articles by Wajahat Qazi

Politics

J&K finally gets a govt, but Sayeed's BJP alliance won't solve things

Will the new government formation in Jammu and Kashmir and its consequences be any different? Not if history is any guide.

Politics

Oblivion or younger clone of Congress? Future that awaits AAP after Delhi win

The question now is: will the AAP be able to translate this dream into reality? It has to, if it is to remain relevant as a political force.

World

IS burns Jordanian Pilot alive: Middle East's Descent into Chaos and Disorder?

he terrible immolation of a Jordanian pilot by the IS reflects the conjuncture of globalization, pre-emptive war, and the slippage of the ‘deep state’ in the Middle East.

India

Obama's 'mann ki baat': What PM Modi wants to hear from the US President

The visit is in the nature of a landmark one: it will most likely be in the nature of validation for India’s great power aspirations and offering the United States’ backing and support for this goal. This is what India would like to hear and want.

World

Charlie Hebdo attack: Why the massacre may not be mere revenge killings

The author says that since there is a vast disparity between the Muslim world and the West, the shape and form of this conflict will be asymmetric war.

Politics

Beyond the J&K mandate: What gen-next in Kashmir is looking for

The J&K polls yielded a fractured mandate. However, the results do not capture the underlying ferment in Kashmiri youth who are looking for a future with honour and peace. Whoever offers them that will own the future

Politics

No clear winner in J&K exit polls: Will NC-PDP form an impossible alliance?

Most exit polls have revealed that no clear winner in Jammu and Kashmir. Prudence then suggests that the state’s major regional parties-the NC and the PDP join hands and collaborate.

World

Why I admire multicultural Australia, and worry about the Sydney siege

The hostage crisis has ended but the effects of the crisis will linger on and create animus between Australian Muslims and natives. This, to repeat, will constitute a travesty and a tragedy.

Politics

Omar Abdullah holds the key to Kashmir: Here's why

ashmiris will recognize this and repose faith in Omar. However, Omar has to recognize this too.

Politics

No politicking please: PM Modi needs to speak in Kashmir like a statesman

Politics and politicking in Kashmir has yielded nothing but cynicism and alienation. What has been missing conspicuously has been statesmanship. Modi has an opportunity to turn this around.

India

Machil encounter sentences: When symptoms are treated as causes

The deep alienation that exists among Kashmiris accrues from historical reasons and a clumsy ham fisted approach to deal with it.

India

Nehru and Idea(s) of India: Separating fact from fiction

Nehru was all-in-all, an intellectual par excellence, a great leader but was as human as can be. Attributing super human qualities and originality to him constitutes the fallacy of projection.

India

Changing Kashmir: The conversation around the state must change first

The underlying as well as explicit theme and rationale of all these acts or putative actions is politics. These miss an important and critical dimension and component of the Kashmir sage: the people of Kashmir.

Politics

PM Modi's diwali visit to Kashmir: A view from Srinagar

The answer is obvious: Modi wants to garner sympathy for himself by presenting himself as Kashmir’s and Kashmiris’ sympathizer.

World

The dynasty problem: What Bilawal Bhutto shares with his sub-continental peers

Bilawal Bhutto has nothing much to show; he has not demonstrated political acumen. He is an aristocrat who is trying to carve out a niche for himself.

World

Why PTI's Imran Khan can't save the 'hollow state' of Pakistan

Pakistan’s power elite must realize the import of the deep , structural problems are leading the country to an abyss and then follow up by forging institutions and pathways that actually and ultimately make it one of the players in Pakistan and create space for a clean and robust politics.

India

Why BJP's Mission 44 in Kashmir is a dangerous pipe dream

In the course of India’s quest and search for identity, Jammu and Kashmir will be one of the main axes of self formation and identity.

World

US airstrikes on ISIS: Is Middle East going to be Obama's 21st century Vietnam?

Are the air strikes merely a tactical sideshow to broader strategic objectives? Will the Middle East be the much touted Vietnam for the country in the 21st century?

World

Education, economic empowerment: How Muslims can get rid of bias against them

Muslims indeed are discriminated against all over the world. This much is established. The larger and the bigger issue is: how can this prejudice and bias be obviated if not eliminated? The answer and the solution lie with Muslims themselves.