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This is a section of opinion and analysis, mostly based on the current issues.

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. 

Discourse Vice President of India Hamid Ansari
Ansari’s Convocation Address

Dr Gull Muhammad Wani

The fact that Vice President of the Republic of India concluded his convocation address by quoting Edmund Burke that “the only thing necessary for triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” is an intellectual provocation to people in the arena of public life, academia and other sectors to explore multiple meanings of his convocation address.
The central idea of Hamid Ansari’s convocation address was to chalk out a vision for India in 21st century in which he found that smaller identities have to coexist with the larger identity that India constitutes. He believes that in a composite nationalism, the smaller identities can only be integrated with the larger identity and there is no scope for assimilation. He examined the issues of deprivation and alienation and found that it is the powerlessness which drives out the smaller identities and pushes them into the alienation trap.

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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