Exclusive: International pressure, border tensions, civilian protests inside Kashmir compelled Delhi to halt operations and initiate peace talks

Exclusive: International pressure, border tensions, civilian protests inside Kashmir compelled Delhi to halt operations and initiate peace talks

Srinagar: It was after intense international pressure, escalating border tensions, worsening situation within Kashmir coupled with a realisation that New Delhi’s muscular Kashmir policy was not working to pacify rebellious Kashmiri population that compelled India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh to announce a halt in operations, top government sources have revealed. Not only that, the sudden […]

Exclusive: What is behind J&K chief secretary’s ‘Mysterious Extensions’?

Exclusive: What is behind J&K chief secretary’s ‘Mysterious Extensions’?

  The Jammu and Kashmir Government has granted yet another extension, this time a one-year-long, to Chief Secretary Bharat Bhushan Vyas after “tweaking rules” to provide a longer-term tenure to him. This was done, as reported by sections of the media, on “state government’s recommendations”. Is there something more to his ‘extensions’ than just “recommendations” […]

Blasted house becomes symbol of mourning and defiance

Blasted house becomes symbol of mourning and defiance

Three year old boy, Muslim, volunteers as a ‘tour guide’ for the people who visit their house destroyed by the government forces during a recent gun battle at Chattabal. The first thing Muslim does is that he takes visitors to a wooden window from where he was watching the men of Special Operations Groups (SOG) […]

The Politics of Building Narratives

The Politics of Building Narratives

THE fourth estate in India-held Kashmir is in peril. Willing collaborator-journalists have made the institution of journalism the lapdog of the state by not calling out its follies, and by muddying IHK’s political narrative in line with the Indian state’s interests. A recent report by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) highlighted how government clampdowns […]