The massive cesses and taxes being imposed on liquor and fuel show desperation of governments for revenue. These knee-jerk decisions can only be for the short-term and won’t earn much as unreasonable hikes can make alcohol unaffordable to large sections. And prove counter-productive by pushing drinkers towards dangerous illicit liquor.
Killing of Hizbul’s Riyaz Naikoo a huge victory, but forces must be ready for violence escalation
The killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo is a huge victory and morale booster for security forces. He had escaped multiple searches and held HM together after Burhan Wani’s killing and split by Zakir Musa. But forces should also be prepared for an escalation of violence, like after Wani.