David Devadas
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Politics

Karnataka polls: SC should examine credibility of democratic institutions and the money power corrupting them

The larger issue that the Supreme Court would do well to examine is not confined to Karnataka.

India

Ramzan ceasefire in Kashmir may be prudent decision as govt seeks to calm seething youth, break spiral of violence

The ceasefire announced by the Centre for the month of Ramzan, which begins on Thursday, is a very prudent step. The rage that has been evident among young Kashmiris in south Kashmir is almost unbelievable and the resulting spiral of agitation and violence must be broken.

India

Indian Army officials place premium on restraint towards non-combatants during anti-militancy operations in Kashmir

Army officials in Kashmir say they are taking measures to sensitise soldiers about the need to avoid casualties or injuries among non-combatants.

India

Jammu and Kashmir stone-pelters prove successful in thwarting Indian Army operations, allowing militants to slip away

An 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.

India

Mehbooba Mufti deserves kudos for avoiding politicisation of Kathua rape, preventing repeat of Shopian incident

Jammu 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.

India

Security forces kill 13 militants in south Kashmir: With increased infiltration, Valley braces for violent summer

The 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.

Politics

Haseeb Drabu sacked: Mehbooba Mufti has proven to be a wily politician, but must build trust with allies to keep unruly forces at bay

Jammu 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

India

In Jammu and Kashmir, even infants are being radicalised; resentment among youth threatens Valley's future

One 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.

India

Centre's representative on Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma says he is hopeful of peaceful summer, but future holds risks

The 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.

World

Resolving India's energy woes hinges on peace with Taliban, says Afghan Ambassador Shaida Abdali, but hopes Pakistan will respond

Afghanistan'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.

India

Politicians like Akbar Lone fuel violence in Kashmir; Valley has history of leaders playing both mainstream, separatist

Mohammad 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

India

Srinagar hospital attack: LeT terrorist escape shows police, policymakers, and politicos have learned little from past militancy

The 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.

Politics

J&K Panchayat Elections: Govt should postpone local polls; providing security for all contestants is impossible

While 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

World

India was justified in supporting UN resolution on Jerusalem: Vote was in national interest and morally correct

India did right to vote for the United Nations resolution that rejected US President Trump’s acceptance of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Politics

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.

India

Jammu and Kashmir: Delegation from state asks Centre's Representative to get forces to use velvet gloves

Let us incentivise the counterinsurgency forces in Kashmir to get local militants to surrender.

India

Islamic State's claim to slain militant in Kashmir is another indicator of pan-Islamic presence in Valley

While 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.

Politics

Indira Gandhi had more success in Kashmir than any other PM, a bad ending shouldn't overshadow her record

On 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.

India

Demonetisation anniversary: Move not only failed as an economic initiative, but also risked national security and stability

Narendra 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

Politics

Gowhar Bhat killed: In Kashmir, youth are increasingly turning to politics despite threat of militancy

The 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.