|May 17, 2018
||The Resilient Kashmiris!
"The country of Kashmir may be conquered by the force of spiritual merit, but not by the force of soldiers!" Kalhana
|May 10, 2018
||AFSPA, a license to kill!
The present blood bath in Kashmir can only be stopped by revoking AFSPA which is virtually a license to kill and destroy without any accountability whatsoever!
|May 03, 2018
||Stirring the Communal Cauldron!
After getting rebuffed in various other programs, the trend seems to be to stir the Communal Cauldron once again for the next Parliament Election!
|May 01, 2018
||The Incorrigible Traffic
The traffic mess is not only because of laxity in regulation but there are many other factors which have made it virtually incorrigible
|April 26, 2018
||The Rath “Effect”!
The success of the new IGP Traffic in partially streamlining the wayward traffic is result of the “Rath Effect” of instilling accountability badly needed in the entire administration!
|April 19, 2018
||Justice for Kathua Victim
This heinous crime has shaken the conscience of the entire world. The most important part now is that justice must not only be done but must appear to have been done!
|April 12, 2018
||David and Goliath!
The recent security forces anti-insurgency operations appear like the biblical giant Goliath chasing the miniscule David with lot of collateral damage
|March 29, 2018
||Digitisation for selling Privacy!
Even though digitisation of various services has helped a lot yet it has adversely affected personal privacy
|March 22, 2018
||Kashmir in Historical Perspective
To elaborate the political nature of Kashmir problem, one needs to examine the historical perspective of the land and its people
|March 15, 2018
||Kashmir Problem, Social or Political?
As Shakespeare has said, “A rose is a rose by whatever name you call it” Similarly, Kashmir is a serious problem whether you name it Social or Political that is presently irrelevant!
|March 08, 2018
||Preparing for Mahabharata’s Last Battle!
The continuous firing on the Line of Control and the Indo-Pak border looks ominous and could spiral out of control with disastrous consequences!
|March 01, 2018
||Flood prevention Hakeem Suyya way!
In view of the failure of the government to implement various flood prevention measures especially dredging and strengthening of river banks, someone has to become a Hakeem Suyya to save Srinagar!
|February 22, 2018
||Srinagar, the "SMART" Prison!
Instead of making Srinagar, the city of the Sun into a "Smart" city, it has been turned into a virtual prison!
|February 15, 2018
||Possibility of Indo-Pak War?
The fast deteriorating security situation between India and Pakistan has created a sinister possibility of a destructive conflict unless big powers step in to diffuse the situation
|February 08, 2018
The greatest achievement of the present central government has been demonizing of Kashmiris throughout India!
|February 01, 2018
||The Ever Illusive Jhelum Dredging!
The most important flood prevention measure of dredging the river Jhelum and the Spill over Channel seems illusive as ever as one does not see any physical progress on the ground!
|January 25, 2018
||The PhysicalSocial Disconnection!
The people seem to be socially disconnected physically from each other due to the events of last couple of decades. This in turn has resulted in many psychological problems!
|January 18, 2018
||Kashmir’s Mismanaged Healthcare!
Even though we have some of the best doctors and reasonably good infrastructure, yet the general healthcare remains below reasonably good standards due to administrative mismanagement!
|January 11, 2018
||The Only Meeting Ground!
The only meeting ground between the two Asian countries of India and Pakistan is the extreme poverty of the masses on the two sides of the divide!
|December 28, 2017
||Kashmir needs resolution, not management!
As always, people from every side are trying to “manage” the problem in Kashmir rather than resolve it once for and all!
|December 07, 2017
||The Political “Leeches” of Kashmir!
Some politicians have been virtually acting as leeches,stuck to the body of “Kashmir”, sucking every drop of its blood and attaching to it again and again even when thrown away!
|November 30, 2017
||CBM’s for the Youth!
Recalling youth from violence through confidence building measures is good but the question is why did the youth take to violence in the first place?
|November 23, 2017
||Kashmir on “Auto-Pilot”!
People allege that the governance is missing in Kashmir but in reality, the State has been put on an “Auto-Pilot” like an aircraft taking a long range flight!
|November 09, 2017
||Kashmir’s Unending Power Famine!
An area having one of the highest potentials of hydro-electric power has been facing a perennial power famine due to corruption and criminal negligence of its politicians and bureaucrats!
|November 02, 2017
||End repression before talks!
For any dialogue to succeed the primary requirement is a conducive environment. One cannot ask somebody to talk by holding a gun to his temple!
|October 12, 2017
||Integration or assimilation?
Mohan Bhagwat’s declaration of integrating Kashmir fully into India may, on the contrary, begin the process of disintegration of India itself!
|October 05, 2017
||Criminal Negligence in Flood Prevention!
The disastrous flood of 2014 seems to have been forgotten both by the people and the rulers and a worse disaster may be looming around!
|September 21, 2017
||The flyover to nowhereProtecting Kashmiri identity
The all-out assault launched by the Hindutva forces in completely wiping out the Kashmiri identity necessitates an equally united front from the entire State to defend and safeguard it
|September 14, 2017
||The flyover to nowhere!
The bits and pieces of the incomplete flyover of Srinagar in fact reflect the true state of Kashmir’s development in almost all sectors!
|September 7, 2017
||Winter heating in Kashmir
Traditional Hammams are giving way to Central Heating
|August 31, 2017
||The (un-) Holy Men!
The controversy surrounding Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and the mayhem caused by his conviction for rape seems only the proverbial tip of the ice-berg!
|August 25, 2017
||"Azadi" to "Special Status"
There seems to be a deliberate hype for retaining the so called “Special Status” in order to dilute the universal demand for total freedom called “Azadi”!
|August 17, 2017
||Aadhar reminds of Orwell’s 1984!
