Modi’s remarks of seeking a peaceful resolution to the issues plaguing the Valley have been welcome by several leaders, but many worry his words are simply symbolic without any concrete action on the ground.
Mehbooba Mufti’s meeting with political opponent Farooq Abdullah shows just how critical the issue of Article 35A has become.
Relatives of the 2010 fake encounter victims are still in shock over the armed forces tribunal decision to suspend the sentence of the guilty officers and jawans.
The People’s Democratic Party, the BJP’s ally in the state, and the National Conference have spoken out strongly against the Centre’s call for ‘larger debate’ on the future of Article 35A.
The armed forces tribunal’s verdict to free the accused has created a fear for safety and a demand for justice among the victims’ families and villages.
The incident occurred after the army personnel, who were dressed in civilian clothing, were denied to pass a barricade point set up by the police.
It takes a special kind of nastiness to deploy victims of one tragedy as weapons against other victims, to see in two similar crimes not the common thread of justice but an opportunity to play political games.
Disregarding the ban, even top politicians and officials of the government have been using banned applications to post about events in the Valley.
The lowest voting percentage in almost three decades is an indication of how the space for mainstream politics in the Valley has dramatically shrunk.
Farooq Ahmad Dar says he was beaten with gun butts and wooden sticks, and paraded through many villages while tied to the jeep.
Several polling booths in the Srinagar parliamentary constituency had to be closed due to protests, and eight protestors died in security force firing.
While BJP may have swept the elections, data shows that the vote-share of other parties have actually increased since 2014.
Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to voice his opinions on the election results and said parties should move beyond criticising Modi and actually offer voters an alternative agenda.
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.
“Blood and water” cannot flow together, Modi said while deferring the next permanent Indus commission meeting.
In conversation with Asaduddin Owaisi on his experiences in the recent all-party delegation to Kashmir and how he thinks peace could be restored in the Valley.
Rajnath Singh announced that an alternative to pellet guns will be available soon, however the various stakeholders remained unconvinced.
The home minister has invited all stakeholders in the Kashmir issue to a discussion, even as beefed up security led to clashes, killing a teenager.
The Valley is witnessing an unprecedented spell of protest and violence, which is unlikely to abate unless the BJP-led Centre embarks on an earnest effort to resolve the core issue of Kashmir’s autonomy as envisaged in the constitution.
Omar Abdullah said that the prime minister listened to “us with patience and accepted our memorandum” after a 75-minute-long meeting.
Suhail Naqshbandi and Mir Suhail, reflect the painful life of Kashmiris today with incisive cartoons replete with dark humour.
In her Independence Day speech, Mufti blamed the successive central leaderships, starting from Jawaharlal Nehru, for the problems of Kashmir and hoped Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the issues, completing the process started by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Despite senior leaders asking security forces to no longer use pellet guns, at least 50 new patients have come in with pellet injuries in the last few days.
‘A beginning can be made by implementing the recommendations of the five working groups constituted by the then prime minister’, the chief minister said.
The government has reached out to separatist leaders for help in restoring clam, a request the Hurriyat says it can do nothing about since the government itself says they are a ‘threat to peace’.
The police said that over 30 people were injured in action by the security forces against the violent mobs at several places across the valley.
India’s hardline stance against the Hurriyat that became apparent in 2014 will be under scrutiny later this year during the Heart of Asia Summit.
The Handwara incident is not the only example of how state powers and the mainstream media align in defence of what they believe is the “national interest”. The minor girl is still under police custody.
Instead of drawing down troop deployment when the Kashmir insurgency all but ended a decade ago, the Centre thought getting the army involved in softer activities would reduce local resistance to their presence. That strategy is now coming apart.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti faces a stiff test of her new government as protests by Kashmiris escalate
UN official has over-reached her mandate, says New Delhi; not so, says the special rapporteur on minority issues; what’s wrong in talking about caste in an international forum, ask Dalit activists.
The prime minister’s refusal to look at the political dimension of the Kashmir issue is bad news for the PDP and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.
The police is also keeping a close eye on social networking sites as the Million March call has generated a lot of support on social media.
The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir parses the flood relief package announced by the Modi government recently and finds that the numbers just don’t add up
Well begun is half done, or so they say. If that be true, writes former J&K CM Omar Abdullah, then Prime Minister Modi hasn’t even started in Jammu and Kashmir.