• US press shows the way

    US press shows the way

    An open letter to the US President Donald Trump by the American media should serve as a lesson to the journalists around the world, more so to the media in India  too.  There is a lesson for us here in Kashmir too. The letter issued
  • Barack Obama, the professor

    Barack Obama, the professor

    Barack Obama’s last address as president was, as his speeches often were, a master class in democratic values and sheer decency: It pointed out the dangers to democracy posed by intolerance, racial division, inequality,
  • Doval Doctrine is working

    Doval Doctrine is working

    Many security analysts have been crediting National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and his 'Doval Doctrine' for the prevailing phase of a quieter Kashmir today as compared to the ceaseless violence that marked the state for most of last year
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    Tackling the rich-poor gap

    The gap between the rich and poor is wider than ever. A report by the charity Oxfam shows that the wealth of just eight men – including Americans Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Mark Zuckerberg – equals that of the 3.6 billion people
  • Dangal actor Zaira Wasim

    Zaira Wasim: Bollywood Double Standards

    What amazes me most is the support extended by many non-Kashmiris and Bollywood actors to a Kashmiri girl when in the past six months not a single word of condemnation was heard from them for the same Kashmiris who were withering in pain in state hos
  • Actress Lindsay Lohan rehearses a scene from "Speed-the-Plow" by David Mamet at the Playhouse Theatre in London in this file photo taken September 30, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

    Lindsay Lohan might be converting to Islam,but how is that our business?

    A blogger posted a screenshot of Lindsay Lohan’s new Instagram bio. She had deleted all her posts and the bio read “Alaikum salam” which translates to “peace be unto you.”
  • Loss in UP could arrest Modi juggernuat

    Loss in UP could arrest Modi juggernuat

    The ongoing polls in Uttar Pradesh  are of profound significance not only for the future of the state but also for India as a whole. And they are important too for Jammu and Kashmir. In UP, the election is high stakes contest between a resurgent BJP
  • National Conference President Farooq Abdullah along with his party leaders paying floral tribute at the mausoleum of his father and founder of National Conference, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on his 111th birth Anniversary, at Naseem bagh in Srinagar.

    In Wooing Separatists, Farooq Abdullah Betraying His Father’s Legacy

    I wish Farooq had imbibed the qualities of Sheikh Sahib and guided New Delhi instead of flirting with the separatists to harm India’s cause. He is acceptable throughout the country even though he is found whimsical. He should think twice
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    Restore prepaid internet service please

    On July 8, popular Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was shot dead in an encounter with government forces at South Kashmir's Kokernag area. Shortly afterwards, J&K government not only imposed curfew and restrictions
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    How artists in Valley are squeezed between Indian-hyper-nationalism and Kashmiri exceptionalism

    As I write this piece, I remain painfully aware that the 16-year-old Kashmiri actor Zaira Wasim must want very much to be left in peace, and not to be discussed as she has been discussed by many of us during the last few days.
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    Why learn spelling or maths if there’s an app for that?

    There is no doubt that digital technologies have disrupted our modes of teaching. The resources and inputs into teaching have changed to incorporate computer-aided approaches such as “flipped” classrooms,
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    Taking ‘Cold Start’ out of the freezer?

    The perceived failure to mobilise the army’s Strike Corps in a timely fashion after the December 2001 attacks on Parliament was the impetus for Cold Start, and its official status has been the subject of extensive debate and controversy since it was
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    Trolling of actress Zaira reminds young-Kashmiris of limits of their social freedoms

    The abuse began a few months ago, soon after images began to appear on Facebook of 16-year-old Kashmiri actor Zaira Wasim with her hair trimmed, as she prepared for a role as a young wrestler in the Aamir Khan starrer Dangal. 
  • Fake Media Dangal Over Zaira Apology

    Fake Media Dangal Over Zaira Apology

    Media played to its favourite trope on Kashmir: a manufactured contest between a hapless, emancipated teenager and her anti-modern stereotyped tormentors  But Zaira posted another message to refute the implication that she was forced to tender an apo
  • The 2016 year will be remembered for a lot of reasons especially for pellets.Still we are here ready to begin our life anew.

    2017: The Year of Introspection & Retrospection

    Youth in urban areas, especially in rural areas are seriously questioning their “Reactive’ approach. Reactive approach is dangerous for a movement. If nothing innovative comes, it is doomed to die.