Violent meddling

Violent meddling

It has been decades that killings of civilians and grievous injuries caused to common people by the government forces in Kashmir have remained legitimised. Citizens have been killed, maimed or crippled by policemen or Indian soldiers who often panic at seeing an assembly of Kashmiris even if the cause was as plain as a dispute […]

Biased systems

Biased systems

Alleged Laskhar-e-Toiba ‘bomb expert’, 73-year old Abdul Karim Tunda, who was arrested by Indian police officials in 2013, and had been named in terror-related cases from 1994 to the 2011 Mumbai attack, was recently discharged by a Delhi court in the TADA case of 1994. He will however stay in jail since other cases are […]

Muzffarnagar lessons

Muzffarnagar lessons

That the investigations into the killings of civilians in Kashmir are a farce has been established, in a manner, by the findings of a one-man commission that recently submitted its report on the anti-Muslim riots in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. The commission has blamed two police officials for the entire pogrom while giving a […]

Azadi from appropriation

Azadi from appropriation

The mainstream media in India has once again elided the ‘root cause’ of the fracas in JNU; the issue that has, by and large, constituted the core of its denigration of journalistic principles just as the Indian Left has revealed its red-facedness on that same basic issue: Kashmir.  The final question is always that of […]

End of “Representation”

End of “Representation”

Kashmir’s contemporary political history, particularly 1947 onwards when India and Pakistan won freedom from British colonial rule, is essentially a history of transition. During this continuum we have seen the end of Dogra autocracy. It was followed by a brief time of ‘liberation’ when redistribution of land among those who tilled it was enacted; access […]

The plot is lost 

The plot is lost 

When the militarised form of governance becomes increasingly untenable over a prolonged period of time, as the governments in Jammu and Kashmir have demonstrated, the natural tendency on part of the collaborators of the system is to constantly redefine the political atmosphere of the disputed terrain. For example, National Conference sees educated youth joining militancy […]

Resisting Legalese 

Resisting Legalese 

A struggle for political and human rights is also fundamentally a fight against a set or body of laws that are used by the State or the oppressor to deny those rights. The recent events at Jawaharlal Nehru University surrounding the anniversary of the hanging of Afzal Guru, and the debates that followed have highlighted […]

Jaitley doctrine

Jaitley doctrine

It would be prudent for Mehbooba Mufti to not build a theology around her party’s imminent alliance with the BJP. The past 68 years have demonstrated that it is theoretically impossible for any pro-India party to formulate and implement any coherent agenda vis-a—vis relations with New Delhi. Her late father, as she confessed, learnt it […]

On K, the Left is Right

On K, the Left is Right

The fracas following the protest in JNU on the anniversary of Afzal Guru’s hanging has led to interesting revelations and, hopefully, some understandings on where the Indian political spectrum segues on Kashmir. The question is what should young Kashmiris now learn, and use that learning to inflect their understanding and arguments, from how varieties of […]

Kashmir is no Ladakh

Kashmir is no Ladakh

In the early 1990s, a bunker was constructed in a corner of the Cattle Research Station, Manasbal. When authorities of the Sheri Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology objected to the military presence on one of its premier research facilities, the army reportedly told them that the bunker would be removed as soon as […]

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