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June 27, 2019 The vanishing green belt!
One of the main causes for drastic climate change in the valley has been the indiscriminate felling of trees and the conversion of agricultural land!
May 30, 2019 Solving the Kashmir Problem
India and Pakistan have now strong and stable governments. The leaders in both countries claim to be people friendly. There cannot be a better opportunity than this to solve the most intractable problem of Kashmir!
May 16, 2019 Governance, not Politics!
Kashmir's political problem is a Gordian knot which no one has been able to disentangle for last 70 years. Till the problem gets resolved, there is need for good governance to at least make daily living conditions of the citizens comfortable
May 02, 2019 Kashmir's Bleeding Economy!
The uncertain situation for last few years is making already fragile Kashmir economy to bleed without any redressal in sight!
April 18, 2019 Disaster in the making!
The failure of various government agencies in executing flood prevention measures in spite of a lapse of almost 5 years is a recipe for new disaster!
April 04, 2019 Kashmir's Hospitals
The basic requirement of any healthcare set up is a hospital. Kashmir has many government and private hospitals but these are lacking in many respects
March 28, 2019 The "Dream Merchants"!
Most of the political leaders in Kashmir have been selling “Dreams” to the people that ultimately get interpreted in their own personal well-being leaving the people high and dry!
March 21, 2019 The Chinese Rebuff!
The fourth Chinese veto in preventing declaration of Masood Azhar as a global terrorist is not only a rebuff but the signal of an additional factor in the very basic Kashmir problem!
March 14, 2019 Restoring Kashmir's Traditional Routes
The uncertainty of the present physical link of the valley to the outside world shows the urgency of restoring other historical routes to prevent people from getting claustrophobic!
March 07, 2019 Peace, not War!
People raising a pitch for going to War probably forget that any conflict now in the sub-continent would be the last War for this entire region!
February 28, 2019 The Rumour Mill!
The events of last few years have affected the Valley people psychologically so much that any rumour sells and puts the inhabitants on the edge!
February 21, 2019 Kashmir, a bleeding tragedy!
Due to the misfortune of Kashmiris, the two neighbours have converted the place into a bleeding "Paradise"!
February 14, 2019 Dismembering the Maharaja's Creation!
The setting up of a third territorial division in the erstwhile State of J & K created by Maharaja Gulab Singhmay result in its finaldismemberment!
February 07, 2019 The Nature isolates the Valley!
The continuous blockade of the National Highway linking Kashmir with the rest of the world in spite of the best efforts of the Border Roads Organization calls for an alternate link
January 31, 2019 The Weather Forecasts
The present Director of the Srinagar Met Office, Sonam Lotus, has made people very much weather conscious by his useful forecasts during last few years!
January 17, 2019 The undependable "Life Line"!
The only surface access to Kashmir from the outside world is becoming totally undependable due to the crumbling strata through which it passes
January 10, 2019 The Doctrine of State
The Doctrine of State cannot override the Doctrine of Human Rights!
January 03, 2019 Kashmir, the Nemesis!
Kashmir has been continuously ravaged by many outside forces for more than four centuries. While the barbarity and oppression has failed to dampen our unique spirit of survival, it has proved a nemesis for all the oppressors!
December 27, 2018 Whose India, Tagore's or Golwalkar's?
India is presently going through a struggle between the ideologies of these two ideologues and one is not sure which one will ultimately prevail!
December 20, 2018 End the senseless violence!
Violence in any form with any motive can never solve a problem. Unless the senseless violence from all sides is ended soon, it will engulf the entire region resulting in an Armageddon!
December 06, 2018 Breaching Sub-Continents Berlin Wall!
The opening of Kartarpur Corridor practically signifies a breach in the artificial security barriers created by the two countries to keep their people apart
November 29, 2018 Kashmir's Political Chameleons!
Many of Kashmir’s politicians have been acting like chameleons, changing their ideologies and convictions like the colours of these lizards!
November 15, 2018 The Shrinking Political Space!
For last few years the political space in Kashmir has been gradually made to shrink and now even the so called “mainstream” is being squeezed out!
November 08, 2018 Fragile Power System
Apart from various perennial problems relating to demand and supply, the very system of transmitting and supplying power is extremely fragile
November 01, 2018 A "Limited" War!
The way the situation is developing some strategists feel that there may be a "Limited" War between the two neighbours before the 2019 General Election!
October 25, 2018 The Perineal Power Problem!
The PDD has been chasing the PPP for a longtime but the current year’s winter may see the climax of the problem!
October 18, 2018 The other side of 35-A!
Repealing of Article 35-A creates an apprehension among Kashmiris of being swept away by the rich from the mainland. On the contrary, Kashmir may turn into something which no one could have imagined!
October 11, 2018 Shuffling the Administration
For past some time the officers in the state administration are being shuffled like a pack of cards which renders them ineffective
October 04, 2018 Himalayas and the Climate Change
The Himalayas play an important role in shaping the climate of the sub-continent and the recent erratic weather is the direct result of the “desecration” of the Himalayas!
September 27, 2018 Kashmir, the "Final" solution!
Reportedly, Prime Minister Modi is going to announce the "Final" solution of the Kashmir problem before 2019 elections!
September 20, 2018 Flood Prevention Not Preparedness!
Instead of wasting time in mock drills to test the flood preparedness, the government should get down earnestly to implement urgent measures for flood prevention
September 13, 2018 Political Uncertainty, the main problem!
Lack of accountability, lopsided governance, dishonesty and corruption in every field stem from the basic malaise which is the perennial political uncertainty
September 06, 2018 Cross LOC Bus, an ordeal!
The most important confidence building measure between India and Pakistan initiated in April, 2005 has virtually become an unbearable ordeal for the passengers!
August 30, 2018 Partition and Kashmir, the British Conspiracy!
Gurrinder Chadha’s film Viceroy’s House released last year reveals Churchill to be the real author of the conspiracy to partition India as well as Kashmir!
