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Drawing Blanks

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

Hari Singh a despot, not a hero

By Krishan Dev Sethi Hari Singh cannot be a hero of Jammu. He was a despot. How can an autocrat be a hero? I consider all those people as heroes of Jammu who

Dangal Makeover

By: Khursheed Wani On January 14, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had no official engagement related to the ongoing budget session in the assembly. At her official residence in winter capital Jammu over the

Will Nazki deliver?

By Khursheed Wani By the end of 2016, State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) completed two decades of its existence in the trouble-torn J&K.Kashmir. It is considered world’s highest militarized zone where human rights

Politics of Relevance

By Khursheed Wani Twenty-three years ago, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) was launched under the leadership of teenaged Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, as a grouping of 23 political, religious and social organizations. The thread