OPINION

Soccer and Srinagar

Soccer and Srinagar

 By  Faheem Jeelani     Great creative pursuits have an inherent capacity in them to transcend the actual performance. Some of the most finest musical concerts in past couple of decades, like Guns n Roses’ ’92  Tokyo, wasn’t just about the music. It reached to a folklore stage where the color of Axl Rose’s chequered skirt […]

‘Socialising militarisation’

‘Socialising militarisation’

By  Aakash Hassan   Three years ago, a professor in my college told me how murky things were when he was my age.  “There were students working for different agencies. The college was about politics and spying more than about education and learning,” he revealed. “Some were so powerful that they would openly carry pistols […]

Sacrilege of Srinagar’s symbol of resistance

Sacrilege of Srinagar’s symbol of resistance

  The bone chilling videos showing blood splattered on the floor of Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and pictures capturing the moment when tear gas shells were hitting the central mosque’s rooftop emanating black smoke this Friday are defining in many ways. These pictures and videos recording what exactly happened in and outside Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, […]

What Dulat said about the IB and Pandits in his memoir

  As Asad Durrani and Amarjit Singh Dulat, former spymasters of Pakistan and India respectively, are releasing their much awaited co-authored book THE SPY CHRONICLES: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace, written by journalist Aditya Sinha, in New Delhi, here is a recollection of what A.S. Dulat in his memoir Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years had documented about the Intelligence […]

Revisiting past: The politics of ‘Ramadan ceasefires’

Revisiting past: The politics of ‘Ramadan ceasefires’

  The recent halt in operations announced by the Delhi has garnered widespread scepticism with both politicians and political experts terming the announcement as ‘futile.’ Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had suggested a Vajpayee type Ramadhan unilateral ceasefire like the one of 2000. It was accepted by the Centre but with conditions. Far from her claim, is […]

Kashmir’s competing political narratives

Kashmir’s competing political narratives

  Of late the J&K dispute has been reduced to a specific narrative.  A ‘nominal choice’ of opting for an independent state is being pushed by many quarters. A visible attempt is being made to highlight that option, and there is a deliberate and conscious effort to hide or completely ignore a vast constituency within J&K […]