The Lure of Dishonesty and Rewards of Ethics 

The Lure of Dishonesty and Rewards of Ethics 

Say, if corruption is widespread and acceptable, what does the ethical or the moral person do? Be part of the game, so to speak and move on or be an outlier seen as an oddball by the rest?

Give People Credit

Give People Credit

All in all, before the liquidity crisis in Kashmir morphs into a full-fledged insolvency crisis, J&K Bank must rise to the occasion and create conditions for the economic uplift of the society. Besides inhering in the bank’s charter and remit, this particular institution has a duty to perform.

Can a Cobbler’s Son Become an Officer?

Can a Cobbler’s Son Become an Officer?

As things stand, he or she can become a peon or a clerk in a government department. This is cruel and morally wrong for it not only deprives the underprivileged of social mobility but creates intergenerational poverty traps

Reclaiming Brand Cashmere

Reclaiming Brand Cashmere

The redeeming fact is that Kashmir (Cashmere in the European imagination) is already a robust brand which has been, however, cannibalised by others. This brand needs to be reclaimed and backed by substance

The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered its Cold War Victory 


The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered its Cold War Victory 


In the nature of a historical narrative and interpretation of America’s foreign policy after the Second World War and then the end of the Cold War, interspersed with lively vignettes, anecdotes and robust analysis, Prof Andrew Bacevich, dissects the hubris and grand follies of the US foreign policy establishment

Do Good Grades and Marks Matter?

Do Good Grades and Marks Matter?

In South Asia there is an obsession with grades or more accurately, getting good grades. Such is the fanatical obsession with good grades, that these are almost held to be a measure of self-worth. But, grades are grades- a subjective evaluation and assessment of a student

The Political Economy of Class and Social Power in Kashmir

The Political Economy of Class and Social Power in Kashmir

Life for the deprived classes has been nasty and brutish in Kashmir. It was perhaps only with the incipient advance of Kashmiri nationalism that a new constellation of classes and castes emerged but this was a relatively small class that called for both social and economic reform

What I Learned From Chaiwallas and Autowallas of Kashmir

What I Learned From Chaiwallas and Autowallas of Kashmir

After leaving Kashmir in September to the West, I did not forget about them. I’d call them and my query, stated very diplomatically, lest they be offended was whether they needed anything. The response invariably is the same, ‘ Sahib, khoda thaevnai sehat’

Home, Oh Sweet Home, How I Yearn for Your Sweet Scent

Home, Oh Sweet Home, How I Yearn for Your Sweet Scent

I am nostalgic about the blossoms that would be blooming in the meadows, and gardens of Kashmir, the hues cast by spring on the proud and majestic mountains, and snow clad peaks of MY Kashmir, the mountains that inspire awe and make me feel small against their backdrop

Coronavirus Pandemic Calls For Embracing Uncertainty

Coronavirus Pandemic Calls For Embracing Uncertainty

COVID 19 grimly but eloquently reminds us that uncertainty thy name is a human condition, even perhaps en ‘empirical fact’, brought to the consciousness of that handmaiden of modernity, the discipline of economics

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