought votes in the last Lok Sabha and Parliamentary election against BJP but finally allied with the BJP on commitment for dialogue and development is the right of the people of Kas...
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Decline of moral education in Kashmir


[ March 22, 2017 ]
The decline of moral education has led to the waywardness of boys and girls on streets in Srinagar and other major townships of Kashmir Valley. The waywardness of the young lot is being witnessed helplessly both the uniformed men and the people moving on streets near the coaching centers . Though police during summer months trap the young students on charges of eve teasing and sent them to police lock ups during summer months, but they are ...
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Navroz in Kashmir


[ March 21, 2017 ]
'Nav' means new and 'roz' means day. So it is easy to conclude that Navroz is the first day of the Persian year. However, this name is used only in Indian Sub-Continent (india, Pakistand and Bangladesh) where the community has adopted the indigenous language and culture. It is actually Nowruj or Nooruj or a various other derivatives of the word. This festival is more than 3000 years old. There are records of it being celebrated way back in ...
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Security: Poll time concern in Kashmir


[ March 18, 2017 ] With the two main opposition mainstream parties National Conference (NC) and Congress voicing concerns over Kashmir’s worsening security scenario amid the announcement of poll schedule by the Election Commission for Anantnag and Srinagar Lok Sabha constituencies, the government has the bigger challenge of providing a satisfying security arrangement for the election rallies to be held by the contesting candidates particularly those owing allegian...
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Inconsequential alliance


[ March 16, 2017 ] Though both PDP and BJP have been talking high about their alliance describing it even south poles meeting north poles but when it came to showing unity for contesting the lok bye elections to two valley seats Srinagar and Anantnag BJP called it a day and announced the decision to contests the crucial bye elections for the two valley seats on its own. With BJP deciding to go it alone to contests the two valley seats of Lok Sabha the PDP has to gi...
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Dialogue, Elections and Peace in Kashmir


[ March 15, 2017 ] In election time dialogue with separatists as usual is the buzz word for mainstream political parties contesting the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies but while in power they forget the importance of dialogue with the separatists in Kashmir. Though important challenge for any government in Jammu and Kashmir is to facilitate a dialogue with the separatists, but the tragic part of the mainstream polit...
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Acrimony in PDP


[ March 14, 2017 ]
The first statement of the estranged PDP minister Imran Ansari issued by him over his resignation from the state cabinet on February 12 immediately after his return from religious tour to Iran and Iraq shows his intent of not joining back the cabinet till his demands are met and this also indicates that political acrimony is brewing up within the top PDP ranks. Political acrimony brewing up within the party ranks becoming a debate for discu...
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Challenge to Kashmir’s political mainstream


[ March 11, 2017 ]
With the announcement of poll schedule for bye election to Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies the mainstream political parties mainly National Conference, PDP and Congress disconnected from the people in the aftermath of last year’s unrest is facing a huge challenge of attracting people from protest rallies to polling booths. Interestingly the Srinagar parliamentary is the strong bastion of the main opposition National Conf...
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Peace amid hard posturing


[ March 09, 2017 ]
Days after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat threatened to treat protesters as collaborators of militants merely for the fault of protesting against the harassment of civilians near encounter sites Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti told a well attended public rally in Ganderbal “Give me peace , I will resolve Kashmir”. Before advising people to work for peace the Chief Minister should have conveyed her objections to Army Chief General Bipin Rawat ...
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Rural-Urban divide in Kashmir


[ March 08, 2017 ] Dividing Kashmir by engineering the feelings of rural-urban divide under the garb of alleged discrimination in the allocation of funds for developmental schemes is all that two top mainstream political parties PDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) and NC (National Conference) do to give Jammu an advantage of uniting against Kashmir. Unfortunate it is that both NC and PDP are crying much about rural-urban divide in the equi-distribution of financial al...
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Kashmir’s livestock in shambles


[ March 07, 2017 ] Though livestock sector is of prime importance in view of the rising demand for mutton in Kashmir but successive popular government have not taken necessary steps for promotion of this sector. In Jammu & Kashmir t sheep are mostly reared for wool and meat. Sheep skins and manure constitute important sources of earnin. Milk from sheep is of limited importance and that too in very limited hilly areas of the state. The productivity of sheep in the s...
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PDP’s alienation


[ March 04, 2017 ]
All is not well with the PDP as the dilution of the core political agenda of the party has disconnected the workers at the grass roots. Dilution of ideology and the performance of the PDP ministers are the two big reasons cited for increasing alienation of the party cadres with the people at the grass roots. Ironically PDP as a party stands for continuing the alliance with the BJP for a full term of six years but divided opinion over contin...
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New challenges of classroom teaching in Kashmir


[ March 02, 2017 ]
With students back in their schools after two and a half month winter break and six month long unrest the teachers are set to face new challenges to restore the pristine glory of class room teaching in schools across Kashmir . Challenges are high — for students, for parents, for departmental chairs and administrators. In the prevailing situation in Kashmir a teacher has to figure out what works best for making teaching-learning process a su...
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Transparency in BOSE exams


[ March 01, 2017 ]
Transparency in the conduct of examinations conducted by Jammu & Kashmir Board of School Education (J&K BOSE) is though an area of serious concern but the appearance of education minister in any examination hall in Srinagar or Jammu does not mean that all is going on well with the conduct of examinations. Had the appearance of education minister in examination halls been an indicator then the BOSE authorities won’t be forced to cancel the e...
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MHA’s provocative advisory


[ February 28, 2017 ]
Regarded as fourth pillar of democracy, media in Jammu & Kashmir is once again come under clouds as the Ministry of Home Affairs, (MHA) Government of India, has reportedly issued an advisory for controlling media to thwart fresh eruption of mass protests in Kashmir. The advisory has though evoked sharp reaction from the mainstream and separatist political parties sitting in though opposition, but both the central and the state government a...
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PDP’s quiescent approach on article 370


[ February 25, 2017 ]
The PDP which claims to be championing the cause of regional integration has failed to curb the steady rise of polarizing forces in Jammu region as none of the senior leaders of the party dare to utter even a single word against those RSS men who have challenged article 370 and some important laws related to the special status granted to Jammu & Kashmir under Indian constitution. Even though the repeated attempts of the BJP and RSS back har...
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Power wielding non entities in PDP


[ February 22, 2017 ]
The open revolt of the MLA Zadibal Abid Ansari, the uncle of protesting Minister Imran Ansari presently on a pilgrimage outside the country, against the accommodation of coterie politicians of the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on key positions in the government is not evoking sharp reaction from the Chief Minister for many reasons.Before raising a banner of revolt against the Chief Minister over questionable accommodation of coterie politic...
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Challenge to Mehbooba’s leadership


[ February 21, 2017 ] The quitting of two ministers in protest against change in portfolios of some ministers after induction of MLA Amirakaval Syed Altaf Bukhari is by all standards of political understandabilities a big challenge to the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti as both the ministers have tendered their resignations to demand portfolios of their choice. While the Chief Minister has the discretion to induct or de-induct ministers and allot portfolios to them but ...
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No respect for restraint


[ February 18, 2017 ]
With Army Chief General Bipin Rawat warning people over protests near encounter sites and Jammu & Kashmir Government issuing an advisory to advise people to restrain from the encounter sites, the policy of restraint propagated by both the central and the state governments has come into question. Though people protest to demonstrate anger against the harassment of the locals living near the encounter sites but army chief has virtually dubbed...
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Traffic regulation on potholed roads


[ February 16, 2017 ]
Despite huge public outcry over the poor condition of roads and several environmental problems caused by traffic jams in Srinagar city and several towns in Kashmir valley, the situation remains more or less the same. Even the increasing number of accidents and surging level of pollution have not been able to wake the civic authorities up from deep slumber. Fed up with the deteriorating condition of the roads leading to Airport, Shalteng Zai...
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Unwanted ordinance


[ February 15, 2017 ] With government according sanction to the promulgation of an ordinance to amend the panchayat raj act 1989 the signals of holding panchayat elections under the amended act have been sent to the electors in Jammu & Kashmir.Recently when assembly was in session the government delayed the presentation of a bill to amend the existing panchayat raj act before holding panchayat elections obviously with the intention that opposition comprising National ...
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PDP’s response to legal battle on article 370


[ February 14, 2017 ] The emotions raised by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with his controversial remark over article 370 at the end of the recently concluded budget session have not brought any perceptible change about the PDP’s alliance with the BJP as the rightwing saffron party by opposing the Chief Minister’s remark tooth and nail on the floor of the assembly in less than twenty four hours and successfully appeased both the Jammuities. The issue as such is bound ...
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Road accident deaths: Causes & concerns


[ February 11, 2017 ] Though daily police reports about road accidents present a horrible scenario as otherwise also almost every week see newspaper headlines screaming about casualties being inflicted by road accidents across but the government says nothing beyond the token relief for the road accident victims. While the traffic authorities blame rash and negligent driving for most of the road accident deaths, the two obvious reasons for the tragic deaths in road acc...
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Competence of ministers and deliverance


[ February 09, 2017 ]
During the recently concluded budget session the working of the ministers of PDP-BJP coalition government headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has come into question as several ministers including the Deputy Chief Ministers had to face the charges of keeping the allotted money unspent which has consequently delayed the completion of some key projects in given time. The ministers of both PDP and BJP failed to spell out the reasons for ke...
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Mess of town planning in Kashmir


[ February 08, 2017 ]
Shocking and insulting it is that haphazard growth of Srinagar the summer capital of the state and all major towns of Kashmir valley is continuing unabated for the reasons that the vital task of town planning organizations has been rendered ‘paralytic’ by the successive popular governments in the state. The outcome of non-serious approach of the helmsmen is that major towns in Kashmir and Srinagar city the summer capital of the state ...
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Erosion of SVC credibility


[ February 07, 2017 ]
Though State Vigilance Commission (SVC) was established with the purpose of curbing corruption in Jammu & Kashmir the third most corrupt state declared by anti-graft monitoring body few years back, but none else but the government has eroded the credibility of this premier anti-graft body of the state. If the statements of Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) on the non cooperation of the government departments are to be believed then undispu...
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No concern on RSS activisim in Jammu


[ January 21, 2017 ]
Chief Minister’s remark that Jammu has given shelter to both the Kashmir pundits from 1989 onwards and as well as Kashmiri muslims who left valley with the purposes of enrolling children in Jammu schools during unrest last year to paint the picture of real “Kashmiriyat” but regretted to say “real Kashmiriyat” is missing in Kashmir today.Having made the remark on the floor of the house Chief Minister owes a lot of explanation to the people o...
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Intents of sops for Jammu’s land row victims


[ January 19, 2017 ]
Last week Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti under the mounting pressure of its dominating coalition partner BJP announced exgratia relief and government jobs for the Jammu victims of 2008 Amarnath land row agitation days after announcing the same concessions for about hundred youth killed during unrest last year. Chief Minister may defend her government’s decision on concededing the demand of the BJP for exgratia relief and government jobs t...
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Mess of power generation and distribution in Kashmir


[ January 17, 2017 ]
Though the gaps between the demand and supply of power increases in the chilly seasons of winter, but the power supply worsened beyond the expectations of consumers in Kashmir valley this winter season. Despite public outcry against the erratic power supply government does not wake up from deep slumber to smoothen the distribution of power supply in the state. Though consumers too are committing punishable offences like hooking to misuse po...
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House of disorder


