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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...
Funeral of Policeman Mohd Yaqoob Shah, who was gunned down in Pulwama | PTI

The new Kashmiri militant has a new target: Policemen on leave, at home

Three police personnel were killed this Eid, one of them while out to offer prayers.
Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police (JKAP) | Saqib Majeed/ Getty Images

Son of Kashmiri cop killed by militants is now a celebrated officer himself

Additional SP Nasir Ahmed received his second President’s medal for gallantry on 15 August.
Meghalaya Home Minister James K. Sangma at ThePrint’s Democracy Wall

Morally wrong to negotiate with militants, says Meghalaya home minister James K. Sangma

Engagement possible with militants only if they give up violence & surrender, said Sangma at the sixth edition of Democracy Wall.

Colleagues of ‘extremist’ Kashmiri professor never saw it coming

Bhat belonged to a well-to-do family in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal. His father is a high-profile businessman in Srinagar city.
Illustration by Siddhant Gupta

Killing of Kashmiri professor—has govt outreach failed with more educated youth turning to militancy?

In the Shopian encounter Sunday, five suspected militants were killed, including an assistant professor. Has the government outreach failed with more educated youth turning to militancy? Experts weigh in.

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Congress headquarters

One in three people at Congress rallies may not have voted for the party: Lokniti-CSDS

Survey data from BJP and Congress rallies during 2019 election suggest that huge crowds are deceiving and don’t translate into votes in favour.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.