Mehbooba Mufti’s dilemma

Breaking first time her silence on the government formation, Mehbooba Mufti’s has put forward conditions for BJP before she agrees to the formation of the government. Speaking to press after her meeting with Governor N N Vohra, Mehbooba made it clear she doesn’t want only assurances from the centre on the implementation of the Agenda […]

Save Bajpathri Meadow

National Green Tribunal has issued notices to Union Ministry of Defence and J&K Government over the proposal to set up an artillery firing range at Bajpathri in Budgam district. The Tribunal has directed the State and Defence Ministry to respond to the notice within two weeks. The notices were issued in response to a petition […]

Lingering PDP-BJP deadlock

National Conference leader and the former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has once again blamed  PDP for the continuing deadlock in government formation. Addressing workers at his Beerwah constituency, Omar said the PDP was terrified of fresh elections in J&K “due to its political U-turns and a 10-month tenure of failures and abject misgovernance.” He […]

Clear and Elusive Kashmir Truth

Two funerals in the same area: one, of a sitting Chief Minister and a tall political leader for the past fifty years and another of a local militant. Fewer attended the former and the thousands participated in the latter, one of them even killed protesting. If any proof was needed again for what differentiates mainstream […]

ISIS Threat To Reclaim Kashmir?

After its battlefield successes in Syria and Iraq and some recent reverses, ISIS seems to have now set its sights on Kashmir. In an interview to the group’s magazine Dabiq, ISIS leader Hafiz Saeed Khan, has expressed the resolve to “reclaim Kashmir from cow-worshipping Hindus”. Khan is the group’s  ‘Emir of Khorasan’ the region that […]

Old order changeth?

With sooner or later, Mehbooba Mufti looking set to take over as the new J&K Chief Minister, the politics in the state seems headed for a profound change. Power shift has taken place in Kashmir’s another pre-eminent political dynasty, the Muftis. There has already been a transfer of power in Abdullah family with Omar taking […]

Pandit Question: 26 Years After

On January 19, Kashmiri Pandits observed 26 years of their exodus from Kashmir. A Kashmiri Pandit group on the occasion announced a grand memorial to be set up for the community members killed during the turmoil in the state. Memorial “will be set up on the pattern of a war memorial to honour the sacrifices […]

Provincial status for Gilgit Baltistan

Pakistan’s proposed  move to grant provincial status to Gilgit Baltistan has got Kashmiri on both sides of Line of Control up in arms with Hurriyat leaders .leading the charge. Hurriyat G chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has termed the move unacceptable, even going to the point of stating that Islamabad lacked “constitutional and moral justification” […]

Why Mehbooba could be right?

Almost two weeks after the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s demise, J&K is yet to get an elected government, something that has been a source of deep concern for the former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. In a blog Omar said that “no state should be denied an elected government”and blamed Mehbooba for the uncertain state […]

Talk to Resolve Issues

Talks between India and Pakistan continue to be uncertain. Though the two countries have mutually deferred the foreign secretary level dialogue to a “very near future”, New Delhi is closely monitoring the progress on Pakistan’s investigation into the Pathankot attack to take the call on the fresh dates. Foreign Secretary level talks are crucial to […]