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If India keeps diluting its liberal character, the West will be a less eager partner

Many Western powers aided India’s ascent, presuming that it would not misuse its power against its own citizens. Yet a recent wave of illiberal policies has eroded this confidence.
At the KPSS protest in Srinagar | By special arrangement

Kashmiri Pandits body chief on fast-unto-death, demands J&K govt address community’s demands

Kashmir Pandit Sangharsh Samiti says the community has been isolated and harassed by the administration since Article 370 was scrapped last year.
Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

Pakistan used terror groups to change J&K’s status quo, US diplomat tells lawmakers

Alyssa Ayres, senior fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations think-tank, said India revoked Article 370 to tackle terrorism but has not shown improvement one year on.
A CRPF jawan stands guard along a street on the first day of the two-day curfew in Srinagar, Tuesday, 4 August, 2020. | PTI

71 civilians, 74 security personnel killed in J&K since removal of Article 370 — home ministry

New Delhi: Since the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August last year, at least 71 civilians and 74 security personnel have lost their lives in terror-related incidents and ceasefire violations, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) informed Rajya Sabha Wednesday. Answering a series of questions on the Union Territory, Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy said that 45 civilians were killed in terror-related incidents and 26 lost their lives in ceasefire violations. Similarly, 49 security personnel were killed in terror incidents while 25 died in incidents of ceasefire violation. When Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Shreyams Kumar sought information on the number of terror incidents that J&K has witnessed, Reddy noted that these incidents have reduced significantly in the Union Territory. Quoting statistics, Reddy said that before 5 August 2019, 455 terror incidents had taken place in the Valley that year and only 211 were reported after...
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Meeting with all political parties soon to discuss J&K delimitation, EC Sushil Chandra says

Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra says Delimitation Commission is close to making a broad framework for J&K, delimitation will be completed by March 2021.
Former chief minister of J&K and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah | PTI File Photo

Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah backs Kashmiri Pandits supporting restoration of Article 370

A group of Kashmiri Pandit entrepreneurs have backed the Gupkar Declaration, a resolution to restore J&K's special status that was issued after an all-party meet in August 2019.
File photo of BJP National general secretary Ram Madhav | PTI

Ram Madhav visits Srinagar days after J&K parties issue joint statement on Article 370

BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav comes at a time 6 regional parties issued a joint statement on restoring Article 370, and the BJP has seen a spate of resignations in the region.
BJP national vice-president Avinash Rai Khanna | Twitter: @ImAvinashKhanna

BJP says Modi govt committed to restoring J&K statehood, will do it when situation is better

BJP’s national vice-president and J&K in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna also said party has decided to publicise Modi government’s schemes in the UT.
A file photo of Srinagar

Frequent internet ban is like digital apartheid, isolates Kashmiris from world — rights group

A report by Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society terms the communication blackout imposed by Modi govt last year as a means of 'collective punishment'.
File image of Ravinder Raina | YouTube

Restoration of Article 370 impossible, Kashmiri leaders are daydreaming, says BJP

The J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina claimed the controversial Articles were like a wall of hatred which did nothing except digging an ocean of misunderstandings.

On Camera

A Harley Davidson dealership (Representational Image ) | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Harley-Davidson riding away reflects poorly on both US icon and Modi’s ‘Make in India’

Modi’s ambitious plans to ‘Make in India’ could have been helped by a symbolic gesture to hold on to Harley, a premium manufacturer with an outsize brand.

Defence

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India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?