Of Dialogue and Denial

Of Dialogue and Denial

The position of New Delhi and Islamabad on the dispute over Kashmir is very well known. So are the legality and the history of the dispute. However, whenever Pakistan raises the issue at whatever level, domestically or internationally, India feels riled up repeating its post-1994 (parliament resolution) position that the only issue for it was […]

Conditional Talks?

Conditional Talks?

India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh has stated that “”We are ready to talk to everyone… The entire nation wants the situation to normalise in Kashmir. We are ready to cooperate with everyone and have taken all initiatives in this regard. Rajnath added, “”Pakistan should, at least, make a beginning and say it is willing to […]

The Abdication of Politics

The Abdication of Politics

It is curious how the “mainstream” parties of Jammu and Kashmir have essentially abdicated or even forsaken their agendas. This is perhaps best reflected in their political philosophies and practices. It may be pointed out here that political philosophies are markedly different from political rhetoric. Essentially and pared down to the bone, “mainstream” politics has […]

Arrest Spree: Wither the Battle of Ideas?

Arrest Spree:  Wither the Battle of Ideas?

The administration has gone on an arrest spree- especially in districts of South Kashmir.  Many youth have been arrested and if South Kashmir serves as a bellwether, it may well be that the saga of arrests would be replicated elsewhere.  The obvious reason(s) for the arrests are the Parliamentary by polls that are slated to […]

Heads I win, Tails you lose

Heads I win, Tails you lose

Kashmir is going for yet another election, by polls for the two parliamentary seats. Elections in Kashmir are at best a contest between pro-India political parties who all belong to one of side of the conflict. For the other side, usually referred to as the separatists, who wins is absolutely inconsequential because their politics are […]

Saffron Swami and Consolidation of Power

Saffron Swami and Consolidation of Power

Yogi Adityanath—the mascot of hardline Hindutva—will be the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Held to be the Hindi heartland of India, UP is the most populous state in the Indian federation. Given its size and the number of assembly and parliamentary seats, the state can be held to be the centre of gravity of […]

The Illusion of CPEC Participation

The Illusion of CPEC Participation

Mehbooba Mufti, at a seminar, stated that “Jammu and Kashmir could become a corridor of economic activity in the region and the country could take huge benefits of the economic activities going on across the Line of Control(LoC). She then posed the question, “why can’t we be partners in economic growth and share the benefits […]

The Precariousness of Life in Kashmir

The Precariousness of Life in Kashmir

In an encounter that broke out in a hamlet in Kupwara,  a seven year girl, Kaneeza was killed. Her brother, Faisal , was injured. According to the police, Kaneeza was killed by a “stray” bullet.  A cruel irony defines the death of Kaneeza.  At one level, the life of an innocent kid was snuffed  and […]

Counseling Political Emotion?

Counseling Political Emotion?

Omar Abdullah has stated that instead of threatening people, the government should conduct counseling of those who rally towards encounter sites. Referring to the army chief’s threat that people who disrupt counterinsurgency operations will face tough action, Omar said that more people have been coming to the help of militants even since General Bipin Rawat […]

LoC Auguries

LoC Auguries

  The skirmishes on the LoC now follow an almost eerily familiar pattern: each side’s hostilities are met by counter hostility, followed by bellicose rhetoric till things settle down and revert to “normal”. In a way, broadly what the Indo Pak relationship and LoC skirmishes also reflect is the quasi “Cold war” and quasi “hot […]

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