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Ramadan ceasefire In Kashmir meaningless if media war continues

I have never seen the electronic media so totally defiant of the BJP government. Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s avowed intention to calm Kashmir by announcing a Ramadan ceasefire appears to have been dismissed as “appeasement of Pakistan and terrorists”. A guest peering out of one of the six windows on the TV screen was frothing in the mouth. “Murderers of …

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Will Haseeb Drabu’s sacking have repercussions on PDP-BJP alliance in J&K?

JAMMU The decision by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to drop Haseeb Drabu from her council of ministers for his remarks at a business meeting in Delhi is being hotly debated in political circles – especially what its consequences could be on the state’s PDP-BJP ruling coalition. By doing what she has done, the Chief Minister …

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Opinion | How long can Kashmir afford martyrs to different causes and ideologies?

Two martyrs, two ideologies, two funerals and two mourning families. Kashmir’s saga of tragedy and destruction could not have a more poignant symbolism as these funerals took place when the world was welcoming another New Year. Hundreds attended the funeral of Fardeen Ahmad Khandey, the 16-year-old boy who celebrated his …

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Opinion | Pinned against the wall: Losing the argument in Srinagar

BY SAEED NAQVI The arrival of Dineshwar Sharma, formerly of the Intelligence Bureau, as the Centre’s interlocutor in troubled Jammu and Kashmir has clearly not set the Jhelum on fire. But Hari Niwas, the former Maharaja’s palace, Sharma’s HQ, has acquired a temporary prominence with armoured personnel carriers, TV vans and a …

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Opinion: Let us discuss Kashmir | An Open Letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh

BY SYED KARAR HASHMI Sir, let us have a discussion about Kashmir in a logical and rational manner, surely you will understand the issue in its right perspective. India claims Kashmir is an integral part while Pakistan calls the valley its “jugular vein”, however, it’s we Kashmiris who have been …

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Handwara fake encounter exposes the brutal face of Indian agencies in Kashmir

BY SYED KARAR HASHMI The brutal Killing of Shahid Ahmad Mir in Hafruda forests of Handwara in north Kashmir’s border district of Kupwara reminds us of the infamous Macchil fake encounter which was also carried out along the same lines with similar tactics and underlying propaganda. 23-year-old Shahid Mir from …

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