• 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...

  • Why this bias?

    During feudal ages a “man’s home was his castle”. He could do whatever he wished to anyone who might trespass on his property, as the belief was that property ownership accorded full and complete rights of possession. However, the industrial revolution brought about changes not only...

  • Secularism abused!

    If one were to follow historical trajectory of the growth of religious extremism in Subcontinent, it will not be difficult to make out that like every religious “exclusivity”, the Islamic and Hindu fundamentalisms too thrive not only on the selective retrieval but also on the selective portrayal of various events in the shared history of these two communities....

  • Sagging Congress

    Every single day State Congress chief G A Mir says something about the politics concerning J&K. Of late he is desperately trying to signal that his party is “really concerned” about the “hardships” people here are facing in the absence of an elected government. Though it is true that ongoing political crisis vis-a-vis delay in formation of new government has...

  • ‘Achhe Din…!’

    The BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Centre has completed over a year-and-half in office. As expected, government is drumming up its achievements, and rightfully so; but at the same time, there is deliberate silence about the targets that could not be achieved, and things that did not improve. And what is more disconcerting is...

  • Unplanned ‘development’

    Of the many recent developments that have become a fad thing here is the mushroom growth of shopping malls and other such business centres. As has always been the case with most of things, this sector too is growing in the most unplanned manner. And this is indeed where the biggest worry lies. We may no doubt be able to construct the most sophisticated and modern shopping centres and other related infrastructure...