August 16, 2018 The Cup of “Poison”!
The cup of poison called “Hemlock” which Socrates was forced to drink has always turned out to be the cup of the “Water of Life” for the mainstream politicians of Kashmir!
August 09, 2018 The Threat to Kashmiri Existence!
Unprecedented shutdown against Supreme Court hearing on Article 35-A shows Kashmiris’ concern not only to protect their unique identity but their very existence!
July 25, 2018 Adulterated Food and Fake Medicine
The worst calamities for Kashmir apart from natural disasters are the adulteration in food products and the sale of fake medicine!
July 25, 2018 The Environmental Suicide!
The way we have been deliberately and knowingly destroying various components of Nature in Kashmir makes it look like an Environmental “Suicide”!
July 12, 2018 Nepotism, Kashmir’s worst enemy!
The most destructive element in every sphere of Kashmir Society is the widespread nepotism! For any real progress it has not only to be opposed but eradicated
July 04, 2018 Living with nightmares!
The trauma caused by the disastrous flood of 2014 makes living in Srinagar’s low lying colonies virtually a continuous nightmare, especially during the rainy days!
June 28, 2018 Corruption in blood stream!
The Kashmir Society has become so corrupt that one feels the corruption has gone into the blood stream of the people!
June 21, 2018 The Climate Change
Extraordinarily hot weather in Kashmir is part of the Global Climate change due to which many parts of the world have been experiencing freak weather
June 14, 2018 The Vanishing Water Bodies!
We have literally eaten away most of our water bodies after first polluting these beyond redemption
June 07, 2018 The land-locked Kashmir!
Kashmir has been described as a land-locked country but with the advent of civil aviation it became quite accessible. However, some parts still continue to be remote especially in winter!
May 31, 2018 Ceasefire in“Ramadan”!
Linking cessation of military operations against militants with the holy month of Ramadan amounts to communalizing the move which should normally have no connection with religion
May 24, 2018 Srinagar International Airport, a cruel joke!
Going by International Civil Aviation Standards, the Civil Airport at Srinagar does not, in reality, function as an International Airport
May 17, 2018 The Resilient Kashmiris!
"The country of Kashmir may be conquered by the force of spiritual merit, but not by the force of soldiers!" Kalhana
May 10, 2018 AFSPA, a license to kill!
The present blood bath in Kashmir can only be stopped by revoking AFSPA which is virtually a license to kill and destroy without any accountability whatsoever!
May 03, 2018 Stirring the Communal Cauldron!
After getting rebuffed in various other programs, the trend seems to be to stir the Communal Cauldron once again for the next Parliament Election!
May 01, 2018 The Incorrigible Traffic
The traffic mess is not only because of laxity in regulation but there are many other factors which have made it virtually incorrigible
April 26, 2018 The Rath “Effect”!
The success of the new IGP Traffic in partially streamlining the wayward traffic is result of the “Rath Effect” of instilling accountability badly needed in the entire administration!
April 19, 2018 Justice for Kathua Victim
This heinous crime has shaken the conscience of the entire world. The most important part now is that justice must not only be done but must appear to have been done!
April 12, 2018 David and Goliath!
The recent security forces anti-insurgency operations appear like the biblical giant Goliath chasing the miniscule David with lot of collateral damage
March 29, 2018 Digitisation for selling Privacy!
Even though digitisation of various services has helped a lot yet it has adversely affected personal privacy
March 22, 2018 Kashmir in Historical Perspective
To elaborate the political nature of Kashmir problem, one needs to examine the historical perspective of the land and its people
March 15, 2018 Kashmir Problem, Social or Political?
As Shakespeare has said, “A rose is a rose by whatever name you call it” Similarly, Kashmir is a serious problem whether you name it Social or Political that is presently irrelevant!
March 08, 2018 Preparing for Mahabharata’s Last Battle!
The continuous firing on the Line of Control and the Indo-Pak border looks ominous and could spiral out of control with disastrous consequences!
March 01, 2018 Flood prevention Hakeem Suyya way!
In view of the failure of the government to implement various flood prevention measures especially dredging and strengthening of river banks, someone has to become a Hakeem Suyya to save Srinagar!
February 22, 2018 Srinagar, the "SMART" Prison!
Instead of making Srinagar, the city of the Sun into a "Smart" city, it has been turned into a virtual prison!
February 15, 2018 Possibility of Indo-Pak War?
The fast deteriorating security situation between India and Pakistan has created a sinister possibility of a destructive conflict unless big powers step in to diffuse the situation
February 08, 2018 Demonizing Kashmiris!
The greatest achievement of the present central government has been demonizing of Kashmiris throughout India!
February 01, 2018 The Ever Illusive Jhelum Dredging!
The most important flood prevention measure of dredging the river Jhelum and the Spill over Channel seems illusive as ever as one does not see any physical progress on the ground!
January 25, 2018 The PhysicalSocial Disconnection!
The people seem to be socially disconnected physically from each other due to the events of last couple of decades. This in turn has resulted in many psychological problems!
January 18, 2018 Kashmir’s Mismanaged Healthcare!
Even though we have some of the best doctors and reasonably good infrastructure, yet the general healthcare remains below reasonably good standards due to administrative mismanagement!
January 11, 2018 The Only Meeting Ground!
The only meeting ground between the two Asian countries of India and Pakistan is the extreme poverty of the masses on the two sides of the divide!
December 28, 2017 Kashmir needs resolution, not management!
As always, people from every side are trying to “manage” the problem in Kashmir rather than resolve it once for and all!
December 07, 2017 The Political “Leeches” of Kashmir!
Some politicians have been virtually acting as leeches,stuck to the body of “Kashmir”, sucking every drop of its blood and attaching to it again and again even when thrown away!
November 30, 2017 CBM’s for the Youth!
Recalling youth from violence through confidence building measures is good but the question is why did the youth take to violence in the first place?
