Day 113 : Life Continues To Reel Under Shutdown In Kashmir

SRINAGAR: The 113rd day of Kashmir since the death of Hizb militant Burhan Wani remained largely peaceful even as separatist-backed shutdown paralysed life. ?Curfew was lifted from Srinagar leading to improvement in movement of people and transport in the city here while restrictions on public assembly were in place throughout the Kashmir Valley. Srinagar, Oct […]

Why Pakistan Failed to Internationalise Kashmir

With Kashmir not finding any mention whatsoever in the Tashkent Declaration of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Pakistan’s last bastion of hope to internationalise the Kashmir issue has once again crumbled. Since mention of Kashmir has been a regular feature in the OIC’s declaration for the last four years, its omission this year comes […]

Deadlock unbroken !

IT would be a grave mistake to consider the fact of five public figures from New Delhi going to Srinagar on Oct 25 to talk to the Hurriyat leaders, as signifying an end to the political impasse gripping Indian Kashmir since nearly four months. The group’s leader, a former BJP cabinet minister Yashwant Sinha, told […]

Free that pigeon !

India has a population of over a billion, a thriving economy, a respected voice, a powerful military and an ancient civilisation. Its scientists have put a satellite into orbit around Mars. So how does it proclaim its position in the world? By detaining a pigeon allegedly carrying a warning note to Prime Minister Modi. And for good […]

Excluding Kashmiris from Kashmir:A monumental folly that needs to be reversed

It is now 113 days since violence descended upon Kashmir after the killing of popular militant commander, Burhan Wani.  It is widely held that the saga of violence and counter violence by the state that engulfed the vale was catalyzed by Wani’s killing. There is some element of truth in this belief but the prosaic […]

Why we must read stories to our children

Perhaps the one thing that all parents love to do for their children is tell them bedtime stories. These might be oral or written. But is it not strange that some of the greatest writers of stories for children never had children of their own? Think of the British Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), author […]

Not schools alone,shrines, shops equally up in flames: Kashmir Inc

Srinagar: Expressing serious concern over rise in unabated incidents of mysterious fire incidents in Kashmir, Kashmir Economic Alliance Chairman (KEA ), Haji Muhammad Yasin Khan today said not only schools but even shrines and shops are going up in flames. Khan who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), said for the last over […]

Day 113:Curfew lifted from Srinagar,Shutdown Continues in valley

SRINAGAR: Curfew was lifted from Srinagar on Saturday leading to improvement in movement of people and transport in the city here while restrictions on public assembly were in place throughout the Kashmir Valley.  Curfew has been lifted from the six police station areas of the city where the curbs were imposed yesterday, a police official said.  He said curfew […]

BSF man killed as India,Pak exchange fire at LoC

SRINAGAR : A Border Security Force (BSF) personnel Nitin Subhash, was killed in cross-border firing in Macchil sector in Kupwara District  along the Line of Control on Saturday  Reports said that on saturday morning, the  Indian and Pakistani armies  on LoC resorted to heavy shelling targeting military facilities on the either side on the boundary, in which […]

Up to 900 militants killed in Mosul battle, US says

ARBIL, IRAQ: The United States said Thursday up to 900 Islamic State group militants have been killed in the offensive to retake Iraq’s Mosul, as camps around the city filled with fleeing civilians. Iraqis who fled their homes expressed joy at escaping IS’s brutal rule as they were given shelter and assistance, in some cases reuniting […]