Jammu & Kashmir

Anger Kills – July 2017
Both the police and the people are furious with each other
By Fayaz Bukhari

Sense of the Street – September 2016
Renewed militancy on cards, clueless government fails to tackle unrest
By Fayaz Bukhari

Healing Touch – September 2016
A multi-prong, concerted effort is needed to restore normalcy in Kashmir
By Somesh Goyal

The New Normal – August 2016
Collective amnesia on Kashmir’s history of discontent is dangerous for India
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Talk, Don’t Fire – July 2016
With dialogue taking a backseat, army warns of difficult days ahead
By Fayaz Bukhari

Angry Young Men – June 2016
Youth braving bullets to thwart security operations against militants is a new challenge
By Fayaz Bukhari

Rope Tricks – May 2016
Mehbooba Mufti has to ensure that the alliance with the BJP pays well
By Fayaz Bukhari

Will She, Will She Not – February 2016
All eyes are on Mehbooba Mufti as she takes her time to form the government in J&K
By Fayaz Bukhari

Short on Promises – December 2015
Among other challenges, PDP-BJP alliance has to immediately deal with radicalisation of local youth
By Fayaz Bukhari

Closed Minds – August 2015
Only a political resolution can help curb radicalisation
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

The Russian Hand – August 2015
Moscow’s prodding led to the Modi-Sharif meeting at Ufa, says Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Calculated Move – August 2015
The army will now focus on stopping infiltrators at the LC itself
A FORCE Report

Cause of Concern – July 2015
A growing self-radicalisation among youth in the valley is worrying
By Fayaz Bukhari

Fighting for Peace – May 2015
Separatists and the new government gear up for major faceoff in Kashmir
By Fayaz Bukhari

In the Wrong Direction – April 2015
Kashmiri young men are joining militancy at a higher rate than seen in two decades
By Fayaz Bukhari

A Precious Diwali Gift – November 2014
The Prime Minister has announced a special package of Rs 745 crore for rebuilding Kashmir after the devastating floods
By Fayaz Bukhari

Battle for the State – September 2014
Political parties are pulling out all stops to win the forthcoming Assembly elections in J&K
By Afsana Rashid

The Enemy Within – July 2014
The new GOC, Lt Gen. Subrata Saha faces the biggest challenge of ridding Kashmir valley of militancy
By Fayaz Bukhari

A Legacy of Good – April 2014
For real gains from Operation Sadbhavana, the Indian Army needs to rethink its approach
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Pincer Move – April 2014
Pakistan-China collusion in Karakoram seriously threatens north Kashmir
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Save the Resolution – April 2014
Space for liberals is fast shrinking in today’s Kashmir and to curb dissension, bullets seem the favoured answer
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Young Blood – April 2014
Kashmiri youth need leaders who inspire
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Daily Battles – September 2013
Despite frequent violations, ceasefire holds on the Line of Control
By Fayaz Bukhari

Line of Fire – September 2013
India’s reaction to the LC violations do not behove a mature nation
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Reign of Fear – September 2013
Kishtwar violence may just be the sign of things to come
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Wail of the Valley – August 2013
While government drags its feet, religious radicalisation is tearing away the fabric of the society
By Ghazala Wahab

To repeal or not to repeal – August 2013
Relevance of the AFSPA in J&K today
By Lt Gen. Mukesh Sabharwal (retd)

Terror Tactics – July 2013
Hizbul Mujahideen shows its hand on the eve of Prime Minister’s visit
By Fayaz Bukhari

Summer Heats Up – June 2013
Infiltration attempts by militants keep security forces on their toes
By Fayaz Bukhari

Return of the Siege – April 2013
Series of attacks take security forces by surprise
By Fayaz Bukhari

Uncertain Times – April 2013
The tragedy of Kashmir is that it doesn’t have any leaders, only politicians
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Kashmir Calling – December 2012
Increased efforts are being made to focus on development of the state
By Fayaz Bukhari

Fear at the Grassroots – October 2012
The recent killings and resignation of panchayat members is the new security concern
By Fayaz Bukhari

Threats Within – September 2012
Need for scrutiny of policemen is after the arrest of constable Abdul Rashid Shingan
By Fayaz Bukhari

Desperate Measures – September 2012
The 540m long tunnel in Kashmir shows Pakistan’s desperation to push in militants
By Fayaz Bukhari

Dam Burst – September 2012
Armed militants target controversial Wullar Barrage
By Fayaz Bukhari

New Fears – August 2012
Army says that new LeT bastion in south Kashmir poses a threat to Srinagar city
By Fayaz Bukhari

Window in Kashmir – July 2012
With each day the solution is becoming difficult
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Terror’s New Tactics – July 2012
As militant’s strike fear, double agents plague J&K police
By Fayaz Bukhari

Cloak of Invisibility – July 2012
With police-CRPF ready for the bigger role, the army should go back to the LC
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Break Point – June 2012
Crisis deepen among Separatists with dissenters alleging Mirwaiz of hegemony
By Fayaz Bukhari

