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Former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah at his residence in Srinagar's Gupkar Road | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Pro-India Kashmiris more or less hated here, but Delhi won’t hear the truth: Farooq Abdullah

In exclusive interview to ThePrint ahead of 5 August, second anniversary of Article 370 revocation, ex-CM Farooq Abdullah speaks about Modi govt's treatment of people in Kashmir.
Jammu & Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhawan, Srinagar, in July 2021 | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

It’s a changing Kashmir, stone-pelting Fridays are history, J&K L-G Manoj Sinha says

In an exclusive interview with ThePrint ahead of 5 August, the second anniversary of Article 370 revocation, L-G Manoj Sinha says Kashmir is looking forward now & could see investors pour in as much as Rs 50,000 cr.
Farooq Ahmed Bhatt (40) is among the porters who offer tourists horse rides around Sonmarg | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

No Amarnath Yatra for 3 yrs: Sonmarg horses are idle, their owners jobless and ‘in huge debt’

In Sonmarg, ghodawallahs offer horse rides through tough terrain to hidden tourist gems. They also help pilgrims chart 15-km trek between Baltal base camp and Amarnath cave shrine.
Representational image of security forces at an encounter site in Jammu and Kashmir

India is and will remain a democracy and why restoring statehood for J&K will be a mistake

Subscribers look at Middle East and Myanmar to argue in favour of India’s democracy and note how statehood will undermine all progress made by  revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

PDP to stay away from delimitation process, writes to panel member

In a letter to the Delimitation Commission, PDP said it will not be part of 'some exercise, the outcome which is widely believed to be pre-planned'.
Former J&K chief minister and PDP leader, Mehbooba Mufti, at the J&K House in Delhi after meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 June | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

This is Modi govt’s 3-pronged strategy for J&K before it begins to talk full statehood

PM Narendra Modi’s 24 June meeting with 14 non-BJP leaders of J&K parties shows the Centre is moving forward to put in place an elected govt in the union territory.
Members of the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and others during a press conference after their meeting, at Bathindi in Jammu, on 7 November 2020 | PTI

Modi-Gupkar meeting was a four-part game. Delhi has upper hand in three rounds

An echo of Vajpayee’s own reach-out to Kashmiri leaders, Modi's 'Dilli ki duri and Dil ki duri’ will require trust.
Jammu and Kashmir BJP President Ravinder Raina addresses a press conference at the party office in Jammu, Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 | PTI Photo

Restoration of Article 370 is ‘next to impossible’, says Jammu & Kashmir BJP chief

Ravinder Raina, his senior party colleagues and former deputy chief ministers, Nirmal Singh and Kavinder Gupta, attended the 24 June all-party meeting on J&K.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with leaders from Jammu and Kashmir including Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Omar Abdullah. | Photo: Twitter/@narendramodi

There is a ‘level of mistrust’ in J&K, says Farooq Abdullah upon return from Delhi

The former CM said even senior Congress leader Karan Singh has called for the restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir before holding elections.

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Bhagwat’s identity politics has a DNA of its own. Indian Muslims can’t ignore it in rush to gush

Muslim intelligentsia will prove itself to be opportunist if it doesn't engage with the underlying presumptions in the RSS chief's remark that Muslims share the same DNA as Hindus.
Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy V. Subramanian | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

‘MGNREGA workers not likely to own 4-wheelers’: CEA on why Modi govt unlikely to cut fuel tax

In an interview to ThePrint, CEA Krishnamurthy Subramanian explains reasons behind the govt opting to reduce taxes on imported food items like edible oil but not on petrol or diesel.

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File photo of Indian Army soldiers after capturing a hill during the Kargil war | Photo: Commons

‘Courage is to hold on’: How Kargil fighting turned 3 Army doctors into frontline soldiers

Vijay Kumar, Rajesh W. Adhau & V.V. Sharma were among doctors who won Sena Medal for Gallantry for playing pivotal role in reducing Indian casualties in the Kargil war.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.