Sunday, February 24, 2019
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Politicians, privacy and moral policing

During my initial days in journalism an editor of one of the Urdu dailies shared an anecdote that I fondly remember, even after a...

“Raped girl loses honor” – change seems bleak

On Sunday, Greater Kashmir – one of the leading English dailies of the Kashmir valley – carried a news report about the rape of...

Noam Chomsky’s “Propaganda Model” in India

Twenty five years ago, Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman gave a Propaganda Model of media in the book, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of...

Malala and Nabila: two sides of Pakistan

Earlier this week, a young girl from Pakistan addressed a Western audience on a life-threatening situation she faced in her homeland. Dressed in a...

October 27: A farce that lives on

The people of Indian-controlled Kashmir remember October 27 as black day when Indian army was deployed in Srinagar to manipulate the decisive moments of...

Israel’s politics of fragmentation

Background If the politics of deflection exhibit the outward reach of Israel’s grand strategy of territorial expansionism and regional hegemony, the politics of fragmentation serves...

The quasi-official anthem of occupation

In the Trblinka death camp during the Nazi era, new arrivals who were about to be gassed to death were presented with a deceptive...

Of peace and propaganda

Exactly a decade ago, the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra visited the United States. The high-and-mighty audience at Washington’s Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts...

Zubin Mehta, Zabarvan and the art of resistance

Zubin Mehta performing in Kashmir’s Shalimar garden is perceptibly freakish given the history of Kashmir, especially over the last couple of decades.  The venue...

A pledge to create safe families in Kashmir

“The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil...”  - Quran 9:71 We, the...