Reporting conflict not easy

Reporting conflict not easy

Forces thrashing journalists near the gunfight site at Fateh Kadal in Srinagar’s old city has triggered outrage. Journalists associations have cut across the party lines and have condemned the highhandedness of the forces. Reporting conflict has not been easy for the scribes working in the Valley. They have always been caught in difficult situations. It’s […]

Will India and China fight a war again?

Mohan Guruswamy Another October 20 is at hand. It’s the day on which the 1962 Sino-Indian border war began. Most Indians still rightly see the 1962 border war between India and China as a relatively small military defeat but a major national panic, as a cathartic event and one that is never forgotten. While 1962 […]

Ignoring top Tibetan lamas puts India on wrong side of history

Bharat Bhushan Tibetan Buddhist leader Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje could well inherit the political legacy of the Dalai Lama, even though he belongs to a different Tibetan Buddhist sect. At 83, the Dalai Lama keeps indifferent health and there is trepidation amongst most Tibetans about a future without him. This potential lends special significance to […]

Race for Mayor’s post begins

Race for Mayor’s post begins

The Urban Local Bodies polls have ended in Jammu and Kashmir. The voter turnout in the Valley has been low but in Jammu region polling percentage has been high. In Kashmir many candidates have won the elections unopposed. However in Jammu, people are waiting for the results eagerly as media reports suggest that independents have […]

Hopelessness in the occupied Palestinian territories

Jalal Abukhater Today, nearly five million Palestinians who live in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip are trying to survive day-to-day life, without any real long-term hopes or expectations. In the 25 years since the signing of the Oslo Accords and the founding of the Palestinian Authority, Israel has expanded and entrenched […]

The real crisis: A widening Bharat-India gap

Sandeep Bamzai Even as agriculture’s contribution over the years has diminished, the emphasis on services has been overplayed. In many ways, services acquired an altogether new hue, becoming the hot button item in India’s economic march. But for India to provide basic employment and deal with rapid urbanisation and mass migration, it requires jobs for […]

Governor punctures trifurcation balloon

Governor punctures trifurcation balloon

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has dispelled the notion that granting more powers to the Leh and Kargil development councils is a step towards the trifurcation of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. He has said that trifurcation of J&K will be disastrous. In September, the State Administrative Council headed by the Governor Malik approved […]

Economics Nobel: From esoteric to practical

Mohan Guruswamy The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel was instituted in 1968 by the Swedish central bank, and laureates are selected by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. It is commonly called the Nobel Prize in Economics, though the Nobel Endowment has nothing to do with it. It has […]

A diplomatic blind spot

C. Raja Mohan As their confrontation with Tehran escalates, the Gulf Arabs are dismayed by Delhi’s inability to engage with their profound security concerns about Iran. Worse still, they see a Delhi that is politically passive on the Arab front and strategically active on the Iranian side. Three factors that may explain, in part, this […]

Focus shifts to youth

Focus shifts to youth

The Government of India has shifted its entire focus on youth in Kashmir and it wants to channelize their energy in a positive way. Governor Satya Pal Malik recently said that the most important stakeholders in the peace process are J&K’s youth and it is essential to engage them regularly and effectively to give impetus […]

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