Aadhar, the new ID card which is virtual indexing of the entire population, is reminiscent ofGeorge Orwell’s famous novel 1984!
|August 09, 2017
||India China Border Conflict
Slowly increasing border problem may be a fore runner of a limited border engagement similar to 1962 clash which had a basis other than the disputed demarcation line!
|July 13, 2017
|| Saffron Swastika hugs the Star of David
Modi’s hug of President Ruvi reminds one about the two opposites embracing each other just for the hatred of the third one considered by the both, a common enemy!
|July 06, 2017
|| “Permanent Solution” for Kashmir Problem!
The Union Home Minister has declared that there will soon be a “Permanent Solution” for the Kashmir problem. The declaration appears more scary than comforting!
|June 29, 2017
|| Anarchy and impotence!
The two words which describe the present Kashmir situation appropriately!
|June 22, 2017
|| “Cowistan” and “Kaliban”!
RSS through the ruling BJP is aiming to turn the Great Republic of India into a “Cowistan” with the help of their Gau Rakhshaks who are India’s “Kaliban”!
|June 15, 2017
|| Cool Kashmir, Boiling Sub-continent!
Presently the Physical Climate in Kashmir and the rest of the sub-continent is quite unpredictable and could turnscary!
|June 08, 2017
|| Kashmir, a separate country!
UN showing Kashmir as a separate country confirms the historical fact known right from the ancient times!
|June 01, 2017
|| Vietnam War memories revived!
The photograph of human shield and the subsequent award to the perpetrator of human rights violation have put the Army as well as the country in a very poor light!
|May 25, 2017
|| Idea, not leaders!
Kashmir’s new revolution is following an idea and not any particular leaders!
|May 18, 2017
|| The “Opium” of the people!
The Hindutva wave of violence during the elections and after is not really against Muslims and for the safety of the cows. It is an excuse to administer what Karl Marx called the “Opium of the people” to the millions of poor Indians!
|May 11, 2017
|| The New “Iron Curtain”!
The Digital India has failed to control the Social Life in Kashmir in spite of the strongest curbs ever put on all the social networking sites sand TV channels!
|May 04, 2017
|| Army Generals for political solution!
Recently a number of retired Generals of the Army including a former Army Chiefhave opined that Kashmir needs a political solution rather than a military one!
|April 27, 2017
|| Who runs India?
A view of the various economic and political activities reveals that it is the Brahmins and Banias who practically run and control India!
|April 20, 2017
|| Yet another nightmare!
Srinagar has once again passed through a nightmarish situation due to a sudden flood in River Jhelum. It is nature’s warning for a big one which may hit us soon unless preventive measures are taken on a war footing!
|April 13, 2017
|| Election “Balloon” deflated!
Total boycott accompanied by gruesome mayhem clearly shows the oft bandied “Balloon” of elections has been fully deflated!
|April 06, 2017
|| The Hindu Rashtra and Kashmir!
With the unprecedented victory of BJP in the U.P. elections giving rise to militant Hindutva proclaiming India to be a Hindu Rashtra, the relationship of Kashmir to India loses the very basic premise of accession!
|March 30, 2017
|| Kashmir-China relationship
China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which includes Gilgit-Baltistan area of the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir can revive historical connection of Kashmir with China
|March 23, 2017
|| Kashmir’s Physical Isolation!
The National Highway presently connecting Kashmir Valley to the outside world is in the throes of death and there is urgent need to find an alternative
|March 16, 2017
|| The “New India”!
The recent state elections show that the “New India” would probably be the realisation of the Golwalkar’s dream!
|March 09, 2017
|| The forgotten “Flood”!
The way the authorities are destroying the flood channel with peoples’ connivance gives one the feeling that the most destructive flood of the century has been totally forgotten both by the authorities as well as the people!
|March 02, 2017
|| Migrant return “Resolution”!
The J&K Assembly some time back passed a resolution for the return of migrant Pandits. Will mere passing of a resolution be enough to facilitate their return?
|February 23, 2017
|| A simmering volcano!
In spite of a lull after the last year’s upheaval, the whole of Kashmir seems to be simmering like a volcano waiting to eruptanytime without any warning!
|February 16, 2017
|| Daulatabad to Ahmedabad!
One finds an uncanny resemblance between the rule of Muhammad-bin-Tughluq and the present rulers of the country!
|February 09, 2017
|| Living in cocoons!
The excessive security measures have forced Kashmiris, historically reputed to be very sociable people, to live in cocoons with only interactions through social networking sites on the internet!
|February 02, 2017
|| Kashmir Choked by the "New Maharajas"!
While the Kashmir valley is physically and politically choked, the “New Maharajas” are enjoying the pleasant climate of Jammu and celebrating the erstwhile Maharaja’s birthday!
|January 26, 2017
|| The Weather Panic!
The anticipated western disturbance has set a wave of panic among people because of the recent system failure caused by just few inches of snow!
|January 12, 2017
|| System Failure!
Just a foot of snow throws life out of gear which is a system failure due tolack of accountability at the top management level
|January 05, 2017
|| Understanding Kashmiri Aspirations
The motivators of various initiatives to bring peace to Kashmir first need to understand the sentiments and the aspirations of Kashmiris
|December 29, 2016
|| Triggering a “Twister”!
Americans call tornado a twister. Kashmir has just seen a political storm which seems abating now but the Central Government by its actions may unleash a twister now!
|December 22, 2016
|| Flood Protection Measures
In spite of a lapse of more than two years, one is still waiting for the execution of the urgent and credible flood protection measures leaving an option open for the next disaster!
|December 15, 2016
|| Is anything straight in Kashmir?
