• North Korea’s nuclear deterrent

  • Leaders and legacies

  • Republic of fear

  • Beyond rhetoric

  • Time to think

    Stressing the importance of learning one’s native language or mother-tongue, linguist Wendell Johnson once said, “When people cannot adequately speak or write their language, there arise strong men to speak it for them – and at them.” However, if this saying is seen through political lenses, it very well also explains how important it is for the people to speak for themselves, for what is rightfully theirs, and what they believe...

  • Needless controversies

    Today if J&K is without an elected government, a good share of blame for it lies on the BJP. Despite having forged an alliance with the PDP and having agreed to a CMP which both called “Agenda of the Alliance”, the party obviously did not stick to its part of the bargain and this is why PDP is today...

  • Confusing rhetoric

    In Jammu and Kashmir, for ages, ‘the elites’ – have thrived and progressed, generating wealth and monopolizing power, while the huge population of social, political and economic underdogs have remained more or less static on the socio-economic ladder. It is this ever-widening gap between the rich...

  • Official plunder

    At last the authorities have finally undertaken some dredging of silt from the River Jehlum. Credit for it obviously goes to the devastating floods of September 2014, for these floods brought forth the disastrous consequences of mindless fiddling with nature. While people are culpable of letting their uncontrolled greed to dictate their social behaviours,...

  • Forest policy!

    Like so many other natural resources, forests, though renewable, take a long time to replenish naturally. For instance, the trees which yield timber and other products for commercial use, as also other forest produce, which form the backbone of any forest-based industry, have very slow recovery rate. So these resources are susceptible to depletion not only by over-use, but also if used in unscientific...

  • Wasted opportunity

    One afternoon during the days of communal riots which preceded the independence and partitioning of India and Pakistan in 1947, recalls Amartya Sen “… a man came through the gate screaming pitifully and bleeding profusely; he had been knifed in the back.” The knifed man, called Kader Mia, was a Muslim daily labourer “who had come for work in a neighbouring house...

  • Insulting TV

    “Is TV a Pied Piper? Yes, it is. We had better be sure where it is leading our children.” When Dr. Dorothy H. Cohen warned parents about the adverse effects of television with these words, she had perhaps discounted elders, taking it as given that they can handle themselves. But as times changed and...

  • Opportunity in difficulty

    For nearly a month now the state has been without an elected government. Following the demise of then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 07, PDP has shown no inclination to ...

  • It’s unfortunate

    In the developed West, if you are driving a car and you hear a siren of an ambulance or a police car, you simply pull up to the side to make way for it. The rule-book says you can’t just slow down but you have to stop; ...

  • Let PDP decide!

    Now take this, for instance: PDP says that Sunday’s (January 31) meeting is not about government formation – “it is about discussing the legacy and vision of Mufti Saheb!”...

  • KPs’ return

    If a Martian anthropologist visited the earth in the wake of a cataclysmic nuclear war, he would conclude that humans had only one truly sustainable and successful way of life in their long history – hunting and gathering. All the rest of human history, observed anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss, the Martian would treat as an aberration at the end leading to self-destruction. In today’s modern world, hunting and gathering may no doubt be easily...