Dead eyes and dead conscience

Dead eyes and dead conscience

Many of you must have seen the documentary recently aired on Al Jazeera, Kashmir: Born to Fight. Although a well-intentioned film, its title seems a little bothersome. It puts an implicating optics on Kashmir and Kashmiris. This title makes it look as though the problem is because Kashmiris are the troublemakers — they “fight” forcing […]

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Legion of the Lashkar: Problems of pressing the ‘delete’ button

Legion of the Lashkar:  Problems of pressing the ‘delete’ button

Lately Hafiz Saeed and his many outfits — militant and social welfare — have been in the news. The Pakistan government made several moves against Saeed and his men which were widely reported. These moves generated a fair bit of commentary and analyses both in Indian and Pakistani media. Some analysts thought it was deja […]

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General maladies and General remedies

General maladies and General remedies

Generals shouldn’t get angry. That’s the general rule. And if Generals do get angry, they should try to not speak. Angry words from an angry General can do more harm than the guns under the General’s command. We saw that happening recently. When Generals say things in public, they obviously are interpreted as matters of […]

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Just a ‘calendar boy’ or the last man standing?

Just a ‘calendar boy’ or the last man standing?

Is Syed Ali Geelani an overrated leader who has failed the nation? Or, is he the one who kept the resistance alive despite crippling curbs by the State? Will the resistance sink with his departure? Or, will his legacy spur the azadi movement in the times to come?  Difficult questions these with no easy answers […]

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‘We are not safe with India. Our existence is at stake. So we have to get rid of this occupation’

Getting an interview with pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Geelani has been made next to impossible. Geelani has been under house arrest for several years. He is barred even from offering prayers outside his home. The only time he is allowed out is when he usually goes to Delhi in winter months because of health reasons. […]

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Looking beyond the frame

Looking beyond the frame

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MANTO: THE WICKED WITNESS

MANTO: THE WICKED WITNESS

May 11 was the birth anniversary of Sadat Hasan Manto – the short-story writer who, among many other afflictions, had a serious predicament. In his imagined after-life he had envisioned himself in a state of perpetual conjecture — whether he or God was a greater story-teller. The matter was never settled probably because of the […]

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CITIZEN GEELANI: Bullets as souvenir

CITIZEN GEELANI: Bullets as souvenir

Imagine this. A nine-year-old girl along with her five-year-old brother are thrown into jail and held captive there. Then one day the door of the dingy room, where they are held, is left open. In the facing room their father, who is also under arrest, is walked in. His body is bruised out of torture. […]

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An empire on the edge?

An empire on the edge?

As the rocking events of the JNU story move out of the news cycle, a stream of sub textual themes is slowly making itself felt. The way the Indian government dealt with slogan-raising students makes a bitter commentary on the Indian state. The slogans may have been unacceptable to most Indians, but they were just […]

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A Footnote to History

A Footnote to History

It is never easy to write about a person who is no more. It was never easy to write about Mufti Mohammad Sayeed even when he was living. The man had a method to his brand of politics–leave a wide enough room for ambiguity; never give out your mind on critical issues; keep the folks […]

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