DM’s Statement Evokes Hope for Forward Movement on Kashmir

DM’s Statement Evokes Hope for Forward Movement on Kashmir

SRINAGAR — On his visit to Kargil War Memorial in Drass sector on Saturday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh  once again  said that resolution of Kashmir issue is on the cards and that “no power on the earth can stop it”. The resolution, he added,  is bound to take place and that he is saying it with […]

Why BJP Could Emerge as Majority Partner in Future J&K Govt.

SRINAGAR — On June 17, a resolution passed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (J&K Chapter) following a day-long meeting of its working committee in Jammu resolved to carry forward the “momentum of the parliamentary polls and work tirelessly to form the next government in the state on its own.” The meeting, chaired  by its state […]

Why Hurried Delimitation Will Deepen Turmoil In Kashmir

SRINAGAR – Talk of delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir  has become a fresh source of unease in the troubled state. The majority of people in the state suspect in this a design to manipulate the number of seats in a way that reduces the dominant role of Kashmir Valley in  formation of the state government. And […]

The Joy Of Eid Is In Sharing

Unlike last year when we celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr in the throes of months of social and political turmoil, this year the festival has followed a relatively peaceful period. The social peace in Valley has uneasily held despite many developments threatening to disrupt it. However, the security situation has continued to be grim. Until May, security forces […]

What After Zakir Musa’s Killing?

Srinagar: On July 27, 2017, for the first time since the outbreak of militancy in Kashmir in 1989, Al Qaeda formally announced  establishment of its affiliate Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind in Kashmir. And its chief was a  local militant Zakir Rasheed Bhat aka Zakir Musa, who was killed in an encounter with the security forces on May […]

Is Imran Alone In Believing That Modi Is Best Hope For Kashmir 

SRINAGAR — BJP’s ideological position on J&K seeks complete integration of the state into India, something that goes against the political aspirations of the majority of the people of the state.  The Hindutva party seeks revocation of the Article 370 which gives special status to J&K under Indian constitution and Article 35A which bars outsiders […]

Kashmir Acquires a Resonance in Indian Elections Unlike Anytime in Past

SRINAGAR —  Kashmir has always been an issue in India’s national elections but this time it has acquired a resonance unlike anytime in the past. With the  BJP making national security its central poll plank following the Pulwama attack which killed 40 CRPF personnel and triggered skirmishes with Pakistan, the issues related to the state have […]

Losing The Way In Kashmir

SRINAGAR — The centre’s decision to make the only highway connecting Kashmir to the rest of the world out of bounds for its people two days a week is again an extraordinary step that has been taken as a matter of course. And as with all such extraordinary decisions in recent past, it is unlikely that […]

Time For India To Fight TRP Nationalism

SRINAGAR — If anything, the latest skirmishes between India and Pakistan have focussed attention on the toxicity of the sections of the television media.  Ever since the Pulwama attack they have worked up a nationalist frenzy and batted for a full scale war with Pakistan. And when India launched  strikes on Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, these […]

This Winter, Kashmir Has Been Left To Fend For Itself

This winter after a long time, Kashmir has experienced successive heavy snowfall which has thrown life out of gear: electricity has been erratic, traffic movement has been affected, more so along Jammu-Srinagar highway and the flights have recurrently been grounded.  This is such a sorry state of affairs. More galling has been the recurrent closure […]