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 […]

Abandoned By Several Senior Leaders, PDP Is Threatening To Fall Apart

SRINAGAR — These successive exits and expulsions of the leaders – the latest one to be expelled being senior leaderAltaf Bukhari –  have left the PDP, once a vaunted political force, reeling and its leader Mehbooba Mufti struggling to hold her flock together.  The situation for her has become more unenviable considering the state is […]

When Was The Last Time Delhi Offered Talks To Hurriyat?

SRINAGAR — Home Minister Rajnath Singh has blamed Hurriyat Conference for not being receptive to centre’s overtures for dialogue over the past four and a  half years. He said Hurriyat closed its doors when the all party delegation tried to hold talks with its leaders. “We asked all-party delegation to go and talk to them (Hurriyat […]

Powerless State:Time To Revive Demand For Return Of Power Projects From NHPC

SRINAGAR — Around  84 percent of the 3593 MW of energy generated in J&K goes to  northern grid and the state buys a chunk of  it back  for its consumption at a hefty cost of  Rs 7000 crores annually. But that is still not enough to give us an uninterrupted supply. We are a state, and it […]

Why Bloodiest-November For Militancy Will Change Little On The Ground In Kashmir

SRINAGAR — November witnessed the killing of 39 militants in the Kashmir Valley, the highest such number in a month in many years.  This has already taken the toll of the militants killed this year to 233, already 15 more than the number killed last year. And in the past fortnight, many more killings have been […]

Curious Case Of Ex-Norway PM’s Meeting With Hurriyat

On November 23, the ex-Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik landed in Srinagar and headed directly to the top separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s residence at Hyderpora where he was also joined by the Hurriyat M chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. The meeting lasted half an hour after which Bondevik held brief meetings with the […]

Mehbooba Was The Clear Winner In Lone-Grand Alliance Face-Off

When the founding PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig raised his banner of revolt against the party on November 20 and expressed his support for Sajad Gani Lone led Third Front, it appeared only a matter of time before a significant chunk of the PDP leaders would follow Baig into the lap of Lone. A process […]

Day Of Chaos: Who Wins, Who Loses?

SRINAGAR — In fast-paced developments, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday evening wrote a letter to the Governor to stake claim to form the government in alliance with the NC and Congress in the state.  Moments later Sajad Lone of Peoples Conference also staked claim to form the government in the state.  But within an hour, […]

Does It Matter For Delhi What Kashmiris Think   

SRINAGAR — Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP president Amit Shah have been effusive in their praise of the people of J&K for the remarkable performance of the Hindutva party in the just concluded municipal bodies polls. More importantly, the party won 97 seats (most of them uncontested) in Kashmir Valley, ironically the state’s […]

Why Are Kashmiri Parties Urging Talks With Pak

In a contentious recent statement Governor Satya Pal Malik said that the J&K based political parties had no right to seek engagement of Pakistan  in dialogue. In  similar vein, he told separatists that no talks will  be held with them as long as they  sought involvement of Pakistan in the process.  Predictably, the statements have […]