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Opinion | For political parties, Kashmir conflict is a profitable business as ‘Aam Aadmi’ suffers

After all the talk by successive regimes, nothing concrete has been done for the common Kashmiri as he is left to his own devices by political representatives whose only goal is to acquire that every so precious chair and the power and money that comes bundled with it. Politicians have …

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Amid uncertain political landscape, rumors travelling faster than news in Jammu and Kashmir

SRINAGAR There is a new twist to Kashmir’s political tale indicating that perhaps, once again, rumours could be travelling ahead of the real news in Jammu and Kashmir. The political grapevine is once again agog that a “democratic government” would soon be formed in the state by expedient politicians resorting to …

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Opinion | Meaning of latest turn in Kashmir lies outside the state

Two policemen leading the mob which ultimately lynched a Muslim in Hapur is, of course, part of familiar communalism which has to be revved upon to a higher pitch in order to prepare the ground for the General Elections in 2019. The animal to be protected is not the cow, but power. For this ultimate goal, …

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Killers of Kashmir journalists have never been caught – will Shujaat Bukhari’s killers too get away?

SRINAGAR The murder in broad daylight of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari, editor-in-chief of the English daily Rising Kashmir, has shocked the entire media fraternity in the Valley — and has them wondering whether the killers will ever be brought to justice. Bukhari is not the first journalist who has fallen …

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Opposition joins hands even as doves in RAW and ISI coo

Two mutually reinforcing images from last week may well define the next phase in national affairs. It is too early to call them game changers but they have considerable potential. The most comprehensive array of opposition leaders, almost a record, who assembled in Bangaluru for H.D. Kumaraswamy’s swearing in as Chief Minister …

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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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