If one examines various aspects of life in Kashmir, a question comes up whether anything works in a straight way here?
|December 08, 2016
|| Subjugation, not "Normalcy"!
Peace is slowly returning to Kashmir but it is debatable whether it is in reality a return to “Normalcy” or the people have been subjugated into apparent submission, temporarily?
|December 01, 2016
|| Indo-Pak Conflict and Kashmir
Why shouldthe fate of Kashmiris be tied up with the establishment of Indo-Pak friendship?
|November 24, 2016
|| Kashmir’s Stakeholders!
Dialogue among all the “Stakeholders” is the present refrain but one could ask who the real “Stakeholders” are and what stakes they have?
|November 17, 2016
|| Sadbhavana to Scorched Earth!
Goodwill of late nineties has been replaced by the worst form of repression reminiscent of the Scorched Earth policies of retreating armies in the Second World War!
|November 10, 2016
|| The Cat’s Paw Syndrome!
|November 03, 2016
|| Barometers of Political Normalcy
The reality of the ground situation cannot be hidden by using some activities as barometers of Political Normalcy.
|October 27, 2016
|| The Apologetic Chief Executive!
The Chief Executive of the State having all the residuary powers under the constitution and presiding over the destiny of the millions of the state subjects has to be honest and decisive rather than apologetic and demeaning.
|October 20, 2016
|| The 100 days’ “Message”!
The longest mass uprising in Kashmir has conveyed a definite “Message” to India and to the World at large!
|October 13, 2016
|| The “Political Strikes”!
The widely projected “Surgical Strikes”according to many commentators have political objectives within the country rather than military objectives across the border!
|October 06, 2016
|| The War Hysteria!
The persons creating the War Hysteria should first get educated about the consequences of a present day war especially between the nuclear armed countries!
|September 29, 2016
|| Operation “Cow Down”!
The show of Army’s might is not to “Calm Down” emotionally charged people but rather to cow them down!
|September 22, 2016
|| Kashmir’s Political Vultures!
The so called“leaders” of Kashmir have always behaved like vultures waiting one upon the other to feed on the dead bodies of the innocent Kashmiris!
|September 15, 2016
|| The Curfewed Eid!
Putting the entire valley of Kashmir under curfew on the most important Muslim religious festival of Eid-ul-Adah is the first event of its kind in the entire recorded history of Kashmir!
|September 08, 2016
|| Freedom for “Suppression”!
The constitutional provision of “Freedom of Expression” has been modified to“Suppression of freedom of expression by the State” in Kashmir!
|September 01, 2016
|| Largest Democracy’s “Integral” Part!
Kashmir is supposed to be an “integral” part of the world’s largest democracy but in reality, there is hardly anything democratic here!
|August 25, 2016
|| “Chewable” Nationhood!
The author of the ‘vision document’, “Achievable Nationhood” has modified it to become the “Chewable Nationhood”!
|August 18, 2016
||Negotiators, not Soldiers!
Kashmir can be pacified by sincere and honest efforts for sorting out the basic political problem through dialogue and not by sending more and more soldiers to brutalize the people!
|August 10, 2016
||Siege without end!
The Paradise on Earth, Kashmir, has been under total siege for more than a month and there appears no end because of the stubbornness of Delhi!
|August 04, 2016
||Kashmir’s Women Rulers
Right from the earliest times Kashmir has had some women rulers. There are three womenwho have made an imprint on Kashmir’s history
|July 28, 2016
||The caged Kashmiris!
For three weeks now the entire Kashmir Valley has been turned into a huge prison with total blockade of communication within and with outside world
|July 20, 2016
||The “Blinding” Touch!
From the much touted “Healing Touch” emerged the “Kneeling Touch” which has now ended in the “Blinding Touch”!
|July 14, 2016
Some people feel alarmed at some of the recent moves aimed at resurrecting the Hindu past of Kashmir. Well, history always moves forwards and not backwards!
|July 11, 2016
||The Burhan Tsunami!
The killing of technocrat turned militant from Tral, Burhan Muzaffar Wani has generated a Tsunami which may ultimately engulf the entire sub-continent
|June 23, 2016
||The Leper Colony
Finally, the outcasts from society seem to be getting a livable place but it needs finishing touches to make it presentable!
|June 16, 2016
||The “Truth” about Tourism!
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s assertion that Horticulture and Handicrafts have more potential than Tourism is a very bold statement based on reality which needs honest and dedicated follow-up
|June 09, 2016
||The Gathering Storm!
The most worrisome aspect of the Indo-Pak estrangement refusing to go awayis the ominous signs of a gathering storm in the sub-continent predicted by some to end in a nuclear holocaust!
|June 02, 2016
||Waiting for Hakeem Suyya!
Jammu &Kashmir Government seems to be still waiting for someone like Hakeem Suyya of Avanti Varman’s time to expedite measures for prevention of future floods!
|May 26, 2016
||The “Mother” of all disasters!
The prediction by the scientists of the Oregon State University may be the “final” solution of the Kashmir problem!
|May 19, 2016
||Ideologies and Convictions, not Personalities!
It is time to end the personality cult which has plagued Kashmir’s popular movement from its very start!
|May 12, 2016
||Finalising the physical integration!
After having failed in theirovert attempts to integrate Kashmir by wooing Kashmiris, the physical integration of the state which was ensured through subtle and covert means is now being given final touches!
|May 05, 2016
||The worst culprit, adhocism!
The story of all development in various sectors in Kashmir can be summed up in one word, “ad hocism”!
|April 28, 2016
||Sociology of Kashmiri nicknames
Kashmiris have a nickname for everyone and everything
|April 21, 2016
||The “Kneeling” Touch!
Instead of applying the much touted “Healing Touch” to the suffering people, the PDP has gone for the “Kneeling Touch” to BJP and RSS with disastrous results for the Kashmiris!
|April 14, 2016
||The “Development” Agenda!
