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Shuja-ul-Haq

Shuja-ul-Haq

Senior Special Correspondent, India Today TVshuja.thakur@aajtak.com
Senior Special Correspondent, India Today TV. In spare time I volunteer for Read Room Circle. Setup libraries for underprivileged.

By Shuja-ul-Haq

Why the rise of Owaisi among Indian Muslims isn't difficult to understand

Owaisi's rise is simply an answer to the "secular" parties who have traditionally seen Muslims as a given vote bank.

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What drawing the line on J&K’s special status by parties means for the Valley and its politics

From how it looks today, the process of mainstream politics is going to be difficult for quite some time in the Valley. How that plays for this trouble-torn region is what we need to watch.

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This is what Kashmir went through in the 70 days since Article 370 was scrapped

At midnight on August 5, our phones went silent. We have still not been able to break that silence.

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No kid gloves for Kashmir: The Modi govt has a new iron-fisted policy for the Valley. Will it work?

No talks with separatists. No soft touch for established political parties. No rush for Assembly elections. Kashmir is seeing a tough new approach from the Centre. What results will this yield?

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Kathua Rape Case: The verdict punishes the accused. But we have let down the little victim of this horrific crime

The Kathua gang-rape and murder case was appalling enough in its brutal hate. But our behaviour as a society since has been shocking and disturbing as well.

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AFSPA or political chutzpah? How the Congress' promise of reexamining AFSPA has sparked reactions in the Kashmir Valley

The Congress in its manifesto has claimed that it will reexamine the AFSPA provision in Kashmir, which human rights activists have called 'draconian' for many years. However, Kashmiris are taking such promises with a fistful of salt.

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Where were the Chowkidaars? A Muslim family attacked in Gurgaon found they had none

The assault came just days after the horrific terrorist violence on mosques in New Zealand. NZ has shown how to soothe such pain. Will India follow its lead?  

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The state is failing its people when it comes to welfare. Who answers?

In Kashmir, doctors turned away a pregnant woman who then delivered a dead baby. India claims to be a global leader in healthcare. Then why is it failing its own people so brutally?

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Why Shah Faesal’s acts of ‘small defiances’ deserve to be heard

Faesal has touched many hearts by his sacrifice of a promising career as a top bureaucrat ahead. We need to listen to this unusual young man.

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2018 was all doom and gloom for Kashmir. Why I am hopeful for a better 2019

There is no sign of any effort being made to resolve the conflict and end the cycle of violence.

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Sajjan Kumar’s conviction: Hate is used as a political tool too often, punished too rarely

After 34 years, the victims of 1984 get justice. For others, the wait continues.

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Pulwama killings: Kashmir is an ‘integral part of India’. If the integral part is bleeding, how is the rest of the country fine?

What exactly is integral, the land, or the lives of its people too?

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Why it is imperative for journalists to speak up against repeated attacks

Many of these attacks are systematic and well-planned rather than being random.

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How BJP has committed a self-goal by saying NC and PDP were taking instructions from Pakistan

The BJP has been in alliance with both J&K parties in the recent past. Were they anti-national then? Or only now?

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How Congress, NC and PDP have checkmated the BJP in J&K

Sources say, taking Sajjad Lone by surprise, PDP leader Altaf Bukhari could well be the next chief minister of J&K.

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Why militants using sniper weapons in the Valley is a major challenge to the security forces

A lot of recalibration would be needed by the forces to tackle this new challenge in front of them.

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Why the upcoming Jammu and Kashmir municipal and panchayat polls need to be called off

Many experts believe there is a serious risk of poor voter turnout which would be seen as a referendum against the Indian state.

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Panchayat polls announced, but is Kashmir ready for them?

With the Valley on edge, it will be a challenge to conduct the elections peacefully.

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Militants kill 3 J&K cops on Eid day: Why targeted killing of policemen continue in Kashmir

While they have a duty to fulfil their professional commitments, they also have to attend to their families' needs.

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Why Kashmir is anxious over Imran Khan taking oath as Pakistan's Prime Minister

The ground situation in the Valley is grim. There has been a spurt in the number of militant attacks.

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Jamhooriyat, Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat - How Kashmir recalls Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The people and politicians of J&K loved Vajpayee for his commitment to them. There were sore points, including Article 370, but the former PM knew how to treat these gently.

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What Article 35A means to J&K

According to the petition that challenges Article 35A, J&K's special status is 'discriminatory'.

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Rohingyas: 'The other' in fear in Jammu

As the demand grows to evict illegal immigrants in India, the persecuted community from Myanmar shivers in their refugee settlements.

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The tragedy behind Kashmiri youth crying over Hurriyat's hypocrisy in viral video

Even though the Hurriyat still enjoys considerable support, the anxiety and frustration among the people cannot be dismissed.

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What I learnt about Kashmir after briefly meeting Indian Army's human shield

Women in Farooq Ahmad Dar's village feel the Valley is cursed and the suffering of the people will never end.

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Looking at Jallikattu protesters, a Kashmiri asks: Are pellets only for us?

It isn't about making sure people should suffer in Chennai too, but one can't wish away the feeling of being treated with deep bias.

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Will no one stand up with Zaira Wasim against hijab trolls now?

The Dangal child-star is in a war of words with BJP leader Vijay Goel.

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Zaira Wasim apology throws up uncomfortable questions

And makes us squirm.

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A bloody year for Kashmir: Through the eyes of a reporter

2016 left hundreds of hearts pained, scores of lives bruised and many minds scarred.

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