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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.

A bit of this and that
If knowledge is power, we are not doing too well. No one in his right mind would today oppose the need for a high degree
In the name of Manmohan Singh
Naeem Akhtar
Irrespective of the results that must be out by now, one fact came out clearly in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections. That is the complete ideological bankruptcy of National Conference and its near total dysfunction as the premier political organisation of the state.
There was not a single issue of substance the ruling party touched in its campaign. After having declared in the wake of his personal setback in January this year at the hands of his son, Farooq Abdullah was asked as to what would happen to the Autonomy proposal of his party. Farooq who can be brutally honest at times made a plain declaration. The newspapers reported him as saying “it will go with me to my grave”.

Shameem, a pioneer of electoral politics
Naeem Akhtar
While May Day has a different connotation all over the world, in Kashmir it brings back the memories of a multidimensional personality who remains almost unique to those who knew him personally or through his writings. The memories of Shameem Ahmed Shameem are generally sweet and fragrant but for the pain he suffered for his political activities.
His contribution to journalism, oratory, wit, repartee and literature are recounted regularly and they never sound like stale or repetitious. But one aspect of the late Shameem in my opinion remains understated. That is his contribution to making votes relevant in real sense to the electoral politics. And, his role in doing that and creating a consciousness about it is without doubt pioneering.

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