A side view of a Panchayat building in Anzwalla village of Anantnag. KL Image by Umar Khurshid

Panchayat Gamble?

Amid trade hope that 2018 summer will break the slump triggered by 2014 floods and the 2016 unrest, the ruling BJPDP coalition has announced Panchayat elections. Will the polls take place and can it...

Scheming Locally

Most of the central sponsored schemes devised by Delhi face serious challenges in Kashmir at the implementation level. So the officials at ground zero compromise rules to achieve the objective. Zafar Aafaq explains MGNREGA’s...
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Electing ‘maha-sarpanchs’

Touted to bring a new era of democracy in conflict-torn Kashmir, the elected members of Panchayat Raj institutions have been reduced to a mere specter of political opportunism. Amid allegations of corruption by the...

It is Red Hot

As controversies trigger a lot of heat and dust, the unionist political camp is suddenly hyperactive. While Chief Minister makes his problematic “relative” to eat his words, almost every third Panch and Sarpanch is...

A MATTER OF SURVIVAL

The cancellation of the block development council (BDC) elections after being notified last week was yet another reminder of the grim state of governance in J&K. For most of the post partition history, Kashmir...
A view of Sarpanch protest-Photo:Bilal Bahadur.

A Stillborn Initiative

Panchayats were touted to be a vaunted zenith of a democratic initiative. While the first of the three tiers of Panchayat election is still fighting a battle for recognition and empowerment, the second tier...

AN EMERGING SYSTEM

By the middle of November, J&K will have block development councils in place and with this the second tier of Panchayat Raj system will be functional. Notifications have already been issued for the elections...
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Political Vacillation

The politics in Kashmir valley reminds of a beautiful joke which I had once quoted in these pages. Swami Agnivesh may not like to be reminded of it but in his electioneering days, he...

Lost Faith

Ever since the conflict broke out in Kashmir valley, north Kashmir’s Palhalan village has been at the forefront of violence. Beneath a deceptive calm, the village is undergoing a dangerous political and religious polarization...

DANGERS OF DEMOCRACY

Panchayati Raj Institutions were peddled to usher Kashmir in a new era of gross root development but the mysterious assassinations  triggered mass resignations and a fierce debate over the system being crippled well before...

Now funds flowing

After making them organise into associations and resorting to protests, the government overnight turned pro-active. As the administration is tasked to ensure all transfers to Panchayats within a fortnight, the government is pumping more...

Panchayat Polls

The election of thousands of Panches and Sarpanches to village bodies was trumped as percolation of ‘democracy’ down to the grassroots level, but the elected ones are frowning. The 16-phase Panchayat elections, held after 33...

Grassroots Failure?

Panchayt elections were meant to be an international political statement as well as an exercise to experiment democracy at the grassroots level. Just a few months in place, members of the elected village bodies...

Suraya The Sarpanch

Nazir Ahmad RatherAfter getting elected from her village LalporaTangmarg as a Sarpanch, 28-year-old Suraya Rather is busy these days getting things done for her people. She is the only woman sarpanch from Tangmarg who...

Empower panchayats

Barring a patch in remote Zansakar, the Panchayat elections are over. Now every village of the state has its representative and a stake in functioning of the institution that is being revived after an...

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