[ January 14, 2017 ]
Though assembly is the highest legislative forum obliged to discuss pressing issues concerning public but the legislators create pandemoniums’ over issues concerning their private life just to settle political scores. During the ongoing assembly session MLA of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) leveled serious allegation against MLA Bandipora owing allegiance to the opposition Congress party. For the last three days the MLA of the r...
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Unpopular action of popular regime


[ January 12, 2017 ]
Though the essence of democracy is embedded in the popular mandate but Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti choose to put the foundation stone of a parking slot in absence of the local MLA belonging to his own party and interestingly the name of a PDP MLC, a resident of Srinagar city known for his scandalous career as a middle rung government employee, was inscribe on foundation stone laid by the Chief Minister. More interesting was the removal of...
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Unpopular action of popular regime


[ January 11, 2017 ]
Though the essence of democracy is embedded in the popular mandate but Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti choose to put the foundation stone of a parking slot in absence of the local MLA belonging to his own party and interestingly the name of a PDP MLC, a resident of Srinagar city known for his scandalous career as a middle rung government employee, was inscribe on foundation stone laid by the Chief Minister. More interesting was the removal of...
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Crisis of water management in Kashmir


[ January 10, 2017 ]
There is gross mismanagement of water in Jammu and Kashmir and more so in Kashmir valley.Though Kashmir Valley is known for having abundant ground water resources of good quality by virtue of being underground and protected from any kind of surface water contamination, but the poor management pollutes the water taped for drinking purposes. Drilling of more and more tube wells not only creates pathways for abstraction but also pathways for ...
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Important of Kangris’ during winter in valley


[ January 09, 2017 ]
Kangris the locally made traditional fire-pots and dry vegetables are in great demand as the winter makes a grand arrival early this year in Kashmir. A snowfall early winter this year multiplied the winter woes in Kashmir as the worsening power supply made Kangri the most affordable tool of heating for lower middle class people in Valley. Comparatively winter has arrived early this year. The December month this year wascolder than the last ...
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Unpopular action of popular regime


[ January 08, 2017 ]
Though the essence of democracy is embedded in the popular mandate but Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti choose to put the foundation stone of a parking slot in absence of the local MLA belonging to his own party and interestingly the name of a PDP MLC, a resident of Srinagar city known for his scandalous career as a middle rung government employee, was inscribe on foundation stone laid by the Chief Minister. More interesting was the removal of...
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Disrespect to popular mandate


[ January 07, 2017 ]
Though the essence of democracy is embedded in the popular mandate but Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti choose to put the foundation stone of a parking slot in absence of the local MLA belonging to his own party and interestingly the name of a PDP MLC, a resident of Srinagar city known for his scandalous career as a middle rung government employee, was inscribe on foundation stone laid by the Chief Minister. More interesting was the removal of...
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CM’s questionable absence in LA


[ January 04, 2017 ] Agreeing to allow debate on civilian killings during five month long Kashmir unrest was though appreciable decision of the ruling PDP-BJP combine but the absence of the Chief Minister for government’s reply on debate was highly questionable. The debate on killings is an opportunity for the government to known the responses of the opposition over the issue and Chief Minister being the minister incharge home has a moral and institutional responsibi...
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Anger against PDP


[ January 03, 2017 ] People of Kashmir let down by PDP the party which they voted to power with the hopes of resolving contentious issues are seething with anger. While urbs, restrictions and disproportionate use of force has gripped sense of insecurity among the people in Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti says that commissions instituted to probe killings have changed nothing in Kashmir and these words are sufficient enough to indicate Chief Minister’s unwillin...
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Important of Kangris’ during winter in valley


[ January 02, 2017 ] Kangris the locally made traditional fire-pots and dry vegetables are in great demand as the winter makes a grand arrival early this year in Kashmir. A snowfall early winter this year multiplied the winter woes in Kashmir as the worsening power supply made Kangri the most affordable tool of heating for lower middle class people in Valley. Comparatively winter has arrived early this year. The December month this year wascolder than the last year. ...
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Mehbooba’s falsifying claim on CBMs


[ December 31, 2016 ]
Coalition government always work on the principles of consensus and this reason no single ally can claim the credit for any achievement, but unfortunately Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who is also PDP President persistently claims the credit for the opening of cross LoC bus service and cross LoC trade during the Chief Ministerial stint of PDP patriarch late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Before claiming credit for the Confidence Building Measures (...
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PDP’s helplessness on contentious issues


[ December 29, 2016 ]
With top BJP leaders publicly pronouncing that West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs) have every right to stake claim for the citizenship rights and PDP not daring to utter even a single word to question the BJP’s right to continue making high pitch noises over citizenship rights to West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs) even after issuance of identity certificates to them, the people in Kashmir are quite convinced that PDP leadership is yet to learn lessons...
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Implementation of RSS’s WPR suggestion


[ December 28, 2016 ]
The issuance of native identification certificates to West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs) is a point to the fact that power is more dearer to ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party than the core Kashmir agenda laying focus on the confidence building measures (CBMs) required to remove trust deficit in Kashmir. Shocking it is that both the union home ministry and as wells as the Mehbooba led PDP-BJP coalition government instead of laying focus on removi...
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Implementation RSS Chief’s sermon on WPRs


[ December 27, 2016 ]
The issuance of native identification certificates to West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs) is a point to the fact that power is more dearer to ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party than the core Kashmir agenda laying focus on the confidence building measures (CBMs) required to remove trust deficit in Kashmir. Shocking it is that both the union home ministry and as wells as the Mehbooba led PDP-BJP coalition government instead of laying focus on removi...
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PDP’s backstabbing


[ December 24, 2016 ]
Peoples Democratic Party was though voted to power with the hopes that it will push for more confidence building measures (CBMs) to bridge the widening gapes between the people and the government but the party started backstabbing people of Kashmir with choosing BJP and its ally and surrendering all that for which the party was committed to the people of Kashmir. The latest backstabbing is the issuance of identification certificate to West ...
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One sided security concerns in Kashmir


[ December 22, 2016 ]
Though attacks on army and paramilitary convoys on Srinagar-Jammu highway could be part of the overall government concerns on the stabilization of the security system in Kashmir but none from the government has voiced concerns on the security of the populations becoming vulnerable to cordons and search operations conducted by police and paramilitaries in the aftermath of attacks on government forces in areas lying either closer to highway o...
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SC verdict on SARFESI: Blow to PDP


[ December 21, 2016 ]
The critical statements from both the mainstream and separatist leaders on the Supreme Court verdict over a judgment of Jammu & Kashmir High Court on Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002, (SARFAESI) have not responded by the PDP-BJP government with a statement which would satisfy the concerns of Kashmiris over the constitutional sovereignty of Jammu & Kashmir state. Finding it...
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Objectionable remark on police cadrisation


[ December 20, 2016 ]
Though the proposal of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to remove disparity in the promotion opportunities of the KPS cadres on the analogy of KAS cadres can’t be questioned but Chief Minister wishing to see even a constable rising to the position of IGP usually held by IPS cadre officers is an insult to merit attained by civil service qualifiers at the State or All India level. By no standards of understandability a police constable can be de...
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Objectionable remark on non objectionable proposal


[ December 17, 2016 ]
Though the proposal of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to remove disparity in the promotion opportunities of the KPS cadres on the analogy of KAS cadres can’t be questioned but Chief Minister wishing to see even a constable rising to the position of IGP usually held by IPS cadre officers is an insult to merit attained by civil service qualifiers at the State or All India level. By no standards of understandability a police constable can be de...
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Unpopular remark on panchayat polls


[ December 15, 2016 ]
Though the wounds of civilian killings and blinded youth can’t be healed for years together, but unfortunately one of the PDP ministers holding the portfolio of rural development has talked about the conduct of panchayat election in March next year,i.e, three months from now. Knowing that about hundred civilians have been killed in the crowd control policing and about ten thousand people have lost vision either in one or both the eyes the ...
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Real spirit of Vajpayee doctrine


[ December 14, 2016 ]
Though politicians of all hues and even unofficial negotiators from Delhi talk about the relevance and implementation of Vajpayee’s reconciliation initiatives but the helmsmen in Delhi are undoing what Vajpayee did for silencing borders dividing two parts of Jammu & Kashmir. As the spirit of Vajpayee doctrine is embedded in the 2003 ceasefire agreement which brought silence to borders for about a decade, the incumbent central government cla...
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Team Sinha’s concerns on Kashmir


[ December 13, 2016 ]
Former union finance minister Yashwant Sinha heading a team presently on second visit to Kashmir for engagement with political and civil society groups has though called for working on the peace initiative undertaken by former Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee but has simultaneously maintained that all depends on Pakistan’s initiative on “ counter terrorism”. For more than two decades now government of India has been looking at the armed upris...
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Human Rights: History, Perception, future challenges


[ December 10, 2016 ]
The evolution of the human rights movement clearly illustrates humanity's ongoing struggle toward creating a better world. Throughout history, societies have usually been structured with a powerful minority deciding the course of the lives of the majority. Through the ages, people have worked to change those systems so that they are fairer for everyone. As the world has become more global and interconnected, the human rights movement has be...
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Blame game of alienated mainstream


[ December 08, 2016 ]
The incumbent Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti like her predecessors is blissfully blaming either the mainstream opposition National Conference or the joint resistance leadership for the current unrest in Kashmir. Blaming the people of one political ideology or the other may satisfy the political ego of the chief minister and earn her the blessings of central government, but this imaginary remark can’t change the situation on ground till the c...
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Parents of political exploitations


[ December 07, 2016 ]
Sharp critical responses to Farooq Abdullah’s offer of National Conference support to resistance struggle from Chief Minister Mehbooa Mufti are though factually correct but the critics themselves owe a lot of explanation for their present and past role in Kashmir politics. Though Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti very rightly said that Farooq Abdullah once used to ask New Delhi to bombard Pakistan and Pakistan Kashmir but she too herself was no...
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Unpardonable killings, unwanted curbs


[ December 06, 2016 ]
The curbs on even Congress leaders who always sing the songs of national patriotism on Kashmir soil merely for denying the right to protest against the killing of an ex sarpanch speaks volumes about the incumbent government’s policy of suppressing dissident voices irrespective of their political ideologies in Kashmir. Atleast none from the ruling PDP-BJP combine can dare to question the intentions of Congress President Gh Ahmad Mir and sitt...
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Ills of urban traffic management in Kashmir


[ December 03, 2016 ] As the road widening projects have not been executed well in time in Kashmir valley , the traffic congestion on roads due to ever increasing traffic have multiplied over the period of years . Consequently the concerns of people on traffic chaos in Srinagar city and major towns of Kashmir valley have compounded as majority of matadors that operate daily on all the routes of Srinagar city and major towns of Kashmir valley do not follow rules and r...
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Delhi’s irresponsible response


[ December 01, 2016 ]
The response of New Delhi to continuing public uprising in Kashmir is high irresponsible as Modi government has restricted its Kashmir policy to law enforcement. The recent remark of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the participation of Kashmiri students in class 10 and class 12 examination conveys a message that New Delhi is unwilling to address politically Kashmir issue which is also mother of all Indo-Pak conflicts. The unofficial deleg...
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Kashmir’s Adhar woes


