What Ajay Pandita's killing tells us about post-August 5 Kashmir
Bharti was among the very few Kashmiri Pandits who had returned to the Valley after fleeing to Jammu in 1990 following the outbreak of armed separatist movement in 1989. He was welcomed back in his village and resumed his life. In 2019 he won the Panchayat elections, despite being the lone Pandit in the village. His return was a shining example to Pandits that they could indeed return and settle back into their ancestral villages.
Terror charges against a budding female journalist
The intermittent arrests and questioning of the journalists in Kashmir has created scare among the media fraternity. Journalists worry that the government wants to drastically circumscribe what should be reported and what should be left out.
Why continued detention shores up Mehbooba's political standing relative to Abdullahs
For now, Mehbooba’s detention has shored up her political standing. But if she does make the scrapping of Article 370 an issue following her release, and offers people a plan to resist it, it will once again give her a distinct edge over the Abdullahs. Doing so, however, won’t be without its risks.
Keran encounter: Does it signal a new phase of Kashmir militancy
Keran encounter shows that militancy in the Valley is not a lost cause that it was expected to be in the wake of nullification of J&K autonomy. It may have, on the contrary, enhanced the rationale for an armed struggle.
Is revocation of Article 370 a fait accompli for Kashmiri leaders?
Months-long detentions seem to have mellowed the Kashmiri leaders. Neither politicians nor the separatists - who would otherwise call for a shutdown at the drop of hat - have organised public response against the new domicile order.
Amid COVID-19 crisis, new domicile law triggers fears of demographic change in J&K
Much like the revocation of Article 370, the domicile law has been issued without taking J&K's public and political opinion on board. This has created a sense of political disempowerment among the people. Deepening this hapless feeling is the fact that there is no political leader in Kashmir in a position to stick his neck out.
Police in J&K blamed for treating COVID-19 lockdown as law and order issue
The police has played a big role in ensuring that people stay indoors during the nationwide lockdown. But the use of what is seen as excessive force against the violators and the filing of FIRs has generated anger in Kashmir.
Curious case of not restoring 4G in Kashmir
There is a growing anxiety around the global pandemic and unwarranted restrictions on information dissemination only stands to add to the panic, Amnesty International India’s Avinash Kumar argues. The government, however, has only chosen to do exactly the opposite and extend the ban. Why?
COVID-19 in Kashmir: Trail of a carrier
Now, after the death of the Hyderpora cleric, and the contagion he has left behind, people are in no mood to tolerate the advice of some preachers. A part of this disapproval is being expressed online.
Why Abdullahs' release is an existential crisis for Apni Party
Release of Abdullahs has created an existential question for the newly launched Apni Party led by businessman turned politician Altaf Bukhari. With Abdullah's' National Conference resuming political activity to be hopefully followed later by the PDP, there are likely to be fewer takers for Bukhari’s party that is believed to have been created by New Delhi as an alternative to the NC and the PDP.