Articles by David Devadas
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.
Oct 25, 2017
Dineshwar Sharma, interlocutor for J&K, will find it tough to make headway given local and international factors at playParallels with the 2003 situation between India, Pakistan and the US regarding the Kashmir situation can be drawn. But prospects seem bleak for the new representative Dineshwar Sharma than it did for NN Vohra 14 years ago
Oct 24, 2017
Kashmir talks: Centre has underestimated militant threat and overestimated influence of politicians among youthThe Centre’s decision to appoint a representative for talks in Kashmir is based on an underestimation of the continuing militant threat, and an overestimation of the clout of the few 'separatist' figures who might engage.
Oct 21, 2017
Braid-chopping in Jammu and Kashmir: There's more paranoia in the Valley now than in the '90sThose who have dealt with paranoia know that it can be more fearsome than a warzone. And so it seems to be becoming in Kashmir right now.
Oct 03, 2017
Kashmir unrest: Attack on Srinagar's most secured location shows militancy will only get worse in futureSeveral recent attacks have systematically targeted Kashmiris who work in one or other of the armed forces or the police.
Oct 02, 2017
Gandhi Jayanti: Mahatma's power stemmed from spirituality and inclusion that have revitalised India through its historySeventy years on, it seems hardly credible that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was so beloved, indeed venerated, across India that almost no political speech could neglect a reference to him even until the 1977 elections.