Commentaries

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 […]

The false narrative of invoking Dogra pride

  On 24 January 2017, 11 politicians in Jammu and Kashmir managed to pass a resolution in the 36-member J&K Legislative Council, urging the PDP-BJP coalition government to declare 23 September a public holiday in honour of the last king of the State, Maharaja Hari Singh, who was born on that date in 1895. Expectedly, […]

Dogs, crows, mass promotions and vision 

Dogs, crows, mass promotions and vision 

Some months ago, when the great aging sage of Absurdistan declared mass promotion for all school kids, there was instant jubilation all over. And why not. Who doesn’t want to skip the torture of exams. The great sage was immensely happy at his masterstroke. He had finally made his opponents bite dust, thought the learned […]

Monkey Baat

Monkey Baat

By Ulti Khopdee Sorry. If the title of this column rhymes with some pep-cum-wisdom episodic talk, it is sheer coincidence. No offence or parody intended. We all know aal is well in this Republic of Absurdistan. It is so well that hardly anything needs a remedy. Everything is fixed here with a neat mix of […]

How combined forces of mental trauma and unparalleled resilience shape present Kashmiri society

How combined forces of mental trauma and unparalleled resilience shape present Kashmiri society

Internationally recognised Kashmir-based expert on disaster mental health and behavioural scientist Prof Mushtaq A. Margoob is both worried and hopeful at the same time. The 2016 uprising and its subsequent brutal crushing by the State has not only opened old wounds, but has also taken a fresh toll on the collective mental health of the Valley. This […]

How international media covered 2016 uprising

How international media covered 2016 uprising

When towns and villages across Kashmir erupted in freedom protests after Burhan Wani’s killing on 8 July, international media quickly turned its focus on Kashmir. The focus somewhat shifted after the Uri attack towards relations between India and Pakistan and their war-mongering. Here is an assortment of what the major global outlets carried on various […]

Becoming a Nation Unto Yourselves: Why Kashmir is Already Free

Becoming a Nation Unto Yourselves: Why Kashmir is Already Free

By Hakeem Saleem Rupert Emerson has defined a nation as, ‘a body of people who feel that they are a nation.’ As defined by Anthony Smith, formerly Professor Emeritus at the London School of Economics, a ‘Nation’ is a large group or collective of people with common characteristics attributed to them – including language, tradition, […]

Accommodation, Co-option, Assimilation

In a recent essay (Caravan May 2016) on the drift of the times, writer-thinker Arundhati Roy highlighted the link between State-backed right-wing vigilantism and the climate of bigotry, violence and impunity in mainland India. She articulated several uncomfortable truths regarding mainland India amongst which was the complicity of all political parties including the Left in […]

Sexual crimes by state personnel and Kashmir’s case for self-determination

Sexual crimes by state personnel and Kashmir’s case for self-determination

“People listened to the victim and they listened to the politicians, but this voice that says: I did this, we did things that were wrong – crimes actually – that’s a voice I did not hear” (David Grossman quoted by Jacqueline Rose, The Last Resistance, 2007). Among conflict and war-torn regions, Kashmir has one of […]