November 23, 2017 Kashmir on “Auto-Pilot”!
People allege that the governance is missing in Kashmir but in reality, the State has been put on an “Auto-Pilot” like an aircraft taking a long range flight!
November 09, 2017 Kashmir’s Unending Power Famine!
An area having one of the highest potentials of hydro-electric power has been facing a perennial power famine due to corruption and criminal negligence of its politicians and bureaucrats!
November 02, 2017 End repression before talks!
For any dialogue to succeed the primary requirement is a conducive environment. One cannot ask somebody to talk by holding a gun to his temple!
October 12, 2017 Integration or assimilation?
Mohan Bhagwat’s declaration of integrating Kashmir fully into India may, on the contrary, begin the process of disintegration of India itself!
October 05, 2017 Criminal Negligence in Flood Prevention!
The disastrous flood of 2014 seems to have been forgotten both by the people and the rulers and a worse disaster may be looming around!
September 21, 2017 The flyover to nowhereProtecting Kashmiri identity
The all-out assault launched by the Hindutva forces in completely wiping out the Kashmiri identity necessitates an equally united front from the entire State to defend and safeguard it
September 14, 2017 The flyover to nowhere!
The bits and pieces of the incomplete flyover of Srinagar in fact reflect the true state of Kashmir’s development in almost all sectors!
September 7, 2017 Winter heating in Kashmir
Traditional Hammams are giving way to Central Heating
August 31, 2017 The (un-) Holy Men!
The controversy surrounding Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and the mayhem caused by his conviction for rape seems only the proverbial tip of the ice-berg!
August 25, 2017 "Azadi" to "Special Status"
There seems to be a deliberate hype for retaining the so called “Special Status” in order to dilute the universal demand for total freedom called “Azadi”!
August 17, 2017 Aadhar reminds of Orwell’s 1984!
Aadhar, the new ID card which is virtual indexing of the entire population, is reminiscent ofGeorge Orwell’s famous novel 1984!
August 09, 2017 India China Border Conflict
Slowly increasing border problem may be a fore runner of a limited border engagement similar to 1962 clash which had a basis other than the disputed demarcation line!
July 13, 2017 Saffron Swastika hugs the Star of David
Modi’s hug of President Ruvi reminds one about the two opposites embracing each other just for the hatred of the third one considered by the both, a common enemy!
July 06, 2017 “Permanent Solution” for Kashmir Problem!
The Union Home Minister has declared that there will soon be a “Permanent Solution” for the Kashmir problem. The declaration appears more scary than comforting!
June 29, 2017 Anarchy and impotence!
The two words which describe the present Kashmir situation appropriately!
June 22, 2017 “Cowistan” and “Kaliban”!
RSS through the ruling BJP is aiming to turn the Great Republic of India into a “Cowistan” with the help of their Gau Rakhshaks who are India’s “Kaliban”!
June 15, 2017 Cool Kashmir, Boiling Sub-continent!
Presently the Physical Climate in Kashmir and the rest of the sub-continent is quite unpredictable and could turnscary!
June 08, 2017 Kashmir, a separate country!
UN showing Kashmir as a separate country confirms the historical fact known right from the ancient times!
June 01, 2017 Vietnam War memories revived!
The photograph of human shield and the subsequent award to the perpetrator of human rights violation have put the Army as well as the country in a very poor light!
May 25, 2017 Idea, not leaders!
Kashmir’s new revolution is following an idea and not any particular leaders!
May 18, 2017 The “Opium” of the people!
The Hindutva wave of violence during the elections and after is not really against Muslims and for the safety of the cows. It is an excuse to administer what Karl Marx called the “Opium of the people” to the millions of poor Indians!
May 11, 2017 The New “Iron Curtain”!
The Digital India has failed to control the Social Life in Kashmir in spite of the strongest curbs ever put on all the social networking sites sand TV channels!
May 04, 2017 Army Generals for political solution!
Recently a number of retired Generals of the Army including a former Army Chiefhave opined that Kashmir needs a political solution rather than a military one!
April 27, 2017 Who runs India?
A view of the various economic and political activities reveals that it is the Brahmins and Banias who practically run and control India!
April 20, 2017 Yet another nightmare!
Srinagar has once again passed through a nightmarish situation due to a sudden flood in River Jhelum. It is nature’s warning for a big one which may hit us soon unless preventive measures are taken on a war footing!
April 13, 2017 Election “Balloon” deflated!
Total boycott accompanied by gruesome mayhem clearly shows the oft bandied “Balloon” of elections has been fully deflated!
April 06, 2017 The Hindu Rashtra and Kashmir!
With the unprecedented victory of BJP in the U.P. elections giving rise to militant Hindutva proclaiming India to be a Hindu Rashtra, the relationship of Kashmir to India loses the very basic premise of accession!
March 30, 2017 Kashmir-China relationship
China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which includes Gilgit-Baltistan area of the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir can revive historical connection of Kashmir with China
March 23, 2017 Kashmir’s Physical Isolation!
The National Highway presently connecting Kashmir Valley to the outside world is in the throes of death and there is urgent need to find an alternative
March 16, 2017 The “New India”!
The recent state elections show that the “New India” would probably be the realisation of the Golwalkar’s dream!
March 09, 2017 The forgotten “Flood”!
The way the authorities are destroying the flood channel with peoples’ connivance gives one the feeling that the most destructive flood of the century has been totally forgotten both by the authorities as well as the people!
March 02, 2017 Migrant return “Resolution”!
The J&K Assembly some time back passed a resolution for the return of migrant Pandits. Will mere passing of a resolution be enough to facilitate their return?
February 23, 2017 A simmering volcano!
In spite of a lull after the last year’s upheaval, the whole of Kashmir seems to be simmering like a volcano waiting to eruptanytime without any warning!
February 16, 2017 Daulatabad to Ahmedabad!
