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A damaged CRPF vehicle in Pulwama district | PTI

Before Pakistan, India needs to give a clear message to the people of the Valley

India's stern message has to first go to perpetrators in J&K— the people who brought in the explosives, helped in storing it and organising Pulwama attack.
Zeenat-ul-Islam, top Al-Badr commander

One of Kashmir’s three most-wanted terrorists, Zeenat-ul-Islam, killed in encounter

Zeenat-ul-Islam, a top Al-Badr commander, is believed to have been involved in militancy since 2008.
Girls studying in a school in Pakistan

Local tribal council negotiating talks with militants who burnt down schools in Diamer district

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Online petition launched asking Imran Khan to lift ban on release of film ‘Manto’ in Pakistan; Pakistan-Afghanistan border to be completed by December 2019. 
Indian Army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir | Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times

Indian Army made way for government to resolve Kashmir, but politics failed

The unpopular coalition government could not provide the healing touch in Jammu and Kashmir.
File image of the Indian army in Kashmir

More killings, greater alienation: How the situation in Kashmir is slipping out of hand

Since the Narendra Modi-led BJP came to power at the Centre in 2014, Kashmir has witnessed more violence, deaths and alienation of the masses
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti

‘Rogue elements’ were lured by money to contest Kashmir local polls, Mehbooba Mufti says

Former CM Mehbooba Mufti also says low turnout shows Kashmir local body polls are a wasted effort
Security personnel guard at Lal Chowk in Srinagar | S Irfan/PTI

Holding elections in Kashmir, without public trust, was a bad idea

Nobody in Delhi deemed it worthwhile to take a step back and see if Kashmir was in favour of elections at this juncture.
Satya Pal Malik

Assembly polls in J&K as soon as possible, don’t want govt through defection: Governor

J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik says Friday’s killing of 3 special police officers shows militants’ desperation, because security forces have taken upper hand.
File photo of a protest held by Kuki Students' Organisation | RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images

Kuki Black Day is a grim reminder of a horrible massacre in the northeast

Kuki people can’t be expected to simply forget the massacres carried out against them by Naga militants.

Decoding the idea of ‘azadi’ in Kashmir

In his new book, David Devdas collates and analyses different responses of people living in the Valley and puts the rise of new militancy in context. Among the troubling words that surfaced in a survey of 600 Kashmiri students about ‘azadi’ were: “slaves of India”, “humiliation” and “toys in the hands of Indian government and Indian military”. David Devdas’s book, The Generation of Rage in Kashmir, brings multiplicity of voices from within and decodes that “nebulous concept” called azadi (freedom) that is largely understood as political aspiration of Kashmiris. As the conflict in Kashmir takes a new turn with tabloids and media outlets full of debates and discussion on the wave of ‘new militancy’, Devdas asked the students questions based on the idea of azadi, women’s rights, sectarianism, among others. Of these questions, the responses on azadi bring out a menacing sense of deprivation and betrayal that the youth in the Valley has...


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Total Dhamaal review: An exercise in mediocrity that would make mediocre look better

The third instalment in the Dhamaal series has all the animals and actors in the zoo but not one funny bone.

Can India hurt Pakistan with new Indus dams or Modi govt hyping old project after Pulwama?

In wake of the Pulwama terror attack, union minister for water resources Nitin Gadkari tweeted Thursday that India will “stop its share of water which used to flow to Pakistan”.



FATF condemns Pulwama terror attack but doesn’t officially black list Pakistan

Pakistan has failed to demonstrate a proper understanding on funding of terrorist groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba, said the global terror finance watchdog.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.