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Home Minister Rajnath Singh is in J&K and he is holding meetings  with various delegations to  get a sense of the prevailing troubled situation in the state and seek suggestions about improving it.


Very disturbing reports about plight of detainees in various jails have been received. The reports pertain to psychological torture of the detainees and denial of medicare to them. The persecution continues unabated notwithstanding the directions of the High Court seeking implementation of the jail manual in letter and spirit.


It is the fourth generation of Kashmiris that is experiencing humiliation, plight and agony because of the partition of their land and severe mistreatment at the hands of the occupants.


The two ideologically divergent ruling partners - the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - in Jammu and Kashmir are headed for a showdown as the debate over the abrogation of Article 35A of the Constitution of India heats up.


As India and Pakistan celebrate 70 years of Independence, they need to pause and reflect about the suffering of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally held out some hope for the strife-torn Valley, which has been through one of its worst phases in recent years.


Each year when Pakistan and India celebrate their independence, anxiety takes over the minds of many.


The clouds always appear ominous when it comes to Kashmir. But as India marks the 70th year of independence, the clouds look menacing.


One Sunday afternoon, after I finished work at my rural clinic in Anantnag, a friend asked me to accompany him to Zain Shah Sahib’s shrine located on a hill top in South Kashmir’s Ashmuqam village.


The government’s reply last month to the Supreme Court, saying that the questions raised in a petition challenging Article 35A require a “larger debate”, has predictably stirred a hornet’s nest in Kashmir.


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