One finds an uncanny resemblance between the rule of Muhammad-bin-Tughluq and the present rulers of the country!
February 09, 2017 Living in cocoons!
The excessive security measures have forced Kashmiris, historically reputed to be very sociable people, to live in cocoons with only interactions through social networking sites on the internet!
February 02, 2017 Kashmir Choked by the "New Maharajas"!
While the Kashmir valley is physically and politically choked, the “New Maharajas” are enjoying the pleasant climate of Jammu and celebrating the erstwhile Maharaja’s birthday!
January 26, 2017 The Weather Panic!
The anticipated western disturbance has set a wave of panic among people because of the recent system failure caused by just few inches of snow!
January 12, 2017 System Failure!
Just a foot of snow throws life out of gear which is a system failure due tolack of accountability at the top management level
January 05, 2017 Understanding Kashmiri Aspirations
The motivators of various initiatives to bring peace to Kashmir first need to understand the sentiments and the aspirations of Kashmiris
December 29, 2016 Triggering a “Twister”!
Americans call tornado a twister. Kashmir has just seen a political storm which seems abating now but the Central Government by its actions may unleash a twister now!
December 22, 2016 Flood Protection Measures
In spite of a lapse of more than two years, one is still waiting for the execution of the urgent and credible flood protection measures leaving an option open for the next disaster!
December 15, 2016 Is anything straight in Kashmir?
If one examines various aspects of life in Kashmir, a question comes up whether anything works in a straight way here?
December 08, 2016 Subjugation, not "Normalcy"!
Peace is slowly returning to Kashmir but it is debatable whether it is in reality a return to “Normalcy” or the people have been subjugated into apparent submission, temporarily?
December 01, 2016 Indo-Pak Conflict and Kashmir
Why shouldthe fate of Kashmiris be tied up with the establishment of Indo-Pak friendship?
November 24, 2016 Kashmir’s Stakeholders!
Dialogue among all the “Stakeholders” is the present refrain but one could ask who the real “Stakeholders” are and what stakes they have?
November 17, 2016 Sadbhavana to Scorched Earth!
Goodwill of late nineties has been replaced by the worst form of repression reminiscent of the Scorched Earth policies of retreating armies in the Second World War!
November 10, 2016 The Cat’s Paw Syndrome!
November 03, 2016 Barometers of Political Normalcy
The reality of the ground situation cannot be hidden by using some activities as barometers of Political Normalcy.
October 27, 2016 The Apologetic Chief Executive!
The Chief Executive of the State having all the residuary powers under the constitution and presiding over the destiny of the millions of the state subjects has to be honest and decisive rather than apologetic and demeaning.
October 20, 2016 The 100 days’ “Message”!
The longest mass uprising in Kashmir has conveyed a definite “Message” to India and to the World at large!
October 13, 2016 The “Political Strikes”!
The widely projected “Surgical Strikes”according to many commentators have political objectives within the country rather than military objectives across the border!
October 06, 2016 The War Hysteria!
The persons creating the War Hysteria should first get educated about the consequences of a present day war especially between the nuclear armed countries!
September 29, 2016 Operation “Cow Down”!
The show of Army’s might is not to “Calm Down” emotionally charged people but rather to cow them down!
September 22, 2016 Kashmir’s Political Vultures!
The so called“leaders” of Kashmir have always behaved like vultures waiting one upon the other to feed on the dead bodies of the innocent Kashmiris!
September 15, 2016 The Curfewed Eid!
Putting the entire valley of Kashmir under curfew on the most important Muslim religious festival of Eid-ul-Adah is the first event of its kind in the entire recorded history of Kashmir!
September 08, 2016 Freedom for “Suppression”!
The constitutional provision of “Freedom of Expression” has been modified to“Suppression of freedom of expression by the State” in Kashmir!
September 01, 2016 Largest Democracy’s “Integral” Part!
Kashmir is supposed to be an “integral” part of the world’s largest democracy but in reality, there is hardly anything democratic here!
August 25, 2016 “Chewable” Nationhood!
The author of the ‘vision document’, “Achievable Nationhood” has modified it to become the “Chewable Nationhood”!
August 18, 2016 Negotiators, not Soldiers!
Kashmir can be pacified by sincere and honest efforts for sorting out the basic political problem through dialogue and not by sending more and more soldiers to brutalize the people!
August 10, 2016 Siege without end!
The Paradise on Earth, Kashmir, has been under total siege for more than a month and there appears no end because of the stubbornness of Delhi!
August 04, 2016 Kashmir’s Women Rulers
Right from the earliest times Kashmir has had some women rulers. There are three womenwho have made an imprint on Kashmir’s history
July 28, 2016 The caged Kashmiris!
For three weeks now the entire Kashmir Valley has been turned into a huge prison with total blockade of communication within and with outside world
July 20, 2016 The “Blinding” Touch!
From the much touted “Healing Touch” emerged the “Kneeling Touch” which has now ended in the “Blinding Touch”!
July 14, 2016 Sanskritising Kashmir!
Some people feel alarmed at some of the recent moves aimed at resurrecting the Hindu past of Kashmir. Well, history always moves forwards and not backwards!
July 11, 2016 The Burhan Tsunami!
The killing of technocrat turned militant from Tral, Burhan Muzaffar Wani has generated a Tsunami which may ultimately engulf the entire sub-continent
June 23, 2016 The Leper Colony
Finally, the outcasts from society seem to be getting a livable place but it needs finishing touches to make it presentable!
June 16, 2016 The “Truth” about Tourism!
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s assertion that Horticulture and Handicrafts have more potential than Tourism is a very bold statement based on reality which needs honest and dedicated follow-up
June 09, 2016 The Gathering Storm!
The most worrisome aspect of the Indo-Pak estrangement refusing to go awayis the ominous signs of a gathering storm in the sub-continent predicted by some to end in a nuclear holocaust!
June 02, 2016 Waiting for Hakeem Suyya!
