David Devadas
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India

Rise in pan-Islamist militancy in Kashmir, possible Taliban rule in Afghanistan: BJP couldn't have picked a worse time to scrap Article 370, 35A

Quite apart from its merits or demerits, the timing of the Union government’s revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status could not have been worse. This is true at the international level, quite different from the local level. This is the annual tourist season in the Kashmir Valley, when those connected to this industry expect to make a large part of their annual income.

India

Islamic State flags in Srinagar reflect disillusionment that is popularising radical alternatives in Kashmir

The waving of Islamic State flags and the chanting of IS slogan from the pulpit of the Jamia mosque in Srinagar after Friday prayers is a chilling reminder.

Politics

Potential Congress-PDP-NC tie-up in Jammu and Kashmir will give Governor Satya Pal Malik a major headache

It is up to the Centre now, through Governor Satya Pal Malik, to either dissolve the Assembly or let this sort of government be formed

India

Kashmir tense as targeting families of policemen and militants has increased stakes and risks in strife-torn state

The current trend brings to mind the situation in 1990, when the morale of the local police had been deeply undermined.

Politics

New J&K governor Satya Pal Malik sets political circles buzzing, upsets plans of group seeking to form alternative govt

If the appointment of Satya Pal Malik, a politician as the governor of J&K was meant to set the state’s political circles buzzing, it has succeeded.

Politics

Satya Pal Malik appointed new Jammu and Kashmir governor: Replacing NN Vohra rocks the boat unnecessarily

There is anecdotal evidence from senior officers that former Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra had kept a tight leash on 'collateral damage' by security forces in the Valley

India

Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away: Statesman who answered questions with disarming wit, ex-PM was never distant or self-important

Vajpayee was not just a mass orator and politician in the corridors of power. He was a statesman who put the interests of the country ahead of party or personal interests

India

SC to hear Article 35A: Removing provision may cause fiery reaction in Jammu & Kashmir, caution intel officials

The issue of Article 35-A has assumed critical importance since the Supreme Court is to take up a challenge to the Article on Monday, 6 August.

India

Jammu and Kashmir floods: Boats on trucks spark memories of disastrously effete non-governance in 2014

Unlike four years ago, Governor NN Vohra’s team seems to be making purposeful preparations to combat the flood in Jammu and Kashmir

India

Kashmir corps commander says Governor’s Rule won't impact operations, but NN Vohra's experience may help

Lt Gen AK Bhatt held that to the extent that NN Vohra’s wealth of experience might result in Governor’s Rule bringing about improvements in governance and more responsive administration at the ground level would help to bring peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

Politics

Amit Shah's tendentious speech in Jammu could spell an end to J&K's special constitutional status

BJP chief Amit Shah accused the PDP-led Jammu and Kashmir government of discriminating against the Jammu and Ladakh regions.

Politics

Amit Shah's aggressive speech in Jammu brings back focus on J&K's special status and the politics around it

BJP president Amit Shah's aggressive speech in Jammu on Saturday brought the focus back on special powers for the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

India

Ghulam Nabi Azad must revisit critique of army in J&K: Fundamentalism took giant strides when he was CM

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is playing cynical politics by saying that the army kills more civilians than militants in Jammu and Kashmir, and that this did not happen when he ruled the state.

India

Governor's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir: Helmed by NN Vohra and veteran officers, state will be in good hands

Jammu and Kashmir has an extraordinarily respected and experienced set of officers at the helm to administer Governor's Rule.

Politics

Governor's Rule in J&K likely for at least a year; Centre can't risk spurt of violence before 2019 Lok Sabha polls

In the normal course, elections for a new Assembly would only fall due at the beginning of 2021, since the Jammu and Kashmir state Assembly has a term of six years.

India

BJP-PDP alliance ends in J&K: Mehbooba Mufti caught unawares as Centre seeks to tame militancy, restore order

As things stand, the PDP will face the negative impact of having remained in coalition with the BJP, despite friction.

India

China's proposed trilateral meet with India, Pakistan spells danger for New Delhi, could leave it outnumbered

Since the suggestion includes a reference to solving border issues, the future of Jammu and Kashmir will surely be foremost on the agenda of both China and Pakistan. While making the suggestion, the Chinese ambassador pointedly spoke of avoiding another Doka La type confrontation—a reference that could be read as a tacit threat, or at least coercion.

India

Rifleman Aurangzeb's abduction, murder highlights disregard for lives of soldiers from Jammu and Kashmir

Indian Army soldiers from Jammu and Kashmir are bound to be more intensely targeted as the security situation in the state continues to worsen.

India

Shujaat Bukhari was a gentle peacemaker: Rising Kashmir editor touched lives throughout the country

Peacemaker is the word that has come up spontaneously like an undulating chorus following Shujaat Bukhari’s death on Thursday.

India

Shujaat Bukhari’s killing will send Kashmir into spiral of violence, make govt edgy ahead of Amarnath Yatra

Such was Shujaat Bukhari's stature in Kashmir that his assassination will not only be remembered for a very long time, but will also have an extraordinary impact on the ground situation in the near future.