Examining the Public Sphere in India

Examining the Public Sphere in India

By Arshid Iqbal Dar What has happened in India over the last couple of months from the “intolerance debate” to the JNU controversy can be called an issue of ‘public sphere’. The attempt here is to analyse the situation from Habermas’ notion of public sphere; therefore, it is desirable to first have a brief description […]

If Syria is to fall, others will follow: The Pandora’s box of federalism

If Syria is to fall, others will follow: The Pandora’s box of federalism

  The apparent sudden Russian military withdrawal from Syria, starting on March 15 left political commentators puzzled. Few of the analyses offered should be taken seriously. There is little solid information as of why the Russian leader decided to end his country’s military push in Syria. The intervention, which began last September, was enough to […]

A long walk to the truth (Part 1)

By Sajad Ahmad Mir Noble souls of humanity have always taken the enigma of life seriously and set out to find the answers to the fundamental questions basic to human interest, as Immanuel Kant puts them “What can i know? What ought i to do? And what may i hope?” These are questions of epistemology, […]

Hotter, drier, wetter: How to face the future?

By Arun B Shrestha Climate change is not just a future scenario for scientific discourse. It is already happening and will continue to happen as more heat-trapping greenhouse gases (GHG) and short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) accumulate in the atmosphere. There is strong evidence that the Earth is already 1°C hotter than at the start of […]

Between Bharat Mata and Hindustan

By Muhammad Tahir There is a debate on whether Hindutva nationalism has mainstreamed in India or it remains confined to the right-wing constituencies. Whatever may be the case, the Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen MLA Waris Pathan’s suspension, through a unanimous nod, by the Maharashtra Assembly is an indication that there is a thin line between Hindutva nationalism […]

Startups in a conflict zone need careful nurturing

Startups in a conflict zone need careful nurturing

By Dr Fayyaz Ganaie Jammu and Kashmir faces unique political, social and economic challenges.  Decades of devastating political conflict have severely affected major sectors of our economy. The conflict has led to closure of several all weather historical trade links, which has made Kashmir geographically almost landlocked with far reaching consequences for our economy.  Labor […]

Sheikh Abdullah: from plebiscite to autonomy

Sheikh Abdullah: from plebiscite to autonomy

By Qazi Mudasir The conclusion of World War II and its financial burden brought Britain to the verge of financial catastrophe. Britain was largely convinced that handling India would be a costly affair. Hence, it was decided to transfer power in the Indian subcontinent to the successor regimes. The failure of the cabinet mission plan […]

Kashmir University’s monetary prowess

Kashmir University’s monetary prowess

Raising more money by opening up for paid seats and courses cannot help raise the academic standard of the university. May be opening up for rational and critical thinking will!

SAR Geelani: Voice of oppressed, victim of politics

By Syed Abdullah Geelani  In the year 2014 India witnessed a significant change. Hindu nationalist BJP came to power with a clear majority. The apprehensions of some civil society regarding insecurity of minorities and curbing of space for liberal thought began to come true. Minorities like Dalits, Christians and Muslims were targeted. The BJP party […]

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