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Modi’s charisma on test

Outcome of the elections in five states will be a make or break for BJP, Ahmad Riyaz writes Elections to five states in India, three of them being held this month, will set the ball rolling for...

Before it is too late

Civic poll boycott should force a rethink on Kashmir policy by New Delhi, Ahmad Riyaz writes A predominant boycott of the municipal bodies polls in Kashmir has yet again underlined the deep sense of alienation prevailing in...

Long political shadow of Kathua

The Kathua rape and murder and Unnao rape case could have a detrimental impact on the electoral chances of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Ahmad Riyaz writes With Supreme Court transferring the Kathua rape and murder trial...

Panchayat Polls: A sense of déjà vu in Kashmir

Will 2018 polls replicate the 2011 success? There is no easy answer, Ahmed Riyaz writes Despite the security situation deteriorating by the day, J&K government has announced the long-delayed Panchayat polls in February. This too...

Talks with Hurriyat

As centre seems to mull political engagement to address the deepening crisis in Kashmir, it will find the political outreach to Kashmir will not be easy at all Both New Delhi and the Hurriyat are...

Another Summer of Discontent

If the groundswell of euphoric support for the militancy was reflected last year in the ever-growing participation in the militant funerals, this year people are determinedly trying to save the militants by disrupting encounters. The...

Wake Up On Kashmir

New Delhi's approach to sleep over the Kashmir problem and hoping it resolves on its own is alienating Kashmiris and fading any hope of political engagement between India and Pakistan as the two countries...

Pellet Guns: Why Only In Valley?

  If anything, Mehbooba Mufti should have been the most sensitive to the huge public resentment against the selective use of pellet guns in Kashmir. It is now official. J&K has no plan to ban the...

Refugees, Again

The issue of granting domicile certificates to the refugees of West Pakistan is politically very sensitive and should not be addressed in a rush without taking the public opinion in the state on board,...

Another Summer of Discontent 

Unlike the mass upsurges in 2008 and 2010, which had signalled a transition from the gun to the street, the drift in Kashmir is now back to militancy with folklore of Burhan enlivening the...

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