“Development” is the buzz word these days. However, it is essential to analyse what people really mean by “Development”
|April 07, 2016
||A beginning, not the end!
There is hardly any section of our society where rules and laws are obeyed. It is a virtual free for all everywhere
|March 31, 2016
||A beginning, not the end!
Sometimes accidents in life do not end it but rather give a new beginning for a more active and purposeful life
|March 25, 2016
||BJP fuelling Kashmir militancy
The recent actions of BJP Government have driven Kashmiri youth to a corner which is fuelling the new wave of militancy
|March 24, 2016
||Bonhomie through the Laser Walls!
The leaders’ hugs in Lahore and the smugglers’ handshakes across the laser walls on the borderrepresent thestark contradictions in the Indo-Pak Sub-continent!
|March 16, 2016
||Rains become a nightmare!
Once welcome as a boon from the Gods, the rains these days give nightmares to the people!
|March 10, 2016
||Kashmir’s missing King/Queen!
Kashmir in ancient times was ruled by Kings and Queens who were born to be so and in the recent times we have had democratically elected Kings but right now we have none!
|March 03, 2016
||God’s Own Children
The specially challenged children should not be neglected but taken care in a special way as they too are among the God’s creation
|February 29, 2016
||The “New” wave of militancy!
The new generation of militants is more committed and determined independent of the external motivation and support
|February 25, 2016
||Siachen, the high-altitude madness!
The highest battleground which came into being because of some overzealous mountaineers has turned into an arena of high-altitude madness!
|February 18, 2016
||Resurgence of Tagore’s India!
The spark in JNU is the beginning of the end for the Golwalkar’s India!
|February 11, 2016
||Politicians on a holiday!
The dithering in government formation has forced the Governor to take charge in terms of the constitution. The Politicians should now be kept on a holiday till the rotten system gets overhauled!
|February 04, 2016
||The “Leaders” and the “People”: Who failed whom?
The debate as to who has let down whoneeds to first consider the ground situationinKashmir and the actions of its two neighbours, overt as well as covert!
|January 28, 2016
||Kashmiris as “Hostages”!
M J Akbar, the well-known journalist turned politician has spoken the “Truth”, “Kashmiris have to be kept as hostages for the safety of Muslims in “Secular” India”!
|January 17, 2016
||Revamping Srinagar Airport
Will Srinagar ever have a truly International Airport? Yes, only if NAMO takes the initiative in his typically unconventional style!
|January 14, 2016
||Kashmir, a rudderless ship!
Mufti Sahib’s passing away seems to have set the ship of Kashmir once again adrift on an uncharted sea!
|January 07, 2016
||Kashmir’s many “Gabbar Singhs”!
There are many characters like the notorious Gabbar Singh of the famous Hindi movie Sholay in the government, administration as well as in various other political parties of different“streams”in Kashmir!
|January 03, 2016
||Leave Kashmiris Alone!
Indo-Pak bonhomie is welcome but it would be successful only if both countries decide to leave Kashmiris alone by declaring Kashmir as neutral territory!
|December 24, 2015
||Dredge the Jhelum, please!
More than 14 months have passed since the worst flood in the history of Kashmir virtually destroyed Srinagar. The sleepy Government needs to wake up to prevent the repetition of the tragedy.
|December 17, 2015
||Kashmir, the “bleeding” Heart of Asia!
Kashmir is truly the heart of Asia which has been “bleeding” for long. Unfortunately, the new process started in Turkey some years back completely ignores the historical fact!
|December 09, 2015
||Make Jammu Permanent Capital
To sort out the problems being faced by the common people, it may be better to declare Jammu as the permanent capital of J & K State thereby ending the necessity of the “Durbar Move”!
|December 03, 2015
What would Kashmir be like if Kalhana’s “Country of Spiritual Merit” had continued its march unmolested by foreign oppressors?
|November 25, 2015
||Action, not Advice!
It is good to seek the opinion of experts and professionals but what hampers the development of Tourism on global standards in Kashmir is not the scarcity of expert advicebut the lack of right action on the ground!
|November 19, 2015
Dynastic succession and nepotism seem to be in the DNA of Kashmiris!
|November 12, 2015
||The Log and the Wedge!
The tragedy of Kashmir is beautifully depicted by the popular proverb
|November 05, 2015
||Tagore’s or Golwalkar’s India?
One sees two faces of India. Which one will endure? That is the big question!
|October 22, 2015
||J & K Symbiosis!
(Jammu and Kashmir has a symbiotic relationship dictated by very long association notwithstanding the fact that the same has been a forced one!
|October 22, 2015
||The Animal Rights and the Human Rights!
India appears to be the world’s unique democracy where the animals have more rights and better protection than the humans!
|October 22, 2015
||Kashmir’s Traffic Mess!
One of the causes of mental stress and tension among local residents is the Traffic Mess experienced all over Kashmir
|October 15, 2015
||The “Beef” War!
Easiest way to divert peoples’ attention from the basic problems is to start some emotional controversy and the eating or not eating, the “Beef”, is an explosive one!
|October 08, 2015
||Srinagar “International” Airport!
Thrust on getting high-end foreign tourism to Kashmir without international air connectivity is a hypocritical exercise!
|October 01, 2015
||Anarchy in Kashmir!
Blocking internet, suspending mobile services, confining people to their homes remind one about the infamous “Iron Curtain” of the former USSR
|September 29, 2015
||Kashmir’s “Internet Curtain”!
