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Doligam and the House of Khwaja Samad Joo

Doligam and the House of Khwaja Samad Joo

Samad Joo was a Vizier first in Ranbir Singh’s era and then Pratap Singh’s. His family held lot of weight in the Pir Panchal mountains. His father Khwaja Afzal Samad Joo was a Tehsildar and an estate owner. He owned swathes of land, right across from Doru in Islamabad to Banihal

The Kashmir Blackout

The Kashmir Blackout

The author investigates the constitutionality of the internet shutdown imposed in Kashmir. He argues whether the communication restrictions hold up to the test of ‘reasonable’ envisaged under Article 19(2) of the Constitution of India.

Pain of Kashmir

Pain of Kashmir

That face of our three year old child crying over the body of his grandfather ought to give us sleepless nights but will it haunt Indian people. How is it possible that a wailing child in a conflict zone cannot penetrate your heart and tear it apart?

Hindi-chini Bye –Bye

Hindi-chini Bye –Bye

Earlier border clashes and war in 1962 put Nehru on weak wicket. His fulminations against Chinese were not of any help: ‘It [China] believes in the inevitability of war and does not want the tensions in the world to lessen’

Surviving the Pandemic

Surviving the Pandemic

What can governments do to mitigate  the recession that will inevitably follow from the lockdown is a million-dollar question. And the question needs to be answered sooner than later.

A Rude Surprise In Every Scoop

A Rude Surprise In Every Scoop

The problem is not Abdullah’s ice-cream, but his reluctance to talk on matters that concern every single Kashmiri. The matters related to existence, demography, land, property, jobs and scholarships etc. It does not take a lot of time for the ice-cream to melt in our hands

Has ‘Normalcy’ Made Kashmir More of an Exception?

Has ‘Normalcy’ Made Kashmir More of an Exception?

A careful reading of history will reveal that at almost every point, the most important decisions regarding Kashmir, which have serious impact on the future of its people, have been taken “for” them from above and not “with” them

When Hoodbhoy Loses Job

When Hoodbhoy Loses Job

Why have Muslims closed the doors to reason and science. Why is that a civilization which rose with such abundance of energy in the 7th century Hejaz is mute and resentful. Averse to ideas of science and civil liberties.

Article 370 and Islamabad

Article 370 and Islamabad

If merely abrogating Art 370 amounts to violating UNSC resolutions” then how does Islamabad explain its ceding Shaksgam Valley to China in 1963 and allowing China to construct the CPEC through what it calls a “disputed area”?

Misuse of Preventive Detention

Misuse of Preventive Detention

Even in the absence of any alleged wrongdoing, Indian law allows the detention of individuals in order to prevent acts threatening ‘public peace and order’ and ‘national security’

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