Full Circle – December 2011
Government cannot wish away the Kashmir issue, it has to be resolved
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

AFSPA Must Go – November 2011
If the government wants the story of Kashmir to change, it needs to convince itself that indeed normalcy has returned
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Partial Paranoia – November 2011
Indian Army holds fast to the AFSPA umbrella in the Valley

‘CRPF is Fully Capable of Taking on the CI Ops Along With the State Police if a Competent Authority Deems it so’
By Inspector General, Operations, Kashmir, Central Reserve Police Force, B.N. Ramesh

What We Faced is Not Peaceful Protests, as Claimed, but Large Stone-Pelting Mobs and Attempts at Arson
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Range, S.M. Sahai

Summer 2011
The chief minister should take the tough call on DAA and AF(SP)A
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

In Peace and War
The Line of Control has dynamics of its own

‘Our Political Response to Situations is Much Better Now than it was Last Year’
Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah

Battle of the Pulpit
The Line of Control has dynamics of its own
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Third Party
Further pushing India into a corner, China plays ‘the Kashmir card’
By Mohan Malik

Rise of the Radical
The new wave in the Separatists politics is headed by Masrat Alam Bhat
By S. Rasheed

A Rainbow Perhaps?
The all-party delegation held promise but delivery is the key
By S. Rasheed

For Whom the Bell Tolls
Continuous stone pelting takes its toll on the security forces
By Inayat Jehangir

New Slogans
Farooq Abdullah stirs the Hornet’s nest once again
By Inayat Jehangir

Joint army-air force rescue and relief efforts after the Leh cloud-burst
By Divya Srivastava

Tiding Over
Leh claws back to normalcy, albeit slowly
Nitasha Chawla

Human spirit Above All
In the hour of darkness, people from all walks of life came together to stand by each other
By Divya Srivastava

Defence minister visits LAC Brothers in Arms
Militants focus on recruiting minor boys to keep the pot boiling in Kashmir
By Inayat Jehangir

Quick Bytes
Operation Thunder Strike’s big haul

Dialogue Must Go On
Composite dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad is inevitable, despite odds
By Inayat Jehangir

Stone Age
Retaliation finds a new expression in the Valley
By Fayaz Wani

On the Tenterhooks
Yet another crucial year for the Valley as the insurgent groups re-surface
By Fayaz Wani

Eyes on the LC
Militants now favour difficult terrains as infiltrating points since they are sparsely guarded
By Fayaz Wani

Morale Booster
PM lauds CRPF for maintaining peace
By Fayaz Wani

Kashmir 2009
20 turbulent years
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

‘There will Always be a Requirement for the CRPF to Beef up our Strength’
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Farooq Ahmad, IPS, joined Jammu and Kashmir Police as deputy superintendent of police in 1977. A highly decorated officer, Ahmad has served a number of tenures in both the regions of state. Apart from policing, he has also delivered talks, both in India and abroad, on such range of subjects as terrorism, Kashmiriyat, Jihad and Human rights. He spoke exclusively to FORCE on a range of subjects pertaining to his new appointment.

Kashmir Timeline Cost of the Conflict – Sept 2009
The short-term key to peace in Kashmir lies in ensuring zero HR violations
By Ghazala Wahab

Our biggest mistake was not Quitting the NDA Government when our autonomy proposal was rejected by the union cabinet – April 2009
President, National Conference, Omar Abdullah

Hope Floats – January 2009
Yet another chance to resolve the Kashmir issue
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

‘Not Only is There a Case for Phased Withdrawal of the Rashtriya Rifles but also Review of the AF(SP)A as well as the Disturbed Areas Act’ – January 2009
President, National Conference, Omar Abdullah

Holding Peace to Ransom – Sept 2008
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Festival of Freedom – Sept 2008
The slogans of azadi rent the air at Idgah By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

So long as Jammu and Kashmir is a Part of India, the National Conference will Always be Relevant – Sept 2008
President, National Conference, Omar Abdullah

Uneasy Kashmiry – Sept 2008
A cry for resolution more than independence
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

The Time is Now – June 2008
With elections in J&K, Delhi should move towards resolution
By Pravin Sawhney

Changing Kashmir – June 2008
With reduced level of violence, tourists are thronging the Kashmir Valley
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

The Art of Walking Sideways – June 2008
The violence may be down, but it is yet not out
By Ghazala Wahab

In the Name of God – July 2007
Tablighi Jamaat is vulnerable to misuse by terrorists
By Ghazala Wahab

A New Season – May 2007
For the local people, demilitarisation would be a new beginning
By Ghazala Wahab

Guns and Tulips – May 2007
Army should withdraw, but not now
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

The Story of Kashmir – April 2007
Ducking till the storm wanes seems to be New Delhi’s policy
By Ghazala Wahab

Daughter of Kashmir – June 2005
Mehbooba Mufti, President, Peoples Democratic Party, Jammu and Kashmir
By Ghazala Wahab

The Indian Story – Feb 2005
The global war on terrorism is still to reach Kashmir
By Ghazala Wahab