State refugees can be given full citizenship barring land rights, like the Chakmas in Arunachal Pradesh, without undermining J&K’s unique constitutional status in any way.
“Will our brother return? We won’t complain even if they have tortured him”, ask family members of 20-year-old Manzoor Ahmad, who has been ‘missing’ in army custody since August 31.
The opposition opposes extending the 101st amendment of the constitution to J&K, which would hand over powers of tax collection to the Centre and threaten the state’s autonomy.
While tensions in Kashmir are on the rise again, numerous large cracks are beginning to show in the ruling coalition.
No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the killing of Abdul Gani Dar yet.
The lowest voting percentage in almost three decades is an indication of how the space for mainstream politics in the Valley has dramatically shrunk.
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.
Tassaduq Hussain Mufti’s plunge into politics comes at a time when the state is gearing up for by-elections for two Lok Sabah seats – Anantnag and Srinagar.
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.
According to police statistics, the number of stone throwing incidents fell drastically in October – before demonetisation – and has remained stagnant since.
At a public convention attended by thousands on November 13, the PDP questioned the Hurriyat’s protest methods and what it aimed to achieve.
Public anger in Kashmir is unlikely to subside anytime soon, especially until New Delhi accepts that there is, in fact, a dispute.
The key to peace in the region is to tackle the roots of the tension, which is the dispute over Kashmir.
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.
Karra’s decision may become a rallying point for the dissenting voices within the PDP, putting the already beleaguered government in more trouble.
The government’s goal should be to create incentives for all shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir to engage politically with the question of what kind of relationship the state should have with the Indian Union.
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.
The Modi government may have not begun the current slide towards chaos in the Valley, but by ignoring the many signals of growing anger that emanated from the region, it has opened the doorway to hell.
According to members of the J&K Interlocutors Group, recommendations made after the unrest in 2010 could have prevented the current spell on violence in the state, had they been implemented.
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’.
BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav discusses the Assam elections, Jammu and Kashmir, the party’s strategy and more.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti faces a stiff test of her new government as protests by Kashmiris escalate
After months of protracted dialogue with the BJP, Mehbooba Mufti has been sworn in as chief minister. But navigating a coalition with a party ideologically opposed to the PDP may be her toughest challenge.
Fresh elections appear increasingly likely in J&K as government formation talks reach an impasse, allegedly over the PDP setting too many conditions.
Government initiatives will help shrink the public support for armed militancy, and pressurise the militants to lay down their arms and return to normal life.
The PDP-BJP alliance has been full of problems and any miscalculation by Mehbooba can be politically fatal for her party
The nation will realise far too late that they missed the opportunity of properly “using” Mufti sahib as the tallest leader of Muslims in the country and abroad; the state will never ever recover from his passing away.
Srinagar: From an obscure lawyer in Kashmir to India’s Home Minister – incidentally the only Muslim to occupy that position so far – Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who died in New Delhi on Thursday morning, carved a niche for himself in national and Jammu and Kashmir politics with the craftiness and unwavering […]
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 Valley smells yet another conspiracy as an RSS-backed NGO approaches the Supreme Court to scrap J&K’s special status
Seven mysterious killings last week – with a three-year-old as the latest victim – have sparked widespread anti-government anger, though the police blame inter-militant rivalry for the violence
The state High Court ruling upholding a 1932 ban on beef has Kashmiris fuming – and is bringing together its many political and religious factions in a rare show of solidarity