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VOICES

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Marxist, Sheikh Abdullah, Jammu and Kashmir, Lok Sabha elections 2019

Red Star in Jammu: How a Marxist who took on Sheikh Abdullah in the 1970s has kept the fight for workers’ rights alive

Abdul Majid Khan has fought for workers' rights and communal harmony all his life. He has Bhagat Singh's photograph tucked in his pocket. He remembers when his house was raided by the govt, and his wife's only pair of gold earrings taken away.

POLITICS

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Dynasty politics, Constitution, Jammu and Kashmir, Article 35A

Annul Article 35A: This Article has crushed economic development, and a lot more, in Jammu and Kashmir

The basis of Article 35A and Article 370 is to protect J&K’s demography. But from what? The rest of India? From non-Muslims? 35A is based purely on discrimination. Imagine if such an Act existed in the rest of the country.

VOICES

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Sar geelani, Jammu and Kashmir, Sexual violence, Kashmir crisis

Kashmir's Silence Over Rape: Why is Kashmir so quiet over the horrific Bandipora incest-rape-suicide case?

Although gruesome incidents of sexual assault shake the Valley, they are downplayed in Kashmir's political and media circles. The only narrative that seems to matter is the “Kashmir cause”. Even incest and rape get buried under that.

POLITICS

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Jammu and Kashmir, Congress manifesto, AFSPA, Lok Sabha elections 2019

Repealing AFSPA: Political expediency will harm military operations and help militants

The Congress Party’s election manifesto suggests reviewing AFSPA. However, playing politics over this essential security act is only playing into the hands of insurgents who wish to harm India.

POLITICS

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Lok Sabha elections, Shah faesal, Omar Abdullah, Jammu and Kashmir

Shah Faesal: 'Article 370 gives J&K the right to have its own PM: No one should have a problem with this'

Debutante politician Shah Faesal spoke with Rohit E David on why he thinks J&K could have a separate PM, why India should talk to Imran Khan in Pakistan, and how AFSPA has not helped curb militancy.

POLITICS

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Omar Abdullah, Rahul Gandhi, Terrorism in kashmir, Congress manifesto

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.

POLITICS

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Priyanka Gandhi, Deve Gowda, Siddaramaiah, Mahagatbandhan

Lok Sabha 2019: Is the Congress losing the plot?

With Lok Sabha polls nearly here, Congress does not have a stable hand on key states like Bihar, Bengal, J&K, Karnataka, Maharashtra and UP. The BJP's strong electoral management stands out in sharp contrast.

POLITICS

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2019 general elections, Jk assembly elections, Lok Sabha elections, Jammu and Kashmir

Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti know they are wrong in asking for Assembly polls in J&K alongside Lok Sabha elections

Elections can wait for a couple of months but lives lost cannot be returned.

POLITICS

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Pakistan, Terrorism, Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir

Removing security of mainstream political Kashmiri workers shows the government’s short-sighted approach

While the security of outright separatists can go, why endanger those political voices which do tilt towards India and its democratic processes?

POLITICS

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Jammu and Kashmir, Militancy in kashmir, Shah faesal, Kashmiri Pandits

Gone with the icy wind: Four reasons why Kashmiri Pandits will never return to Kashmir

The sanctimony around 'the return of the Kashmiri Pandits' is just that: sanctimony. The locals are actually not unhappy they left. And the KPs, who know this, know they cannot return.