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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.
A file photo of Idrees Mir

Kashmiri soldier who joined Hizbul ‘never showed inclination towards militancy’, say kin

Family members of Idrees Mir say they were clueless about him joining a militant group until his picture brandishing an AK-47 went viral on social media.
Eisa Fazili's funeral

The Kashmiri man who had the courage to call out a terrorist

Alleged ISIS terrorist Eisa Fazili, killed in a shootout this week, is fast becoming the Burhan Wani of 2018. But one voice in the Valley is challenging his celebration.

On Camera

elections

Is EC over-regulating elections with strict code of conduct or is it doomed in digital era?

The Election Commission has barred the political parties from releasing their election manifestos in the 48 hours prior to voting.

Defence

Gunman kills 25-year-old youth in Pulwama district

Police are hunting down the assailant who killed the man near his residence
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?