Commentaries

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 […]

Dialoguing with Delhi: THE WRONG WAY

Dialoguing with Delhi: THE WRONG WAY

There is much hope in Pakistan that the recent meetings with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in Islamabad and later an informal meeting between Prime Ministers of the two countries in Lahore will usher in an era of durable diplomatic engagement with Delhi. There is another hope that this engagement will be productive and useful […]

From periphery to mainland India

From periphery to mainland India

It’s just the chicken coming home to roost India’s writers, artists, scientists, historians, film-makers, academics and members of civil society have rightfully condemned the creeping climate of violence, prejudice and intolerance sweeping across the country. Such protests are a moral and ethical force amidst a deepening darkness. Extraordinary as the protests are, their focus is […]