Rising in-tolerance

rising intolerance

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Untold Story of Chamel Singh’s Struggle to earn Justice

Chamel Singh- Pakistan-India

Sporting a colorful headgear and dressed in their smart kurta pyjamas when Netas of different hues and shades will climb different podiums across the Nation to unfurl the National flag marking the 69th Independence day celebrations a distraught family living in utter neglect in Pargwal area of Akhnoor in Jammu district will struggle to spend another day waiting for the political elite of the country to take note of their plight and  apathetic attitude of the ‘babudom’ who have till date denied them their rightful justice and place under the sun to their lone bread earner who sacrificed his life in an enemy country serving a jail term facing charges of espionage.   Since January 15, 2013 when for the …

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Jammu: AIIMS Row- An introspection


To Give:  A while ago there was video which had gone viral in social media especially amongst Indians both at home and abroad. In Mumbai there is this famed system of Dabbawalas, men on cycles who collect and deliver lunch boxes to people in their offices at lunch hour. This particular Video showcased a novel and a supposedly noble concept of people sending back their ‘dabbas’ and signing up for the distribution of any leftover food in it, amongst the poor and the hungry. This was hailed as an act of worthy charity, since the food is not wasted and the hungry are fed too. This kind of charity though has serious flaws. The very fact that to give someone …

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Dogras – The Perceived Villains

Jammu Muslims-Dogras-Hindus-Masjid

If there is an issue which brings with itself historical differences, extreme passions, deep seated distrust, interference both internal and external, a tortured past and a hazy troubled future, it is that of Jammu Kashmir. Those who truly love the State above every existing conditioning of opinion and expected alignments depending on region and faith, put in effort everyday sifting through the news and the depressing discourse to look for a story which brings the gift of good tied up with a big and bold satin bow of hope. Though spotting the good maybe as hard as finding the proverbial needle in the haystack and may involve the back breaking work of picking through a mountain load of hay, but …

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Why is Mufti Sayeed led alliance Govt sleeping over Kishtwar Riots Commission Report?

Sajjad Kitchloo- Mufti Sayeed-Kishtwar-Riots

Almost one month has passed the BJP-PDP govt had claimed on the floor of the state Assembly that the state govt after examining the report of the Justice (Retd) RC Gandhi commission on Kishtwar riots would take appropriate action against all those high profile politicians, senior police and civic officers indicted in the report. Senior PDP ministers including Parliamentary and Law Affairs Minister Basharat Ahmad Bukhari and Education Minister Naeem Akhtar made separate statements while clarifying the stand of the state govt on the sensitive subject. They both confirmed the fact on the floor of both the lower and upper houses that the govt has received the report and would be examining the same before taking any action against those …

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C for Choice and C for Consequence – #VogueEmpower

#VogueEmpower Deepika Vogue

Dear Children, You may one day see this beautifully made black and white video with women who will be telling you, in slow motion and with haunting music playing in the background, all that there is to choice. Although they speak only for women, dear Son, choice is as much yours as it is your Sister’s. They repeatedly tell you that you can justify any act of yours by saying ‘It’s my Choice’. They say that many times in the Video and it reminds me how as 5 year olds sometimes if you did something you were not supposed to, upon being asked why you did it, you would say “just because I wanted to”. You know it did not …

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Before hosting a Seminar Indian Institute of Public Administration should make arrangements for car parking of their guests

Indian Institute of Public Administration -Jammu-Kashmir-Traffic

J&K Regional Branch of Indian Institute of Public Administration frequently organises seminars and special lectures on variety of subjects linked with public administration to spread awareness and train new lot of officers. Several senior  serving officers, prominent retired professionals and others are invited to grace the occasion to share their viewpoint. At present a two day seminar on Floods in 2014: Lessons for Disaster Management for J&K has been organised in the same campus and the same is being attended by representatives of different agencies involved in rescue,relief and Rehabilitation of victims affected due to devastated floods in the state. During the duration of the seminar the general public faces many hardships due to haphazard parking of vehicles on the …

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First phase of campaigning coming to an end yet no political party has released party manifesto

Jammu Kashmir elections 2014-PDP-BJP-National Conference-Congress

With less than 24 hours left before the campaigning comes to an end for the first phase of polling on 15 Assembly seats in the state but not a single political party has come up with its election manifesto. Starting from Congress and BJP, even regional political parties National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party have issued their party manifesto listing their agenda before the electorate. Ironically, leaders of all the political parties have been targeting each other over issues being raised by them in their election speeches but they have been let down by their own parties in the absence of party manifesto. BJP leaders kicked up a storm by raising the contentious issue of Article 370, renaming of the …

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to kick start BJP’s MISSION 44 Plus from Kishtwar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi kick start BJP's MISSION 44 Plus Kishtwar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to kick start BJP’s MISSION 44 Plus from historic Chowgan in Kishtwar. The parade ground has seen many historic gatherings but  for the first time the vast green swathes of Chowgan would be painted in saffron hues to register BJPs’ strong presence in the area. The BJP has selectively chosen the Kishtwar Assembly segment for  the high profile visit  of Prime Minister to send a strong message to the ruling parties in the state. The party machinery has geared up all its resources to make it a big show to motivate voters to come out in large numbers and vote for their choicest candidates. At present Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo of National Conference is …

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Azad busy patting his own back, refuses to acknowledge good work done by Congress ministers in Omar Govt

Ghulam Nabi Azad

When star campaigner of the Congress party Ghulam Nabi Azad stand in front of local residents to address election rallies in erstwhile Doda district  he is repeatedly parroting a statement claiming the Congress-led Coalition Government of 2006-08 successfully broke the myth that development is a utopian dream. Azad also adds it was practically demonstrated by the Congress party how to deliver the fruits of development equitably and judiciously to all the regions of the State. Patting his own back Azad proudly present report card of his govt and appeal to voters to elect congress candidates if they wish to see all around development of the neglected region of the state. While doing so Azad is refusing to acknowledge the good …

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