Kashmiris

Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and Sant Harcharan Singh Longowal

The Shattered Dome and reflections on Indian politics

The Caravan has published yet another of its very excellent mini-novel grade stories. This time around the Operation Blue star by Hartosh Singh Bal. For someone who was but a child in the times covered by this story, this was an enlightening read and I recommend you read it, since I’m not going to be …

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Constitution can be amended. No compromise on revolution.

The IAC movement started at a time when I had given up on India, believing that we are going to turn into a total hellhole and become some third world country magazine story of unbearable despair before anything changed – mostly because there wouldn’t be anything left to suck out of people. I’ve been skeptical …

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Balasaheb Thackeray has lessons for Indian politics

Bal Thackeray died yesterday, and all hell broke loose among the polarized opinions. Some respected him for what he did. Others saw him as a fascist. There was very little overlap if any. In my eyes, mass leaders like Balasaheb Thackeray cannot be viewed in isolation from the masses. While it is undeniable that the …

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Some thoughts on Pakistan and Independent Kashmir

When I wrote my post on Kashmiri Pandits, a friend responded privately with a nugget of political insight – before the ethnic cleansing, Kashmiri Pandits did favor independence over merger with India. If that is true, then Pakistan did Kashmir a grave disservice by sponsoring the butchers who devastated them and turned them firmly pro-India. …

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Kalpakkam: Madras Atomic Power Plant

A Radioactive Silence

“Uraniam found in 241 water samples” the headline could have screamed, but it didn’t. It made modest appearance and slid into obscurity, unheralded on the news site’s social networks. This was Times of India reporting on drinking water samples from Punjab as reported by chief engineer, department of water supply and sanitation in the High …

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