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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. […]

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 […]

Voices from JNU

Voices from JNU

‘These curbs could now extend to the classrooms’ What happened on 9 February and onwards does not constitute a crime and in no way sedition. There have been some alleged slogans in bad taste but that should have been dealt with at the internal level. A university is a place where different ideas, opinions and […]

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 […]

Manufacturing a visionary

Manufacturing a visionary

Acting snobbish after having watched a lot of western art movies, I once superciliously dismissed Bollywood as trash. A very wise friend, a maven of many disciplines, cinema among them, corrected me saying that Bollywood movies were an altogether different genre that should not be judged by the analyses one would apply while appreciating the […]

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: In the eyes of analysts

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: In the eyes of analysts

Nasir Mirza Journalism teacher There are many grey shades in this respect. Mufti’s image was severely dented when he joined hands with BJP. It was like the North Pole joining the South Pole. Power is not the final objective of great leaders. His long cherished dream to be the Chief Minister was not only short […]

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: In the eyes of media persons

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: In the eyes of media persons

Journalist Somebody said this about the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat: He is an enigma, inside a riddle, wrapped in a puzzle. This description exactly befits Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. We could never understand what actually was on his mind when he would speak on a particular issue. He would speak in half sentences. For example, he […]

‘He wanted to preserve the Muslim identity of Kashmir’

‘He wanted to preserve the Muslim identity of Kashmir’

I see Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as a very mature and seasoned politician. He conducted politics with ethics and on his own terms. He belonged to that class of politicians for whom politics was a passion rather than a profession. In his individual life as well as political life, honesty was the buzzword. Even after being […]