The nuances of 35A

Pratap Bhanu Mehta The political legitimacy of the Indian state in Kashmir hangs on a very slender thread. This thread is the legitimacy of the Instrument of Accession, and the negotiations with Sheikh Abdullah in 1949, which led to the adoption of Article 370. We can heap the easy condescension of posterity on the constitutional […]

Defend Article 35-A collectively

Defend Article 35-A collectively

The Supreme Court has accepted eight intervention impleadment applications filed to defend the Article 35-A, which accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir. These applications have been filed by various groups and political parties to counter the arguments of the people who have challenged the legal validity of the Article […]

How Modi has managed to cut the snake’s head

  Sandeep Bamzai India’s Deep State led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assiduously cultivated Pakistan’s principal Sunni political Islam persuasion allies and economic benefactors — Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates — to try and drain Toxicistan’s fountainhead of blood money being funnelled by hawala conduits into the Kashmir Valley. The Hurriyat […]

Dealing With PM Imran

Sharat Sabharwal The post-election scenario in Pakistan will be more of the same for us — a state dominated by its army that, occasional tactical adjustments apart, has shown no sign of a strategic shift from its policy of an adversarial relationship with India. The winner in the recently held Pakistan election is the army […]

Threat deferred

Threat deferred

Threat to Article 35-A has been deferred by 21-days as the Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing on the petitions challenging this Article till August 27. It looks like that the final decision on this Article, which provides special privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir, is likely to be announced soon, it […]

Trump and Palestine: Shock of the century

  Marwan Bishara The “deal of the century” that President Trump has promised will resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict may be easily dismissed in terms of its substance, considering the extremist views of its authors, but it will have to be dealt with eventually – one way or another. For the past 18 months, the president’s […]

Hello! Big Brother is listening… and watching!

  Mohan Guruswamy For 2018, the number of mobile phone users is forecast to reach 4.77 billion. The number of mobile phone users across the world is expected to pass the five billion mark by 2019. In 2016, an estimated 62.9 per cent of the population worldwide already owned a mobile phone. Of these, India […]

Many questions unanswered

Many questions unanswered

Security guards of the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah killing an “intruder” in Jammu has raised many questions as the family members of the deceased youth Sayeed Murfad Shah have contested that Shah was an ‘intruder.” The Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered a magisterial probe into the circumstances which led […]

The culmination of 22-year-old struggle will make Pak ‘naya’

  Abbas Nasir More than a week has passed since elections were held, and new revelations regarding polling day continue to cast doubts about the final result. Yet, there can be no doubt that Imran Khan is set to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan. It will be the culmination of a 22-year-old political struggle […]

It’s time we listened to the plight of Assam’s ‘foreigners’

  Harsh Mander India’s north-eastern Assam state was thrown into turmoil on July 30, after approximately four million people living there were not included in a draft list of citizens published by authorities. The Registrar General of India (RGI), which published the draft list called the National Register of Citizens (NRC), said out of the […]

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