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J&K residents not impressed with Modi speech, say opening up Kashmir will hurt state

Few in J&K have bought into PM Modi's Thursday speech promising all-round development, early and transparent elections and an end to terrorism.
Karan Singh

After Scindia, Congress leader Karan Singh says govt’s Kashmir move has some positives

Karan Singh, the son of former J&K ruler Maharaja Hari Singh, said he didn't agree with a blanket condemnation of the government scrapping Article 370, which gave the state special status.
Senior Congress leaders

Congress embarrasses itself yet again, split wide open on Modi govt’s move on Article 370

Deepender Hooda & Milind Deora of poll-bound Haryana & Maharashtra, among others, openly support govt move to repeal Article 370 and bifurcate J&K.

Will scrapping Article 370 and splitting the state resolve Kashmir problem or worsen it?

Home Minister Amit Shah Monday announced the end of ‘special status’ to Jammu and Kashmir.He told the Rajya Sabha Article 370 has been scrapped.
Amit Shah in Parliament | PTI

No debate, no discussion, no dissent, and the Constitution is changed

The Modi government’s unilateral and arbitrary decision to change the constitutional status of Jammu & Kashmir is anything but democratic.
PM Modi with Army and BSF Jawans in Kashmir in 2017 | @narendramodi/Twitter

Modi’s Mission Kashmir was to make scrapping of Article 35A a necessity. That moment is now

If Modi govt fails to scrap Article 35A now, it will be loss of face for Delhi and a de facto surrender of Kashmir to transnational terror groups.
A security personnel stands guard at Lal Chowk during a two-day strike call given by separatist leaders to protest against the legal challenge to Article 35-A and Article 370 of the Constitution, which grant special privileges to Jammu and Kashmir, in Srinagar, on 13 February, 2019 | Photo: S Irfan | PTI

Panic in Kashmir helps Modi deflect attention from sinking economy, even if fear is real

Why do we not want to believe that it is genuinely a terror alert?

Legally, BJP govt can revoke Article 35A but Ambedkar would have asked if this was prudent

BJP government must show a willingness to discard the tunnel vision of its project to make Kashmir fully Akhand with Bharat.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Mehbooba Mufti addresses a public rally | PTI

Mehbooba slams ED move to grill Farooq Abdullah, but NC-PDP are far from becoming friends

Mehbooba Mufti’s bid to hold a meeting of all J&K parties on Article 35A may not work, especially after PDP abstained from Triple Talaq vote in Rajya Sabha.

On Camera

The pamphlet of Historical Gastronomica | Facebook

Harappan meat row not the first. Museums and gods have always collided

Historical facts take a backseat when you have gods on display. And it’s not just the babus in National Museum, museums struggle with religious artefacts world over.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Will the spectacle of Trump visit without a trade deal boost India-US ties?

Five days ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to India, he has said that “the big (trade) deal” is being saved for “later”.


PM Modi with US President Donald Trump

Donald Trump visit set to further consolidate US-India collaboration in Indo-Pacific

During Donald Trump’s visit next week, both the US and India could issue a joint declaration to lay down roadmap for larger cooperation in Indo-Pacific region.

Amit Shah’s performance as minister will now determine the success of Modi-Shah power pair

Modi-Shah share a unique power equation unlike Nehru-Patel and Vajpayee-Advani. After Delhi defeat, Shah enters a new, unfamiliar phase of his political career.