Flagging off a new consciousness.

The BJP’s Tiranga Yatra was seen by skeptics as a charade; by the centre as an irritant; by secularists as a red herring; by the J&K Government as a threat to peace; by the Congress as a double edged sword and by nationalists as an act of faith. But it was really an attempt at … Continue reading

Audio Post: Response to Ritwik’s comment on Kashmir

Audio Post: Response to Rahul’s Comment on Kashmir

Kashmir. India. Pakistan. US. And the interlocuters.

The Government of India’s choice of interlocuters had raised eyebrows. Now they are raising hackles. The ‘open mind and big heart’, as one of the interlocuters declared with gusto, is looking more like an open mine and a big mouth. Academicians are particularly destined to carry their share of the dubious weight of collective memory. … Continue reading

The Clashmir Valley.

This post argues that the Congress’ lack of vision and crony politics has repeatedly got us to the brink in the valley and that it is time to ignore the destructive self-obsession of the Kashmiris and the pompous responses of the Nehru-Gandhis, and attack the problem instead of the people. The unraveling of the Kashmir … Continue reading

India and the Idea of Identity.

 Written to commemorate India’s sixty-third year of Independence, this post argues that without a well defined sense of identity, nations fail to be great. And that Nehruvian political tradition has asphyxiated  our natural oeuvre. Sixty Three years after independence, even as we ponder what we have made of this nation, there will be tributes to … Continue reading

Stoned Immaculate*

The new-found Kashmiri talent for chucking stones at Indian forces is raising the bar for foreign policy, political gamesmanship, civil society activism and even sport. So is this the Kashmiri’s new weapon of mass distraction? Or are we too stoned to register? The latest round of stone pelting in Kashmir has a lot of people … Continue reading