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OP-ED | Ban of Muharram processions shining example of ‘religious freedom’ in Kashmir

BY SYED KARAR HASHMI The state-imposed ban on Ashura processions in Kashmir since the rise of insurgency in the valley during the early 1990s, exposes the lack of strategy and political will to grant “constitutionally-guaranteed” religious freedom to Shi’ite Muslims in Kashmir. In the heart of state capital Srinagar, the processions …

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Opinion | Atal Bihari Vajpayee: The best prime minister the Congress never had

Aaney wali naslein hum par Fakhr kareingi, hum asaro, Jub unko yeh khayalaayega Humney Atal ko dekha thaa (By way of poetic license I have replaced Firaq with Atal) “Coming generations will remember us with awe, When it dawns on them that we had actually seen Atal Bihari Vajpayee” I can claim a little more. I knew him. I …

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Why Trump’s ‘Arab NATO’ plan won’t curb Iran

By Maysam Behravesh The first round of what U.S. President Donald Trump called “the most biting sanctions ever imposed” against Tehran went into effect on August 7. “Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States,” Trump continued, in a tweet posted that morning. An even more damaging …

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Opinion | Who’s afraid of Imran Khan’s Pakistan? Almost everyone.

On Friday evening I drove back home to Islamabad after covering Pakistan’s July 25 general elections from the eastern city of Lahore. As I fumbled in my purse for my keys, the front door rattled and I heard footsteps on the other side. “Madam, is someone else home?” my driver, Shaukat, asked. …

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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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