Education system hit

The educational institutions which were to open after 3-month long winter break in Kashmir continue to remain closed as government apprehends that students may hit the streets, which could lead to law and order problems/ The schools and colleges were set to reopen on March 5 but government extended their closure for a week after […]

Army Chief should speak less, and with care

Sandeep Bamzai The time has come for India to shift focus to its northern border. The country is capable of handling China’s assertiveness. China is a powerful country, but we are not a weak nation. Yes, China is exerting pressure. We are dealing with it. Yes, we should try that it is not escalated. We […]

Macron in India: Ties that keep growing

Claude Arpi India and France are celebrating 20 years of partnership. The accord signed in 1998 by then French President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is one of the oldest “strategic partnerships” that this country has. The pact was signed during President Chirac’s visit to India: “Both countries share a perspective that […]

Politics over tribals

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti directing the authorities to desist from dislocating tribals across the state has come as relief for the tribals especially in the Jammu region. The CM’s explicit directive has come at a time when the cabinet sub-committee headed by Tribal Affairs minister Choudhary Zulfikar Ali is in the process of “evolving consensus” […]

The narrative of misuse and ground reality of victims

Flavia Agnes As we celebrate another International Women’s Day, it has become ritualistic to assess the gains secured by Indian women. The focus of the women’s movement has primarily been centred around legal reforms to combat violence. Sadly, the overemphasis on legal reforms has overshadowed the social reality of inaccessibility of legal mechanisms to those […]

Diamonds aren’t forever

Bibek Debroy Every student of economics has confronted diamonds fairly early in her career, through what is called the diamond-water paradox, or paradox of value. The paradox predates Adam Smith. In 1776, this is what Adam Smith wrote. “The things which have the greatest value in use have frequently little or no value in exchange; […]

Tortuous talks in turbulent times

Abhijit Bhattacharyya Good news, even in difficult times, is always welcome, specially when it is in the form of a quiet, unpublicised diplomatic dialogue between Indian and Chinese diplomats in Beijing. Although it will be impossible for the Indian people to know fully what the agenda of this dialogue was — kept tightly under wraps […]

Before and after Javed Abidi

Vaishnavi Jayakumar I wonder if 50 years down the line, India’s disability movement’s timeline will be viewed as before and after Javed Abidi. The unexpected passing away of this colossus a few days back has shaken all — from activists who were his contemporaries to reporters wondering aloud on Twitter about whom to ask for […]

Pay heed to CM’s advice

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has impressed upon all the security agencies to work in synergy to ensure that Standard Operating Procedures as laid out are strictly adhered to and in no way be these violated or overlooked. The recent killings of four civilians and two militants in Shopian have rattled the security establishment in the […]

Bloodshed taking toll

If killings and bloodshed don’t stop in Kashmir, situation can take an ugly turn. People are demanding answers as killings have become a routine. They want this bloodshed to end. But have no idea about how it would end. South Kashmir has been an epicenter of violence during the past three years. The Jammu and […]

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