Articles by David Devadas
Apr 16, 2018
Jammu and Kashmir stone-pelters prove successful in thwarting Indian Army operations, allowing militants to slip awayAn ominous marker in the progression of militancy and counter-terror operations in Jammu and Kashmir passed unnoticed on April Fool’s Day. Last week brought confirmation that it may not have been a one-off aberration.
Apr 15, 2018
Mehbooba Mufti deserves kudos for avoiding politicisation of Kathua rape, preventing repeat of Shopian incidentJammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti deserves kudos for standing her ground against her coalition partner over investigations into the horrific rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua three months ago.
Apr 02, 2018
Security forces kill 13 militants in south Kashmir: With increased infiltration, Valley braces for violent summerThe death of 13 Kashmiri militants and three soldiers in counterinsurgency operations in south Kashmir flags the start of what is likely to be a summer of bloodshed.
Mar 16, 2018
Haseeb Drabu sacked: Mehbooba Mufti has proven to be a wily politician, but must build trust with allies to keep unruly forces at bayJammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti urgently needs to build trust and a sense of united purpose, both within her party and with her coalition partners
Mar 12, 2018
In Jammu and Kashmir, even infants are being radicalised; resentment among youth threatens Valley's futureOne of the most distressing aspects of the ongoing radicalisation of young people in Kashmir is that the age profile appears to be sliding downwards. This trend has gradually gathered pace during this decade, to the extent that it is now touching even babes in arms.
Mar 11, 2018
Centre's representative on Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma says he is hopeful of peaceful summer, but future holds risksThe Centre’s Representative for talks in Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, says he is `hopeful of a peaceful summer.’ But there are worrying portents on the ground.
Mar 01, 2018
Resolving India's energy woes hinges on peace with Taliban, says Afghan Ambassador Shaida Abdali, but hopes Pakistan will respondAfghanistan's last-ditch attempt on Wednesday to reach out to the Taliban and its patrons in Pakistan is a watershed moment. Among its potential consequences could be a huge boost to India's energy supplies.
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