The terror of war hysteria

I HAVE become an admirer of Pope Francis. In a world where Muslims are profiled and shunned as terrorists, he embraces them, and even washes the feet of one or two to send out a message. I am happier that he does that to all manner of underdogs, not just Muslims. These days, when even […]

Blood and water

With foreign minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech at the UN General Assembly, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi convening meetings on the Indus Water Treaty as well as MFN trade benefits Pakistan enjoys from India, the broad outlines of India’s response to the Uri terrorist attack are becoming clear. India is looking at pressure points that can […]

Political instability and a way forward 

There has been a complete breakdown of law and order and a complete failure of constitutional machinery in the state. I fail to understand by virtue of which political authority the present government is still claiming to maintain its political legitimacy in Kashmir. The sanctity of the constitution has been destroyed by the very people […]

When world-leaders thought there should be no need for passports or visas

In the age of heavily restricted migration, passport control seems a natural prerogative of the state. The idea of abolishing passports is almost unthinkable. But in the 20th century, governments considered their “total abolition” as an important goal, and even discussed the issue at several international conferences. The first passport conference was held in Paris in 1920, under […]

Testing a subject understanding key to quality education

  The quality of a publication relies mainly on reviews of reviewers and editors. And it does not matter if the journals are of a high or low impact factors. This means that a good journal (high impact factor) can publish low quality papers if the review has not been done properly, and vice versa. […]

Two would-be grooms killed in road accidents in south Kashmir

SRINAGAR:Two Kashmiri youth who were scheduled to get married next month died in separate road accidents in South Kashmir on Wednesday. The erring drivers, one from Army fled from the spot while police registered cases to nab them. Police sources told news agency CNS that a speedy truck (JK14E/0556) hit a motorcycle near Bhadragund Qazigund killing […]

After India,three more countries pull out of SAARC summit

New Delhi: Apart from India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan have also pulled out of the SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November, saying the environment is not right for the successful holding of the meet. The decision was conveyed by Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan on Wednesday to the SAARC chair Nepal, sources said. “The growing interference in […]

Demanding Fee For Curfewed Period- Obligation or Extortion?

Certain prominent schools of the vale have asked the parents of the wards studying in these schools to deposit fees for the intervening period of Jul and September 2016. This period, as we all know and have been through, has been one of indefinite and open ended protests in Kashmir following Burhan Wani’s killing.  Productive […]

Pellets, Not Bullet Killed Tengpora Youth: Govt

SRINAGAR:Terming as unfortunate the death of youngsters in the ongoing disturbances in Jammu and Kashmir, the state government today told the Supreme Court that a 26- year- old youth was killed by pellet injuries and not shot at point- blank as claimed by his father. Making its submissions before the Supreme Court, the state government […]

Amid unrest, hope of life for abandoned baby

Srinagar: Even as the prevalent conditions unleashed “worst-ever humanitarian crises” in Kashmir, for this abandoned infant born with neurological ailment, the unrest brought hope for a new lease of life. The 7-month-old Salman has been successfully operated upon for a serious congenital ailment, which was putting pressure on his brain and was feared to cause […]