[ November 30, 2016 ]
The reports about the closing of Adhar operations and the cold response of the central government to state government’s proposal for revival of adhar operations in presence of the implementation of demonetization of Rs 500/- and Rs 1000/ currency notes are doubling the troubles for the people in Jammu & Kashmir for a variety of reasons. As already reported by media that adhar operations have not covered hundreds of populations, thousands o...
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Adhar operations row in Kashmir


[ November 29, 2016 ]
The reports about the closing of Adhar operations and the cold response of the central government to state government’s proposal for revival of adhar operations in presence of the implementation of demonetization of Rs 500/- and Rs 1000/ currency notes are doubling the troubles for the people in Jammu & Kashmir for a variety of reasons. As already reported by media that adhar operations have not covered hundreds of populations, thousands o...
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Madhav’s imaginary remarks on Kashmir unrest


[ November 25, 2016 ]
Issuing a statement on Kashmir unrest out of imagination can satisfy the political ego of BJP leaders but not the political aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir and situation on the ground in valley. Like many other BJP leaders including the likes of Defence Minister Manohar Parikar, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley the BJP National General Secretary incharge Jammu & Kashmir has out of his own imaginati...
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Parikar’s imaginary remarks


[ November 24, 2016 ]
Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar is always in news for bad reasons and this time his remarks on the impact of demonitisation in Kashmir have been contested by not the separatists but by top mainstream leaders including three time former Chief Minister and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah. When a three time former Chief Minister of the state says that Kashmir youth are ready to face bullets in fight for their pride but no...
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High handedness of private schools


[ November 23, 2016 ] Though state government has the authority and power to derecognize the recognized private schools and cancel their affiliation with the Jammu & Kashmir Board of School Education (J&K BOSE) on charges of violating government guidelines and the decisions taken from time to time to address the public concerns on the standards of education in schools, but high handedness of government schools on mass promotions and fee charges for four and a half mon...
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Unofficial engagements unacceptable


[ November 22, 2016 ]
With joint resistance leadership calling some of the country’s civil society groups visiting Kashmir for engagements in the aftermath of this year’s summer unrest the “seasonal croaks”, it is now a widely acclaimed opinion in Kashmir that engagements of civil society groups including the one headed by top BJP leader and former union finance minister Yashwant Sinha and the other two headed by Seema Mustafa and Medha Patkar respectively are ...
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No euphoria over unofficial engagements in Kashmir


[ November 19, 2016 ]
With the improvement in the law and order situation some civil society groups are coming to Kashmir for political engagement for the purposes of reconciliation and peace, but there is no euphoria among the people on the engagements of these civil society groups in Kashmir. The reasons are crystal clear. Before 2008 unrest the central government has constituted some working groups to look into some political demands of some mainstream politi...
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Parikar’s provocation unacceptable


[ November 17, 2016 ]
When reconciliation is badly needed to bring back normalcy in Kashmir the Defence Minister of the country supposed to further the causes of peace and reconciliation has provoked Kashmiri youth by saying “demonitisation has ended stone pelting in Kashmir”. The time when thousands of Kashmiri youth are moving to examination halls to convey a message to the outside world that education is their biggest concern, the defence minister of the cou...
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Ills of deepening power crisis in Kashmir


[ November 16, 2016 ] Though the gaps between the demand and supply of power increases in the chilly seasons of winter, but the power supply worsened beyond the expectations of consumers in Kashmir valley much before the onset of winter this year. Despite public outcry against the erratic power supply government does not wake up from deep slumber to smoothen the distribution of power supply in the state. Though consumers too are committing punishable offences like hoo...
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Atrocities: Baig’s blame on separatists questionable


[ November 15, 2016 ]
Without talking about the atrocities committed by police and paramilitaries during last more than four months of continuing unrest in Kashmir the senior PDP leader ranked No 2 in his party and Member Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Baig shamelessly during his address to a workers convention in Srinagar asked the separatists to list their achievements and account for what “ atrocities committed by them (separatists)” in last four months. Before ...
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Intents of Modi’s demonetization drive


[ November 12, 2016 ]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi declaring demonetising Rs 1000 and Rs 500 currency notes from Tuesday midnight and closure of banks on Wednesday has instead of griping panic among the people accumulating black money panicked the lower middle class people who don’t know anything about the tricks of accumulating black money . As of now people are unwilling to buy the theory of the Modi government that de-monetising of currency notes and replacem...
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Abdullah’s sermons to Mehbooba unacceptable


[ November 10, 2016 ]
Though undeniably Mehbooba Mufti as Chief Minister has failed to control the current situation in Kashmir despite allowing record breaking disproportionate use of force in crowd control policing but questionable is the remark of National Conference President and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on the failure of Mehbooba Mufti in controlling the current situation in Kashmir. Before asking Mehbooba Mufti to quit as Chief Minister of the...
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Exam deferment row


[ November 09, 2016 ]
With government offering open choices to students to take examinations the competence of the education minister to take practicable decisions has come into question. By all standards of understandabilities the government is obliged to take a non controversial decision to suit the larger academic interests of the students. By leaving it for the students to decide to opt the academic session for taking the examination the government has confu...
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JK’s powerless popular government


[ November 08, 2016 ]
Though the position of governor under parliamentary system of government is restricted to that of a ceremonial constitutional head but the present governor in presence of a popular government headed by PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti has virtually taken over the affairs of the government. Day in day out Chief Secretary, Director General Police and administrative secretaries are summoned to Raj Bhavan (Governor’s house) for briefing governor on is...
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Challenges of PDP’s reconnection


[ November 05, 2016 ]
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti once known for the artful skill of connecting her Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) with the people of grass roots is now facing a huge challenge of connecting her party with the people at the grass roots in short time ahead of the bye elections to Anantnag and Srinagar parliamentary constituencies due any time in next six months. The revival of the popular support base of PDP shaken by over ninety killings and o...
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Crisis of school safety in Kashmir


[ November 03, 2016 ]
The school burning incidents have triggered a war words between the government and the top separatists leadership but crisis triggered by school burning trends can’t be resolved by the blame game politics but through a process of consultations with the civil society groups who have the capacity and potential to involve local populations in the security of schools. By all standards of understandabilities the onus of responsibility on protect...
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Crisis of cross fire in Kashmir


[ November 02, 2016 ]
Exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani forces on the Line of Control and the International Boundary has rendered the 2003 ceasefire ever more fragile. On Heavy exchange of fire along the LoC resulting in several civilian deaths in Jammu division of Jammu & Kashmir has shaken both the ruling and mainstream opposition but it is not the government of Jammu & Kashmir but the governments in New Delhi and Islamabad hold key to implementati...
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Crisis of school security in Kashmir


[ November 01, 2016 ]
Though the conduct of examinations is a routine administrative matter but mishandling of the issued by the Education Minister has now threatened the security and safety of the school buildings. While politicians of all hues are blaming each other for the school burning incidents reported from different parts of Kashmir, the responsibility to protect school building lies on the government. So for the government has not taken any step for sec...
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Shadow of MHA intervention on schools


[ October 29, 2016 ]
With Prime Minister asking Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to work out plans for restoration of school work in Kashmir valley, the central government has publicly announced its intervention in the affairs of the education in the unrest hit Kashmir valley . The restoration of education in schools is in fact the domain of the state government but not of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) supposed to address the concerns of people in Kashmir ov...
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Ills of provocative policing in Kashmir


[ October 27, 2016 ]
The mishandling of the situation that developed in the aftermath of the killing of Hizb Commander Burhan Muzaffar Wanu generated a wave of protests across Kashmir and so for over ninety civilians have been killed in crowd control policing. Though the central government is fully aware of the causes of the current unrest in Kashmir but yet again there is no end to the excessive use of power by uniformed men entrusted the job of crowd contro...
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Ball in Mehbooba’s court now


[ October 26, 2016 ]
Knowing that neither India nor Pakisan can unilaterally resolve Kashmir issue as the Kashmiris have to be necessarily involved in any dialogue process over Kashmir. The arrival of a non-governmental delegation headed by BJP veteran and former foreign minister Yashwant Sinha is though a good beginning but it is for the government to create a conducive atmosphere for any direct dialogue between the separatists and the central leadership. Like...
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ills of terminations


[ October 25, 2016 ]
With the termination of dozens of government employees on charges of involvement in street protest during the continuing unrest in Kashmir the PDP-BJP led coalition government has sent out the message of reversing its commitment on nurturing youth who by all standards of understandabilities are supposed to mould the future of the Jammu & Kashmir state. The termination of the government employees announced by the Mufti Government is set to...
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Cultural jingoism


[ October 22, 2016 ]
Now hawks in Delhi have in an abortive attempt to link nationalism with anti-Pakistan sentiment just to thwart the attempts of the resumption of Indo-Pakistan dialogue process which in the current scenario could douse the flames of unrest in Kashmir where over ninety civilians have been killed and over 11000 youth injured in just hundred days of complete shutdown. The escalations on borders in Jammu & Kashmir the tensions that flared follo...
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Arrogant rulers, angered Kashmir


[ October 20, 2016 ]
Strikes and hartals are not to be responded with curfew, restrictions and disproportionate use of forces but in Kashmir it happens and happens during the reign of Mehbooba Mufti famous for making high pitch noises over the battle of ideas. Unfortunately Mehbooba Mufti has changed her slogan of the battle of idea into a battle of stones and bullets. Virtually pushed to the wall by the BJP’s central leadership presently commanding and control...
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Exams under the shadow of unrest


[ October 19, 2016 ]
With Government adamant to hold examinations at all levels from Primary Schools Upto University and students unwilling to respond to the government decision the Mehbooba led PDP-BJP coalition government is caught in yet another row over education in Kashmir. In fact the decision of the government to hold examinations by all standards of understandabilities is objectionable on many counts. The biggest objection to the decision of the governm...
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Intents of border skirmishes in Kashmir


[ October 18, 2016 ]
The fresh spurt in border skirmishes in Jammu and Kashmir with both uniformed men and the civilians becoming casualties on both sides of the borders is though worrying for both the governments and the people, but neither jingoism nor whipping up war frenzy can help silence the guns on borders. The accusations and counter accusations have only raised tempers to multiply the difficulties coming in the way of conflict resolution in Jammu & Kas...
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Bigger challenges of anti-smoking campaign in JK


[ October 16, 2016 ]
Tobacco use has emerged as one of the foremost causes of preventable death and disease and such has become the issue of concern for both the people and the governments all over the world. Consequentiality same holds good for the people and the Government in Jammu and Kashmir state where the tobacco smoking has posed a greater public health challenge . Fortunately the Government of India took a leadership role in the formulation and ratifica...
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Owning RSS, Disowning muslims


[ October 13, 2016 ]
Amid continuing unrest in Kashmir the PDP-BJP coalition government headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has banned Muharram processions in Kashmir but not the RSS march in Kishtwar which is bound to raise communal passions in Jammu region. Mehbooba Mufti as minister in charge home affairs owes an explanation for allowing the RSS march and disallowing the muharram procession even in less sensitive pockets of Kashmir valley. Interesting...
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Concerns on military Offensives, Kashmir unrest


[ October 11, 2016 ]
The cause of panic triggered by massive build up on both the sides of the line of control (LoC) forcing people to flee from border areas in the unrest hit Jammu & Kashmir is the suspension of composite Indo-Pak dialogue process. Not bothered to dig out the roots of public anger and resentment that has trigger more than three month long continuing unrest in Kashmir the Narendra Modi led BJP government at the centre has kept the channels of c...
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CM’s law & order authority?


