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In Uttarakhand, it’s time to talk over the Pulwama attack

By Malika Pandey
As someone from Uttarakhand, which has always been famous for its immeasurable generosity, I would like to say that we all need to continue to live up to our ideals. In times of crisis, we ought not to forsake our fellow beings. We need to understand the actual faultiness which have been blurred and how situations have turned out to be a battleground for power politics.


Shouldn’t surrogacy be an option?

By Sadia Hashmi
It is the patriarchal woman who makes other women suffer, too. Those patriarchal women are the ones who have the same mind-set that of patriarchal men. They give priority to male chauvinists. All they demand from woman by the means of affinity is to give them a baby; even today boy-child is very much preferred.

For how long will Kashmiris suffer?

By Aijaz Ahmad Turrey
Why are Kashmiris being asked to leave as soon as possible? Why are anti-national slogans like ‘Desh kay ghadharo ko, goli maro salun ko’ being raised against them? What is their crime? This communal and ethnicity-based violence is dividing people. They are also the citizens of the country. They also have feelings and should be treated well like they do with 10 lakh in-migrants from different parts of the country.

How to read the unemployment figures in India

By Kashif Islam
The unusually high unemployment figure of 6.1 % and a fall in the labour-force participation rate as reported by the PLFS may well be the result of demonetisation, something that the government has never openly acknowledged, and for which it needs to be held accountable. But, clearly there is a long way to go before the unemployment number in itself starts conveying any useful information about the economic welfare of the Indian people.

Two Poems

By Raeesa Usmani
So travel,
To know not only new space
But also novel self
Lying under layers
Within You
Unexplored and unveiled.

Of shocking killing videos: The smokescreen of morality in Kashmir

By Waqas Farooq Kuttay
Most of the militants active at present are around twenties; with limited experience of life they seem to operate without any code and purely out of passion on many occasions. It looks like they can kill anybody they want. The problem is that a 14-year-old, killed in an encounter at Bandipora was called a martyr, and no one dared to call him a child soldier.

Gully Buoy

By Kamayani Sharma
Rather than fantasies of global superstardom, the dreams and struggles of Khirkee 17 suggest other worthwhile possibilities: of communitarian resistance to market appropriation, of the intrinsic value of a creative life. It’s that spirit that infuses hip-hop and has caused their own lives to be stabilized and enriched, if less dramatically than some of their peers’.

Telliscope: Saying ‘No’ to violence

By Ashley Tellis
It tells us something about the nature of our commitment to the principles of democracy that we capitulate so easily to pressure from goonda politics. All that needs to be done, it appears is to threaten violence and institutions cower, apologies pour forth. This shows that we are living in a goonda raj and not in a democracy.

Travelogue: Unplanned

By Goirick Brahmachari
Norah Jones, after an early breakfast is recommended on a shiny day here. October is a good old friend. The breeze smells familiar, of fresh weed and life. Even the wildest grass smells good. Little, wild, hippie flowers, trees and stones, rocks. The flowing water.