Jammu &Kashmir Government seems to be still waiting for someone like Hakeem Suyya of Avanti Varman’s time to expedite measures for prevention of future floods!
May 26, 2016 The “Mother” of all disasters!
The prediction by the scientists of the Oregon State University may be the “final” solution of the Kashmir problem!
May 19, 2016 Ideologies and Convictions, not Personalities!
It is time to end the personality cult which has plagued Kashmir’s popular movement from its very start!
May 12, 2016 Finalising the physical integration!
After having failed in theirovert attempts to integrate Kashmir by wooing Kashmiris, the physical integration of the state which was ensured through subtle and covert means is now being given final touches!
May 05, 2016 The worst culprit, adhocism!
The story of all development in various sectors in Kashmir can be summed up in one word, “ad hocism”!
April 28, 2016 Sociology of Kashmiri nicknames
Kashmiris have a nickname for everyone and everything
April 21, 2016 The “Kneeling” Touch!
Instead of applying the much touted “Healing Touch” to the suffering people, the PDP has gone for the “Kneeling Touch” to BJP and RSS with disastrous results for the Kashmiris!
April 14, 2016 The “Development” Agenda!
“Development” is the buzz word these days. However, it is essential to analyse what people really mean by “Development”
April 07, 2016 A beginning, not the end!
There is hardly any section of our society where rules and laws are obeyed. It is a virtual free for all everywhere
March 31, 2016 A beginning, not the end!
Sometimes accidents in life do not end it but rather give a new beginning for a more active and purposeful life
March 25, 2016 BJP fuelling Kashmir militancy
The recent actions of BJP Government have driven Kashmiri youth to a corner which is fuelling the new wave of militancy
March 24, 2016 Bonhomie through the Laser Walls!
The leaders’ hugs in Lahore and the smugglers’ handshakes across the laser walls on the borderrepresent thestark contradictions in the Indo-Pak Sub-continent!
March 16, 2016 Rains become a nightmare!
Once welcome as a boon from the Gods, the rains these days give nightmares to the people!
March 10, 2016 Kashmir’s missing King/Queen!
Kashmir in ancient times was ruled by Kings and Queens who were born to be so and in the recent times we have had democratically elected Kings but right now we have none!
March 03, 2016 God’s Own Children
The specially challenged children should not be neglected but taken care in a special way as they too are among the God’s creation
February 29, 2016 The “New” wave of militancy!
The new generation of militants is more committed and determined independent of the external motivation and support
February 25, 2016 Siachen, the high-altitude madness!
The highest battleground which came into being because of some overzealous mountaineers has turned into an arena of high-altitude madness!
February 18, 2016 Resurgence of Tagore’s India!
The spark in JNU is the beginning of the end for the Golwalkar’s India!
February 11, 2016 Politicians on a holiday!
The dithering in government formation has forced the Governor to take charge in terms of the constitution. The Politicians should now be kept on a holiday till the rotten system gets overhauled!
February 04, 2016 The “Leaders” and the “People”: Who failed whom?
The debate as to who has let down whoneeds to first consider the ground situationinKashmir and the actions of its two neighbours, overt as well as covert!
January 28, 2016 Kashmiris as “Hostages”!
M J Akbar, the well-known journalist turned politician has spoken the “Truth”, “Kashmiris have to be kept as hostages for the safety of Muslims in “Secular” India”!
January 17, 2016 Revamping Srinagar Airport
Will Srinagar ever have a truly International Airport? Yes, only if NAMO takes the initiative in his typically unconventional style!
January 14, 2016 Kashmir, a rudderless ship!
Mufti Sahib’s passing away seems to have set the ship of Kashmir once again adrift on an uncharted sea!
January 07, 2016 Kashmir’s many “Gabbar Singhs”!
There are many characters like the notorious Gabbar Singh of the famous Hindi movie Sholay in the government, administration as well as in various other political parties of different“streams”in Kashmir!
January 03, 2016 Leave Kashmiris Alone!
Indo-Pak bonhomie is welcome but it would be successful only if both countries decide to leave Kashmiris alone by declaring Kashmir as neutral territory!
December 24, 2015 Dredge the Jhelum, please!
More than 14 months have passed since the worst flood in the history of Kashmir virtually destroyed Srinagar. The sleepy Government needs to wake up to prevent the repetition of the tragedy.
December 17, 2015 Kashmir, the “bleeding” Heart of Asia!
Kashmir is truly the heart of Asia which has been “bleeding” for long. Unfortunately, the new process started in Turkey some years back completely ignores the historical fact!
December 09, 2015 Make Jammu Permanent Capital
To sort out the problems being faced by the common people, it may be better to declare Jammu as the permanent capital of J & K State thereby ending the necessity of the “Durbar Move”!
December 03, 2015 Kalhana’s Kashmir!
What would Kashmir be like if Kalhana’s “Country of Spiritual Merit” had continued its march unmolested by foreign oppressors?
November 25, 2015 Action, not Advice!
It is good to seek the opinion of experts and professionals but what hampers the development of Tourism on global standards in Kashmir is not the scarcity of expert advicebut the lack of right action on the ground!
November 19, 2015 Dynastic Succession
Dynastic succession and nepotism seem to be in the DNA of Kashmiris!
November 12, 2015 The Log and the Wedge!
The tragedy of Kashmir is beautifully depicted by the popular proverb
November 05, 2015 Tagore’s or Golwalkar’s India?
One sees two faces of India. Which one will endure? That is the big question!
October 22, 2015 J & K Symbiosis!
(Jammu and Kashmir has a symbiotic relationship dictated by very long association notwithstanding the fact that the same has been a forced one!
October 22, 2015 The Animal Rights and the Human Rights!
India appears to be the world’s unique democracy where the animals have more rights and better protection than the humans!
October 22, 2015 Kashmir’s Traffic Mess!
One of the causes of mental stress and tension among local residents is the Traffic Mess experienced all over Kashmir
October 15, 2015 The “Beef” War!
