Briefing

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SRINAGAR

India’s top cricketer Mahindra Singh Dhoni was in Srinagar for two days during which he attended various army functions and interacted with the students at the Army Public school. He is an honorary Lt Col since 2011. Sporting the army uniform, the former Indian captain asked students to have a balance between studies and sports.

LONDON

It might have been an impressive function at the Oxford when Kashmir’s former ruler Omar Abdullah attended at St Antony’s College. These included Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousufzie.  Omar tweeted that he asked Malala for a selfie. This triggered a reaction in Srinagar where parents of the 2010 unrest victims wrote an open letter through JKCCS conveying Malala that they were saddened. They said a child rights activist should not be in the same frame who is accused of killing children. By that standard, which Kashmiri leaders suit that frame?

DELHI

Dr Arun Kumar and Sonali Kumar are two IAS officer from J&K batch. He is still serving but she retired and recently wrote a book listing the anecdotes of her choice while serving J&K. The two officers were like others till Dr Kumar uttered a wrong sentence while being principal secretary of governor S K Sinha, one of the most divisive and communal governors that Kashmir had after 1947. That led to the 2008 unrest, more than 60 killings, and change in the governor and eventually to the fall of the government. Various officers in Srinagar, also from IAS, say that readers should keep these basics in mind before reading the crispy incidents of Kashmir misrule.

MUMBAI

Kashmiri acclaimed play Aalav has been selected for Theatre Olympics that starts in February 2018 and would be staged at multiple locations across India, theatre director Arshad Mushtaq said. Set against contemporary Kashmir’s socio-cultural backdrop, the play weaves a story of an old mother and her two daughters who are waiting for their son to return. It is Kashmiri adaptation of JM Synge’s acclaimed Irish play Riders to the Sea.

 SRINAGAR

The integration between Jammu and Kashmir exhibits interestingly, sometimes. The latest was when assembled in Khati Ka Talab to mourn the death of a young man, a cricket and a barbecue seller, Abdul Majid. Various Hindi newspapers published his photograph saying he was consumed by an encounter in Bandipore. Well before it could cross yet another line, Majid came out to announce that he is alive and kicking. There were protests and possibly a police case as well. No newspaper uses a picture unless it gets the same from the credible sources. Now the question is who wants Majid dead?

GMC’s drug de-addiction has its load doubled. Against 291 patients in 2014, 490 in 2015, 291 in 2016, the centre got 528 patients till August in 2017

 

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