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Want to cross the highway, look for a magistrate first!

Want to cross the highway, look for a magistrate first!

Nisar Dharma Srinagar: A man required an approval from a magistrateto simply cross the road in Sangam, a settlement in south Kashmir’s Anantnagdistrict, on Wednesday, the second day of the two-day-a-week ban authoritieslast week imposed on civilian movement on Srinagar-Jammu highway. The photo of the civilian’s right-hand palm carrying the stamp,signature and Wednesday’s date with […]

‘Resistance’ by J-K’s Unionists: Electoral gimmick or new shift?

‘Resistance’ by J-K’s Unionists: Electoral gimmick or new shift?

Gowhar Geelani Omar Abdullah, former Chief Minister (CM) of Jammu and Kashmir, stirred a political hornet’s nest, saying, ‘turn the clock backward to 1953’, in a political rally on 1 April, renewing the demand to take back J-K to times when it enjoyed substantial autonomy; hence, leaving New Delhi with control only over defence, currency […]

“As if they’ll shoot at me,” says 13-yr-old; returns dead

“As if they’ll shoot at me,” says 13-yr-old; returns dead

Kaisar Andrabi On Sunday morning, his cousin sister saw him running down the stairs in the double-storey house, and asked, “Where are you going?” Even a few moments before, he had tried to escape, but the attempt was foiled by his cousin. But it was only after his friend and classmate, Raqib Ahmad, came running […]

Bloody Sunday in Kashmir- “He was Sent inside the house by Army, Then Shot from Behind”

Bloody Sunday in Kashmir- “He was Sent inside the house by Army, Then Shot from Behind”

Qazi Shibli Srinagar: Thousands of people including women gathered early morning on Sunday to bid farewell to the ‘martyr’ at his funeral. Women later marched towards his house singing songs of bravery, “Qoum Ke Shaheedo, Goor Goor Karyo” (Farewell oh martyr of the motherland). The Kashmir valley witnessed a bloody Sunday on 01 April when […]

If Article 35A is expended it will impinge on basic tenets of constitutional interpretation

If Article 35A is expended it will impinge on basic tenets of constitutional interpretation

When the minions of the BJP promise abolition of Article 370 or Article 35A, especially prior to the elections, it is not to be taken seriously. In fact, the response, if any, should be to dare them to do it. Indeed, I had done so in 2014 in response to a rant by Jitendra Singh, […]

Jacinda Ardern – A Ray of Hope

Jacinda Ardern – A Ray of Hope

The exhibition of cowardice and brutality in two Mosques at Christchurch New Zealand on the 15th of this month has proven the fact that terrorism knows no faith and religion. Those who attribute it to any particular religion or faith, are biased towards the religion. Though the attack on innocent worshippers has sent shockwaves among […]

THE DARKEN DAYS

THE DARKEN DAYS

I wonder, I ponder on the circumstances around. The dark brown clouds of western disturbance floating on with a harsh speed with reddish velvety appearance, making the hearts wrenching and souls trembling, the days on and days of. The thunders so horrified, piercing through the bones that make others to hide and seek. The nature […]

Elections2019: Will Faisal Be New Arvind Kejriwal in Kashmir?

Elections2019: Will Faisal Be New Arvind Kejriwal in Kashmir?

Srinagar 19 March : The decision of former bureaucrat Dr Shah Faisal to float a new political has triggered a transitional response from the people of the valley as some are terming it as a “strategic step of center” to attract the voter for upcoming election. Shah Faisal while launching his political party promised that […]

Price Rise Goes Unchecked

Price Rise Goes Unchecked

  The closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway this winter has resulted in shortage of essential commodities in the Valley leading to escalated prices of many essentials including medicine, petroleum, LPG and edibles like mutton, vegetables and fruits. Even though the State administration had constituted special market-checking squads to prevent overpricing of commodities, the prices of essential […]

Where Stones Speak

Where Stones Speak

Rana Safvi Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti attracted kings and peasants alike to his discourses The name Ajmer immediately conjures up a vision of Khwaja Garib Nawaz and his dargah. It reminds me of the saint Moinuddin Hasan Chishti, who was generous like the sea and hospitable like the earth. Today, his dargah, with its saintly white […]

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Davinder arrest threatens the fragile trust Kashmiri Sikhs enjoy with Indian state & Muslims

Khushdeep Kaur Malhotra The details of Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh’s alleged involvement with militants and purported role as a ‘double agent’ are still not clear, and perhaps will never be. But the incident has opened familiar and painful wounds for the Sikh community in the Valley. A notification issued by […]