DISEQUILIBRIUM: Foreign Hand In Kashmir

Once is chance, twice is coincidence and third time is a pattern. The pace at which dominos are falling in Kashmir Valley situation seems to suggest that a new overarching pattern has emerged and strangely, the US is its centrifuge. For long, a policy of drift was allowed in Kashmir’s festering sore. Last winter was a wasted opportunity, when a political dialogue could have been initiated by the Centre with various stakeholders, including the separatists. This came against the backdrop of a brutal spiral of violence and bloodletting in the Valley.

How Do We Empower?

Many of the questions that women raise about the safety at the work place is defined in parameters that are legally endorsed. However, like neglect in a stable marriage, where partners may be oblivious of their duties toward each other, because it not convenient, or because competitive attention diverts them, the real questions of gender harassment are diluted by our refusal to recognise them.

Desperate times need desperate measures

Following the alarming rise in the pollution levels in and around the capital in the last two days, the Delhi government on Wednesday announced that all schools in the city will remain closed till Sunday. The drastic measure comes after the air quality index (AQI) touched 448 (AQI above 150 is unhealthy) in a scale of 500, breaching the ‘severe’ category.

Women do need insurance

Lot of people don’t understand the value of wife, until the judge decided the alimony amount”. This aptly summarises the way a life of a women and her contributions are evaluated, thus depriving her of her entitlement to a secure and financial independent life.

India has a population of over 1.2 billion and is amongst the fastest growing economies in the world. But  it still remains one of the many under-insured and un-insured countries in the world.

The Twists and turns of pak

After the London conclave, on October 30, of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N) which agreed to nominate Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab chief minister as their prime ministerial candidate if PML(N) wins a majority in the 2018 general elections, the burgeoning split within the party has been temporarily contained.

Times they Are E-Changin’

Do you know the common point between Kobe Bryant’s retirement announcement, CBS’s revival plan for Star Trek and the recent announcements from the White House and president Donald Trump’s office? All of them were made not on conventional news or sports networks but on various social media platforms. Facebook recently shut down tens of thousands of accounts ahead of last weekend’s election in Germany in an effort to deflate concerns that Facebook might create ideological ‘bubbles’, showing the immense potential social platforms have acquired over the years.


Allergy of the body, obsession of the mind, the BJP’s fixation even overriding pet hobby horse for black money is indeed gratifying for various numbers have been given to peg the size of India’s parallel economy at astronomical levels. Armed with slings, arrows and what have you, the Modi government has tried to bring everything to bear — from tyrannical taxmen virtually in jackboots to mass appeals which infatuate the proletarian bottom of India’s pyramid as its unending quest searches the deep recesses of the abyss for black stash.

Opinion polls versus ground realities

With the Election Commission announcing the Gujarat poll dates, (December 9 and 14), the stage has been set for a pivotal contest, which may create the ambience for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Because it was the 2012 Gujarat poll results that had set the tone for the 2014 general elections. The comparison appears farfetched in the face of two opinion polls that give BJP a 10 per cent vote advantage over Congress despite the GST and demonetisation woes and local incumbencies, but there are a few factors that may also be the party’s undoing.

DISEQUILIBRIUM: Kashmir: Policy of passivity

There are times and moments that define you for the rest of your life. More so in the case of politics where every decision that you take influences lives of people on the ground. Just when one thought that the National Security Adviser Ajit K Doval doctrine to reclaim Kashmir Valley was working effectively, comes the news that an interlocutor has been appointed by the Centre to start a sustained dialogue with all the stakeholders in Kashmir.

Cut & Thrust: Unworthy Scam Shield

It cannot be a cosmic coincidence that a Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance 2017 crept surreptitiously past us and when it did stare us in the face like a neon sign, we ended up being hypnotised by the headline. Like a medieval monarch Vasundra Raje, chief minister of Rajasthan has ring fenced herself and other public servants of any sort of prosecution.