Blocking internet, suspending mobile services, confining people to their homes remind one about the infamous “Iron Curtain” of the former USSR
|September 24, 2015
||The “Polar” Bear Hug
The “Bear Hug” between PDP and BJP which resulted in a coalition government in J & K seems to have become one sided with the South Polar Bear from Delhi mauling the Northern one right, left and centre!
|September 16, 2015
||The proverbial “Red Rag”!
The invoking of the cow slaughter ban through public interest litigation in the state high court appears to be a deliberate proverbial red rag to provoke the Kashmiris!
|September 9, 2015
||Srinagar, the “Smart” (-ing) City!
Srinagar, the historical City of the Sun, instead of becoming a “Smart” City is smarting under the mess which its denizens have heaped on it!
|September 8, 2015
||Celebrating the disaster!
Kashmir must be the only place in the world where disasters are celebrated!
|September 8, 2015
||And Quiet flows the Jhelum!
|September 2, 2015
Most of the politicians especially from the so called mainstream in Kashmir seem to be suffering from a severe memory loss medically known as “Dementia”!
|August 26, 2015
||“Kashmir First” for Kashmiris
|August 16, 2015
On every Indian Independence Day and Republic Day, Kashmiris have to face E-Curfew apart from the normal Curfew restricting physical movements!
|July 30, 2015
Disclosures of manipulative actions by intelligence agencies by former spies are a universal phenomenon but sometimes these too may have a hidden purpose!
|July 23, 2015
||Splitting Jammu & Kashmir
Attempts on both sides of the border to take away certain areas of the erstwhile state of Jammy & Kashmir may result in the restoration of the ancient Kingdom of Kashmir!
|July 12, 2015
Nothing can be more callous than asking people to pay for the mercy shown to them during their distress!
|July 06, 2015
||Charges for “Mercy”!
Nothing can be more callous than asking people to pay for the mercy shown to them during their distress!
|July 01, 2015
||Jhelum’s repeated warnings
After the last year’s destructive flood which reflected the River’s annoyance, it has given two more warnings before it strikes in the most devastating final way!
|June 25, 2015
||The Invincible Kashmiris!
Historically no one has been able to completely subdue Kashmiris. They have risen again and again to the utter disgust of their outside oppressors.
|June 19, 2015
||Kashmir’s Murky Waters!
Last year’s flood, the worst of the century not only inundated the city of sun in murky waters but brought out the muck which has been enveloping Kashmiris for last 68 years now!
|May 20, 2015
||Climbing the wrong tree!
Even if the intentions are good, yet it seems the present ruling set up is climbing the wrong tree!
|April 16, 2015
||Composite Society not Composite Townships!
Kashmir needs restoration of its centuries old composite society and not clusters of imprisoned citizens acting as perennial sources of friction.
|April 12, 2015
||The deceptive bonhomie!
The recent happenings show that the “Bear Hug” was not so warm and strong but only a reflection of what now appears to be deceptive bonhomie!
|March 04, 2015
||A bear hug!
Modi-Mufti hug reminded one of the famous Kashmiri proverbs about bear hugs and friendships. One hopes it turns out to be positive and does not end in the proverbial endings!
|February 23, 2015
||Kashmir at cross-roads
It is a tragedy that whenever Kashmir has been at the cross roads of history, its leaders have taken the wrong turn because of some deficiencies in the basic character of its people among whom these leaders rose!
|February 14, 2015
||A “Popular” Government?
A continuous refrain about the installation of a “Popular” Government in J & K makes one ask what the people in general understand by the word “Popular”
|February 05, 2015
||Fresh elections- the only sensible choice!
The delay in government formation due to a fractured mandate and the doubts about the stability of an ideologically incompatible coalition leaves the only senible choice of going back to the people
|January 07, 2015
||Modi’s presents for Obama!
After having informed Obama about Pakistan’s role in terrorist activities during his US visit, Modi is allegedly now planning to authenticate the same through border fireworks and Kashmir elections
|January 03, 2015
||Governor’s Rule-unavoidable alternative?
To prevent further paralysis in the state administration urgently required to move on a fast track in the task of restoration of the flood damage, the Governor’s Rule seems only sensible alternative!
|December 30, 2014
||Kashmir needs a “PETER”!
Like Holland which is supposed to have been saved once by Peter of Haarlem, Kashmir badly needs someone to plug the hole in its protective dyke!
|December 28, 2014
||A repetition of history!
Eighth century A.D. or 1953 or 2014, the story is same. Only the characters have changed
|December 21, 2014
||NC/PDP Alliance-Modi’s Nightmare!
|December 17, 2014
||Mahabharata’s last battle!
Parading India as a Hindu Nation may lead to the final round of the battle of Kurukshetra!
|December 12, 2014
||(Mission 44+) +70%polling =(Mufti 44+)!
Narendra Modi’s mission of capturing J&K for BJP may end up by handing over the State to Mufti Sayed’s Self-Rule!
|December 09, 2014
||Crorepatis and Crorepatnis!
The recent disclosure of assets by some of the candidates standing in the present elections highlights a murky aspect of the political set up in the state
|December 03, 2014
||The “Difficult” and the “Impossible”
Restoring Kashmir to its past glory is neither difficult nor impossible because of the resilience to face all types of adversity; the people have developed for their survival over the ages!
|November 25, 2014
||Reviving the Social Fabric
A positive outcome of the recent flood may be the revival of the social fabric in Kashmir
|November 16, 2014
||The Visoka’s Curse!
The mythological curse seems to have stuck to Kashmiris over the ages!
|October 25, 2014
||The “Bananas” and the “Peanuts”!
|October 21, 2014
||The “Paradise” Lost!
|October 19, 2014
||Kashmir Elections-misplaced priority!
|October 17, 2014
||The pretence of “Normalcy”!
|October 13, 2014
||The “Banana” Chief Minister!
|September 04, 2014
||Mahi Adji te Tsari Dodh!
