Sliding Politics

Sliding Politics

A lot of commentary has been written about what the entry of BJP in the power corridors in Kashmir has meant for the politics in the state and what role the leading coalition partner, the PDP has in it. There is a near unanimity in the view that after the last state elections the direction […]

The Problem of Drug Addiction

The Problem of Drug Addiction

Blurb: “One starting point would to be tease out why young people fall into this insidious trap. Generally speaking, it is held by many that drugs- initially “gateway” drugs like cannabis and hashish offer their users an “alternate reality”. Hallucinations complemented by illusions or even delusions then offer a reprieve for users and abusers of […]

Peace for Jobs: A Faustian Bargain?

Peace for Jobs: A Faustian Bargain?

Mehooba Mufti, in an address, has enjoined youth to help her restore peace in Kashmir.  Drawing attention to the 2005 peace process between India and Pakistan, Mehbooba said, “If you support me in restoring peace I promise you that I will take the peace process forward which got shelved after 2005. You have to play […]

Yes Minister: Power and Accountability in Kashmir

Yes Minister: Power and Accountability in Kashmir

Be it the passing cavalcade of the chief minister , or a political functionary or even a minion, or someone from the top echelons of the bureaucracy- when the visible portions of the administration swing into action even to the extent of inconvenience to the people- one theme runs through it all: power flows upward […]

Casual ‘Murders’

Casual ‘Murders’

On Sunday two men, engaged by a contractor of the state’s power development department (PDD) as casual labourers, were working atop an electric pole in Srinagar when supply to the wires they were handing with naked hands was suddenly resumed. The two were severely electrocuted. One of them died, his body dangled from the transmission […]

Sinha’s distraction?

Sinha’s distraction?

India’s former external minister, at a book release, has stated that “alienating Kashmiris by not solving their issues would only lead to Pakistan exploiting the situation”. Sinha added that “the road to Islamabad is via Srinagar and not the other way round”. Underscoring his personal involvement with Kashmir, Sinha further stated that “I have been […]

Road Education

Road Education

One of the most visible law enforcement activities in Srinagar, or Kashmir valley in general, is by the traffic police. Yet it is easy to see chaos on the roads and traffic rules being flouted all the time even on the busiest of the roads. Traffic police and mobile magistrates can be often seen stopping […]

As Schools Reopen

As Schools Reopen

Schools reopened in Kashmir after a gap of almost eight months.  The interim period has been a tough period for the pupils of the region—especially in terms of the opportunity costs incurred for foregoing education. But, this is a mere blip in the larger scheme of things. What is alarming and what is going unnoticed […]

A City is as Good as its Road System

A City is as Good as its Road System

A city, the cliché goes, is as good as its transportation system. If this assertion holds, then logically, a good transportation system is as good as the road system of a city. This has a searing resonance for Kashmir where the condition of roads is so bad that the High Court will be monitoring the […]

Power Blues

Power Blues

The National Conference has called upon the Government of India(GoI) to start immediate engagement with the Hurriyat leadership and the Government of Pakistan instead of imposing curbs on media, mosques and madrassas as announced in an advisory by the government’s home ministry. The party also said that army chief’s recent statement on handling protesters can […]