Majid Hyderi
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The writer is a journalist based in Kashmir.

POLITICS

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Halfway home in Kashmir: How Amit Shah has tamed some of the fiercest anti-India voices in the Valley

The Home Minister's Chanakya-neeti on Kashmir seems to be working. At least half the voices in Kashmir, which earlier stoked big trouble, seem to be quietly toeing the line.

POLITICS

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Only a Gandhi: Why I think Rahul Gandhi, and only a member of the dynasty, should lead the Congress

Without a Nehru-Gandhi at the helm, the Congress has only seen doom. And the fact is, even now, despite the Modi wave and the politics of hate, Rahul Gandhi has a lot to feel confident about.

LIFE

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One Year After Shujaat Bukhari: Rising Kashmir editor was killed a year ago. The investigation into his murder has gone nowhere

Even as the prime accused is reportedly hiding in Pakistan, this case needs to be resolved for the sake of fearless journalists and journalism itself.

ART & CULTURE

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Cleanliness and godliness: Why Muslims use miswak during Ramzan

Cleanliness is half the faith. But the reason why Muslims use this 'blessed twig' goes beyond physical cleanliness.

POLITICS

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Humanity shamed: The rape of a 3-year-old in Kashmir has lead to chaos in the valley

Rather than resorting to protests, we Kashmiris, need to introspect with our heads collectively hanging down in shame.

POLITICS

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A Decision Most Strange: BJP leader’s brutal killing in J&K exposes deadly negligence in understanding security threats

It is said even the Raj Bhavan is displeased at the way security cover to key persons in the Valley was revoked. However, the choice of probe has raised even more questions in Kashmir.

POLITICS

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Separatist Leader, Sarkaari Naukri: Why it’s time to investigate Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s grandson's government job

The job was given during the PDP-BJP regime, but now the state is under President’s Rule. It's high time this allocation was investigated and legitimate job seekers are answered.

VOICES

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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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What the Gandhis Gave: Those who accuse Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi of being dynasts know nothing of the Congress family's sacrifices

If Sonia Gandhi had wanted to be PM, nothing could have stopped her. The same goes for Rahul Gandhi much earlier. As I see it, they are not in politics for its sheer power, but for something else.

POLITICS

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Such a slippery slope: How Omar Abdullah is Kashmir's master of U-turns and swerved narratives

The first leader from the homeland to have joined a BJP government, Omar now looks at the right wing and Narendra Modi as 'anti-Muslim'.