“Mosquito Bones and Sparrow’s Milk!” A Kashmiri proverb alluding to the most difficult things in the world to procure!
|August 27, 2014
||India cannot have a Muslim PM!
Kashmir can have a Hindu Chief Minister but a Muslim cannot be an Indian Prime Minister!
|August 20, 2014
||Badri Nathin Adri Mohar!
Kashmiri proverb aptly describes the status of all Kashmir Chief Ministers in relation to Delhi!
|August 14, 2014
||Reviving Kashmir’s Hindu Past
Creating pilgrimages to some natural spots to revive Kashmir’s Hindu past cannot turn back the clock but would rather damage the Kashmir’s composite culture which has evolved over the centuries
|August 12, 2014
||The Lone Example!
All revolutions begin with someone setting a lone example of standing against injustice and all wrong doings
|August 1, 2014
||Gari ne vayi, asstaan khalaan taheur!
Kashmiri proverb describing the recent actions of the present rulers!
|July 24, 2014
||The stinking “Paradise”!
If there is a Paradise on Earth, it is this, it is this, and it is this!
|July 18, 2014
||The Return of Pandits?
Will they or will they not return and if they decide to return, when?
|July 08, 2014
||Fatigue Syndrome or Blurred Vision!
Is the present uncertainty in Kashmir’s popular movement due to leaders’ fatigue or because of a blurred vision of the future?
|July 08, 2014
||PM Modi keeps Kashmiris guessing?
During his first visit to Kashmir Prime Minister Narendra Modi kept everyone guessing keeping his Kashmir agenda to himself only!
|July 04, 2014
||Personality Cult and Dynastic Succession
Personality worship and rule by dynastic succession have ruined not only Kashmir’s political set up but almost every other civil institution
|June 25, 2014
||Pushravith Chay Wavsi Nao!
A Kashmiri proverb aptly describing the leaderless Kashmiri nation!
|June 18, 2014
||Asking Lotuses from the “Lotus Eaters”!
|June 06, 2014
||The Part-time freedom fighters!
Kashmir’s leaders now appear to be fighting for freedom on part-time basis.
|May 26, 2014
||Reflections on election 2014
The Indian election has revealed certain basic truths and holds many far reaching portents
|May 23, 2014
||Nemesis for Abdullahs!
The recent debacle is not the decimation of a nationalist movement but the nemesis of the dynastic rule!
|May 16, 2014
||NaMo buys Premiership!
After a massive sales promotion financed by the corporates, Narendra Modi appears to have bought the Premiership of India!
|May 09, 2014
||The Jugular Vein and the Integral Part!
Kashmiris need to tell their two neighbours claiming their home to be the “Jugular Vein” or the “Integral Part” to leave them alone!
|May 02, 2014
||More than a boycott!
The happenings during the present election of Parliament members in Kashmir seem to be more than a simple boycott. The violent resistance does not bode well for the forthcoming assembly elections!
|April 23, 2014
||Amarnath to Tosa Maidan!
The Kashmiris’ anger in regard to the land transfer or lease in both the cases should be an eye opener to all claiming Kashmiris’ reconciliation to the status quo!
|April 18, 2014
||The Lotus Eaters
Kashmiris have an uncanny resemblance to the mythological “Lotus Eaters” of the famous Greek tragedy, “Ulysses”
|April 09, 2014
||Hypocrisy of the Freedom of expression
This very common figure of speech has been hypocritically battered in Kashmir during the recent times!
|March 25, 2014
||Gulkand Wari Manz Balgum!
A Kashmiri proverb which aptly describes Kashmir’s present situation.
|March 18, 2014
Disaster Management does not mean only to give succour after a disaster strikes but it involves preparedness to face any disaster, natural or manmade.
|March 17, 2014
Pakistan’s rulers need to take violent elements head on if the country is to survive as Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s dream.
|March 12, 2014
||Dacoits, not thieves!
Persons calling Kashmiris thieves should remember that they themselves may be called dacoits for robbing Kashmir’s economic resources.
|March 04, 2014
US State Department admits Kashmir to be practically besieged as regards the freedom of expression and other basic human rights.
|February 27, 2014
||World’s Largest Mobocracy!
Recent happenings in various state legislatures and the parliament narrate a different story.
|February 20, 2014
||The Murky Mainstream!
A minister being investigated for moral turpitude starkly reflects on the status of the politicians forming part of the so called “Mainstream”!
|February 11, 2014
||Tying the tiller!
If the land to the tiller was supposed to be a revolutionary step, the present one is tying the tiller to an administrative maze worse than the one he faced in the feudal set up!
|February 06, 2014
||Retaining Kashmir, in “National Interest”!
The recent attack on AAP leader with the media going berserk on a simple remark regarding lessening of military foot prints in Kashmir vividly exposes the colonial mind set of certain sections of Indians.
|January 29, 2014
||Chattisinghpora to Pathribal!
Not only the fake encounter of Pathribal but even the massacre of Sikhs at Chattisinghpora needs to be probed by an impartial agency.
|January 24, 2014
||Masheedi Waanass Jathke Puj!
Kashmiri proverb appropriately describes the present set up!
|January 18, 2014
||“Azadi” from “Egos”!
Before reaching the goal of ultimate freedom, the “Azadi”, one has to achieve the “Azadi” from the bloated “Egos”!
|January 10, 2014
Kashmiri rulers and opposition leaders can be compared to some historical characters in regard to their disconnection with the common people and their suffering.
|January 01, 2014
||White washing history!
Some people try to white wash history by creating a dialectical illusion but history can neither be white washed nor rewritten. It stares one in the face in spite of one’s dislike of it!
|December 27, 2013
||Notify availability not curtailment!