Easiest way to divert peoples’ attention from the basic problems is to start some emotional controversy and the eating or not eating, the “Beef”, is an explosive one!
October 08, 2015 Srinagar “International” Airport!
Thrust on getting high-end foreign tourism to Kashmir without international air connectivity is a hypocritical exercise!
October 01, 2015 Anarchy in Kashmir!
Blocking internet, suspending mobile services, confining people to their homes remind one about the infamous “Iron Curtain” of the former USSR
September 29, 2015 Kashmir’s “Internet Curtain”!
Blocking internet, suspending mobile services, confining people to their homes remind one about the infamous “Iron Curtain” of the former USSR
September 24, 2015 The “Polar” Bear Hug
The “Bear Hug” between PDP and BJP which resulted in a coalition government in J & K seems to have become one sided with the South Polar Bear from Delhi mauling the Northern one right, left and centre!
September 16, 2015 The proverbial “Red Rag”!
The invoking of the cow slaughter ban through public interest litigation in the state high court appears to be a deliberate proverbial red rag to provoke the Kashmiris!
September 9, 2015 Srinagar, the “Smart” (-ing) City!
Srinagar, the historical City of the Sun, instead of becoming a “Smart” City is smarting under the mess which its denizens have heaped on it!
September 8, 2015 Celebrating the disaster!
Kashmir must be the only place in the world where disasters are celebrated!
September 8, 2015 And Quiet flows the Jhelum!
September 2, 2015 Political “Dementia”!
Most of the politicians especially from the so called mainstream in Kashmir seem to be suffering from a severe memory loss medically known as “Dementia”!
August 26, 2015 “Kashmir First” for Kashmiris
August 16, 2015 E-Curfew
On every Indian Independence Day and Republic Day, Kashmiris have to face E-Curfew apart from the normal Curfew restricting physical movements!
July 30, 2015 Dulat’s dulatti!
Disclosures of manipulative actions by intelligence agencies by former spies are a universal phenomenon but sometimes these too may have a hidden purpose!
July 23, 2015 Splitting Jammu & Kashmir
Attempts on both sides of the border to take away certain areas of the erstwhile state of Jammy & Kashmir may result in the restoration of the ancient Kingdom of Kashmir!
July 12, 2015 “Orphaned” Kashmir!
Nothing can be more callous than asking people to pay for the mercy shown to them during their distress!
July 06, 2015 Charges for “Mercy”!
Nothing can be more callous than asking people to pay for the mercy shown to them during their distress!
July 01, 2015 Jhelum’s repeated warnings
After the last year’s destructive flood which reflected the River’s annoyance, it has given two more warnings before it strikes in the most devastating final way!
June 25, 2015 The Invincible Kashmiris!
Historically no one has been able to completely subdue Kashmiris. They have risen again and again to the utter disgust of their outside oppressors.
June 19, 2015 Kashmir’s Murky Waters!
Last year’s flood, the worst of the century not only inundated the city of sun in murky waters but brought out the muck which has been enveloping Kashmiris for last 68 years now!
May 20, 2015 Climbing the wrong tree!
Even if the intentions are good, yet it seems the present ruling set up is climbing the wrong tree!
April 16, 2015 Composite Society not Composite Townships!
Kashmir needs restoration of its centuries old composite society and not clusters of imprisoned citizens acting as perennial sources of friction.
April 12, 2015 The deceptive bonhomie!
The recent happenings show that the “Bear Hug” was not so warm and strong but only a reflection of what now appears to be deceptive bonhomie!
March 04, 2015 A bear hug!
Modi-Mufti hug reminded one of the famous Kashmiri proverbs about bear hugs and friendships. One hopes it turns out to be positive and does not end in the proverbial endings!
February 23, 2015 Kashmir at cross-roads
It is a tragedy that whenever Kashmir has been at the cross roads of history, its leaders have taken the wrong turn because of some deficiencies in the basic character of its people among whom these leaders rose!
February 14, 2015 A “Popular” Government?
A continuous refrain about the installation of a “Popular” Government in J & K makes one ask what the people in general understand by the word “Popular”
February 05, 2015 Fresh elections- the only sensible choice!
The delay in government formation due to a fractured mandate and the doubts about the stability of an ideologically incompatible coalition leaves the only senible choice of going back to the people
January 07, 2015 Modi’s presents for Obama!
After having informed Obama about Pakistan’s role in terrorist activities during his US visit, Modi is allegedly now planning to authenticate the same through border fireworks and Kashmir elections
January 03, 2015 Governor’s Rule-unavoidable alternative?
To prevent further paralysis in the state administration urgently required to move on a fast track in the task of restoration of the flood damage, the Governor’s Rule seems only sensible alternative!
December 30, 2014 Kashmir needs a “PETER”!
Like Holland which is supposed to have been saved once by Peter of Haarlem, Kashmir badly needs someone to plug the hole in its protective dyke!
December 28, 2014 A repetition of history!
Eighth century A.D. or 1953 or 2014, the story is same. Only the characters have changed
December 21, 2014 NC/PDP Alliance-Modi’s Nightmare!
December 17, 2014 Mahabharata’s last battle!
Parading India as a Hindu Nation may lead to the final round of the battle of Kurukshetra!
December 12, 2014 (Mission 44+) +70%polling =(Mufti 44+)!
Narendra Modi’s mission of capturing J&K for BJP may end up by handing over the State to Mufti Sayed’s Self-Rule!
December 09, 2014 Crorepatis and Crorepatnis!
The recent disclosure of assets by some of the candidates standing in the present elections highlights a murky aspect of the political set up in the state
December 03, 2014 The “Difficult” and the “Impossible”
Restoring Kashmir to its past glory is neither difficult nor impossible because of the resilience to face all types of adversity; the people have developed for their survival over the ages!
