The Banishment of Wisdom

I AM not very fond of conspiracy theories. There was some ire and annoyance over the insistence by the usual conspiracy-theorizing lot that there was a ‘foreign hand’ behind the bloodbath of Christian citizenry in Peshawar. But I am not trading in conspiracy theories for the time being. What unsettles me is the fact that […]

Difficulty of Being Minority in ‘Largest Democracy’

A “Minority” is a fascinating breed. The Permanent Court of International Justice (PCIJ), in a 1930 judgment, said, “a minority is a group of persons living in a given country or locality, having a race, religion, language, and tradition of their own and united by this tradition, and sentiments of solidarity, with a view to […]

Municipal Limits

Official encomiums to the charms of Kashmir are seldom complete without harking back to the words of a smitten emperor – as if they have a magical pull to draw people to the valley despite glaring evidence to the contrary. Since there is little to show for what has been done for Kashmir in modern […]

The Great Indian Circus

With elections round the corner, onion prices will crash and markets will probably get overstocked with it.  Inflation will presumably drop and growth-rate will increase.  Politicians will be infesting houses of the poor, the Dalits, to have food.   They will wear all sorts of hats, pugdees, will visit minorities to understand their hardships.   […]

2009 Govt. report on city master plan violations was shelved

Report said 2500 structures in Srinagar city were raised in violation of master plan by 2009 SRINAGAR: There were 2500 structures in Srinagar which were raised in violation of Master Plan guidelines; reveals a report prepared by a high level committee that was constituted by the government four years ago.  Out of these 2500 illegal […]

Egypt In Turmoil, 51 Killed

CAIRO: Egypt stumbled deeper into turmoil after a national holiday celebrating the military turned to mayhem, leaving 51 dead across the country and exposing the deep divisions plaguing the nation. The high death toll in Sunday’s clashes between security forces and Islamist protesters came as crowds from Egypt’s two rival camps — supporters of the […]

Malala invited to meet British queen

LONDON: Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, shot last year by the Taleban for campaigning for girls’ schooling, has been invited to a Buckingham Palace reception to meet Queen Elizabeth II, officials said Sunday. The queen and her husband Prince Philip will host the event promoting education in Commonwealth countries on October 18. “We understand that Malala […]

US govt shutdown enters second week

WASHINGTON: Stock markets fell on day as the federal government shutdown entered its seventh day with no end in sight and the prospect of a US default loomed.  Lawmakers appeared to be making little headway in raising the US debt ceiling, after the top Republican in Congress ruled out any measure to boost the nation’s […]

India test fires nuclear capable missile

ODISHA: India test-fired a nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile from a test range at Chandipur, Odisha on Monday. According to a report, the missile has a strike range of 350 kilometers. At around 9:14am, the missile was test fired in salvo mode from a mobile launcher. “The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the […]

Hailstorm, rains damaged standing crops in 59 Kupwara villages

Srinagar: On September 16 this year about 59 villages of District Kupwara witnessed hailstorm and rains which damaged paddy and other standing crops. This was stated by Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam Hassan Mir while replying to a Calling Attention Notice in the Legislative Council today. The Minister said that a committee comprising of officers […]

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