Entries by riyaz punjabi


Governor (now retired) has sought fresh suggestions for restoring Dal lake. Inspite of spending crores of rupees on new machinery and plants, there has been no improvement. Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (Lawda) is responsible for this failure. But people living in the lake (in boats etc) and in settlements on the bank of the […]


 The daily Greater Kashmir has drawn attention to the fact that Kashmir has lost 22 hectares of saffron land in two decades. Lack of irrigation at proper time has adversely affected the production. It is a sorry state of affairs and concerned government departments have to take measures to improve production. There is a need […]


M. K. Narayanan To be optimistic about future of democracy in Pakistan and alongside improvement in India-Pakistan relations is welcome. But, it needs to be laced with a tinge of realism, writes M. K. Narayanan. According to him, India has had false starts in the past, and hence India needs to assess the situation in […]

PTI and Indo-Pak peace process

Frank F Islam With Mr. Imran Khan becoming the Prime Minister, the initial indications from both sides, India and Pakistan are positive, writes Frank F  Islam in Daily Times. Mr. Imran used Twitter to call for a dialogue with India to resolve conflicts, including Kashmir. Indian Prime Minister Mr. Modi-expressed similar feelings and called for […]

Skilled women: A distant dream in Kashmir

Bilal Dar Kashmir is known for its unique handicraft production and has been a part of Kashmiri culture. This sector plays a vital role in income and employment generation. But it has been facing the challenge of industrialization and globalization. Handicrafts work is common in Kashmir and mostly females have learnt the handicraft skills. It […]

Reflections from Chenab region

The Gujjar – Bakerwal community of Chenab region is extremely backward, and as compared to Gujjar – Bakerwals, living in Poonch – Rajouri region. However, they form an important component of Jammu and Kashmir heritage. In an editorial, daily Kashmir Uzma writes that inspite of having been included in Scheduled Tribe, they lack basic facilities. […]

Dynasty politics faces rebellion

Khalid Isaac After the fall of coalition got the rebel PDP MLAs have said that PDP has turned into a Family Democratic Party. Obviously politicians in Jammu and Kashmir have followed the foot steps of Nehru – Gandhi family. It seems Ms. Mehbooba is finding it had to keep the legislators together, as power that […]

Talab: Endangered Heritage of Kashmir

Rayees Ahmad Pir  Kashmir was known for its water bodies; ponds or ‘Sar’ played an important role, acted as storage for water during floods, and were the habitat for flora and fauna. The disappearing ponds of Kashmir due to  rapid urbanization, public encroachments and apathy of concerned department have been worrisome. There is hardly any […]

The less known Persian manuscripts

Iqbal Ahmad Like Sanskrit records, many Persian MSS and documents have not been translated or maintained properly, writes Iqbal Ahmad. According to him after the decline of Sanskrit, it was Persian that was the official language. The people learnt it and was essentially useful for Muslims, to understand religious teaching. Many Kashmiri Pandits like Bhawanidas […]

Backwardness and development of Jammu Kashmir

Altaf Hussain Haji Backwardness is defined as lack of normal development especially social development. Social development includes poverty alleviation, citizenship, peace, democracy and governance. The percentage of poverty below poverty line  is 25.7% for rural sector, 13.7% for urban sector in India. Overall poverty is 21.9%. In an analytical article Altaf Hussain writes that in […]