November 25, 2014 Reviving the Social Fabric
A positive outcome of the recent flood may be the revival of the social fabric in Kashmir
November 16, 2014 The Visoka’s Curse!
The mythological curse seems to have stuck to Kashmiris over the ages!
October 25, 2014 The “Bananas” and the “Peanuts”!
October 21, 2014 The “Paradise” Lost!
October 19, 2014 Kashmir Elections-misplaced priority!
October 17, 2014 The pretence of “Normalcy”!
October 13, 2014 The “Banana” Chief Minister!
September 04, 2014 Mahi Adji te Tsari Dodh!
“Mosquito Bones and Sparrow’s Milk!” A Kashmiri proverb alluding to the most difficult things in the world to procure!
August 27, 2014 India cannot have a Muslim PM!
Kashmir can have a Hindu Chief Minister but a Muslim cannot be an Indian Prime Minister!
August 20, 2014 Badri Nathin Adri Mohar!
Kashmiri proverb aptly describes the status of all Kashmir Chief Ministers in relation to Delhi!
August 14, 2014 Reviving Kashmir’s Hindu Past
Creating pilgrimages to some natural spots to revive Kashmir’s Hindu past cannot turn back the clock but would rather damage the Kashmir’s composite culture which has evolved over the centuries
August 12, 2014 The Lone Example!
All revolutions begin with someone setting a lone example of standing against injustice and all wrong doings
August 1, 2014 Gari ne vayi, asstaan khalaan taheur!
Kashmiri proverb describing the recent actions of the present rulers!
July 24, 2014 The stinking “Paradise”!
If there is a Paradise on Earth, it is this, it is this, and it is this!
July 18, 2014 The Return of Pandits?
Will they or will they not return and if they decide to return, when?
July 08, 2014 Fatigue Syndrome or Blurred Vision!
Is the present uncertainty in Kashmir’s popular movement due to leaders’ fatigue or because of a blurred vision of the future?
July 08, 2014 PM Modi keeps Kashmiris guessing?
During his first visit to Kashmir Prime Minister Narendra Modi kept everyone guessing keeping his Kashmir agenda to himself only!
July 04, 2014 Personality Cult and Dynastic Succession
Personality worship and rule by dynastic succession have ruined not only Kashmir’s political set up but almost every other civil institution
June 25, 2014 Pushravith Chay Wavsi Nao!
A Kashmiri proverb aptly describing the leaderless Kashmiri nation!
June 18, 2014 Asking Lotuses from the “Lotus Eaters”!
June 06, 2014 The Part-time freedom fighters!
Kashmir’s leaders now appear to be fighting for freedom on part-time basis.
May 26, 2014 Reflections on election 2014
The Indian election has revealed certain basic truths and holds many far reaching portents
May 23, 2014 Nemesis for Abdullahs!
The recent debacle is not the decimation of a nationalist movement but the nemesis of the dynastic rule!
May 16, 2014 NaMo buys Premiership!
After a massive sales promotion financed by the corporates, Narendra Modi appears to have bought the Premiership of India!
May 09, 2014 The Jugular Vein and the Integral Part!
Kashmiris need to tell their two neighbours claiming their home to be the “Jugular Vein” or the “Integral Part” to leave them alone!
May 02, 2014 More than a boycott!
The happenings during the present election of Parliament members in Kashmir seem to be more than a simple boycott. The violent resistance does not bode well for the forthcoming assembly elections!
April 23, 2014 Amarnath to Tosa Maidan!
The Kashmiris’ anger in regard to the land transfer or lease in both the cases should be an eye opener to all claiming Kashmiris’ reconciliation to the status quo!
April 18, 2014 The Lotus Eaters
Kashmiris have an uncanny resemblance to the mythological “Lotus Eaters” of the famous Greek tragedy, “Ulysses”
April 09, 2014 Hypocrisy of the Freedom of expression
This very common figure of speech has been hypocritically battered in Kashmir during the recent times!
March 25, 2014 Gulkand Wari Manz Balgum!
A Kashmiri proverb which aptly describes Kashmir’s present situation.
March 18, 2014 Disastrous Management!
Disaster Management does not mean only to give succour after a disaster strikes but it involves preparedness to face any disaster, natural or manmade.
March 17, 2014 Pak-Taliban Confrontation
Pakistan’s rulers need to take violent elements head on if the country is to survive as Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s dream.
March 12, 2014 Dacoits, not thieves!
Persons calling Kashmiris thieves should remember that they themselves may be called dacoits for robbing Kashmir’s economic resources.
March 04, 2014 Besieged Kashmir!
US State Department admits Kashmir to be practically besieged as regards the freedom of expression and other basic human rights.
February 27, 2014 World’s Largest Mobocracy!
Recent happenings in various state legislatures and the parliament narrate a different story.
February 20, 2014 The Murky Mainstream!
A minister being investigated for moral turpitude starkly reflects on the status of the politicians forming part of the so called “Mainstream”!
February 11, 2014 Tying the tiller!
If the land to the tiller was supposed to be a revolutionary step, the present one is tying the tiller to an administrative maze worse than the one he faced in the feudal set up!
February 06, 2014 Retaining Kashmir, in “National Interest”!
The recent attack on AAP leader with the media going berserk on a simple remark regarding lessening of military foot prints in Kashmir vividly exposes the colonial mind set of certain sections of Indians.
January 29, 2014 Chattisinghpora to Pathribal!
Not only the fake encounter of Pathribal but even the massacre of Sikhs at Chattisinghpora needs to be probed by an impartial agency.
January 24, 2014 Masheedi Waanass Jathke Puj!
Kashmiri proverb appropriately describes the present set up!
January 18, 2014 “Azadi” from “Egos”!
Before reaching the goal of ultimate freedom, the “Azadi”, one has to achieve the “Azadi” from the bloated “Egos”!
January 10, 2014 Kashmir’s Neros!
Kashmiri rulers and opposition leaders can be compared to some historical characters in regard to their disconnection with the common people and their suffering.
