• Attention Imran Ansari

    That Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) is good for nothing is known to all, as is the fact that this cricketing body has thus far done nothing worthwhile for the promotion of the game here, nor for the talented cricketers. If at all JKCA has anything to its credit, it is only the sleazy politics, corruption,...

  • Tame Pvt Schools Now

    The latest from the government corridors is that action has been initiated against some leading private schools in Jammu for charging heavy fees in violation of norms....

  • Time to ask ‘why’

    National Conference and Congress ruled the state in partnership with each-other for six years from 2009-2015. Prior to this it was the Peoples Democratic Party and Congress coalition that ran the affairs of the state....

  • Prioritizing ‘Social’

    Blame it on the political turmoil and the subsequent violence, Jammu and Kashmir serves a typical example of any conflict-ravaged country. There is corruption and lack of accountability here. Policies are wrong and institutions either non-existent or week....

  • Time to look bit deeper

    The growing culture of protests and agitations in Kashmir –not only around the big political developments but also about routine and mundane matters (like frequent power outages) – are more than anything a sad commentary on the state’s dysfunctional systems.  ...

  • Insulting TV

    TV is like a Pied Piper? So people “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...

  • Roads cry for attention

    For some reasons, this time around the roads, streets and pavements in Srinagar have not received annual ‘ritual’ coat of black and white paint – which they would usually get in the wake of ‘Darbar’...

  • Time to show resolve

    On the occasion of the final demobilization of El Salvador’s FMLN in December 1992, then UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali said: “The transition from war to peace does not come spontaneously or easily… years of strife inevitably leave deep scars, bitter memories and rancour....

  • Bad planning

    Diamond-rich Botswana and Sierra Leone, in 1961, had approximately the same per capita income of about US$1,070, when both these countries in Africa adopted and experienced extremely different paths of economic development. While diamonds caused an economic miracle in Botswana, the same diamonds led to a total state collapse in Sierra Leone....

  • Depoliticize the political

    By using excessive force, government is pushing the new generation to the wall like it did in 1989 and the youth had no option but to take up arms.” This is the general belief here, which after all, cannot and should not be taken as political rhetoric only and brushed aside with disdain. There is lot of merit in this line of thinking, particularly given the fact that part of it seems to be informed...

  • Heed the warning

    In September 2014 Kashmir was ravaged by floods of unprecedented magnitude. These floods caused widespread devastation here and, at the same time, also exposed various lacunae of the “developmental model” (if there is any) being pursued here....

  • It needs better initiatives

    The official assertions often want us to think of the political traditions and concepts of democracy and citizenship in Jammu and Kashmir same as shared among other states in the Indian mainland. But as the events of past two-and-half decades would indicate ...

  • Fighting corruption

    Last year government laid off some senior functionaries after declaring them as “dead wood”. Obviously these officials were shown the door for being corrupt. And at that time people were also given to understand that government ...

  • Dog menace

    That the population of stray dogs has increased to dangerous proportions in Kashmir Valley and Srinagar city in particular is no news. Nor is there anything ‘newsworthy’ about their preying upon the hapless people here every now and then....

  • Stop ‘either-or’ politics

    The fundamental importance of human freedom, in general, is strongly supplemented by the “instrumental effectiveness of freedoms of particular kinds to promote freedoms of other kinds”. It is because the linkages between different types of freedoms are empirical and causal, rather than constitutive and compositional....