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Amarnath Yatra, Kashmir Turmoil and Communal Cauldron

August 1, 2017 - 2:51 pm in Faiths, Governance

The turmoil in Kashmir has worsened since the encounter of Burhan Wani last year (2016). The ceaseless protests, the handling of protests leading to deaths and blinding of many is very disturbing. To cap this negative development the attack on Amaranth pilgrims…

BLEEDING KASHMIR: THE LAND OF KHAKHI, STONE PELTING AND HOPE

June 13, 2017 - 6:08 pm in Governance, Politics

Speaking at a lecture organized by the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, G.D Parikh Centre for Educational Studies, and Vicharvedh, Mr. Bashir…

Kashmir today needs a healing touch

April 16, 2017 - 2:26 pm in Governance, Society

What is the meaning of victory of Farooq Abdullah from the Srinagar constituency where not even 7% votes polled. In many of the booths merely 2% votes…

Understanding Kashmir Imbroglio 2016

October 4, 2016 - 10:15 am in Governance

In the din of hysteria created around the military action on LOC, which was in response to the killing of 18 Indian army jawans in Uri, the issue of the anguish of people of Kashmir has been undermined. As such India-Pakistan skirmishes (September 2016) are…

A Reality Check on Jammu and Kashmir

September 15, 2016 - 11:48 am in Governance

Jammu and Kashmir is again in news for violence and counter violence. Again, several solutions are proposed.  Any such exercise, however, need to be informed of a reality check if peace is to return in the state in a foreseeable future. The present unrest…

Amnesty Report on Kashmir: An Attempt to Uncover a Narrative of Denied Justice

September 2, 2016 - 6:19 pm in Reforms

An FIR was recently registered against Amnesty International India (AII) on charges of sedition and other IPC sections. Amnesty International India had organized a panel discussion which included Kashmiri Pandits and others. This discussion was a part of the…

NEEDED “Freedom from AFSPA” in J&K and Manipur | Pushkar Raj

August 15, 2016 - 7:52 pm in Governance

As India celebrates its anniversary of independence from the British rule it, is worthwhile to ask when the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur will get freedom from the Armed Forces (Special Power) Act 1958 (AFSPA) which is no less than being living under…

Conscious Citizens’ “Statement on Kashmir”

July 13, 2016 - 11:43 am in Society

We write this in anguish at another alarming spiral of violence in Kashmir, when a discredited old playbook has yet again been deployed to wreak havoc with civilian life. Kashmir’s escalating violence follows a familiar pattern: a killing, a funeral where…

What’s in store for Kashmiris if BJP is part of the Government?

April 7, 2016 - 7:00 am in Politics

Recirculating my earlier article on formation of alliance with BJP Government in Kashmir, this is in the context of revival of PDP-BJP alliance with Mehbooba Mufti as Chief Minister. This issue is more relevant now as BJP raised up the issue of nationalism…

The Mufti of Symbolism

January 7, 2016 - 6:52 pm in Society

Jammu and Kashmir’s chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayed sudden death in the morning has left a deep vacuum of political leadership that Kashmir has witnessed since the death of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.  But it is also a fact that the Mufti…