Raja Mandala: Breaking the Radcliffe barrier

C. Raja Mohan It is not often that China’s envoys to Delhi find time to visit Punjab. That is what Luo Zhaohui did last week. Besides wearing a turban, drinking lassi, chatting with farmers and paying obeisance at the Golden Temple, Ambassador Luo went to the Indo-Pak border at Attari-Wagah. After watching the popular flag-lowering […]

J&K resources not utilized

J&K resources not utilized

Governor N N Vohra expressing dismay over the failure of the successive regimes to harness the hydropower potential of Jammu and Kashmir has exposed the claims of the politicians that they worked overtime to serve the people of the state. The Governor has pointed out that out of 20,000 mega watts hydro-electricity potential, state is […]

Taking stock at 71

Omkar Goswami On the midnight of August 15, 1947, when I became a nation free of imperial rule, and while Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru delivered his most unforgettable speech, thousands of Hindus and Muslims were butchering terrified refugees across Pakistan and the Punjab as the poor souls fled their hearths and homes to what they considered […]

Refocusing on Africa

Rani D Mullen Behind the media blitz and rhetoric, a refocused Africa strategy is emerging — as are the constraints to its effective implementation. The new strategy builds on India’s soft power in historical, trade, and cultural links, particularly with eastern Africa — or in the new jargon, the western edge of the Indo-Pacific. While […]

Jammu has to decide

Jammu has to decide

Gagan Bhagat, the BJP MLA from RS Pura, Jammu, has stirred the Hornet’s nest by defending the Article 35-A. He has threatened that people of Jammu would take to arms if this Article is scrapped. His assertions have created a furore within his party as he has challenged the stand of his own party. The […]

Govt without Mehbooba?

Govt without Mehbooba?

As the annual Amarnath pilgrimage has entered into last phase Bharatiya Janata Party has intensified the efforts to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav visited Srinagar on Thursday and held series of meetings with the BJP leaders, PDP rebels and party’s ally Sajad Lone. Speculations are rife […]

Imran Khan and the military: Allies today, foes tomorrow?

Gul Bukhari Two weeks after claiming victory in Pakistan’s July 25 election, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) on Monday announced that it secured the necessary majority in parliament to form a coalition government. However, the controversy surrounding the election has not yet subsided, and the legitimacy of any future PTI-led coalition government is still […]

Trump’s ‘Arab NATO’ plan to counter Iran is doomed to fail

Marwan Kabalan With the stated aim of bringing it back to the table of negotiation in order to clinch a “better” deal than the one signed by its predecessor, the Trump administration reimposed the first round of economic sanctions on Iran. The second and more painful one, which targets Iran’s vital oil sector, will come […]

Significant decision

Significant decision

The State Administrative Council has taken yet another significant decision by privatizing the electricity metering in Jammu and Kashmir. This step would help in reducing the power pilferage in the state. The SAC has accorded sanction to the engagement of the Rural Electricity Corporation Power Distribution Company Limited (RECPDCL) for carrying out power meter procurement, […]

Imran Khan and the military: Allies today, foes tomorrow?

Gul Bukhari Two weeks after claiming victory in Pakistan’s July 25 election, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) on Monday announced that it secured the necessary majority in parliament to form a coalition government. However, the controversy surrounding the election has not yet subsided, and the legitimacy of any future PTI-led coalition government is still […]