The art of pottery in Kashmir is at the verge of extinction

Mohammad Ashraf The valley of Kashmir do possess a global fame not only because of its scenic beauty but also because of its skilled workers and artisans .The hand woven shawls of Kashmir are liked globally .Our carpet industry has a unique identity throughout the globe. Our other crafts like paper-machie and woodcarving are acknowledged […]

State police-Centre confrontation can have dangerous fallout; defuse crisis

Shankar Roychowdhury The actual schedule has not been announced yet, but as the general election of 2019 draws closer, India’s polity and political class appear to be regressing further into what can only be described as a state of collective hydrophobia. Nothing else can really explain the sheer frenzy of the intensely personalised, venomously vituperative […]

There’s a hole in the data

Kiran Bhatty, Dipa Sinha The credibility of India’s data systems is under serious threat with the recent controversy over the employment data of the National Sample Survey. While the Census of India and the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) have a good reputation, when it comes to data related to the social sector — health, […]

Interim Satisfaction

Mahatama gandhi In this year’s Interim Budget, the government has made a number of major political statements, which is understandable in an election year. Interestingly, the budget has outlined not only short-term schemes but a long-term vision and outlook. Outlining long-term objectives is seen very positively in policy analysis. However, they need to be vigorously […]

Highway haunts Kashmir

Highway haunts Kashmir

Closure of the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar highway for nearly a month now has triggered acute shortage of essentials, including fuel, in Kashmir. Agencies entrusted with the job to maintain this strategic highway, which connects Kashmir with rest of the world, seem to have no clue about how to prevent the landslides from recurring again and again. […]

Azad sidelined?

Azad sidelined?

Factionalism within the Congress party has hit a new low as the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad has reportedly announced that he would not be a part of the election campaigning in the state. According to the media reports president of All India Congress Committee Rahul Gandhi has given the […]

Another lesson for PDP

Another lesson for PDP

Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti recently stirred the hornet’s nest by demanding action against an Army Major, who had allegedly beaten up a youth in Pulwama district. Mehbooba Mufti visited SMHS hospital in Srinagar and enquired about the health of the injured youth. She urged the […]

Building castles in air

Building castles in air

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah has taken his political opponents head on for mocking his promise to do away with the Public Safety Act if NC is voted to power. A few days before Omar while addressing NC workers in Srinagar had said that if NC forms […]

On secularism, conversion & nature of religion

Mohan Guruswamy When the late J. Jayalalithaa opened up the debate on conversions by passing an ordinance during her second tenure as chief minister of Tamil Nadu that made the choice of faith subject to the state’s approval, not surprisingly, the VHP, RSS and the BJP hailed it as a great achievement. Not surprisingly, their […]

A Crossroads In Kabul

BVinay Kaura India’s Afghan policy is at a crossroads. A period of adjustment has become essential following US President Donald Trump’s unilateral announcement that he is pulling US troops out of the conflict-ridden country. Another development is the “framework” deal between the US and Afghan Taliban after six days of discussions at Doha. Washington’s hasty […]