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Police reforms are urgent

Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat
Terror laws are being seen as a weapon to fight terrorism, but what about those who practice the law? Is our police still not a professional force? In 2006, the Supreme Court of India came out with some police reform directives in Prakash Singh vs Union of India case. J&K is the only state which has not taken any concrete steps towards reforming its police force.

Conspiracy theory, indeed

Tarique A Bhat

Franklin D Roosevelt declares, “In politics, nothing happens ‘by accident.’ If it happened, you can bet it was ‘planned’ that way.”
Is there is a methodical pattern in recent unrest in Kashmir which travelled from Shopian to Baramulla? The answer is a resounding “yes”! Many of us believe that the gore Shopian rape and murder incidents and brutally violent response to the protestors were aimed at disturbing the Kashmiri psyche. Chaos, instability and great civil unrest are the natural results. Anyone who would argue that it is a case of black and white, without shades of grey, does indeed require a snooze.
Simplistically comparing the developments in last two months, there is a clear dynamic at work spurred on by a popular discontent. The cry for justice to rape and murder victims remains unanswered. New Delhi is pretending not to notice there really is a problem at all.
 Conspiracy theory, indeed. The empire, political players etc., always conspire, and no less so when people are taking to the streets with great courage to express grievances.

Rip the rapist
Sara Wani

Among the gory crimes against women, rape is the most heinous one; it murders the soul of the victim. The man commits the crime to subjugate, suppress and force a woman into submission. Since ages, rape has least been about satisfying carnal desire, and more about gender supremacy and show of manliness. The planet earth being male dominated the womenfolk is supposed to be submissive, humble and any deviation from this set pattern warrants punishment, rape and sometimes even death.
Rape is not a crime committed just by lesser mortal, the deprived or anti-social. In our times highly placed and most powerful Bill Clinton molested his office assistant during his Arkansas governorship, mighty Mike Tyson committed rape many a times. Even age is no bar. In 2006 a 25 year old son of a top industrialist violated a woman in his mid fifties. More recently, the “shining” star of Bollywood Shiny Ahuja blackened his face by outraging the modesty of his maid. 

I feel like I am you
Shaziya Yousuf
I saw you there in that picture. You were being carried home. There were two bodies wrapped in
Taking on the Left, the Right, and Centre
Tarique A Bhat
We are feeling a morbid lack of interest in life and sort of empty inside? Completely lacking in motivation. Reason: We are obsessed with politics and tend to look at the government and politicians as the cause of all problems in our lives.
Yes, we are fed up with politics of more than 75 years now. I am talking of many who don’t neatly fit into the red or green. Kashmir  is mired in a whirlpool of uncertainty. Our politicians are without the requisite political will to overcome deliberately designed structural impediments to solving the problem.
Has the Governor rule ended?
SHahnawaz Khan

Tell me. Has the Governor rule ended? In January they told me it has. I breathed a sigh of relief. I told my friends, it is over. The six month tenure of the down to earth gentleman governor which saw death of more than fifty civilians, most of them unarmed protestors chanting slogans of freedom, or protesting against an economic blockade of the Valley by Hindu zealots of Jammu.

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