Power supply is in such a mess that the Department needs to inform public about the availability schedule rather than the curtailment.
|December 19, 2013
||The Shylocks of Kashmir
Some Kashmiri leaders as well as people act like Shylock in the famous Shakespearean play, the “Merchant of Venice”.
|December 12, 2013
||Progress or Sickness?
Material advancement turns into a sickness if there is no accompanying moral and spiritual progress.
|December 06, 2013
||Kashmir’s Curse, the “Missing Accountability”!
Most of the ills can be traced to lack of accountability in every sphere of activity in the Kashmir society.
|November 28, 2013
In the name of progress and modernisation, Kashmir is facing grave threats to age old traditions destroying the faith of the people.
|November 21, 2013
||Nothing but the whole “Truth”!
The very first casualty in the present day Kashmir is the “Truth”!
|November 14, 2013
||Kashmiris’ nightmare, the illusive electricity!
The approaching winter may see the worst ever power crisis in Kashmir.
|November 08, 2013
||Seal the SDA Office first!
Enforcement of the law must begin at home. The biggest violators of Master Plan have been the State Government Departments like the SDA and the Police.
|October 30, 2013
Saying that Kashmir is not an International issue but a bilateral domestic problem of India and Pakistan is like shutting all the windows of a house and declaring that there is no light outside!
|October 26, 2013
||Vague goals, wavering leaders, confused people!
Kashmir’s present situation is a murky mess without any discernible way out. Only some Divine intervention can take people out of this vicious cycle of violence and corruption.
|October 24, 2013
||Kheer Bhawani turns normal
The colour of the water in the spring of the famous shrine of Kheer Bhawani in Tulla Mulla near Ganderbal is reported to be back to normal greenish tinge.
|October 14, 2013
||Kargil to Keran!
The Military Operations at Kargil and Keran seem to be deliberate attempts by the Armies of the two sides to derail the efforts of the political leadership for an Indo-Pak détente
|October 11, 2013
||“Nuclear Flashpoint”, myth or reality?
Kashmir is often referred to as the “Nuclear Flashpoint” of South Asia. Is it a myth used as an excuse to delay the resolution of the problem or it is a real threat which may someday annihilate both the countries?
|September 29, 2013
||Tearing the “Secular” mask!
The Moditva phenomenon may be a help to Kashmiris to see clearly the reality of India and prepare themslves mentally and physically for living in an ostensibly Hindu India of the future!
|September 25, 2013
||The Covert Operations!
The revelations about a covert operation to overthrow Omar Abdullah Government in 2010 seem to have come out straight from Kautilya’s Arthashastra
|September 10, 2013
||Zubin turns Kheer Bhawani RED?
The reported change of colour of the spring in the famous Kashmiri Hindu shrine of Kheer Bhawani near Tula Mula to RED from the normal BLUE does not augur well for Kashmir as per local traditional belief!
|September 10, 2013
||Kashmir’s State Animal, Sheep or Hangul?
The world famous Hangul (Kashmir Stag) in the Dachigam National Park, faces a mortal threat because of the tussle between two government departments
|September 8, 2013
||Zubin Breaks “Peace” in Kashmir!
Instead of taking the feelings of Kashmir to the world to bring “Peace”, Zubin’s musical concert has rather broken the “Peace” here!
|September 2, 2013
||The “Beautiful Prison” Concert!
Zubin Mehta may end up playing Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky to the inmates of what the European Union team called, “A Beautiful Prison”
|August 26, 2013
||Ode to dying Dal!
The musical concert is welcome but the sick Lake can’t be revived by music alone. It needs decisive urgent action under international environmental supervision. Let the German Government take the initiative to do that!
|August 23, 2013
||Terrorism, a big business!
Terrorism of all types is condemnable but the “State Terrorism” is the most deplorable especially when it turns into “Big Business”!
|August 7, 2013
||The State of Jammu (Tawi)!
Creation, if ever, of a separate state of Jammu must be according to a historical perspective and in keeping with the aspirations of all the people in the region and their individual preferences
|August 3, 2013
||“K-resolution”, the new election slogan!
Almost all mainstream parties are repeatedly giving out the new slogan of resolving Kashmir problem after the elections thinking that they can fool all the people all the time!
|July 27, 2013
Virtually all activities especially those involving manual labour are getting outsourced in Kashmir. Incidentally, maintenance of law and order too has been outsourced to Central Agencies!
|July 19, 2013
||The “Incredible Omar”!
"You can't have enough of him"!
Sincerity and honesty demands positive action to uphold the truth. Merely proclaiming that one has discovered the truth does not help.
|July 18, 2013
||Omar cries “Eureka”!
Omar’s discovery that Kashmir may erupt anytime and Kashmiris can’t be taken for granted reminds one of Archimedes.
|July 15, 2013
||Martyrs under curfew!
Kashmir must be the only place in the world where even the dead are put under curfew!
|July 11, 2013
||Kashmir’s Home Prisons!
(The most subtle way for the authorities to curtail the basic rights guaranteed under the constitution is to imprison a person in his own home
|July 05, 2013
||Integration by tunnelling!
(Indians are trying to integrate land of Kashmir physically by tunnelling the Himalayan Mountains forgetting the emotional, sentimental and spiritual integration of the people which they have miserably failed to do in last 65 years
|June 29, 2013
(The tragic reality of the Kashmir problem is New Delhi’s deliberate silence after admitting to have understood the Kashmiris’ sentiments!
|June 10, 2013
||“Azadi” not AFSPA
(“Azadi” (freedom) has been the main sentimental aspiration of the majority of Kashmiris and not the much touted about revocation of the notorious legislation called AFSPA
|May 31, 2013
||Anzz Gamas Ponz Muqdam
(A typical description of some of the Kashmiri leaders and their followers
|May 28, 2013
||Debate the future, not the past!
