Should U.S. Take ‘NO’ of India as an Answer?

“I would like to categorically state that no such request (mediation on Kashmir) has been made by the Prime Minister (Modi) to the US President,” Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs told the Indian Parliament on July 23, 2019. He added that “Shimla and Lahore accords provide the basis for resolution of all issues bilaterally.”  Why India stresses Lahore Declaration and Simla Agreement and not the United Nations resolutions, which were adopted only after the consent of both India and Pakistan was sought at the Security Council.? There is a…

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History lessons for Amit Shah on Kashmir that he should have studied in school

Amit Shah must know that former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru is the reason why two-third of Jammu and Kashmir is a part of India today Seventy-two years after the state of Jammu & Kashmir acceded to India, questions are still being asked why India accepted a ceasefire and why its Army was not allowed to evict Pakistani raiders from the other side of LoC, which since has become the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit-Baltistan. The latest to raise the question is Union Home Minister Amit Shah who on the…

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Marriage and Culture: Two sides of the same coin

Human beings transcended barriers of barbarism and jungle life in quick succession and modified the way they lived to evolve a life worth living. It is this space of contextual dimension where the law arose to place of prominence to satisfy the test of time. Ancient societies thrived on saga of ‘Mine and Thine’ despite relying on coordinated efforts in a specific community. This rhetoric changed its fate for better and more organized space of thinking in what at present is called as ‘Rule 0f Law ‘over rule of power.…

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The extravaganza of modern wedding in Kashmir

Nikaah, referred as Khandar in the Kashmiri language is a sacred function held to tie a lawful nuptial knot between the bride and the groom in the presence of witnesses. The rituals in Nikaah are held to seek the pleasure and blessing of Allah (SWT) on the couple. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “The best wedding is that upon which the least trouble and expense is bestowed” (Mishkat). The present generation follows exactly opposite of what has been prescribed by the The Holy Prophet (PBUH). The kind of marriage ceremonies being…

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Climate change will not spare anyone

Climate change is a major global issue today. Every country is realizing it and is setting goals to find solutions which can help mitigate its impacts. Level of greenhouse gases has gone up and down over the history of Earth, but they had stayed constant for the past few thousand years. Global average temperature has also stayed constant over that time until the past 150 years. Due to the industrial revolution and discovery of fossil fuels the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has gone up considerably. These greenhouse…

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Unknown Gunmen: Another reality of Kashmir

The encompassing proclivity of the armed conflict since decades has engulfed every corner of life in Kashmir. It is that part of the world where gunfights, strewn bodies of soldiers, mutilated militants—interminable wails in-between—and everything that tends to wrench a human heart transpires daily. The adamant duo, India and Pakistan, the nuclear-heads stakeholders of Kashmir conflict aren’t coming on the negotiating table, has only dragged the situation to a dead end in the Valley. During the 1990s, with militancy rising to a peak, the number of disappearances and unknown/unmarked graves…

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A divided Kashmir

We are losing on all counts. Time to think Call it our evolution or a mere coincidence that we seem to be expanding fast politically and militarily at the same time. This growth or expansion is more digital rather than on the ground which we are losing to many betrayals, agreements and alliances since time immemorial. Our mainstream politics is growing like weed these days. More attractive and lucrative adventure to tread on. May be powerful than the petty chair of officialdom where one is bound to follow the set…

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How Narendra Modi seduced India with Envy and Hate

The prime minister has won re-election on a tide of violence, fake news and resentment. Before dawn on Feb. 26, Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist prime minister of India, ordered an aerial attack on the country’s nuclear-armed neighbor, Pakistan. There were thick clouds that morning over the border. But Mr. Modi claimed earlier this month, during his successful campaign for re-election, that he had overruled advisers who worried about them. He is ignorant of science, he admitted, but nevertheless trusted his “raw wisdom,” which told him that the cloud cover…

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Caged within smartphones

While walking down the memory lane, we pre-2000 generation has a lot to cherish. Starting from open baths in nearby streams and rivers to playing gilli danda, all was pristine and natural. We still remember and cherish the social pluralism and shared neighbourhood wherein borderlines were irrelevant. It was breakfast at home, lunch at Payri jee’s house and dinner at Khal soab’s house. From every household the feeling of home was consistent and persistent. After the paddy harvest, the collection of left out individual paddy straws for some monetary benefits…

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E-Curfew and Digital India

In the era of digital India, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has witnessed internet shutdown for more than 197 times in 2018-19. One of the first steps taken by the government for the maintenance of law and order in Kashmir is shutting down the internet to stop the dissemination of provocative content or news. Intermittent internet suspension has been disrupting studies, business, reporting and social life of the residents of the state to a great extent. Digital disconnection and denial of proper, high-value bandwidth, at a time when telecom giants are…

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