Commentaries

Crafting a response to Kashmir’s cul-de-sac

Crafting a response to Kashmir’s cul-de-sac

The highest and most deadly price for the hit-and-run tactics adopted by armed rebels was paid by scores of ordinary Kashmiri civilians who lost lives, homes, honour, livelihoods, property, granaries, mosques, shops, businesses, schools, entire markets, shrines, historical architecture and priceless works of Kashmiri art and culture in the inevitable horrific retaliatory, revengeful and retributive […]

Blinded by revenge

Blinded by revenge

By Gautam Navlakha There’s a 230% increase in ceasefire violations along the LoC. Where’s all this leading to? Two days after four Indian soldiers, including a Major, were killed in the Keri sector of Rajouri on 23 December 2017, the Indian Army announced that in a “tactical strike” which took place on 25 December, about […]

Relocation of houseboats: A dull premise

Relocation of houseboats:  A dull premise

By Rafique A. Khan The Dal lake, once a sparkling fresh water body, is severely polluted, to say the least. As part of its programme to ‘Save the Dal’, the government’s proposal is to remove the houseboats moored along the lake from Dalgate to Gagribal and relocate them to Doldemb. Doldemb is on the lake bank opposite […]

Tagore, India and Kashmir

Tagore, India and Kashmir

The poet’s imaginary had special and poignant resonance for Kashmir. He would undoubtedly agree that Kashmir never pursued a borrowed history; it lived and was faithful to its own Much has been written on Kashmir’s deepening darkness. The mobilisation around the future of Article 35A that the Kashmiris correctly read as an attempt to destroy […]

Understanding Catalonia’s demand for azadi

Understanding Catalonia’s demand for azadi

Few people in India and in Kashmir are aware that Europe is culturally and economically diverse. People may know about the existence of a range of state languages, different religions and cultural practices. But few understand how Europeans think and organise this diversity through their institutions. The referendum organised by the Catalonian government on 1 […]

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 […]

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