Raking up the past to blame various leaders of 1947 is not going to solve the tragedy of Kashmir. Positive thinking about the future could be a possible way to salvation
|May 23, 2013
||Gulmarg, the “hostage” meadow!
The once famous meadow of flowers has become a hostage to unscrupulous tourism players enjoying political patronage
|May 16, 2013
Instead of re-capitulating History, there have been many attempts at re-writing it in a way that suits some people at a particular period in time!
|May 16, 2013
||The Sacrificial Lambs!
The brutal killing of the prisoners in the two notorious jails appears as a sacrificial killing of proverbial lambs to propitiate the extremist elements within as well as outside the governments of the two neighbouring countries
|May 10, 2013
Tourism has unfortunately been turned into a political tool not only to utilise its propaganda value to project the so called normalcy but to prevent its streamlining as a sustainable economic activity
|May 07, 2013
||Tilwein Wanas Maachgun
Musharraf’s coming back is appropriately described by this Kashmiri saying!
|May 02, 2013
||The Scandalous Republic of India!
The leaders of India’s freedom movement could have never imagined that the country they liberated from 200 years of the British colonial rule will turn into a Republic of scandals!
|Aril 30, 2013
||Character before “Azadi”!
Total emancipation called “Azadi” is not attainable unless the basic character is changed. The present state of the same does not have a chance to lead Kashmiris to the cherished goal but makes them go round in circles
|Aril 20, 2013
Kashmir has seen the rule of a single dynasty for more than forty years which has grown and prospered over the toil and sacrifices of the common people without contributing anything substantial towards their total emancipation
|Aril 17, 2013
The most difficult thing for an outsider is to understand the contradictions one often encounters in Kashmiri behaviour. Quite often the assessments made by them prove completely wrong and they feel frustrated!
|Aril 08, 2013
Power Development Department is holding people hostage to worst type of blackmail. Pay more and get lesser power for shorter duration
|Aril 07, 2013
||Kashmir’s Political Parasites
Over the years a new breed of politicians has risen in Kashmir which lives and fattens itself on the sacrifices of the people given for goals other than those proclaimed by these parasitical leaders!
|Aril 02, 2013
||The “Middlemen” and the “Brokers”!
Kashmir had the tradition of the “Middlemen” for marriages and the “Brokers” for properties/land but these service providers seem to have now mushroomed all over in every sphere of life!
|March 28, 2013
||Lachi ross Seuh!
Lion cubs not only roar but also bite but some people who claim to be the lion cubs merely roar without biting which shows they are not what they claim to be!
|March 25, 2013
||Protecting the “Abode of the Gods”!
The Himalaya has been called the “Abode of the Gods” and to protect its purity ecologically and environmentally is the fundamental duty of all the human beings having faith in God!
|March 22, 2013
||The Unethical Service Providers(Kashmir has been ruled in earlier times by Kings and Queens. In every reign, there have been service providers who could go to any length to satisfy the needs of a ruler, the “unethical service providers”. Unfortunately, this tribe has grown immensely andcontinues to flourish even now!
|March 14, 2013
||Omar Abdullah’s Shilly-Shallying!
Will we get the autonomy or not? Will AFSA go or not go? Will Afzal Guru’s body be returned or not? These questions remain unanswerable by the dithering Chief Minister because of his shilly-shallying
|March 08, 2013
||Kashmir’s Political “Actors”!
During last sixty five years or so, Kashmiris have had many leaders and quite a few of these have been past masters at acting and can be called the Kashmir’s Political “Actors”!
|March 08, 2013
||The Political Histrionics!
During last sixty five years or so, Kashmiris have had many leaders and quite a few of these have been past masters at histrionics and can be called the Kashmir’s “Political Actors”!
|March 05, 2013
||The “Religious Terrorism”
After Saffron Terrorism, a new term, the “Religious Terrorism” has been coined by Swami Agnivesh in regard to the uncontrolled Amarnath Yatra. He has implored the State Government to tackle it like the Uttrakhund Government. Will they have the courage to do it?
|March 02, 2013
||The “Leper” Government!
The lopsided planning and stress on unproductive schemes makes one think that the Government which has totally neglected the suffering “Lepers” is itself suffering from Leprosy!
|February 28, 2013
||The new “Peace Brigade”!
The proposed Police Bill recalls the tortuous memories of the “Peace Brigade” of thefifties set up to suppress the Kashmiri urge for freedom and is very ironically a repetition of the tragic period of our history.
|February 28, 2013
||Next Taliban battlefield-Kashmir?
Indian media is obsessed with the speculation that the next battlefield for Taliban after American exit in 2014 would be Kashmir!
|February 23, 2013
||Are Taliban coming?
The hot topic these days is that the Taliban are coming to liberate Kashmir after the Americans leave Afghanistan. Will they really come to Kashmir?
|February 15, 2013
||SOP for Kashmir
To control the peoples’ anger in Kashmir, the Home Ministry has devised an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) which goes into effect automatically on any perceived apprehension of popular reaction
|January 30, 2013
||Colour of terror!
Union Home Minister recently declared that there is “Saffron Terrorism” also In India. Does terrorism have a Colour?
|January 23, 2013
||Indo-Pak war games
The relations between the two neighbours alternate between love and hate. Is it due to deeply ingrained mistrust or part of the psychological games people play for sustaining their vested interests?
|January 17, 2013
||Tying Kashmir in knots!
People who look for a solution for the problem outside Kashmir and connect it to conflict situations elsewhere are in reality tying Kashmir in knots!
|January 10, 2013
||People friendly Government!
The present government may stake claim to all the real or phoney achievements but their claim to be people friendly is debatable!