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Freedom of expression is always the freedom of those who think differently. Rosa Luxemburg On August 24, the offices of the Rawalakot-based daily broadsheet, Majadla, were raided by the city administration. The staff was evacuated and the office-building was sealed. More than a month on, the Majadla offices remain closed. While the official pretext is Majadla’s illegal publication, the editor and publisher insist that Majadla has the provisional permission for the publication while waiting on the official declaration. Not merely the Majadla management, activists and intelligentsia in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) have viewed the action against Majadla as a

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Cartoon by Mir Suhail (Kashmir Observer) Transparency has to be the essence of any democracy and India claims to be the world’s largest. The previous Congress-led government takes credit for bringing transparency in governance. The party face Rahul Gandhi couldn’t speak of anything other than the ‘Right to Information’ that the Congress government made possible. However, the times have changed now, the values have changed, and the idea of transparency has reached a higher level. It’s perhaps the first time in the history of independent India when policies of defence, foreign relations, border security and military plans are no more

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For me every day is a Father’s Day, especially since he left for heavenly abode. Like other parents, my father would always advise me about life, education, health, society and so on. Whenever he felt that I was not concentrating on my studies, he would tell me beta (son) there are two things that nobody can steal from you—Knowledge and Skills. Such was his desire for my higher studies that he told my brother to encourage me to fly to China and complete my academic degree. During this he was admitted in SKIMS hospital, where he was treated for the last

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If the coalition government headed by Ms Mehbooba Mufti continues to take refuge in ambiguity over sensitive issues, the civil society will keep asking the hard questions, especially in the context of the claims made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it believes in the idea of democracy and favours the “battle of ideas”. Another matter that Yasin Malik has been booked under a nearly three-decade old case, Syed Ali Geelani continues to remain under house arrest and the Mirwaiz barred from his routine socio-political and religious activities. Do Maliks, Geelanis and the Mirwaizes represent a political view and

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Dear Editor, I’m a human rights lawyer, who has been living and working in Srinagar, for the last three years. I believe in the Human Right of people’s to Self-Determination and strongly support the cause of plebiscite and Kashmiri freedom from an Indian military occupation. As an Indian, whose government brutalizes Kashmiri people in my name, I believe it is my responsibility to understand and document the forms of exploitation deployed, and to oppose such actions, in whatever way I can. In this context, some questions, occurred to me when I read your recent editorial  “Our dirty dark underbelly” in

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Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo. Champions League Final, 2014 Moments before the final whistle, Sergio Ramos powered a header in to the back of the net and Real Madrid equalised. The expression on the face of their manager, Carlo Ancelotti, was one of relief. It was always going to go downhill from there for their city rivals, Atletico, who having scored the opening goal through Diego Godin in the 36th minute, sat back to defend their slender lead. After scoring the equaliser, the momentum was very much with Real Madrid going into extra time and they capitalised, achieving the much

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In my career as a Life Coach, I have come across many people (mostly women) who are surviving with abusive partners. The impact is not small in any way. I have seen it completely distort a person’s self–image and confidence. They were once successful professionals, now they are mere shadows of their earlier selves. They have blatantly, year after year been exposed to verbal, emotional, mental and sometimes physical abuse too. It is extremely difficult and painful to see these women go through such trauma. They are not living with outright mental patients or criminals, but the emotional and psychological

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Indian protesters shout slogans during a protest against the death sentence of convicted bomb plotter Yakub Memon, a key plotter of the bomb attacks which killed hundreds in Mumbai in 1993, in New Delhi on July 27, 2015. India's top court on July 21, 2015 rejected a final appeal by Memon, a key plotter of bomb attacks that killed hundreds in Mumbai in 1993, paving the way for his execution. AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

By Jeffrey Howard, University of Essex The execution, by hanging, of Yakub Memon for his part in the 1993 Mumbai bombings invites us to revisit the vexed issue of capital punishment. Few topics incite such moral passion and controversy. The world’s religious communities are divided on the death penalty. Despite a seemingly unambiguous commitment to non-violence (or “Ahimsa”) in both Hinduism and Buddhism, scholars within those traditions continue to debate the permissibility of lethal punishment. The Old Testament enjoins us to take an “eye for an eye” – the principle of lex talionis – while the New Testament exhorts us

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Former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Chief Amarjit Singh Dulat brings into light, so far, through his revelations, the political unseen scene of Kashmir during ex-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s reign.In a bold attempt, Dulat has come up with eye-popping revelations on Kashmir’s political scenario during his tenure in office of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and RAW and after 2000, when he was special advisor on Kashmir to Prime Minister Vajpayee. In an exclusive interview to India Today, ahead of the launch of his memoir “Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years, Dulat labels Mehbooba Mufti, President of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Minister

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Switching on to any news channel is enough to understand that Europe is not at its best these days. Between the saga of the Greek financial tragedy, the migrants’ waves trying to enter the European Union, the rising extreme right movement and the diverse disastrous attacks that can erupt at any moments, the old continent is scared. Luckily, and in its pure historical European tradition, scapegoats are being found, thanks in part to corporate media and traditional political parties, always here to point fingers when needed. Greece For the Greek crisis the answer is easy: It is the fault of

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