Discourse articles

Polling again?

By: Khursheed Wani Romantic poets have been fascinated by the fragrance of flowers, riot of colours and the darling buds of May. When conflict overtakes the tranquility, the fragrance of flowers is suppressed

Between Three Decades

By: Khursheed Wani The just concluded by-election for the Central Kashmir parliamentary seat was unprecedented. Like the most maligned assembly elections of March 1987, the election discourse showed up again in similar connotations,

Invoking Religion

By: Khursheed Wani In next two weeks, Mehbooba Mufti is completing her first year as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. During this period she has probably set a record of quoting

Drawing Blanks

By: Khursheed Wani Holding elections to get a group of legislators and parliamentarians is not new in Kashmir, nor is the effort of the pro-freedom groups to create spanners in the process. The

Peace and Jobs

By: Khursheed Wani On March 7, a sizeable number of youngsters gathered in the backyard lawns of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s official residence on Gupkar Road. She told this rare gathering of benign

Satanic ‘Saint’

By: Khursheed Wani In February last week, Budagam’s notorious faith healer Gulzar Ahmad Bhat alias Gulzar Peer walked free almost four years after he was arrested by police for exploiting teenage girls. A

Harsh Consequences

By Khursheed Wani During the early years of militancy in Kashmir, a security officer waylaid a senior journalist in Lal Chowk area and slapped him without any provocation. In response, the poor scribe

Let Better Sense Prevail

By Khursheed Wani The soothing sunshine in February comes as a big relief for common Kashmiris who went through one of the worst winters in recent history. The adequate snowfall may be reassuring


By Khursheed Wani The people of Kashmir are fighting a long drawn battle for their existence. The bullets and pellets fired to silence the population into submission is only an overt manifestation of