OPINION

Challenges of Shrinking Farmlands & Urbanization?

Challenges of Shrinking Farmlands & Urbanization?

We already lost a lot of agricultural land during construction of Qazigund – Baramulla railway line. Due to urbanization a lot of paddy fields were converted into housing colonies around Srinagar , Budgam and Ganderbal districts.

India-Pakistan Ceasefire: Back to Dialogue?

India-Pakistan Ceasefire: Back to Dialogue?

Today old equations between New Delhi and Islamabad and also between Kashmiri separatists and New Delhi no longer apply. Following withdrawal of Article 370, Hurriyat has been obliterated from the scene. Pakistan is no longer bolstered by the strategic depth of Afghanistan or leveraged by an all-encompassing militant struggle in Kashmir

The Dilemma Of India’s One-China Policy

The Dilemma Of India’s One-China Policy

India’s geographical proximity to China would ensure that the immediate costs and implications of any alteration to One-China policy would have to be borne by India than the US. Such costs can include a hardening of Chinese attitudes towards India and a no-holds barred approach from the PLA on the LAC.

Cement Concrete Roads In J&K

Cement Concrete Roads In J&K

On the basis of initial cost of pavement the Concrete Roads are reported to be around 15 to 16 % costlier than the Bituminous Roads. However, on life cycle cost basis, the cement concrete roads due to their long life of 35 to 40 years and better durability are estimated to be around 25-30% cheaper when compared with Bitumen roads.

Exit the Dragon?

Exit the Dragon?

There are all the indications that Kashmir is once again set to become a pawn in the geo-political game: this time at a regional level with China and India’s rise adding a far larger dimension to the lingering issue.

State Finances: J&K Economy From The Rear View-Part II

State Finances: J&K Economy From The Rear View-Part II

In terms of its tax payments, people of J&K are therefore paying proportionally better than economically most vibrant states of India. This is despite J&K falling in the bottom 20 percentile states in terms of the per capita income

The Indian-American Survey?

The Indian-American Survey?

Indian Americans’ policy views are more liberal on issues affecting the United States and more conservative on issues affecting India. Regarding contentious issues such as the equal protection for religious minorities, immigration, and affirmative action, Indian Americans uphold relatively more conservative views of Indian policies than of US policies

Continuous & Concurrent Updation of Govt Websites?

Continuous & Concurrent Updation of Govt Websites?

At a time when India is leapfrogging into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, how can authorities at helm in J&K Government not even make the official websites of the Government updated on a regular basis?

The Russian Affair

The Russian Affair

At present, Russia is experiencing what it experienced in the 1990s and the early 2000s – a struggle for a more effective government, more accountability, transparency over public spending, and most of all, the ability to change the government through elections, and Putin’s gambit to remain in power indefinitely has added fuel to the public dissent

J&K Economy from Rear View

J&K Economy from Rear View

Measuring from a wider time frame i.e. from 1996 till 2019, JK’s per capita income has grown at an average of around 3.38% compared to an impressive all India average of 5.41%. Which implies that in real terms (adjusted for inflation), nationally the income is doubled every 13.30 years, while in case of J&K it takes around 21.30 years for the same.

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