Articles

Feature: ‘Hindutva ecosystem’ has a new anti-Muslim narrative,this time street vendors are the target

(The Wire) In Delhi’s Uttam Nagar, Hindutva activists are resorting to strong-arm tactics while their leaders have begun advocating a boycott of Muslim businesses and vendors.   L: Rizwan, a muslim vendor who was assaulted in Uttam Nagar, Delhi on June 19, 2021 by thugs wielding lathis and shouting ‘Jai …

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Article: Holbrooke’s revenge: How Modi led the Americans back into Kashmir

(The Wire) Sushil Aaron It’s quite astonishing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent 3.5 hours in the company of politicians from Kashmir on June 24. It is surprising because he and his government have never really disguised their contempt for Kashmiris and their leaders. In the swearing-in ceremony of the …

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The Kashmiri Stories That Modi’s New Political Dialogue Ignored

Auqib Javeed Srinagar, June 28 (KMS): Mohammad Hussian Wani, 55, does not know that United Nations human-rights experts have mentioned the name of his son, Naseer Ahmad Wani in their May 2021 letter and have asked the government of India for a response. Wani, a farmer, does not know what …

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Article: The farce of Indian democracy

Amjed Jaaved The writer is of the view that the Indian constitution has multifarious provisions about fundamental freedoms and other rights. But, the caste-based society and Hindutva-obsessed polity make the provisions meaningless. The constitution provides for equality and rule of law. But, several draconian laws enable administration and armed forces …

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Article: What does India want to do in Kashmir?

(Behzad Taimur) Kashmir has once again been in the news. On June 23rd, last week, Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, held a “surprise” meeting with 14 political leaders from Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJK). This meeting has come to be seen as a “breaking of ice” moment following …

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Article: Kashmir: Modi engages with local leaders, but why now?

(Deutsche Welle) Almost two years after New Delhi abrogated Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status, PM Narendra Modi has reached out to the region’s politicians to address their concerns. The Kashmir state was stripped of special powers, including the right to its own constitution and flag in August 2019 On Thursday, Indian Prime …

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Article: A Patch-Up Attempt on Kashmir Will Not Restore What Is Lost

(The Wire) Manoj Joshi The tragedy of  Jammu and Kashmir today can be expressed by that dark nursery rhyme: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall All the kings horses and all the kings men Couldn’t put Humpty together again. The Kashmiri Humpty was, of …

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Modi’s Kashmir moot

(Dawn Editorial) Nearly two years after he scrapped the special constitutional status of held Kashmir and effectively locked down the disputed region, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a ‘surprise’ meeting of Kashmiri leaders — mostly loyalists — at his New Delhi residence on Thursday. In attendance were some former …

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Feature: ‘I wish i had died’: A young man who can’t shed tears

Gafira Qadir Srinagar, June 25 (KMS): Arshad Ahmad Khan couldn’t afford to shed tears at his parents’ funerals. Two years have passed since they died at their home in Srinagar, but Khan still continues to hold back his tears. “It hurts my eyes when I cry,” he said. “Only I …

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Feature: Water of death: how arsenic is poisoning rural communities in India

(The Guardian) Deepa Padmanaban Nine members of Pankaj Rai’s family have died from cancer over the past 20 years. But the 25-year-old farmer from Bihar only found out their deaths were likely a result of arsenic poisoning when his father got sick. In 2017, Pankaj took his father, Ganesh Rai, …

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