Howdy Kashmir: When Constitutional Morality has No Takers

During his high profile meeting with the Indian diaspora at Houston, Texas, which was attended by US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi grandly said that Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir promoted terrorism and denied people of the state many rights that were available to Indians in other parts of the country. Its abrogation, he said with an expansive use of his hands, had integrated the state and its people with the rest of the country.

Kashmir: 10 Million Dead Phones and No One to Say ‘Hello’

How does a place look like when 10 million mobile phones and their talkative owners are shut down forcibly for a month and more? How does the place look like when concertina wires are used to block the movement of people to their schools, colleges, offices, courts, hospitals and to playgrounds? When the markets are shut endlessly and the economy has been totally destroyed? When 8 million people stay indoors from fear of arbitrary detention and the stares of impersonal, armed paramilitary forces? 

Then, truly speaking, can this place be called normal? 

‘Resistance to the forces of tyranny is not only an option, but the only option’

Priyamvada Gopal is currently a Reader in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge and Fellow, Churchill College, UK. Her latest book, Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent, written and documented after years of painstaking research and original theoretical interventions and interpretations, is making waves across the academic circles and campuses in the West, especially in the UK and US. She was recently in New York, discussing the book.

Goodbye, Mrs Dikshit

In the death of former chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, the media has lost a good friend. Though she was unwell for a while, her end came rather soon. Just a day before her death, she was battling it out with the central leadership on how to revive the Congress party after the numbing loss in the 2019 elections. Dikshit contested the Lok Sabha elections and seemed like a winner, but she suffered the same fate as that of other Congress candidates when she lost by a big margin.