When Indira Gandhi mulled resigning after court verdict

This is an excerpt from B.Z. Khasru’s upcoming book, The Bangladesh Military Coup and the CIA Link, which will be released by Rupa & Co. in New Delhi in July Indira Gandhi had, immediately after the Allahabad court verdict, seriously considered stepping down as prime minister, but changed her mind after facing a deadlock at a […]

The ‘Devilish’ Peer

I am deeply appalled and sickened by the shameful acts of the disgraced faith healer, Gulzar Bhat who tarnished the chastity of scores of young girls. His arrest on charges of sexual exploitation of young girls has exposed sordid tales of his victims being lured into a web of deceit at his religious school. This […]

Save Kashmir’s Tradition

Apropos opinion, “Faith Healers Or Fake Healers?” by Er Tabish Reyaz Shah, Kashmir Observer, May 28, I agree that in Kashmir most of the persons who termed themselves as the faith healers are fake. The ones who never advertises and whom the public know are a rarity. They are the ones who are working for […]

Players Messi, Ronaldo and advertising

The popularity and success of celebrities are repeatedly used to sell products and promote services. The creators of messages attempt to achieve a single goal: to give more popularity to the product advertised. We see them every day and at all hours. In the television screens, the pages of magazines and newspapers, airwaves and billboards. […]

11 things India must do in Kashmir

I spent a week in Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir, at the end of April 2013, talking to people among whom there was a wide range of opinion. While almost everyone supports freedom, some are resigned to India never letting Kashmir go, others believe that the struggle will go on and take different forms, some […]

21st century travel essentials

Being old fashioned, my understanding of a vacation was limited to a break from day to day work life and chores. A break in a serene locale with good books and thoughts; and efforts limited to learning the local culture  and developing new tastes. However, a recent visit by a close friend from college days […]

Artist Rouble Nagi: ‘I would never like to portray Kashmir in gloom’

Not Stones, Use Brushes, Throw Colours   SRINAGAR – Calling Kashmir a “big and dearest heart,” prominent sculptor, mural designer and artist, Rouble Nagi says that the decades old violence across Kashmir valley has taken soul out of its body, while she suggests that any form of “art would be a cure to the wounded […]

I Wasn’t Aware of Delay in Funds Under PMSSS: Raju

‘Will look into issue, No role of NGO’s, want JK to get more benefit of schemes’ Srinagar:  Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Dr M M Pallam Raju Wednesday said that he was not aware of the delay in the release of Rs 1200 crore funds meant for Jammu and Kashmir students studying in […]

‘Shopian Fought For Dignity of All Kashmiri Women’

Asiya, Neelofar Remembered Shopian: Majlis-e-Mashawart Shopian organized a seminar against the “denial of justice” to the family of Aasiya and Neelofar, who were allegedly raped and murdered 4 years ago. The seminar organized at Eidgah Shopian was attended by people from different walks of life including Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Aasiya Andrabi, noted Journalists Ved Bhasin, Zaheer-u-Din, […]

Cong Infighting Delays Police Reshuffle

70 pots of SSP’s, Comndt’s and Sp’s lying vacant, addn’l charge syndrome taking over Police Srinagar: With Cabinet having delayed the much needed reshuffle and postings in Police department repeatedly over a month now owing to standoff between two senior Congress ministers on adjustment of their blue eyed officers as SSP Jammu, functioning of the […]

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