Commentaries

CPEC: Corridor of huge promise and some peril

CPEC:  Corridor of huge promise and some peril

  Aijaz Ashraf Wani Around the mid-1890s, a French Canadian engineer had proposed to make use of snow shoes in Gilgit with the aim of securing a passage to China. The British resident in Kashmir turned down his proposal arguing that such ‘ambitious’ proposition was impracticable and useless because any prospect for trade or any […]

OBOR: One Bone, One Rat

OBOR: One Bone, One Rat

From the great land of Ching Pingstan, there was this equally great traveller, sickolar, fillosoloafer, IT guru and God knows what who gave this earth-shaking idea of OBOR or One Bone, One Rat. A word about this sickolar, fillosoloafer later. Let’s first see what this OBOR is all about. It is said OBOR is basically […]

Fragments of grace: Partition through a personal lens

Partition of the subcontinent is an uneasy theme in India. Despite a growing literature on the topic, there is little public debate or discussion on the issue. Nor is there a single public monument to what Sunil Khilnani described as the “unspeakable sadness” that produced the world’s largest migration and a death toll estimated at […]

Understanding the IS phenomenon: Is clash the only way?

Understanding the IS phenomenon: Is clash the only way?

Javid Ahmad Dar We are discussing no small matter, but how we ought to live. (Socrates, in Plato’s Republic) ‘And he said, now, this schoolroom is a Nation. And in this nation, there are fifty millions of money. Isn’t this a prosperous nation? Girl number twenty, isn’t this a prosperous nation, and aren’t you in […]

Zakir says Kashmir banega Dar ul Islam; praises Al-Qaeda, rejects Pakistan’s support

Zakir says Kashmir banega Dar ul Islam; praises Al-Qaeda, rejects Pakistan’s support

Srinagar: In yet another audio message, former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Bhat aka Moosa offers his thanks for Afghanistan Al-Qaeda “who have in their Navae Afghan Jihad (Al-Qaeda magazine) concurred with our slogan: Shariah or martyrdom.” In a seven-minute audio clip released on Monday, Zakir says that his struggle will continue for the “establishment of the […]

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 […]

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 […]