[ October 08, 2016 ]
A day after Prime Minister discussed Kashmir unrest with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the cabinet committee on security was held in Delhi just to review the situation on borders in the aftermath of central government’s claims on conduct of “surgical strikes” across the line of control and the law and order situation that has thrown up huge challenge of restoration of normalcy to both the state and the central government. Though reviewing ...
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Ills of ban on “Kashmir Reader”


[ October 06, 2016 ]
The government contention that English daily “Kashmir Reader” has been banned for what government calls “inciting violence” is challengeable on many counts. Since the government has banned the publication of “Kashmir Reader” without granting it even a single opportunity of being heard by the competent authority. Simply sending a notice for explanation to government queries does not mean the management of the banned newspaper has been grante...
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Challenges to Modi’s Surgical politics


[ October 05, 2016 ]
With main opposition Congress seeking proof of the “surgical strikes” Modi government claims to have carried out across the line of control (LoC) in Pak Administered Kashmir (PaK), the credibility of the present regime at the centre has come into questions. On one hand the factuality of the “surgical strikes” claimed to been carried out by India on the militant launching pads allegedly run on the other side of the line of control (LoC) in ...
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Threats to peace in Kashmir


[ October 04, 2016 ]
The escalation in tension between India and Pakistan is forcing people of the border areas on both the sides of the line of control (LoC) to flee from their homes the time when the harvest season has just begun .Though telephonic talk between the National Security Advisors’ (NSAs) of both the countries over the measures for de-escalation of tension has generated hopes of restraint and reconciliation but hours after the telephonic talks of t...
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Ailing agriculture economy in JK


[ October 02, 2016 ] Though majority of the population in Jammu and Kashmir is rural based and depends on agriculture for a living, but the agriculture economy is not getting the attention it deserved. Fact remains that Enhanced and stable growth of the agriculture sector is important as it plays a vital role in creating on-farm and off-farm employment opportunities and also plays a role in making the fiscal planning sound through its contribution to price stability....
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Ailing agriculture economy in JK


[ October 02, 2016 ]
Though majority of the population in Jammu and Kashmir is rural based and depends on agriculture for a living, but the agriculture economy is not getting the attention it deserved. Fact remains that Enhanced and stable growth of the agriculture sector is important as it plays a vital role in creating on-farm and off-farm employment opportunities and also plays a role in making the fiscal planning sound through its contribution to price stab...
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Encroachment of wetlands in Kashmir


[ October 01, 2016 ]
Since the fact remains that Srinagar city, the Sumer capital of the state and most of the towns in Kashmir valley have witnessed massive urbanisation during last two decades,consequently land management has become a complex phenomenon in Kashmir valley. With hardly any regulation of urban growth, the inhabitants and ecology of the area – already under severe threat from environmental hazards, siltation and encroachments – are exposed to mo...
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MHA rule in Kashmir


[ September 29, 2016 ]
Though the current unrest in Kashmir necessitated the visited of an all party delegation to Srinagar early this month but after the attack on an army base in border town Uri the Narendra Modi led BJP government at the centre has diverted its full attention to anti-Pakistan diplomatic offensives only to isolate the neighbouring country diplomatically. However the anti-Pakistan diplomatic war of the Modi government is now getting restricted ...
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Modi’s silence on Kashmir killings


[ September 28, 2016 ]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi while declaring deaths of 18 army men in Uri attack unforgettable has choosen not to utter even a single world on killings of ninety civilians in Jammu & Kashmir. This not the first Prime Minister Modi has been selective in condemning the attacks but very recently while declaring attacks on Dalits the attacks on him in person he did not regret the death of any muslim by hindu communalist over the slaughtering of...
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Unheard cries for peace in Kashmir


[ September 24, 2016 ]
The attack on army base in Uri has unfortunately brought the skies in India and Pakistan under the clouds of war . Instead of trying to dig out the roots of conflicts in Jammu and Kashmir is increasing long drawn hostility with Pakistan and using arm twisting methods to deal with more than two month long public uprising in Kashmir. While the central government is at liberty to take strategic steps for peace on borders , but the Modi led BJ...
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Ills of Indo-Pak provocation


[ September 22, 2016 ]
Keeping in view the experiences of hostilities and confrontation of over last more than six decades the truce has become the only option for lasting peace on borders of India and Pakistan and more so on LoC dividing two parts of Jammu & Kashmir state. For stopping skirmishes on borders particularly on the line of control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir resumption of bilateral dialogue is unavoidable and intevitable, but the leaderships in both ...
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Row in BJP over Madhav’s war mongering


[ September 21, 2016 ]
Top BJP leader Ram Madhav known for his role in bringing BJP to power corridors in Jammu & Kashmir the only muslim majority state of the country has though claim “a jaw for a tooth” in response to the killing of 18 army men in Uri attack but his utterances have been objected by his own party man and one time Army Chief General (Retd.) V.K Singh. To the utter discomfort of Ram Madhav the former Army Chief General (Retd.) V.K.Singh has sugge...
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Challenges of security, peace in Kashmir


[ September 20, 2016 ]
The attack on army base at Uri, close to the Line of Control (LoC) is yet another blow to both the stalled Indo-Pak dialogue process and as well as stabilization of peace and security in Jammu & Kashmir state already hit by over two and a half month long public uprising. The death toll is undoubtedly heavy: 17 army men have lost their lives. Soon after the attack the Union Home Minister switched over to issue a warning to Pakistan the count...
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Meaning and importance of Eid-Ul-Adha


[ September 13, 2016 ]
The day of Eid al-Adha is known all over the world as "Al Eid Al-Kabir", or the Major Feast. It is distinguished from "Al-Eid Al-Saghir", which is the Minor Feast, known also as Eid al-Fitr. This is actually celebrated by Muslims two months and ten days before the Major Feast. The word "Eid" means a recurring festival. The name of Eid al-Adha means the Feast of Sacrifice. It is celebrated on the tenth day of the lunar month of Dhul-Hijjah....
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Spirituality of Hajj


[ September 10, 2016 ]
Hajj is the last layer of the Shariat, the cacred law of divine guidance, commandments and limits. In it is also Ma'refat or gnosis of the Almighty. For those who do not understand the reality of the rites and symbols of Hajj or pilgrimage, for them Hajj amounts to only certain rituals. Hajj is a symbolic journey to God, in which a seeker of God leaves behind people whom he loves taking pains in this journey. The spiritual significance and ...
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PM’s “Vishwas”missing in Kashmir


[ September 07, 2016 ] Prime Minister latest remark of “Vishwas”, i.e, confidence and “Vikas”,i.e, development are in no way encouraging response to the simmering anger and resentment in Kashmir. Had the people of Kashmir been willing to show “Vishwas”,i.e, confidence in the actions of successive central governments and the present one, the anger and resentment won’t have changed into a spontaneous struggle of conflict resolution in Kashmir. Just like many all party d...
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PDP’s divorce to Mufti ‘score political agenda


[ August 31, 2016 ]
The ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) seems to have divorced its core political agenda envisioned by party’s patriarch and former Chief Minister late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as the recent utterance of PDP Chief and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti clearly indicate a sudden shift in the party’s political agenda. While the PDP patron and former Chief Minister late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed despite the categorical opposition of new ally BJP thanke...
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Options for new engagement in Kashmir


[ August 24, 2016 ]
The public sentiment in the Valley is not that of anger and alienation but of the disproportionate use of force and recognition to separatists as stake holders in the much hyped proposals over dialogue on Kashmir question. So for the successive governments in Delhi have been carrying forward the agenda of empowering handful of the mainstream politicians loyal to them for one reason or the other but no attention has been given to rising rev...
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Roles for moral education in schools


[ August 22, 2016 ]
Very encouraging is the Jammu & Kashmir Government announcement on the introduction of moral education in schools across the state, but all depends on the implementation of the announcement by the school education department. As the announcement about the introduction of moral education in schools has come from Minister For Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution , it is understood the minister has discussed the issue with the Education Mini...
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Unnerved Beig and irrelevant PDP


[ August 15, 2016 ]
The provocative remarks from PDP leaders are received with contempt by the people in Kashmir and the latest remark of the senior PDP leader and Member Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Beig is in total contrast to what even security agencies have been saying about the ground realities in Kashmir. Not even the Kashmir specialists questioning the role of Pakistan in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir during the big Kashmir debates on national news chan...
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Questions concerning flag fiasco probe


[ August 17, 2016 ]
For the first time in the post independent history of India the flag hoisted by Chief Minister has fallen from top and hit the ground in full public glare at the main Independence day parade at Bakshi Stadium Srinagar and as such mere suspension of few cops is not the appropriate way to punish those who committed lap but follow up action on the inquiry ordered by the government can only satisfy those question the accountability of the top o...
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Questions concerning flag fiasco probe


[ August 17, 2016 ] For the first time in the post independent history of India the flag hoisted by Chief Minister has fallen from top and hit the ground in full public glare at the main Independence day parade at Bakshi Stadium Srinagar and as such mere suspension of few cops is not the appropriate way to punish those who committed lap but follow up action on the inquiry ordered by the government can only satisfy those question the accountability of the top officia...
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Faceless PDP


[ August 10, 2016 ]
To focus the attention from its brute failures in restraining police and paramilitaries in crowd control policing in the aftermath of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani the leaders of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are responding to the uncontrolled disproportionate use of force by police and paramilitaries in conflicting and contradicting voices only give an indication that the ruling party has been rendered...
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BJP’s outdated rhetoric on Kashmir


[ August 03, 2016 ]
The dangerous trends of violence in Kashmir are in fact reflection of the policy of broken promises of both central and state governments in Jammu & Kashmir state. Arm twisting methods used to control angered population can’t bring peace to troubled Kashmir and all that Kashmir needs is the healing of wounds. Mehbooba led PDP-BJP coalition is just re-experimenting the conventional methods of crowd policing to silence the dissenting voices ...
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Unchecked SOP violation in Kashmir


[ July 30, 2016 ] The killing of more than fifty civilians during the current phase of unrest in Kashmir has triggered a debate on the use of pellets and bullets in crowd control policing but very few asked the question over the method used to fire bullets and pellets by paramilitaries and the police to quell the angered protestors on streets in Kashmir. As the injuries are mostly spotted on the waist upwards, it is quite clear that disproportionate use of force i...
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Rajnath’s emotional dischord in Kashmir


[ July 27, 2016 ]
Union home minister Rajnath Singh's 2-day visit of Kashmir valley has failed to impress the angered people for the reasons that only the Home Minister Rajnath Singh but Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti herself made provocative remarks which have only raised the emotions of the people to new heights in Kashmir. Knowing the people of Kashmir are deadly opposed to hostility with Pakistan the home minister Rajnath Singh should have sent out a mes...
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Pain of pellets in Kashmir


[ July 24, 2016 ]
Though Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh presently on a two day visit to Kashmir has already pledged to look into the rising demand over the non use of pellets in crowd control policing in Jammu & Kashmir state but Director General CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) Durga Prasad has in a statement ruled out the possibility of finding any substitute to pellets. Since the CRPF is the dominant force in crowd control policing in Jammu & Kashmi...
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Pain of pellets in Kashmir


