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The regrettable performance of some top civil servants during Home Minister’s meeting is symptomatic of a much deeper malaise than just pure incompetence and inefficiency.
First Information Report
Dr Syed M Afzal Qadri
The refusal by the police at Shopian to register an FIR in the rape and murder of Nilofar and her teenage sister-in-law Asiya has tarnished the image of state police. Policing in Kashmir is a highly suspicious exercise. Some unscrupulous and dishonest police officers have maligned the police image to that extent that people have lost faith in the entire system of administration of criminal justice. It is not the personal failure of a one police officer but the system failure which is dangerous to the society. One fails to understand why the police at the initial stage skipped registering a case for the crimes that no system in the world can ignore.
As a student of law, I wonder what were the compelling constraints for not registering a case that triggered a Kashmir wide crisis. The law (read section 154 Code of Criminal Procedure) is clear that as soon as an information with regard to commission of a cognizable offence is given to an officer in charge of a police station (SHO) he shall reduce it in writing and write it faithfully, and a copy is to be given to the informant. If the SHO refuses to accept it the informant can approach the concerned superintendent of the police who if satisfied that a cognizable offence has taken place shall direct to start the investigation.

Battle of ideas
Undeclared curfews, barricaded roads and preventive detentions are again becoming a routine in Kashmir. In the aftermath of the Shopian crisis,
Demilitarise now
Sheikh Showkat Hussain
Rape and killing of two women in Shopian evoked widespread condemnation throughout the valley of Kashmir. Everyone blames Indian security agencies for this crime and demands probe by international agencies. Establishment of an enquiry commission by state was out rightly rejected on account of previous record of such enquiries being used as a device to cool down outraged sentiments and pave way for shielding of culprits.
While Kashmir was burning for eight continuous days, Indian media and civil society remained a silent spectator. This indifference and silence by media and civil society depicted that it is not only government and security agencies which tend to treat Kashmir as aliens but also its civil society and so called human rights activists have the same attitude towards Kashmir. One should not get surprised over the response of Kashmirs to such an incident. The Incident is part of a pattern that is being pursued for past several years in order to humiliate Kashmir society.

For the last one week, Kashmir is literally on fire. A young mother and a teenager were found dead in isolated peripheries of Shopian
Cities within Srinagar City
Gull M Wani
Srinagar is the city I have known all through my life. I first came to see it as a small boy with my father and later to join the NCC camp as a student of middle school Panzath Qazigund. It was really fascinating then to come to Srinagar from a really rural setting and be a participant in certain socio-religious activities. As I joined Degree college Anantnag I used to come to Kashmir University to take part in inter-college volley ball tournaments. Interestingly the physical college was located at Naseem Bagh campus where after some time I had to join the department of political Science as a postgraduate student. Today I live in Kashmir University campus as a professor in the same department and  as a family man. Srinagar has now so to say become my second home. I do make frequent trips to Qazigund –my ancestral home and it continues to be my political laboratory to understand politics in substantive terms.

Damned and Disgraced
The civil society of Kashmir has seen it all; be it political treachery, ideological immorality, financial corruption
Reviving Kashmiri language
Abid Ahmad
Recently Kashmir observed the death anniversary of Akhtar Mohi-ud- Din, the legendary writer of Kashmiri language and literature, who elevated Kashmiri to a higher pedestal in the body of world literature through his writings. Akhtar earned name and fame for himself and for his language by writing on topics which had so far been delineated in major languages of the world only. He showed to the world that Kashmiri language has the potential to internalize even the most excruciating experiences of the modern life like angst, ennui, alienation and fragmentation. His short stories still emit the fragrance that both refreshes as well as disturbs. He asks the ultimate questions of life the way they should be. Some of his short stories include Tchass (shock), Dand wazun (imbroglio) Daryayi heund Yazar (the branded trousers). Amin Kamil along with Akhter Mohi-ud-Din contributed to the Kashmiri language what it was lacking at i.e., prose and short fiction. The best way to pay homage to this luminary is to answer certain fundamental questions about the Kashmiri language.

Existential crisis
In the process of emerging as a genuine alternative to the National Conference (NC) in the state politics,
A Gatsby killed Romana
Riyaz Masroor
Romana’s murder highlights the core of our societal malaise. Let’s look at the issue beyond the clich?d generalizations such as “social waywardness” and “social evils”.
The fresh spurt in crime rate in Kashmir appears to have two interrelated prongs: the state and the people. As for the state in Kashmir, it lacks popular sanctity for which a host of reasons could be cited. On the other hand, people are suffering from financial insecurity, which is part genuine part self-imposed.
The state here tends to tackle the issue of legitimacy through slogans rather than performance. For example, the slogan of progress, prosperity and development has induced among the masses a wild competition for financial uplift.

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