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In Kashmir’s DDC polls, women candidates bring hope to some

After the reservation of seats for women had compelled political parties to field women, candidates are hopeful that a woman head of the DDC would better understand and solve their problems. 
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DDC being elected for first time in Kashmir. But is this election any new?

Kashmir is heading towards the election after a political winter of two years, however, not much has changed with the star-campaigners on the ground with rhetoric, candidates alleging administration’s bias, and fear of not only the militants but also the authorities itself.
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In Kashmir, disinformation — about election and COVID-19 — clouds DDC polls

More fatal factor than the mismanagement by the government that called in more than 7 lac voters to cast ballots, in this phase, in-person amid the pandemic is disinformation -- about the agenda of the election as well as the virus.
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How L-G Manoj Sinha has been instrumental in J-K for New Delhi?

In federally-governed territory, anything that happens in J-K comes at New Delhi’s door. With this obvious realisation, saying that the Centre’s choice of choosing a new governor for J-K has been very wise, and well-thought, won’t be an overstatement.
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Ousted Junaid Mattu returns to SMC amid torn pherans, broken glasses

On Wednesday, Junaid Azim Mattu, the ousted mayor of Srinagar, staged a comeback in the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) with a majority of 62...
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Perpetual dilemma of ‘People’s Alliance’

The Kashmir Walla spoke with several unionists, candidates on the ground, and observers to analyze if the DDC poll restricts the political ambitions in Kashmir to issues of water and repairing drains or is this actually the fight for the existence of unionists.
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Divided over new land laws, Jammu faces dilemma of identity

In Jammu and Kashmir, however, the BJP has seemingly chosen a different yardstick by reversing decades old protectionist laws with the imposition of new land laws.
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“BJP versus all”: A sliver of hope but challenges ahead

More than a year after the abrogation of J-K’s semi-autonomy, most unionists are seemingly on the same page having come together in an official alliance against the Hindu nationalist BJP and its ideological-driven onslaught against the region.
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“I want our lives to become easy”: Kashmiri Pandits rue government indifference

Successive governments, the community say, have only paid lip service to their plight, and even announced various job schemes and economic packages but left non-migrant families out of these programs.
Kashmir child by Sanna Irshad Mattoo

Dismembering Jammu and Kashmir

On 5 August last year, the semi-autonomous status of India’s only Muslim-majority state was revoked by the Government of India. Now, one year on from the state’s disintegration, freelance journalist Mark Mistry examines how the country without a post office became a people without a state.