[ July 16, 2016 ]
The psychological impact of the current phase of unrest in Kashmir on the youth is worrying for both the parents and the civil society. The pellets that blinded over 100 youth in Kashmir has though triggered a debate on its use both within and outside Jammu & Kashmir state but neither the Union Home Ministry nor the state government bothers to even drop hints on stopping its use in crowd control policing in the state. As the panicked paren...
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Burhan aftermath in Kashmir


[ July 14, 2016 ] The situation developing in Kashmir in the aftermath of the killing of a top militant commander Burhan Wani has thrown up huge challenges to both the central and state governments in trouble hit jammu & Kashmir state. The killing of more than 30 civilians and injuries to 1,400 others in clashes after the killing of the popular militant Burhan Wani has pushed Kashmir into yet another turbulent phase of unrest the time when tourist season is at its...
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Environmental concerns in Kashmir


[ July 06, 2016 ]
Of late things related to environment and its deterioration generally got unnoticed or got a poor response from the masses. The unending exploitation of our waters which will well qualify as a biggest robbery of our natural resources went (and continues) so smoothly as if nothing had happened (is happening). Our waters were being looted and we unknowingly kept looking as mute spectators. We need to recognize and respond to these well plann...
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Virtues of “Layla tul Qadr”


[ July 02, 2016 ] Besides fasting and the “Taraweeh” prayer, the one other thing for which the holy month of Ramadan is most known about is the Layla tul Qadr much popularly called “Shab e Qadr” or the night of power. It is the most blessed night in the last ten days of Ramadan and every good deed and act of worship committed during this night gets rewarded with an exponential increase and for these reasons every muslim tries to catch this night and do acts of rig...
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Roopnagar investigation fiasco


[ June 25, 2016 ]
Booking the accused under Public Safety Act ( PSA) on allegations of committing a sacrilegious act at Roopnagar Jammu without establishing his involvement by substantial evidences is against the basic principles of justice and fair trial .When the charges against the accused are yet to proved in the proper investigation process the decision to slap PSA on the accused is questionable on many counts. Now when the government has made a state...
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Nirmal’s rhetoric on NHPC’s unresponsiveness


[ June 23, 2016 ] The repeated assurance of the Mehbooba Mufti led PDP-BJP coalition government on the return of power projects by NHPC (National Hydro Power Corporation) have almost fallen flat as neither the central government nor the NHPC (National Hydro Power Corporation) are willing to reveal anything about the outcome of meeting held between Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh also minister incharge Power and the State F...
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CM’s concerns for Jammu not Kashmir


[ June 22, 2016 ]
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti whose own Peoples’ Democratic Party was brought back to power by the people of Kashmir with a thumping majority of 28 seats in the 87 member state assembly is now showing more concerns for the people of Jammu than the people of Kashmir. It was on June 15 Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in Jammu the "people of Jammu were very secular yet they lacked leadership which could raise the Jammu-specific issues and f...
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CM’s Questionable Remarks


[ June 21, 2016 ] By saying that only four bunkers exist in Kashmir valley Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has made an abortive bid to neutralize the anti-incumbency waves sweeping across Jammu & Kashmir. Even if Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s contention that only four bunkers exist in civilian population in Kashmir is to be believed the one million dollar question is the issue of government curbs on dissenting separatist voices in Kashmir. These days Mehbooba Muft...
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Irrelevance of old age homes in Kashmir


[ June 18, 2016 ] Though government Thursday this week committed to build old age homes for elderly people in Kashmir but people in valley have no idea of old age homes yet and the reason being that the centuries old family system in Kashmir is still intact in the entire Jammu & Kashmir state. The family system in Jammu & Kashmir is so intact that no one would prefer to send his/her parents to such old age homes proposed by the present PDP-BJP Government headed b...
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Unfinished agenda of Cross LoC Trade


[ June 16, 2016 ]
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has disclosed that the government of India was seriously considering opening up more traditional routes for people-to-people contacts and trade across the line of control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir. in Jammu & Kashmir. This is a welcome move. Worth mentioning is the fact that existing Uri- Salamabad and Poonch- Chakan-da-Bagh trade routes have hit many roadblock in recent years for the reasons that many unresol...
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Issue of officialising Urdu language


[ June 15, 2016 ]
Though the resolution passed by legislative council to make Urdu the official language in the revenue department is a welcome step, but Urdu already declared official language by Jammu &Kashmir Government has been so much neglected that few years back a controversy erupted over the printing of ration cards in hindi and English languages. Since the process of issuing ration cards is initiated by the revenue authorties including concerned teh...
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Public hearing for party men


[ June 14, 2016 ]
Though the word “Public hearing” itself means the event organized to hear general public but reverse was the case with the maiden public hearing event of the first woman Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who interacted with some defeated candidates of her party along with their sympathisers in her maiden public hearing. Interaction of the chief minister with her party’s defeated candidates and their sympathizers in official public hearing is an...
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Cries of dissent within PDP


[ June 11, 2016 ]
Protests against the government by ruling PDP MLAs are overtly and covertly sending out a message that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is facing resentment within the party over issues like construction of sainik colonies and transit camps for migrant Kashmiri Pandits. The government can curb other dissenting voices through arm twisting methods for one reason or the other but has no reason to silence the dissenting voices of her own party. Th...
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Mehbooba’s trouble shooters in Kashmir


[ June 09, 2016 ]
Putting the blame of their failures on the opposition and the media had though put the previous regimes in troubles many a times in past but the present regime too has blamed media and the opposition for its failures on resolving controversies over issues like construction of sainik colonies and transit camps for migrant Kashmiri Pandits. It is none else than the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti herself who has in pointed references to the ro...
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Ramadan month’s Ist Ashra of mercy


[ June 07, 2016 ]
The beauty of the first ten days of mercy is that it is a blessing within a blessing. While muslims are actively striving to please the Almighty Allah, the Almighty Allah adds a gift to the special month by creating this season of mercy. His mercy is showered upon those who engage in good deeds and the merits for them are multiplied. Those with a streak of bad deeds even are forgiven – provided that they are sincere in their repentance and ...
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Concerns on pvt practice of medicos


[ June 04, 2016 ]
Though state government has repeatedly warned doctors working in SKIMS and other hospitals to give up private practice, but hundreds of them are still doing private practice under broad day light and almost all of them draw non-practice allowance (NPA). Last year government then commanded and controlled by then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had issued clear-cut orders for strictly implementing the ban on private practice by doctors w...
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Ills of provocations on separate settlements


[ June 02, 2016 ] The time when reports about the shifting of JKLF Chairman Yaseen Malik from Kothibagh police station to Srinagar Central Jail had appeared on the front pages of newspapers in Srinagar , Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti surprises one and all on the floor of the assembly that her government is pursuing the agenda of peace and reconciliation in the state. Since the arrests of the political rivals goes against the Chief Minister’s commitment to pursu...
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Drabu’s doubtful remark on NHPC row


[ June 01, 2016 ]
Though the Union Power Minister, Piyush Goyal has recently ruled out the possibility of the transfer of power projects to Jammu Kashmir Government, but the state Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu has confused the already confused people of Jammu & Kashmir by saying that Jammu & Kashmir Government can’t dictate to NHPC-National Hydro Power Corporations over the return of power projects but is working out modalities with the centre to get back po...
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Vandalised tourist destinations in Kashmir


[ May 31, 2016 ]
Though PDP leaders during the heydays of NC-Congress coalition rule used to cry much over the illegal constructions and encroachments in Srinagar and major townships of Kashmir including tourist hot spots like Gulmarg and Pahalgam , but the very leaders of PDP now occupying ministerial positions overtly and covertly try to restrain the concerned authorities from contemplating action again those who have raised illegal structures by encroach...
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Road encroachments & vendor woes in Srinagar


[ May 30, 2016 ] Early this month the government enforced its decision on road encroachments by removing the foot path occupants more popularly called vendors from the busy commercial hubs of Srinagar the summer capital of the state and consequently the improvement in traffic regulation brought respite to people in most of the congested areas of Srinagar city. The removal of footpath occupants is a welcome step but it has been precedence in Srinagar and some tow...
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Occupation, re-occupation of footpaths


[ May 28, 2016 ] Early this month the government enforced its decision on road encroachments by removing the foot path occupants more popularly called vendors from the busy commercial hubs of Srinagar the summer capital of the state and consequently the improvement in traffic regulation brought respite to people in most of the congested areas of Srinagar city. The removal of footpath occupants is a welcome step but it has been precedence in Srinagar and some to...
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BJP’s cries against VC of academic integrity


[ May 26, 2016 ] In a bid to saffronise even the highest learning centers like Universities in Jammu & Kashmir state the BJP ministers in a recent cabinet meeting took up the issue of ban on ABVP (Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad) activists for propagating communal politics in the Jammu University campus. Ironically the PDP ministers present in the cabinet meeting did not question the right of BJP ministers to speak against the vice chancellor of the Jammu Unive...
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BJP’s provocation for Kashmir’s disintegration


[ May 24, 2016 ] Though resolution of contentious issues is an ideal way to fight a battle of ideas in a scenario Kashmir has been witnessing since 1989 when armed uprising erupted in the state but the successive popular governments instead of resolving the contentious issues to shrink the space for separatist politics are triggering new controversies just to create new vote banks for elections. The present regime headed by Mehbooba Mufti too has set the trend fo...
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BJP’s intolerance on sainik colony row


[ May 24, 2016 ]
Chaos created by the counter remark of BJP’s State President Sat Sharma in response to Nayeem Akhter’s denial on the construction of Sainik Colonies in Kashmir is a big challenge to the authority of the government for the reasons that Akhter has refuted the reports on proposed construction of sainik colonies as government spokesman but not as PDP leader. By contesting the remarks of Akhter as government spokesman Sharma has challenged the ...
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Ills of migrant township plans


[ May 21, 2016 ]
As the decision of the state government over the proposal for construction of composite townships for migrant Kashmir Pandits evoked widespread resentment from both the separatist and mainstream political groups, the government spokesman and education minister Nayeem Akhtar refuted his own remark on the settlement of migrant Kashmiri Pandits in proposed separate townships. Keeping in view the sensitivity of the issue of resettlement of migr...
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Unaddressed Handwara coercion


[ May 19, 2016 ]
By contradicting the statement given by her in police custody the Handwara girl whose alleged molestation triggered mob violence that resulted in the death of five civilians in clashes with police, army and paramilitaries has lend credence to the statements of those mainstream and separatist politicians who casted aspersions on the working of the police and army in Handwara. The contradictions of the Handwara girl necessitate an impartial ...
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Environmental concerns in Kashmir


[ May 18, 2016 ]
Of late things related to environment and its deterioration generally got unnoticed or got a poor response from the masses. The unending exploitation of our waters which will well qualify as a biggest robbery of our natural resources went (and continues) so smoothly as if nothing had happened (is happening). Our waters were being looted and we unknowingly kept looking as mute spectators. We need to recognize and respond to these well planne...
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Crisis of water management in Kashmir


[ May 17, 2016 ]
There is gross mismanagement of water in Jammu and Kashmir and more so in Kashmir valley.Though Kashmir Valley is known for having abundant ground water resources of good quality by virtue of being underground and protected from any kind of surface water contamination, but the poor management pollutes the water taped for drinking purposes. Drilling of more and more tube wells not only creates pathways for abstraction but also pathways for ...
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Guv’s industrial policy: Review or roll back?


