The MEA responded to the outgoing Pakistan envoy’s remarks saying they were not in keeping with diplomatic niceties.
Despite the number of youth joining militancy and cases of infiltration rising, the MHA insists that the situation in the state is on the mend.
Over 42% of the 177 public authorities with official websites do not display any of the information required by the Jammu and Kashmir RTI Act.
In a joint statement, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin said Pakistan’s proposal amounts to changing Kashmir’s disputed nature.
The Sawalkot hydroelectric power project could be very damaging for Pakistan, reducing flows to the already water-stressed country.
State opposition parties and political observers see this as a continuation of the “iron fist” policy, with the state and Centre choosing to not learn any lessons from last year’s unrest.
Six of the Kashmiri women who were allegedly gang raped by Indian soldiers in 1991 have died, the remaining 17 survivors still await justice.
Bipin Rawat’s warning to civilians trying to protect militants will only spur further anger, especially at a time when support for militancy in Kashmir is very high.
The external affairs ministry said there was nothing new or unusual about such visits and hence political meanings should not be read into them.
The key to dealing with internal security is to keep the focus on both the people and society, and on the rule of law that, regrettably, ‘has been undermined by the rule of politics,’ says Vice President Hamid Ansari.
While national media has largely failed to report the incident, the response from the authorities has been questionable.
On the anniversary of Afzal Guru’s hanging return questions that have remained unanswered, questions that we refuse to face.
The interests of commercial tourist enterprises have overridden ecological concerns and the understanding of ecotourism is blatantly unsatisfactory.
If forced to leave, it is unclear where exactly the refugees would go since reports indicate intensifying persecution in Myanmar.
Maharaja Hari Singh is a symbol of Jammu’s dominance across the state, but for J&K’s Muslim majority, he was a tyrant. A resolution declaring his birth anniversary a state holiday could pit one region against another.
“My tragedy is slightly complicated. It goes beyond dislocation and loss of home. It goes beyond the fear that struck the minorities, every night, that long dark winter.”
In videos posted on social media, Tej Bahadur Yadav has alleged that soldiers deployed at the Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir are being served food of a substandard quality.
Three civilians working as labourers were killed today in a pre-dawn terror attack by two or three militants on a General Reserve Engineering Force camp near the Line of Control in Akhnoor sector of Jammu.
Negative experiences with the state’s judicial system have led many to lose faith in it and forced countless others to shy away from seeking legal recourse altogether.
Only persons born in undivided Jammu and Kashmir or descended from such persons are entitled to permanent residency rights in the state. Hindu refugees from PoK have received residency but not migrants from Pakistan.
‘The boys in prison asked me, “You are not a stone pelter, you have opposed stone pelting, so why has the government jailed you?” And the truth is I had no answer’
Despite courts repeatedly finding no valid grounds for his incarceration, the state kept the noted human rights activist incarcerated under the Public Safety Act.
Although the high court ordered he be released, Parvez remains in custody and has now been handed over to the intelligence wing of the state police.
This is the second instance when the human rights activist has not been allowed to walk free immediately after a court order was issued in his favour.
According to police statistics, the number of stone throwing incidents fell drastically in October – before demonetisation – and has remained stagnant since.
Some are afraid that the “relaxations” offered to students as “bait” for taking the exams in November and not March will mean children missing out on their education.
Businesses and school-going children have suffered the most from the long period of shutdown in the Valley.
Two Kashmiris are looking to do what Facebook has not so far – provide their fellow residents with a way to reach out to friends and family in times of crisis.
Vrinda Grover, Binayak Sen and Other Civil Society Activists Call For End of ‘Repression’ in Kashmir
A statement signed by close to 200 activists, academics, lawyers and other members of civil society has “unequivocally condemned the siege of Kashmir”.
Members of the community have alleged that attacks against them have increased in the wake of the recent protests in Kashmir and they do not feel safe.
Alana Hunt has detailed the dialogues she had on Kashmir with people across the world in her interactive art project ‘Cups of Nun Chai’.
Rayees Ahmad Mir, a minor, has been arrested under the Public Safety Act, while his father is allegedly being unlawfully detained.
Public anger in Kashmir is unlikely to subside anytime soon, especially until New Delhi accepts that there is, in fact, a dispute.
In addition to staffers resigning unexpectedly, the university’s decision to moderate its students’ emails has raised concerns about their freedom of speech.
Militants have been in the building since the early hours of Monday morning, in an encounter that has lasted almost 50 hours.
People in the Valley are using graffiti to show their dissent, and as an arena where disagreements with the state play out.
The goal of Mushahid Hussain Syed and Shezra Mansab Khan Ali seems to have been to shame and scare the US and India through sarcasm, untruths and half-truths served with a large helping of self-promotion.
Linking water to security might suit the interests of hawks in India and Pakistan, but India, aspiring for a seat in the UNSC, should safeguard rather than violate bilateral treaties.
The suicide attack comes exactly a fortnight after terrorists struck at army brigade headquarters at Uri, 102 km from Baramulla, killing 19 soldiers.
According to police officials, curbs in the town were imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in the wake of the separatists call for a march to the area.