Friendship Gone Sour: The Nehru-Abdullah bond and its implications on India and Kashmir

Friendship Gone Sour - The Nehru-Abdullah bond and its implications on India and Kashmir

A bear’s friendship is how today’s Kashmiri literati remember the ties between the two stalwarts — Jawaharlal Nehru and Sheikh Abdullah By: Naseer Ganai “People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them,” writes Basharat Peer in his much-acclaimed 2008 memoir, Curfewed Night. “When India was violently partitioned in 1947, both Hari Singh and Sheikh Abdullah sought time before deciding Kashmir’s fate. In October 1947, however, tribesmen from the north-west frontier province of Pakistan, supported by the Pakistani Army, invaded Kashmir, forcing their hand; Singh decided to join India,…

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Smartphone Addiction its Social and Health Impact

Smartphone Addiction its Social and Health Impact

By: Haroon Rashid Bhat As the rapid advancement of science and technology accelerates, humans are not content to live only in the real world. We find ourselves traveling from the real to the virtual world frequently more than ever. The virtual world has already become part of our daily routine. Modern man coined the term “Digital World” to identify this human progression. No doubt, these inventions make our life comfortable to great extent but the excessive use of modern gadgets like smartphones, laptops, etc imbalanced the whole social environment of…

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Kashmiri Zaitoon: How olive cultivation in Uri is transforming the lives farmers

Kashmiri Zaitoon: How olive cultivation in Uri is transforming the lives farmers

In Kashmir, cultivation of olive is done in Uri owing to favourable weather conditions and soil quality there By: Indra Shekhar Singh Can your next bottle of extra virgin olive oil come from Kashmir? Hidden in the mountainous region of Uri, Kashmir has a tree that can help end India’s search for a healthier edible oil. This tree has whitish barks, small elongated leaves and gives green fruits each December. It is olive, which is called zaitoon in Urdu. And while Indians are spending top dollar (about $29 million) on…

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Success never come from comfort zones

Success never come from comfort zones

Study while others are sleeping, work while others are loafing, prepare while others are playing, and you will enjoy while others are regretting. By : Samiya Rasool Being a student is the best gift that one can have in his life you have the opportunity to learn n grow in a constructive environment with like – minded people you are allowed to make mistakes , correct those mistakes and become a better person . What ever you will be in your future is the result of your present life, how…

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Kashmir the Valley of Dreams

Kashmir the Valley of Dreams

By: Bazila Farooq The valley is an emerald set in pearls, where men are strong, and women vie with the soil in fruitfulness Every sunrise in Kashmir is a ‘Good Morning,’ and the same can be said about the pleasant nights here,” recalls a friend from Punjab who was enchanted after visiting the Kashmir Valley. I’ve have not seen anything more gorgeous than Kashmir. And it’s true that the people are very stunning. Fast-flowing streams of pure water, tweeting birds, majestic hills, and a pleasant, soft wind pouring down from…

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Kashmir needs unconventional solution; Centre must not go back to old, discredited Valley politicians

Kashmir needs unconventional solution; Centre must not go back to old, discredited Valley politicians

One of the accusations against the Narendra Modi regime is that it is slowly falling back on the old corrupt ecosystem that ruled Kashmir by proxy all these years. For that, if Delhi has to press the ‘pause’ button — so be it By: Sandip Ghose The situation in Kashmir is grave and the BJP is facing its “we told you so” moment from both its critics and supporters. So far, the Union government has neither said nor done anything to inspire confidence. Meanwhile, we see heart-wrenching photographs flashed online…

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Recent verdicts show ‘Veneer of Calm’ in Kashmir serves New Delhi best

Recent verdicts show 'Veneer of Calm' in Kashmir serves New Delhi best

The recent verdicts in the case of Yasin Malik and Waheed Parra once again confirm that prosecution in the case of Kashmiris is based on the message that the ruler in Delhi wants to convey. By: Ghazala Wahab Two recent judgments by lower courts, which usually take maximalist positions on the side of caution, suggest that the government of India may want to dial down provocation in the Kashmir Valley. At least for now. One, a Delhi court recently awarded Kashmiri separatist and former militant Yasin Malik multiple life sentences…

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The resurgent Pandits of Kashmir

The resurgent Pandits of Kashmir

By: Lalit Anjum Kher The Kashmiri Pandits shun being guinea-pigs, and has to realize the underlying schema controlling the govermentality of the establishment. To fight an existential battle for life and honor, the time is ripe to invoke Parashurama within. Background In the wake of recent gruesome cold blooded murder of Rahul Bhat, a J&K state government employee working in Kashmir valley has sent shock waves around the nation and the world. He was singled out and subsequently murdered by terrorists in broad daylight inside the Revenue Office, Budgam in…

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Will there be an end to targeted killings in Kashmir?

Will there be an end to targeted killings in Kashmir?

By Majeed Ahmad Killing of Rahul Bhat, a government employee at Chadoora Tehsil Office in Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists on Thursday, has once again brought to the fore a chilling reminder of the incidents of 1989 and 1990 when Kashmiri Pandits were selectively targeted and forced to leave the Valley. According to highly placed sources much like its perfidious acts of late 1989 and early 1990, Pakistani spy agency ISI has started preparing ‘hit-lists’ of members of minority community who would be murdered to create tension in…

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Power woes of J&K; The story that we don’t want to hear

Power woes of J&K; The story that we don’t want to hear

By: Arun Joshi Unending power woes in Jammu and Kashmir is not the same story which is told and retold in the rest of the country. It is a manifestation of policy failure and unlimited incompetence in comprehending the problems and laying a vision for future. In simple words, the power crisis that the people in the Union Territory experienced in March-April was not unprecedented, its feel was. There hangs a trail of questions – why a water rich territory like J&K is suffering from such crisis. Why it lacked…

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