articles by Arjun Sharma

India

Amarnath Yatra preparations: In wake of recent terror attacks, Mughal road to be used as alternate route for devotees

The spate of terror attacks has forced the state as well as central government to chalk out a strategy for the smooth conduct of the Amarnath pilgrimage that will start on 1 July.

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Punjab govt's decision to advance paddy sowing aims to placate angry farmers ahead of polls, but ignores impact on groundwater

While the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government's decision to prepone the date for paddy sowing in Punjab to 13 June may ease the angry farmers ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, early sowing will put further pressure on the already depleted groundwater of the state

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Udhampur polls: Rasana's Dogras unhappy with BJP for failing Hindus by not ordering CBI inquiry in Kathua rape case

Not just consolidation of Muslim votes, BJP's Udhampur candidate Jitendra Singh faces disgruntled Dogra voters who are unhappy with the party for not supporting the community's demand for CBI enquiry in the Kathua rape and murder case

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Lok Sabha Election 2019: Despite terror threats, Uri shines in Baramulla with 57% poll turnout; Jammu votes with vigour

Baramulla’s Uri district witnessed a substantial 57 percent turnout, a categorical rejection of calls for the election boycott.

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Lok Sabha polls: In Ladakh, voters' distrust for politicians, unkept promises leave parties struggling to find candidates

With resentment against national and Jammu and Kashmir's mainstream parties at an all-time high among Ladakh voters, regional parties in the state are now faced with the challenge of picking the right candidate for the Ladakh Lok Sabha constituency.

India

Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' falters as cheap imports, GST, demonetisation threaten sports goods industry in Jalandhar

One of the 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab, Jalandhar has for long been a Congress stronghold with Chaudhary Santokh Singh of Congress currently holding this seat.

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Why Dalit Sikhs of Punjab's Bathinda are nonchalant towards elections, debate around caste, quota and development

A visit to the town reveals that the Dalits in Bathinda have not benefited from the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Rules, 1964, where one-third of public agricultural land and cultivable common land in each village is reserved for SCs

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RSS scrambles for new strategy in Hindu-dominated Jammu and Buddhist-dominated Ladakh as BJP loses valuable vote bank

In Jammu, the BJP had assured to end the perceived hegemony of Muslim-dominated Kashmir, scrapping of Article 370, and deportation of Rohingyas settled in Jammu and seen as a security threat by locals. With all these promises remaining just on papers, Hindus in Jammu have now lost faith in the party.

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Connecting Kartarpur: Dera Baba Nanak foresees chaos amid fear of spike in terrorism and drug smuggling

Since the announcement of the Kartarpur Corridor, residents of villages in Gurdaspur district in Punjab have been expressing fears of security threats, radicalisation of youths and a rise in drug smuggling.

Politics

Navjot Singh Sidhu's Pakistan outreach causes Congress rift, seen as attempt to outshine Amarinder Singh

Several of his Congress colleagues now say Navjot Singh Sidhu is not a team player and that the Punjab minister is trying to out-captain the Captain.

India

Key witness in Kerala nun rape case found dead: Even before autopsy report, police say death due to natural causes

Father Kuriakose Kattuthara (62), a witness in the Kerala nun rape case, was found dead inside his room in St Paul’s Church, Dasuya in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab.

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Stubble burning: Neither subsidy nor penalty can stop debt-ridden farmers of Punjab from torching straw

Like China, Punjab has tried many solutions, even drafting an agricultural policy that talks about a paddy straw challenge fund to reduce the menace.

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Punjab labour shortage: Rising scarcity of farm workers pushes up production cost, inclination towards machine farming

A report prepared by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry states that between 2004-05 and 2011-12, a large percentage of the workforce across states moved away from agriculture.

Politics

National Conference-Congress alliance set to claim LAHDC Kargil Council; BJP only manages to open its account

In 2013, Congress was able to win 10 seats in the council whereas the NC and independent candidates also won eight seats each.

India

As Jammu becomes home for refugees from four communities, govt has to deal with complex issue of rights

Except for the Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, and the Hindus from Pakistan who fled during partition, the other displaced people who chose to settle in Jammu are, strictly speaking, not refugees, though they are legally classified as such.

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Sexual harassment an everyday affair at work for Punjab's Dalit women, humiliation part of the job

Punjab is known for its rich cultural heritage and lifestyle, but the condition of Dalit women in several parts of the state is not common knowledge.

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Kathua rape and murder: Months after horrific incident, Rasana remains on edge; anxious parents keep minors under relentless vigilance

Life seems to have come to a standstill in Rasana since the Kathua incident. In constant fear, elders in the village have barred kids from playing outside.

India

Paddy in Punjab, Part III: State’s farmers discover there is life beyond rice and wheat, take to animal farming, fishery

With extensive rice farming in Punjab taking an increasing toll on groundwater reserves and soil health, farmers are being asked to consider alternatives like dairy and pig farming and fisheries

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Paddy in Punjab, Part 1: Over-cultivation of water-guzzling rice crop threatens to deplete state's groundwater reserves

Punjab's priority for paddy has not been an entirely favourable business for the state's agriculture. This series examines the potential threat to the sector from skewed paddy cultivation