Out of box ‘Cure’ for coronavirus, Patanjali continues to do ‘Science’ by Press Release

By – Vasudevan Mukunth Patanjali Ayurved, the FMCG company owned by yoga guru Baba Ramdev that has made a windfall selling food and consumer goods rooted in supposed Ayurvedic precepts and by capitalising on protectionist sentiments, claimed on Tuesday that it had developed an Ayurvedic product that could ‘cure’ COVID-19. At a launch event earlier this week, Ramdev said their Patanjali Research Institute had produced an “evidence-based ayurvedic cure” for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that has thus far claimed 4.4 lakh lives around the world. The…

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Bringing the Israeli model to Kashmir

The gradual encroachment on Kashmiri’s rights and the growing prospect of colonisation could set the region on fire. By Anuradha Bhasin For more than 70 years, Kashmiris have lived with the dread of the Indian government changing the demography and special status of Indian-administered Kashmir, which was till recently Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state. Deemed preposterous and exaggerated at one time, these anxieties have now become completely justified and have even deepened. On August 5, 2019, Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which gave the state its special status and…

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We butchered freedom to win slavery

By – Hashim Qureshi A scuffle took place between Indian and Chinese border forces somewhere on the border of Eastern Ladakh. Many in Azad Kashmir and some on this side of the valley and also many in Pakistan began to celebrate the faceoff by beating drums and cracking crackers. Animosity has made all of them blind. Euphoric to see the enemy dragged to destruction and defeat we do not have even the little vision about what next and what gain is it going to bring to us? Let us go…

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There is a Global Dimension to the India-China Confrontation in Ladakh

By – Siddiq Wahid It has been a frenetic five weeks of a suddenly “unquiet front” in Ladakh between India and China. The saga began with simultaneous reports of a helicopter chase on May 5 and scuffles around the high-altitude Pangong Lake. There followed reports that the Chinese had doubled (to six) the number of boats on the lake, which is bisected by the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Then, in the second half of May, there were more reports of unsoldierly tussles and a week later dramatic visuals of Chinese Air Force…

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Late Marriages: Matter of concern

By – Davood Peer Marriage is a legal contract between a man and a woman both the groom and the bride are to consent to the marriage of their own free wills. A formal, binding contract – verbal or on paper is considered integral to a religiously valid Islamic marriage and outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom and bride. Marriage is described as the legal contract between two people that marks the beginning of the family. Marriage is not only physical but a spiritual and emotional tie-up between…

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Tale of two pregnancies, A dying elephant & A caged Human Being

Where has the outrage and empathy we rightly felt at the death of the elephant in Kerala gone in the case of Safoora Zargar, the Jamia student held in an overcrowded jail at COVID time? By -Bedabrata Pain   I saw the report first on social media – WhatsApp, to be precise. A gut-wrenching story of a pregnant elephant dying a horrific death, standing in the middle of a river. The initial reports was that some people had deliberately fed her pineapple filled with firecrackers. On the basis of this narrative,…

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New thinking and New action plan needed to resolve Kashmir Issue, Nationalists must unite!

By Hashim Qureshi Since a long time, I have been suggesting that all nationalist parties and organizations in J&K State should be dissolved. New ground situation has to be taken into account and three or four persons should be identified from big or small nationalist groups to form a Central Committee. This committee will have consultations with experts and the agenda should be to re-unite the state, struggle for opening all road links, set a claim for fundamental rights, rights for development and announce a definite anti-terrorist policy. The demand…

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Israeli’s Blueprint: Kashmir the next Palestine in making

Danish Geelani “As the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic amid a global race to stop its spread, India has passed a new law in Kashmir which residents fear will change the demographic status of the Muslim-majority territory.  The new domicile law announced by India’s Ministry of Home Affairs on 1 April grants permanent residency rights, which entails owning and buying property and access to government jobs, for anyone who has resided in Indian-administered Kashmir for a period of 15 years.  The move has sparked anger in the contested region, with…

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Kashmiris who received international recognition for their work in Journalism, Literature and Human Rights

The announcement by Dana Canedy, the administrator of the Pulitzer prizes came late Monday via her youtube stream, being deferred by two weeks due to the COVD-19 crises. Two Kashmiri and one Jammu based journalists had bagged the 2020 Pulitzer for ‘the striking’ images of life in Kashmir after the scrapping of Article 370 which granted Kashmir autonomy. The news was broken online by another journalist who tweeted “Pulitzer is home”, and instantly, the tweet became viral. It was retweeted some hundred times and liked a few thousand times by…

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Kashmir after nine months lockdown

Prof Upendra Kaul It is nine months since the demotion of Jammu and Kashmir to a union territory. This population has always been better than the national average in terms of education, employment, and wealth. A review of this period and the achievements by a frequent visitor could make a meaningful analysis. It all began from 1st August when I, along with a team went to the valley to conduct a medical camp organized through the local authorities in Kangan, a picturesque township with a mixed ethnic population on way…

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