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...

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...
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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...

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...

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...
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...

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...
SAMEER YASIR

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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