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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.
AMU student Mannan Wani

North Kashmir most vulnerable as new wave of militancy sweeps Valley

A photo of AMU scholar Mannan Wani carrying a gun had gone viral on social media, fuelling fears about highly-educated youths falling prey to militancy.
A file photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh | PTI

In a first, Rajnath Singh to connect with Valley youths at Kashmir University event

Move seen as part of peace process initiated by the Centre; home ministry has advised J&K govt to formulate rehab policy for youths who shunned militancy.
Majid Arshid, the footballer-turned militant, being presented before the media during a joint press conference in Pulwama district

J&K adopts soft approach to local militants

PDP-BJP government has rolled out a new surrender policy for militants with the help of their families, a departure from the earlier policy to “neutralise” every single militant.
Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale | Commons

Before Indira Assassination: Life and Death of a man called Bhindranwale

First Person, Second Draft: In the week of the anniversary of Indira Gandhi’s assassination, my account of the last months of the dangerous man who she unleashed her Army on, and sacrificed her life.

Top-heavy Punjab Police sets a new record, has 12 DGPs instead of sanctioned 2

More at the top, less at the bottom of the Punjab Police. Chitleen K Sethi

On Camera

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.