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

World’s New Indispensable Powers?

Anja Manuel has written a wonderful, incisive and concise tome that doubles as an analysis that the general reader would be interested in but more importantly as a sober policy prescription for powers that be and allied stakeholders.

Patronage: India’s Kashmir Connection

The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism: From the Cold War to the Present Day Anorak- a person who obsessively is interested and follows niche subjects and perhaps even detailed trivia- appears to best describe Sampat Prakash-the Kashmiri Pandit around which Nandita Haksar builds her detailed and engaging(and at times incisive) account and  narrative on Kashmiri […]

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