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VOICES

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Hurriyat, Separatists, Kashmir, Shah faesal

What Shah Faesal fails to see: Lives of soldiers and policemen matter more than terrorists’ lives

Shah Faesal’s reasons for quitting the civil services might sound pious, but are crafty and economical with the truth. The best one can say upon his leaving the IAS is, good riddance.

POLITICS

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IAS, Civil Services, Kashmir, Shah faesal

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.

POLITICS

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Omar Abdullah, Resignation, Kashmir, IAS

Not so fast, Mr Faesal: Why IAS topper Shah Faesal's reasoning behind his resignation is unreasonable

There’s nothing wrong if a youth icon quits the civil services. But the lust for power shouldn’t be confused with the proverbial desire to 'serve the people'.

ART & CULTURE

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Terrorism, Politics, Culture, Kashmir

If you ban the pheran, you're banning Kashmir itself

Forbidding the globally-admired traditional attire would have been akin to stripping Kashmir of its cultural identity, forcing Kashmiris to question the idea of unity in diversity.

ART & CULTURE

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Bollywood, Militancy, Cinema halls, Kashmir

Why Kashmir needs its cinema halls back

It might seem an outlandish notion, given the gloom in the Valley. But that sense of despair is exactly why Kashmir needs those cinema houses of joy back.

POLITICS

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POLITICS

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Arundhati Roy, Kashmir, Liberal dishonesty, Ideology

Indian liberals and their illiberal ignorance

Intellectuals are meant to fearlessly question and critique everything. In India, they are seen doing the opposite.

POLITICS

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Pakistan, India, Kashmir, Shahid Afridi

‘Boom boom’ Shahid Afridi bowls ‘no ball’ on Kashmir

The Pakistani cricketer said Pak should forget about Kashmir. Instead, he was made to forget his own words pretty soon.

VARIETY

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Jammu and Kashmir, Militants, Kashmir, Terrorism

Why spillover of Kashmir militancy into Jammu, Punjab and Delhi is more worrying

A Kashmiri student of Sharda University, who went missing, has reportedly joined an ultra-radical militant outfit.

POLITICS

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India, Afghanistan, US, Foreign policy

Why a free Balochistan is central to ensuring peace in Asia, and stability in India too

Pakistan and China together suppressing Balochistan's freedom movement will adversely impact security interests of the US, Afghanistan and New Delhi.