Rohingya, refugees

‘Wife, sister, and children detained’: In Jammu, Rohingyas flee persecution — again

The detention of 168 Rohingya refugees by the Jammu and Kashmir administration has rekindled the beleaguered refugee community's memories of the persecution in Myanmar.
Unemployment, Kashmir unemployment

‘I failed again’: Lockdowns worsen Kashmir’s unemployment curse

New Delhi claimed that articles 370 and 35A had been “roadblocks” in the path of development -- and the abrogation would pave in the path for opportunities for the youth, long battling corruption. That didn't happen.
Raikaa forest

New court complex in Jammu’s Raika forest touches environmental fault line

“Why was this particular forest land chosen for the project? This land falls within the Bahu Conservation Reserve and is also close to the Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary. Was there no other land available in Jammu apart from a conservation reserve?”
Migratory birds, Kashmir migration birds, kashmir birds

Forest Rights Act: J-K admin’s haste unsettles forest dwellers

For more than a year, its implementation on-ground was overlooked and today it remains in disarray — after resorting to coercive measures against forest dwellers in late 2020, the administration is rushing through a grassroots process even as much of Kashmir’s forest areas remained snowbound.
Kashmir snow, Kashmir winter, Kashmir, Kashmir snowfall

A nightmare and false promises: Kashmir in snow and aftermath

The snow was not the only adversary of normal life. The administration’s lack of preparedness and its snail-paced approach was more troubling.