[ May 14, 2016 ]
While widespread appreciation over the slew of measures announced and implemented during three months governor’s rule can’t be questioned, but the approval of the controversial industrial policy was not the domain of the governor’s administration as a new popular government was expected to take over in short time. Now even if the governor had some inputs about the non seriousness of the previous popular government over the issue of new ind...
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Threat to pastures in Kashmir, Ladhak


[ May 12, 2016 ]
Be it the famed Pashmina shawls or the meat Kashmiris consume largely, the grasslands of Ladakh and the alpine pastures of the Kashmir Valley have long been a livelihood resource in Jammu and Kashmir state. However the vital livestock-livelihood link, a way of life for centuries in parts of Kashmir and Ladhak regions could come undone as natural processes and human activity combine to threaten the pasture lands as never before. The pastoral...
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Critics of political alienation in Kashmir


[ May 11, 2016 ]
The people of intellect in India speak on morality grounds and they don’t bother to lend credence to their truthfulness even on Kashmir also. One among them is the veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar who during his recent shot stay in Srinagar spoke for the neglected and alienated people of Kashmir. Asking the rulers of Kashmir to stop exploiting the people of Kashmir for their petty political interests sends out a message that power wielding p...
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Directionless governance


[ May 10, 2016 ]
Since the PDP-BJP coalition government comes in for sharp criticism from people of all shades and opinion over the controversial policy decisions, it is obviously clear that directionless governance is the manifestation of the ill conceived decisions taken without taking into view the public sentiment in Kashmir. Though both state and central governments are conscious about the consequences of some decisions taken against the whims and wish...
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Delhi’s dramas on return of migrant KPs


[ May 07, 2016 ]
Appreciable is the central government’s concern over the resettlement of migrant Kashmiri Pandits but discouraging for the people of Kashmir is the present central government’s poor response to the repeated demands for measures needed to restore the trust of people in the working of the government for establishing lasting peace in the state. During the first spell of ten months of PDP-BJP coalition rule under the leadership of former Chief...
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Modi’s trivial concession to Mehbooba


[ May 05, 2016 ]
As Minister of state for External Affairs VK Singh told the parliament in Delhi that “since the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the Union of India, there is no bar on their meetings with representatives of any country in India”, the message goes out that Narendra Modi led BJP Government at the centre has preferred to go soft on separatists only to grant a concession to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti without sending ...
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Traffic woes on potholed roads in Kashmir


[ May 04, 2016 ] Despite huge public outcry over the poor condition of roads and several environmental problems caused by traffic jams in Srinagar city and several towns in Kashmir valley, the situation remains more or less the same. Even the increasing number of accidents and surging level of pollution have not been able to wake the civic authorities up from deep slumber. Fed up with the deteriorating condition of the roads leading to Airport, Shalteng Zainkote ...
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Kashmir’s urban traffic mgmt in shambles


[ May 03, 2016 ] As the road widening projects have not been executed well in time in Kashmir valley , the traffic congestion on roads due to ever increasing traffic have multiplied over the period of years . Consequently the concerns of people on traffic chaos in Srinagar city and major towns of Kashmir valley have compounded as majority of matadors that operate daily on all the routes of Srinagar city and major towns of Kashmir valley do not follow rules and r...
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Conventionalism in Indo-Pak relations


[ April 30, 2016 ]
With Pakistan blaming India for no breakthrough in Foreign Secretary-level talks held in New Delhi for about 20-odd minutes on the sidelines of the “Heart of Asia” meet and declaring Kashmir as the core issue the dialogue process restarted with high hopes has been stalled. Though people in Kashmir had expected that the talks might lead to some progress after the takeover of a new coalition government in Jammu & Kashmir of which BJP is an a...
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Decline of moral education in Kashmir


[ April 28, 2016 ] The decline of moral education has led to the waywardness of boys and girls on streets in Srinagar and other major townships of Kashmir Valley. The waywardness of the young lot is being witnessed helplessly both the uniformed men and the people moving on streets near the coaching centers . Though police during summer months trap the young students on charges of eve teasing and sent them to police lock ups during summer months, but they are allowe...
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Unaccountable police


[ April 27, 2016 ] The embezzlement of crores of rupees in the execution of security related expenditure (SRE) of the last assembly and parliamentary elections reflected in the report of Auditor & Comptroller General shows the deepening mess of accountability in Jammu & Kashmir Police department. Though Director General Police K Rajendra has ordered a time bound fast track inquiry to look into the accuracy of the report brought to light by Auditor & Comptroller Gen...
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Delhi’s responses to anxieties in Kashmir


[ April 26, 2016 ] Mehbooba Mufti led PDP-BJP coalition government is though yet to complete one month in office but spate of violent incidents have shaken the faith of people in the working of the government. Though public against the killing of five civilians in Kupwara has boiled down with the removal of an army post from the central market in Handwara but some detentions in Beerwa in central Kashmir’s Bugam district, violent protests against the thrashing of a...
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Political consistency & peace in Kashmir


[ April 23, 2016 ]
Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi has in his recent public address to a rally in Jammu once again invoked former Prime Minister Attal Bihari Vajpee who promised resolution of Kashmir issue on the ‘Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriyat’ , but all depends on the actions of the Narendra Modi headed BJP led NDA Government at the centre. The only visible change in the approach of the central government is the departure of Prime Minister Mod...
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PDP’s silence on BJP’s contradictions


[ April 21, 2016 ]
While Prime Minister Modi vowed to reduce the pain of people in Kashmir during his address to a rally in Katra , the BJP’s National Spokesperson Sambit Patra shocked Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti by saying "BJP wants the army to stay put in Kashmir and other parts of the State as the situation there is not normal" and that “the BJP Government at the Centre is also for the continuation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act". To the utter di...
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Friends of Kashmir at Jantar Mantar


[ April 20, 2016 ] The media reports about a massive protest staged against the civilian killings in Kupwara district by the students at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus are eye opener for those who question the right of Kashmiris to protest against recent killings of civilians in Kupwara district. A massive protest demonstration by students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against Kupwara killings and in support of the dem...
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Impacts of extra-militarisation in Kashmir


[ April 19, 2016 ]
The excessive use of force by uniformed men has once again derailed peace and stability in Kashmir ahead of yet another tourist. Amid 2010 unrest like situation the leaders of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have turned so emboldened that they are openly supporting the government curbs imposed on both the civilian populations and as well as separatist leaders. The PDP which in yesteryears used to preach the politics of battle of i...
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Mehbooba’s quest for army’s accountability


[ April 16, 2016 ] Barely within 24 hours of the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s directions to Jammu & Kashmir Police to restrain itself to the extent of not targeting civilian in street protest the army has once again trained guns on protestors in Nutnusa village of Kupwara district and one of the dozens of injured youth has died. The killing of the teenaged youth in Nutnusa Kupwara has proved it beyond doubt it is the army but not the police which faces accusati...
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Mehbooba’s questionable probe theory


[ April 15, 2016 ]
Though Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in the yesteryears used to reach out the families of those who were killed either in encounters or in mysterious circumstances but she is yet to reach out to the families of four innocents killed in two different incidents in Handwara and Kupwara areas of North Kashmir. Mehbooba Mufti while in opposition used to say that killings can’t be justified on arguments but now as Chief Minister she has failed to...
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Encroachment of wetlands in Kashmir


[ April 13, 2016 ] Since the fact remains that Srinagar city, the Sumer capital of the state and most of the towns in Kashmir valley have witnessed massive urbanisation during last two decades,consequently land management has become a complex phenomenon in Kashmir valley. With hardly any regulation of urban growth, the inhabitants and ecology of the area – already under severe threat from environmental hazards, siltation and encroachments – are exposed to more vul...
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Mehbooba’s helplessness over NIT row


[ April 13, 2016 ] The diehard communalist film star Anupam Kher was used as a tool to embarrass the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti as he with the blessings of central government was allowed to board a flight to Srinagar for visiting the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar to show solidarity with the non local students who vitiated the atmosphere at NIT campus. Had the Chief Minister objected to the controversial visit of Anumpan Kher and conveyed her d...
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BJP’s backstabbing over NIT row


[ April 12, 2016 ]
With BJP choosing to carry out a march to National Institute of Technology(NIT) Srinagar and Mehbooba led PDP-BJP coalition government choosing to stop its entry in Jammu & Kashmir a message goes out that BJP is tending to trigger unrest in Kashmir only to firm up its politics of polarization for furthering its electoral prospects in five state going to polls these days. What happened at NIT Srinagar during past few days it indicates that ...
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Discriminatory law enforcement at NIT Srinagar


[ April 09, 2016 ] The advice of both the mainstream and as well as mainstream political leaders to to non local students at National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar to keep calm and return to classes for restoring normal academic activities has not only gone unheard but the provocative actions of the non local students have threatened the atmosphere of peace and security in Kashmir. Though Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti as Minister in charge home should hav...
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Dissension ridden coalition


[ April 06, 2016 ] Barely within first 24 hours of the take over by new government headed by PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti internal and external dissensions within both PDP and BJP the two power sharing coalition have triggered a public debate over the stability of new Mehbooba led PDP-BJP coalition government. Dissidence is so rampant in both PDP and BJP that leaders of different factions of both the parties are publicly fighting each other by issuing statements and c...
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Challenges of dissensions before Mehbooba


[ April 05, 2016 ] Though the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti has revived her party’s alliance with the BJP but the threat to her government’s survival comes from her own party and not the ally BJP and the main opposition National Conference. In her maiden innings as Chief Minister of a muslim majority state Mehbooba Mufti is unfortunately allying with a party ideologically opposed to her party-PDP. Even if the ideolog...
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Mehbooba’s aimless bargaining


[ April 02, 2016 ] Now when PDP President Mehbooba Mufti has suspended all the demands she set for the government formation in Jammu & Kashmir the only conclusion of the three month long standoff between PDP and BJP is the aimless bargaining of PDP President Mehbooba Mufti. During three months of governor’s rule some path breaking decisions were taken and implemented by governor’s administration without inviting any controversy and the same is sufficient enough fo...
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Farooq Abdullah’s unpredictability


[ March 31, 2016 ] National Conference President Farooq Abdullah known for his unpredictability in politics has surprised by twisting his party position over Kashmir issue. Farooq Abdullah talking now about the opening of additional bus services and trade routes was once advising the central government to attack installations in the Pak Administered Kashmir (PaK) as that according to him was the only way to counter armed uprising in this part of Jammu & Kashmir sta...
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Rain resistant measures for Kashmir orchardists


[ March 30, 2016 ] Incessant rains in Kashmir this month resulted in a dip in day temperatures and the same does not augur well for apple production in Kashmir valley as apple trees are in the flowering stage at present. The incessant rains could result in reduced production of the first varieties of cherry, cent rose, almond and apple’s initial variety of Hazratbali. Early flowering in apple, almond and cherry orchards had fuelled hopes of a bumper fruit crop am...
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Kara’s Himalayan climb down


[ March 29, 2016 ] The PDP veteran Tariq Hammed Karra was though deadly opposed to his party’s (PDP’s) alliance with BJP and he issued very critical remarks against the working of ten month old PDP-BJP coalition government during the time of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed but the same BJP has become dearer to him just for no obvious reasons excepting pelf and power. While PDP President Mehbooba Mufti has demonstrated great political wisdom in bringing back the disside...
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Threats to this yr’s agriculture season


