Paying For Possession

The Ministry of Home Affairs has delegated the authority to impose and collect the property tax on urban and suburban areas and people are confused about how and when it will start operating and...

Residency To Reservations

After being legally protected for 108 years, Kashmiris find themselves out in the open as reservation rules replace  Residency rights. Haseeb A Drabu analyses the legal, constitutional and jurisdictional status in historical context. Is Kashmir back...

Jammu’s Alternating Narratives

After the gruesome Kathua tragedy, almost everybody is asking: what is happening in Jammu? And why is it happening at all? Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal explains the crisis that has pushed the temple city into...

New Payment System

With the curtains falling on the archaic treasury system in J&K and Payment & Accounts Office taking over, In this curtain raiser, Tasavur Mushtaq details how and why the new payment system will work A...

Redefining Demography

If J&K loses its battle in the Supreme Court over the new minority debate, Muslims will lose a slew of benefits that come to them as India’s principal minority. Masood Hussain argues for reviving...

Missing Moneybags

State and the central governments would massively invest in incentives to the manufacturing sector, a process that GST has interrupted. As the policymakers insist they are negotiating a new model with the centre to...

New City Set-up

Messed by trash and waste for generations over the decades, capital Srinagar city have grown haphazardly with clear lack of developmental forecasting. As J&K government is seeking funding for converting the capital city into...

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 seen pushing his ideas of empowering the lawmaker to the...

Life @ 4500

Ever thought how casual labourers’ manage their lives in a pay check that looks more like a stipend. Jibran Nazir reports how broken promises forced them to explore other options for survival After his father...

The tiger returns

In the 2010 summer, the coalition government presided over a new law that made using water for power generation an economic exercise. Apparently aimed at seeking a bit of the fortune that NHPC was...

Idealist’s Pragmatism

Though linked directly with budgeting J&K’s economy for various years, Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu’s third consecutive budget in less than two years is rich in ideas that can change many things, if implemented...

Implementing The Agenda  

Demographic engineering is a subject that has historically triggered tensions in Kashmir. Last week when the state government started issuing ‘domicile certificates’ to West Pakistan Refugees, Kashmir poured its anger out on an issue...

“You are living in the most uncertain economy in the world”

Kashmir Life (KL): You are busy in next budget. But there is an impression that a lot of promises you made in earlier budgets haven’t been kept. Dr Haseeb Drabu (HD): I don’t think that...

Talking Trilogy

In wake of separatists’ demand for right of self determination and unionists stand for restoring undiluted autonomy, Masood Hussain sees Delhi’s new trilogy apparently misleading It is tragic that every time it takes an overwhelming...

Dignity of Labour

Dr Haseeb A Drabu, J&K’s Labour & Employment Minister is working on an idea to improve the situation of private sector in such a way that pressure on government jobs reduces significantly. He is...

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