Articles by David Devadas
Feb 11, 2018
Politicians like Akbar Lone fuel violence in Kashmir; Valley has history of leaders playing both mainstream, separatistMohammad Akbar Lone is one of the many Kashmiri leaders playing both separatist and a mainstream politician; doublespeaking is an integral part of Jammu and Kashmir politics and one of the main reason behind the never-ending cycle of violence
Feb 07, 2018
Srinagar hospital attack: LeT terrorist escape shows police, policymakers, and politicos have learned little from past militancyThe apparent ease with which militants were able to free a Pakistani terrorist from custody at Srinagar’s main hospital is a sobering wake up call. It shows that the police — and perhaps other forces too — have not learnt lessons from the early stages of the previous militancy.
Jan 27, 2018
J&K Panchayat Elections: Govt should postpone local polls; providing security for all contestants is impossibleWhile the govt would not want to give in to threats from militants, it would be possible to explain a postponement of Jammu and Kashmir Gram Panchayat polls without referring to the threats
Dec 22, 2017
India was justified in supporting UN resolution on Jerusalem: Vote was in national interest and morally correctIndia did right to vote for the United Nations resolution that rejected US President Trump’s acceptance of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Dec 19, 2017
BJP won convincingly in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh but is the tide turning, is Congress no longer a pariah?The Gujarat election results have given glimpses of larger trends. For one thing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s overwhelming domination of Indian politics has evidently given way.
Dec 02, 2017
Jammu and Kashmir: Delegation from state asks Centre's Representative to get forces to use velvet glovesLet us incentivise the counterinsurgency forces in Kashmir to get local militants to surrender.
Nov 20, 2017
Islamic State's claim to slain militant in Kashmir is another indicator of pan-Islamic presence in ValleyWhile there are different views on whether Islamic State is now actually present in the Valley, there can be little doubt that the stakes have risen.
Nov 19, 2017
Indira Gandhi had more success in Kashmir than any other PM, a bad ending shouldn't overshadow her recordOn her birth centenary, however, it is worth recalling that Indira’s overall record of responding to the challenge in Kashmir was far more effective than that of any other prime minister.
Nov 08, 2017
Demonetisation anniversary: Move not only failed as an economic initiative, but also risked national security and stabilityNarendra Modi's meeting with the three service chiefs right before announcing demonetisation shows that the prime minister was aware of just how disruptive and dangerous the move was going to be in terms of national security and stability
Nov 05, 2017
Gowhar Bhat killed: In Kashmir, youth are increasingly turning to politics despite threat of militancyThe terrorised atmosphere that prevailed a year ago in Kashmir has given way so much that young people like Gowhar are braving risks to enter the political arena.