[ March 26, 2016 ]
The incessant rainfall this year is taking a toll on the agriculture sector in Kashmir valley. Since most of the paddy fields and vegetable farms are waterlogged, the agriculture season getting delayed is a possibility which can’t be ruled out. Persistent water-logging has indeed become a great cause of concern for the farmers and growers in Kashmir valley as the vegetable seasons are also being delayed. The bad weather has in fact caused s...
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PDP’s “dignity” compromised


[ March 24, 2016 ] Though PDP patron and former Chief Minister late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had emerged as a challenge to the once unchallenged National Conference in 2002 assembly election on his popular political slogan”Peace with dignity” but after his death the PDP President Mehbooba Mufti during the process of government formation in last more than two months has made the word”dignity” irrelevant for the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) by obviously surrendering ...
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PDP at the receiving end


[ March 23, 2016 ] Showing no concern for the challenges of separatist politics the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has virtually brought the PDP President Mehbooba Mufti to her knees by trashing all the demands PDP was making for restoring the alliance with BJP in Jammu & Kashmir state. Though PDP many a times in last two months conveyed its displeasure against what it called BJP’s ‘backtracking on the implementation of the agenda of alliance but now after meeting ...
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Inevitability of decisiveness


[ March 22, 2016 ] After a flip-flop over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday virtually trashed much hyped ‘ agenda of alliance’ as he said that the central government commanded and controlled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to ‘agenda of governance’in Jammu & Kashmir state. Union Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley would be also knowing the fact that there is nothing new with t...
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PDP leaders caught on wrong foot


[ March 19, 2016 ] The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which pushed the state into a scenario of political chaos and confusion by placing the demand for implementation of Kashmir centric CBMs(Confidence Building Measures) as a pre-condition for the formation of a new coalition government with BJP after the demise of former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in January this year is blissfully reading some positivity in the statement made by the Union Finance Mi...
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PDP leaders caught on wrong foot


[ March 17, 2016 ] The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which pushed the state into a scenario of political chaos and confusion by placing the demand for implementation of Kashmir centric CBMs(Confidence Building Measures) as a pre-condition for the formation of a new coalition government with BJP after the demise of former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in January this year is blissfully reading some positivity in the statement made by the Union Finance Mi...
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Paralysis of political decisiveness in Kashmir


[ March 16, 2016 ] The Peoples’ Democratic Party PDP) has some grievances with its ally the BJP and has put forth some demands on Kashmir centric Confidence Building Measures (CBMs’) no taken serious by the Modi led BJP Government at the centre. The bargaining methods of the Peoples’ Democratic Party has brought the Jammu & Kashmir state to a standstill for two weeks as the governor’s rule imposed due to continuing deadlock over government formation between PDP ...
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Questions concerning flood scare in Kashmir


[ March 15, 2016 ] The failure of the State Government to carry out dredging of river Jhelum and other water bodies flowing through Kashmir is triggering flood scare in Srinagar and other areas of valley time and again. Few showers creating panic among people across the State is clear indication of the government’s failure in dredging works of river Jehlum. Though Governor N N Vohra after taking over the reigns of power in the state in January this year pulled...
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Mess of power curtailments in Kashmir


[ March 14, 2016 ] In mid winter days the power scenario in Kashmir has worsened to unimaginable extents as the power curtailment schedule announced by the Power Development Department (PDD) this winter is causing miseries to the people. Fact remains that the frequency of power cuts in metered as well as non-metered areas has been increased this winter. Non metered areas are reeling under more darkness this winter as there are57 hours of power cuts while in the m...
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Eviction of unlawful possessions


[ March 12, 2016 ] Though the family of former Chief Minister late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed vacated the official accommodation few days after the death of Sayeed in January this year but the former ministers of PDP and BJP did not bother to do so even after two months for the reasons of their own convenience. As former ministers of BJP and PDP did not bother to vacate the government bungalows even after two moths the Jammu & Kashmir Government commanded and controll...
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Mehboobaji’s desperation for power


[ March 10, 2016 ] PDP President Mehbooba Mufti has hinted that she is going with BJP and stands by the the decision of Late Mufti Mohammad Syed on alliance with BJP. By stating that the decision of her father and PDP founder late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was final and his decision is her decision the PDP President Mehbooba Mufti has in a virtual climb down withdrew her demands on Kashmir centric CBMs (Confidence Building Measures) in last forty days. Now can Mehbo...
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Concerns of women education in Kashmir


[ March 09, 2016 ] Women are still lagging behind males in every sphere of human life and consequently women empowerment is an issue of great concerns for both the government and the civil society. To truly understand the motives of women empowerment, the motives of women empowerment have to be debated and discussed so that grey areas are identified and plausible solutions are given a serious thought. Not just the women themselves, but the men too have to deal w...
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Mehbooba outsmarted


[ March 08, 2016 ] Desperate to get power at any cost, some leaders of the PDP are in touch with some top central leaders of BJP for dialogue over the formation of a new government in Jammu & Kashmir but none of the central leaders of BJP have given encouraging response to the PDP leaders and the latest statement of BJP’s National Vice President Avinash Rai Khan is an indication of BJP’s poor response to the fresh demands of PDP President Mehbooba Mufti over gov...
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Failures of traffic regulation in Srinagar


[ March 07, 2016 ] The traffic police departmenthas failed to control the traffic violation in Srinagar, the summer capital of the state. Fact remains that the rampant violation of traffic signallights can be seen in all the points. Fact can’t be denied that otherwise also the rampant violation of Traffic norms has become a daily routine in parts of Srinagar city these days and the traffic cops seems to be chilling after showing the access vigil during the peak ...
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Unaccountable admin in JK


[ March 05, 2016 ] Even as the state eagerly looks ahead for the formation of democratically elected government, the top babus have virtually stopped attending even the crucial issues directly connected to availability of basic social services to the people at their door steps. Even couple of massive reshuffles in both civil and as well as police administration have failed to bring about a perceptible change in the working of government. As the official machin...
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BJP’s political absurdity over NFSA furore


[ March 03, 2016 ] It has become customary with the Government to dub Kashmiris anti-national even on the issues related to human survival and now Kashmiris are dubbed anti-national for raising dissenting voices against the improper execution of National Food Security Act in Kashmir. Ironically the Kashmiris are condemned for demanding food at affordable rates by BJP in Jammu and other parts of the country. Surprising but not unexpected it is that BJP’s J&K Spoke...
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Jaitley’s jolt to Mehbooba


[ March 02, 2016 ] The decision of the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley not to announce any financial sops to Jammu & Kashmir Government either for rehabilitation of flood victims or for re-settlement of the business of flood hit traders traders hit hard by September 2014 floods is a big jolt to PDP(Peoples’ Democratic Party) preparing for re-stitching the alliance with BJP for forming a new government in the state. While the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Pre...
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PDP’s silence on Parikar’s Saichen remark


[ March 01, 2016 ] Unable to face angered populations across Kashmir the Peoples’Democratic Party (PDP) is desperate to re-stitch alliance with the communalist BJP and take over the reigns of power in the state . While the BJP wants the Narendra Modi Government to befriend Pakistan by suspending the composite dialogue process in Kashmir the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is silent over the imposition of curbs on dissenting voices in Kashmir. The severe setback to...
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Career counseling: Concerns crying for government attention


[ February 29, 2016 ] The Career Planning in advance plays a very significant role in architecting ones career prospects, but successive governments in Jammu and Kashmir known for high pitch noises on unemployment scenario have showed no concern for career counseling at different stages of education. Though there is no dearth of varied career and professional opportunities within and outside Jammu and Kashmir State, but the successive governments in Jammu and Kashmi...
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Autonomy: NC’s vote catching slogan


[ February 27, 2016 ] With National Conference President Farooq Abdullah choosing to renew his party’ demand for restoration of state autonomy eroded mostly during NC led popular regimes the people have understood the fact that National Conference President driven by the compulsions of vote bank politics in view of the possibility of mid term assembly polls has raised the demand for restoration of autonomy. The National Conference which used its thumping majority...
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Better deliverance under governor’s rule


[ February 25, 2016 ] Absence of democratically elected government in Jammu &Kashmir may be worrying for the power wielding politicians representing their parties in either of the two houses of legislature but better deliverance of the government under governor’s rule is fast the changing the perception of people . Bye and large people are satisfied with the deliverance under governor’s rule and dis-satisfied with the working of popular governments in the state. The...
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The seditious blood trail, Delhi to Bastar

Siddharth Dube
[ February 24, 2016 ] The addiction of the Narendra Modi government — and its thuggish sympathisers amongst lawyers and police — to vilifying, beating and labelling their opponents as “seditionists” is nakedly on display in New Delhi these days. But to understand the true extent of the Sangh Parivar’s use of such malevolent politics, one has to look a thousand kilometres south, to central India, from Bastar to Bellary, where a hundred million adivasis are being spee...
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PDP’s divorce to Kashmir sentiment


[ February 23, 2016 ] While the anger and resentment is fueling against the arrest of former Delhi University Professor SAR Geelani and President Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) President Kanahaiya Kumar, the PDP President Mehbooba has crossed all limits in praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for visiting Pakistan merely for attending the wedding ceremony of the grand daughter of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff. PDP President Mehbooba Muf...
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Mess of power curtailments in Kashmir


[ February 22, 2016 ] In mid winter days the power scenario in Kashmir has worsened to unimaginable extents as the power curtailment schedule announced by the Power Development Department (PDD) this winter is causing miseries to the people. Fact remains that the frequency of power cuts in metered as well as non-metered areas has been increased this winter. Non metered areas are reeling under more darkness this winter as there are57 hours of power cuts while in the m...
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Political ramifications of JNU’s sedition row


[ February 20, 2016 ] The controversial sedition charges against some students in the country’s premier Jawaharlal Nehru University has generated unrest across the country as the protests against the action on Kanhaiya Kumar the President of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) is snowballing into a major political confrontation. Narendra Modi led BJP Government is engaged in an ideological fight over the issue with the rest of the opposition compromis...
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Freedom of speech on cross roads


[ February 18, 2016 ] The Congress has very rightly backed those patriots in India who have raised questioned the arrest of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union President and others facing sedition charges on the pretext of right to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by constitution of India. AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi"s February 13 Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) statement that those who objected to the right to freedom of speech at the wor...
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Noticeable ploys of BJP’s defeated candidates


[ February 17, 2016 ] As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are yet to come close to an agreement over formation of a new government in Jammu and Kashmir the local BJP leaders in Kashmir who failed to even secure their deposits in last assembly elections are threatening to sever ties with PDP instead of giving a serious thought to the fresh demands of PDP President Mehbooba Mufti over government formation . Though dozens of BJP’s ...
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BJP’s pseudo patriotism on sedition row


[ February 16, 2016 ] The utterances of top Congress leaders and leftists leave no one in doubt that the opposition parties Delhi have very rightly ceased the opportunity to expose ill designs of BJP in war against anti-hundutva politics. Since freedom of expression can’t be denied to any individual or groups of individual merely for raising slogans to respect the sentiments of particular community or class of people, So Congress leaders and leftists raising questi...
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Causes of joblessness in JK