January 01, 2014 White washing history!
Some people try to white wash history by creating a dialectical illusion but history can neither be white washed nor rewritten. It stares one in the face in spite of one’s dislike of it!
December 27, 2013 Notify availability not curtailment!
Power supply is in such a mess that the Department needs to inform public about the availability schedule rather than the curtailment.
December 19, 2013 The Shylocks of Kashmir
Some Kashmiri leaders as well as people act like Shylock in the famous Shakespearean play, the “Merchant of Venice”.
December 12, 2013 Progress or Sickness?
Material advancement turns into a sickness if there is no accompanying moral and spiritual progress.
December 06, 2013 Kashmir’s Curse, the “Missing Accountability”!
Most of the ills can be traced to lack of accountability in every sphere of activity in the Kashmir society.
November 28, 2013 Misplaced priorities!
In the name of progress and modernisation, Kashmir is facing grave threats to age old traditions destroying the faith of the people.
November 21, 2013 Nothing but the whole “Truth”!
The very first casualty in the present day Kashmir is the “Truth”!
November 14, 2013 Kashmiris’ nightmare, the illusive electricity!
The approaching winter may see the worst ever power crisis in Kashmir.
November 08, 2013 Seal the SDA Office first!
Enforcement of the law must begin at home. The biggest violators of Master Plan have been the State Government Departments like the SDA and the Police.
October 30, 2013 Internationalising Kashmir
Saying that Kashmir is not an International issue but a bilateral domestic problem of India and Pakistan is like shutting all the windows of a house and declaring that there is no light outside!
October 26, 2013 Vague goals, wavering leaders, confused people!
Kashmir’s present situation is a murky mess without any discernible way out. Only some Divine intervention can take people out of this vicious cycle of violence and corruption.
October 24, 2013 Kheer Bhawani turns normal
The colour of the water in the spring of the famous shrine of Kheer Bhawani in Tulla Mulla near Ganderbal is reported to be back to normal greenish tinge.
October 14, 2013 Kargil to Keran!
The Military Operations at Kargil and Keran seem to be deliberate attempts by the Armies of the two sides to derail the efforts of the political leadership for an Indo-Pak détente
October 11, 2013 “Nuclear Flashpoint”, myth or reality?
Kashmir is often referred to as the “Nuclear Flashpoint” of South Asia. Is it a myth used as an excuse to delay the resolution of the problem or it is a real threat which may someday annihilate both the countries?
September 29, 2013 Tearing the “Secular” mask!
The Moditva phenomenon may be a help to Kashmiris to see clearly the reality of India and prepare themslves mentally and physically for living in an ostensibly Hindu India of the future!
September 25, 2013 The Covert Operations!
The revelations about a covert operation to overthrow Omar Abdullah Government in 2010 seem to have come out straight from Kautilya’s Arthashastra
September 10, 2013 Zubin turns Kheer Bhawani RED?
The reported change of colour of the spring in the famous Kashmiri Hindu shrine of Kheer Bhawani near Tula Mula to RED from the normal BLUE does not augur well for Kashmir as per local traditional belief!
September 10, 2013 Kashmir’s State Animal, Sheep or Hangul?
The world famous Hangul (Kashmir Stag) in the Dachigam National Park, faces a mortal threat because of the tussle between two government departments
September 8, 2013 Zubin Breaks “Peace” in Kashmir!
Instead of taking the feelings of Kashmir to the world to bring “Peace”, Zubin’s musical concert has rather broken the “Peace” here!
September 2, 2013 The “Beautiful Prison” Concert!
Zubin Mehta may end up playing Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky to the inmates of what the European Union team called, “A Beautiful Prison”
August 26, 2013 Ode to dying Dal!
The musical concert is welcome but the sick Lake can’t be revived by music alone. It needs decisive urgent action under international environmental supervision. Let the German Government take the initiative to do that!
August 23, 2013 Terrorism, a big business!
Terrorism of all types is condemnable but the “State Terrorism” is the most deplorable especially when it turns into “Big Business”!
August 7, 2013 The State of Jammu (Tawi)!
Creation, if ever, of a separate state of Jammu must be according to a historical perspective and in keeping with the aspirations of all the people in the region and their individual preferences
August 3, 2013 “K-resolution”, the new election slogan!
Almost all mainstream parties are repeatedly giving out the new slogan of resolving Kashmir problem after the elections thinking that they can fool all the people all the time!
July 27, 2013 Outsourcing Kashmir!
Virtually all activities especially those involving manual labour are getting outsourced in Kashmir. Incidentally, maintenance of law and order too has been outsourced to Central Agencies!
July 19, 2013 The “Incredible Omar”!
"You can't have enough of him"!
Sincerity and honesty demands positive action to uphold the truth. Merely proclaiming that one has discovered the truth does not help.
July 18, 2013 Omar cries “Eureka”!
Omar’s discovery that Kashmir may erupt anytime and Kashmiris can’t be taken for granted reminds one of Archimedes.
July 15, 2013 Martyrs under curfew!
Kashmir must be the only place in the world where even the dead are put under curfew!
July 11, 2013 Kashmir’s Home Prisons!
(The most subtle way for the authorities to curtail the basic rights guaranteed under the constitution is to imprison a person in his own home
July 05, 2013 Integration by tunnelling!
(Indians are trying to integrate land of Kashmir physically by tunnelling the Himalayan Mountains forgetting the emotional, sentimental and spiritual integration of the people which they have miserably failed to do in last 65 years
June 29, 2013 UnderstandingKashmiris’ sentiments
(The tragic reality of the Kashmir problem is New Delhi’s deliberate silence after admitting to have understood the Kashmiris’ sentiments!
June 10, 2013 “Azadi” not AFSPA
(“Azadi” (freedom) has been the main sentimental aspiration of the majority of Kashmiris and not the much touted about revocation of the notorious legislation called AFSPA
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