The Kashmir Conversation

Lead Opinion

Too many killings at the border

Grandstanding about surgical strikes could have been avoided. Public pronouncement of the strikes and resultant aggressive retaliatory actions by the Pakistanis has in fact put authorities under more pressure. On one hand expectations of masses have been raised and on the other the locals living along the border are finding their daily life totally disrupted due to daily exchange of fire.   

December 19,2018

Law and Conflict

Finding humanity in a state of exceptions

Mutilation of dead bodies is a ‘clear violation’ of both customary, and treaty norms in both international armed conflict (IAC) and non-international armed conflict (NIAC). Under international criminal law, the prohibition of mutilating dead bodies in international armed conflicts is covered as a war crime.

October 15,2018

The Kashmir Conversation

Independence, and a deep mourning

For me, the freedom is to move in your locality without showing identity cards, travel in public transport without getting searched or visit any office without getting frisked or loiter on the road without getting killed. Unfortunately, I have been deprived of all this since people in India and Pakistan got their freedom. I salute those Indians who share my agony when I tell them that I am being caged and curfewed on your Independence Day.

August 31,2018

The Kashmir Conversation

Why Article 35A matters

Article 35A, being the right under the Constitution to define a permanent resident, and to consequently confer upon such citizens rights related to immovable property, is intrinsically connected to both land and law in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Tampering with it, therefore, might itself give rise to claims of self-determination propelled by forces that will inevitably manifest under any forced ‘integration’ scenario.

August 15,2018


Can Imran do a 1992 on Pakistan?

Leaders with far greater mandate than what Imran Khan Niazi, the head of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, has achieved in the latest general elections have been hostage to the Pakistani Deep State insofar their India policy goes. However, if Imran the Prime Minister proves to be half as good as Imran the captain, Pakistan is in for some good times.

July 27,2018

Democracy and Rule of Law

Aseem Sawhney speaks to The Leaflet

His appointment as the State’s top law officer has been deemed controversial and has invited criticism from across political spectrum for ‘bearing social consequences on the already intimidated tribal population of the Kathua region’.

July 20,2018

The Kashmir Conversation

A problem called Kashmir

The first thing that should be done by our civilised society is to rediscover the empathy with Kashmir’s pain. This empathy should not be allowed to be lost in retributive vendetta.

June 25,2018

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The Kashmir merry-go-round

While there are several elements in the Kashmir valley which say ‘talk to Pakistan’, no one has any concrete idea or roadmap as to which are the areas in which the talks can happen.

June 25,2018

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The question hidden in plain sight

It is an invitation to explore a roadmap—a journey towards legal processes and democratic mechanisms for truce, peace and transitional justice that will undoubtedly be complex, but one that could strive to be inclusive and under international law.

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Vortex of political uncertainties

As the Governor’s rule is imposed for the eighth time in the last 40 years, there’s speculation that NN Vohra will be replaced by an Army veteran to pump up ‘Doval doctrine’ in the Valley.

June 20,2018

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