[ February 15, 2016 ] As far as the expansions private job market is concerned the issue is not the need to change the mindset of Kashmiri youth but the situation the valley youth face in other parts of the country. What matters the most is that Kashmiris need not to be viewed with suspicion as they have the tendency to working outside the State to earn respectable livelihood, pursue educational goals and conduct trade and business. Fact remains that young boys and ...
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Kashmir’s fast changing political context


[ February 13, 2016 ] The current phase of political instability shows that the changed political context leaves very limited scope for BJP’s reunion with PDP demanding JK centric CBMs before the government formation in the state. The worry for the allies of March 2015 PDP and BJP is that while BJP’s all-conquering Modi wave of 2014 has been broken by Delhi and Bihar assembly elections in the later part of 2015, the PDP is suffering from the crisis of alienation a...
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Mis(Use) of restrictions in Kashmir


[ February 11, 2016 ] Though there is nothing new and surprising if the restrictions are imposed by police in trouble prone areas of Srinagar city and several town of Kashmir but people are surely shocked and surprised to see police imposing restrictions in commercial hubs of Srinagar on a day when there is no call for shut down just to foil attempts of separatist leaders trying to carry out protest march in city centre Lal Chowk. Wednesday this week was a normal da...
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Messy urban traffic management in Kashmir


[ February 10, 2016 ] As the road widening projects have not been executed well in time in Kashmir valley , the traffic congestion on roads due to ever increasing traffic have multiplied over the period of years . Consequently the concerns of people on traffic chaos in Srinagar city and major towns of Kashmir valley have compounded as majority of matadors that operate daily on all the routes of Srinagar city and major towns of Kashmir valley do not follow rules and...
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Frustrating Abdullahs’ exposed in Kashmir


[ February 09, 2016 ] Seeking clarifications over the deadlock on government formation is not the domain of Abdullahs’ both Omar and Farooq but of the Jammu & Kashmir Governor N.N.Vohra who has a constitutional obligation to explore all possibilities for formation of the next government in the state. Unfortunate it is the both National Conference President Farooq Abdullah and as well as his son Omar Abdullah the National Conference Working President are virtually de...
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Importance of local plantations in Kashmir


[ February 08, 2016 ] The plant growers in Kashmir prefervariety of seeds and plants which have a quick growth. They cultivate such forest nurseries in their forms, which are fast in growth and better produce as well as demand while traditional plants with slow growth are being discouraged. While people have shifted their preferences towards foreign seeds and plantations, various government sectors including agriculture and forests have also been encouraging the use...
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Mehbooba on trial, Consistency matters


[ February 06, 2016 ] PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is showing reluctance over re-stitching her party’s alliance with BJP but all depends on her future course vis-vis here demands on Kashmir centric CBMs (Confidence Building Measures). She is though sticking to her rigid stand and tough conditions for government formation but she would be finally judged on her future actions vis-à-vis the government formation in Jammu & Kashmir state. Knowing that the future of her ...
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PDP’s missed opportunity on Self rule


[ February 04, 2016 ] When PDP President Mehbooba Mufti talked about upholding the commitments of his father and former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in brief interaction with reporters outside Rajbhawan in Jammu She surprisingly did not mention anything about the self rule doctrine of her father. Others may or one may not endorse the self-rule doctrine of the PDP but Mehbooba should not have missed the chance of talking about the self rule doctrine of hi...
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Estranged Kashmir & unpopular PDP


[ February 03, 2016 ] The PDP, which only 13 months ago, got a massive mandate in the Assembly elections and won 28 of the 48seats from Kashmir province, has become thoroughly unpopular in its own core constituency- Kashmir valley and none else than the PDP President Mehbooba Mufti has endorse the general public perception that the alliance of PDP with BJP was unpopular. The level of unpopularity can be measured from the poor attendance of people in the funeral pra...
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Concerns on Mehbooba’s course correction


[ February 02, 2016 ] The course correction kick started by PDP President Mehbooba Mufti over the implementation of the ‘agenda of alliance’ finalised at the whims and wishes of PDP architect late Mufti Mohammas Sayeed has put the PDP in a dilemma. Undeniable fact is that BJP has violated the very spirit of coalition by triggering huge controversies of huge political dimensions during ten month long PDP-BJP coalition rule under the leadership of PDP patriarch an...
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Solar power in Kashmir: A better option


[ February 01, 2016 ] Kashmir"s eternal problem has been a chronic lack of electricity. This has been yet another serious cause ofrising levels of poverty, acute misery especially in winter, when there are 12 to 14 hour power cuts. Kashmiris increasingly blame New Delhi for this-- not developing its hydro-power and shipping what is produced to rest of India. New Delhi in turn, with greater justification, blames Pakistan which objects to every dam and delays its cons...
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Crucial decisions awaiting Mehbooba’s nod


[ January 30, 2016 ] As the date of the crucial PDP meeting is drawing closer the atmosphere of political uncertainty continues to keep people guessing on government formation in the Jammu & Kashmir state. The delay caused by the PDP’s indecisiveness on government formation has by all standards of understandabilities has pushed the state into a phase of political chaos. Strange are the remarks of PDP spokesman who while declaring the ‘agenda of alliance’ a sacred d...
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Mehbooba caught in a tricky situation


[ January 28, 2016 ] The demise of PDP Patron and former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has brought to an end a historical chapter of post 1947 Kashmir politics . Though Mufti Mohammad had a lot to say to the people of Jammu & Kashmir about his compulsions in preferring BJP over Congress in the formation of a PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu & Kashmir but very unfortunately for the people of Jammu & Kashmir is that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed never wrote h...
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Kulkarni’s political pragmatism on Kashmir


[ January 27, 2016 ] Amid uncertainty over India-Pakistan talks in the aftermath of the Pathankote attack the former BJP ideologue and LK Advani"s confidant Sudheendra Kulkarni, whose face was blackened by Shiv Sainiks in Mumbai in October last for his remarks on Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan, has urged Modi led BJP Government to think about out-of-box solution for vexed Kashmir issue. The statement from BJP ideologue and Advani’s key confident has come at a time ...
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Trust deficit in Indo-Pak relations


[ January 26, 2016 ] Pathankote attack has brought India-Pakistan composite dialogue process under clouds once again as New Delhi and Islamabad have mutually deferred the scheduled talks between the foreign secretaries of the two countries. While New Delhi says that it is keeping an eye over the investigation Pakistan government has initiated on the basis of leads given by India the Pakistan government on its part is assuring and reassuring the Indian side of its...
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Mehbooba’s concerns on BJP’s untruthfulness


[ January 25, 2016 ] The demise of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has almost brought the ten month PDP-BJP honeymoon to an end as both PDP and BJP are not showing any kind of willingness for the formation of a new government under a new leader in Jammu & Kashmir state. The victims of PDP-BJP deadlock are the people of Jammu & Kashmir who have been deprived of the right to have a stable popular government. Absolutely for the reasons of his political convenience the National...
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Challenge PDP’s stability to Mehbooba


[ January 23, 2016 ] Mehbooba is virtually trying hard to douse the flames of dissidence triggered by the pro-active remarks of Tariq Hameed Karra the party’s Srinagar Lok Sabha member. Despite holding two crucial meetings of the party legislators and parliamentarians the inner party consensus continues to elude PDP President Mehbooba Mufti. The dissenting voices crying over the cold response of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s propositi...
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Omar‘s provocation, Mehbooba’s consolidation


[ January 21, 2016 ] Omar’s concern over the delay in Government formation in Jammu & Kashmir is his deliberate attempt to question the capacity of PDP President Mehbooba Mufti to deliver as first woman chief minister of the state . The provocative statements of top National Conference leaders including Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah are sufficiently exposing the frustration brewing up within the ranks of National Conference. With Omar Abdullah himself suggestin...
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PDP’s emotional politicking exposed


[ January 20, 2016 ] Senior leaders of both the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and as well as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are though dropping sufficient enough hints on formation of next government in Jammu &Kashmir state but PDP which has to face the bye election in Anantnag assembly segment vacated by the demise of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and the South Kashmir parliamentary likely to vacated by Mehbooba Mufti might be pondering over the waning popularity of the p...
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Vertical divides within NC


[ January 19, 2016 ] With National Conference Working President and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah refuting the remark of his father and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on government formation in Jammu the greed of National Conference for power and pelf stands exposed. Knowing that tie up with the BJP won’t help his party to reach magical number,i.e,44 in state assembly as e the numbers of both NC and BJP taken together with 2 MLAs of Sajad Lone...
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PDP’s dilemmas’ on government formation


[ January 16, 2016 ] With PDP vociferously talking about the necessities to renegotiate the terms and conditions for alliance with BJP the Jammu & Kashmir state is in the middle of crisis over the formation of a new government in the state. As of now PDP has not listed the terms and conditions which it wants to put before the BJP top brass for government formation. Knowing that BJP backstabbed PDP during last ten months of coalition rule in the state PDP President...
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Pulwama deadlock: In pursuit of reconciliation


[ January 14, 2016 ] The state government now commanded and controlled by Governor N.N.Vohra is on a warpath with the local population in South Kashmir town Pulwama over an issue which is directly linked to emotions of the local population. The shutdown observed over the demand for ‘militant memorial’ has crippled the traders of Pulwam town and other adjoining areas. Instead of trying to reach out to the angered population in Pulwama the state government is using a...
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Plans for deliverance of PDP-BJP coalition


[ January 13, 2016 ] With PDP President Mehbooba Mufti buying time in taking over the reigns of power after the death of his father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed last week, most of the ministers of the previous Sayeed led PDP-BJP coalition ministry are gripped with the fear of loosing the opportunity of retaining their positions under the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti . As Mehbooba is reluctant to open her cards on government formation in Jammu and Kashmir state , most o...
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PDP-BJP combine on the path of status quo


[ January 12, 2016 ] The situation arising out of the demise of former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7 has generated a debate over the compulsions of PDP for reviewing the power sharing formula with its ally BJP. If the newspaper reports hinting at the possibility of BJP seeking more space for itself in the coalition ministry and staking claim over key portfolios are to be believe, then Mehbooba Mufti the uncontested leader of Peoples’ Democratic...
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Mess of power curtailments in Kashmir


[ January 11, 2016 ] In mid winter days the power scenario in Kashmir has worsened to unimaginable extents as the power curtailment schedule announced by the Power Development Department (PDD) this winter is causing miseries to the people. Fact remains that the frequency of power cuts in metered as well as non-metered areas has been increased this winter. Non metered areas are reeling under more darkness this winter as there are57 hours of power cuts while in the m...
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Sayeed’s struggle for PDP’s core agenda


[ January 09, 2016 ] Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was the astute politician who fought for restoration of peace in Jammu & Kashmir state and the socio-economic bonding of the divided parts of Jammu & Kashmir. Sayeed during his first stint as Chief Minister of PDP-Congress coalition government in the year 2005 persuaded the central government to open road and links through bilateral dialogue with Pakistan. As part of his campaign for restoration of pre-1953 position to Jamm...
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Pathankote pulse


[ January 07, 2016 ] The attack on Pathankote airbase has once again brought the just resumed India-Pakistan relations under the clouds of uncertainty. All that matter for the resolution of all the outstanding issues is the mutual trust and cooperation. Fortunately the cooperation to the responses from both the sides has generated a hope for stablisation of peace initiatives undertaken by the two countries during the month of December last year (2015). The respon...
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BJP’s legal blow to PDP on state constitution