Mark Zuckerberg should spend $45 billion on undoing Facebook’s damage to democracies

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he wants to give away $45 billion. I’m sure he needs some advice on how to spend it. Here’s mine: He should use it to undo the terrible damage done by Facebook and other forms of social media to democratic debate and civilized discussion all over the […]

How Iraq mistakes fueled ISIS rise

Addressing the nation from the Oval office on Sunday night, President Barack Obama outlined the current U.S. approach to fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Obama stated that we have been at war with Islamist terrorists since 9/11. However, the number of terrorists has proliferated since then in large part as the […]

Anti-Muslim bigotry aids ISIL: Our view

Six days after the 9/11 attacks by Islamic extremists claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans, President George W. Bush made a singular statement by visiting a mosque in the nation’s capital. The image of Bush’s strong stand against harassment and hatred, seen around the world, was a proud moment for the grieving nation, one […]

J&K consumes 6 crore chicken stuffed with ‘spurious’ antibiotics annually

Srinagar: In the burgeoning poultry sector, hundreds of thousands of chicken are produced inside the state and imported annually that go directly into the market without any proper testing entailing a significant health risk to consumers. The nature of this alarming development can be put into perspective by experts who point out to the dangers […]

Floods: Have We Learnt Our Lessons?

September 2014 was very punitive for the ‘Heaven on Earth’, Kashmir as it witnessed a disastrous deluge never seen in its entire history. Majority of the districts across the state were gravely hit by the hammering rainfall. The Jhelum River on September 5, in full wrath burst through embankments submerging everything that came in its […]

Why are we so obsessed with self-obsession?

IN language that mirrors dialogue from The Walking Dead, we decry the destructive rise of narcissism. We write self-help books on how to identify, avoid, manage and escape the narcissists among us. We refine our diagnostic standards for narcissism and we study our navel-gazing young people. We re-diagnose past dictators, mass murderers and influential leaders […]

Why is Earth Science Education Must for Kashmir

Jammu, and Kashmir region is an earth science treasure because it preserves a variety of mineral deposits (e.g. Bauxite, Gypsum, Magnesite etc.), different rock types (sedimentary, metamorphic, igneous), stunning topography, excellent geomorphology, and a wealth of water resources. However, these treasures can only be efficiently utilized if one understands their value, and significance. This requires […]

The Great Game in the Middle East

Disagreement over a crude oil pipeline turned the Syrian conflict into a proxy war between America’s Arab allies and Russia, forcing millions to flee towards Europe. MOST watch in disbelief as hordes of Middle Eastern migrants enter Europe with little to no resistance from border control. Whereas refugees are normally women and children, these migrants […]

A love story in the saffron fields

Kashmir is a fascinating place as we  talk about seasons  and the beautifying chemistry it is composed of. Each season is unique in its own ways and in its own manifestation. One might fail to tell that by which season one is smitten the most. Seasons in here confuse you as they are pure, crystal […]

Importance of Proper Grievance Redressal Mechanism

Hunan life is about relations, the relations are among individuals, those among groups and the relations of individuals with groups – groups which are small, big and the biggest of all within the confines of a country or a state, that is, the government. These relations are about expectations and the failure to fulfill expectations […]