Relatives of political detainees coming out of MLA hostel Srinagar - KL Image by Tahir Bhat
Dr Farooq Abdullah with his wife Molly Abdullah. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

School of Defection

With assembly active and no government in place, various politicians are attempting to get power and are keenly exploring the possible loopholes in state’s...

35A vs Ethnic Flooding?

Cutting across the ideological divide, political parties in Kashmir have found a common cause in Article 35(A) of the Constitution of India that right-wingers...

Unity in diversity?

They were managing the House in such a way that it was least newsy and quite boring both in questions and debates. But when...

Rediscovering the State

Insisting that the notion of representative democracy has changed and the fundamental shifts have taken place in the governance systems, Dr Haseeb Drabu was...

SARFAESI Primer

A law that allows banks to take over the mortgaged collaterals in case of willful defaults has taken Kashmir by storm after a division...

Compromise #1?

Ruling PDP accommodated miner lawmakers of its partner to block non-locals in mining sector. A day later, it faced an embarrassing situation when the...

Southern Focus

As Kashmir assembly begins its stormy budget session, the opposition is united in disorder. The objective is to have some impact on Chief Minister’s...

Abdul Razak Mir (Bachru)

Abdul Razak Mir (Bachru) (1928-1996) When Abdul Razak Mir (Bachru), who fought on MUF ticket from Kulgam, would attract huge crowds during canvassing: courtesy his brand...

Cowed Down

Heterogeneity in J&K’s demography has vast scope for differences and many way-outs to settle. But the ‘beef crisis’ that the right-wingers triggered by initially...

SARFAESI

Banks have been arguing for various years now that lack of SARFAESI has compromised their confidence in being liberal in J&K. Taking the view...

Enjoy Thy Lord!

Politicians in Kashmir not only enjoy the privilege to frame laws for the masses but impunity to mend them! With negligible conviction rate politicians...

Lost in Translation

Looking for a government job, get a degree first. Want to make laws and rule the state, fret not. You can be a cabinet...

Have a Nice Stay Sir!

Despite enjoying freebies worth crores, lawmakers drain the system by turning defaulters when it comes to pay back. Syed Asma takes a look at...

Keeping Them Safe

It takes Rs 100 annually to secure VVIPs in a cash starved state. Safwat Zargar reports the largesse of a system that scrooge on...

Travesty of travel

The state still caught in monarch practice of durbar move is safe-haven for its movers and shakers who often fly up by creating void...

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