Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir Timeline – 1989 Onwards
How events and policies of government of India shaped the Kashmiri narrative
Compiled by Mili Verma

Once There Was Hope – September 2019
Now there is only despair and desolation
By Ghazala Wahab

Chinese Moves on Kashmir – September 2019
The shadow of August 5 will loom over the upcoming Modi-Xi summit
By Pravin Sawhney

To Kashmir and Back – September 2019
Long days, longer nights and unanswered questions
By Yunus Dar

Fire Play – September 2019
With patience and sagacity local commanders can often help reduce ceasefire violations
By Sanjiv Krishan Sood

T’was the Great Victory – August 2019
The nation commemorates 20 years of the Kargil conflict

Walk the Talk – July 2019
A muscular approach to solving Kashmir’s problem will only result in adverse long-term consequences
By Fayaz Bukhari

Borders to Go Hi-Tech – July 2019
The BSF has issued tenders for modern equipment such as OFC-based Intrusion Detection Systems and Night Vision Devices
By Rohan Ramesh

Game Changer or One-Off? – June 2019
Time will tell what the Balakot air strikes actually achieved in the end
By Maj. Gen. Ashok K. Mehta

Intelligence Matters – May 2019
The manifold challenges of internal security, and how the government plans to tackle it
By Mihir Paul, Rohan Ramesh and Yunus Dar

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BJP’s Election Manifesto For 2019

Indian National Congress’ Election Manifesto for 2019

Beyond Revenge and Rhetoric – April 2019
Time for CAPFs to be engaged in internal security and be treated at par with other forces
By R.C. Sharma

Internal Matters – April 2019
Post Pulwama, focus should be hitherto neglected CPMFs and internal security
By Ramesh Chandra

Time for Correction – March 2019
Centre should take decisive steps to prevent Kashmir’s youth from turning to terrorism
By Fayaz Bukhari

Failed Promises – January 2019
The Centre’s policies have not helped in curbing militancy or establishing peace in the Valley
By Fayaz Bukhari

Valley of Fear – December 2018
Violence up, annual death toll highest in a decade
By Fayaz Bukhari

‘The only requirement, in terms of equipment and vehicles, is for our units that are deployed in the Kashmir valley and LWE regions’ – December 2018
Director General, Sashastra Seema Bal, Surjeet Singh Deswal

More Falsehoods – November 2018
The municipal elections in the Valley were a total sham
By Fayaz Bukhari

Security in Numbers – November 2018
Union home minister Rajnath Singh announces deployment of a new NSG unit in Jammu and Kashmir
By Mihir Paul

The Tale of Two Kashmirs – November 2018
With the wailing mothers of the civilian youth on one side of the divide and the Tiranga-covered coffins of the security forces on the other, October has been the bloodiest month this year in Kashmir

Bone of Contention – October 2018
The Centre should handle the sensitive issue of Article 35-A more judiciously
By Fayaz Bukhari

Kashmir on the Edge – September 2018
In the absence of a political process, the ground situation becomes murkier
By Fayaz Bukhari

Blame Game Continues – July 2018
The Centre has to stop half-hearted measures to ensure peace in the Valley
By Fayaz Bukhari

Beyond False Promises – June 2018
Stop-gap measures cannot solve militancy problem in the Valley
By Fayaz Bukhari

Modi appeals to the youth to join mainstream – June 2018

Nightmare on the LC – March 2018
And the hinterland is no better
By Pravin Sawhney

Time is Running Out – March 2018
A dialogue with the Kashmiri youth is essential to check the growing menace of terrorism
By Fayaz Bukhari

A Brush with Bravery – January 2018
A civilian’s salute to the Indian soldier
By Suhas Kadlaskar

Genuine or Sham? – November 2017
Dineshwar Sharma’s appointment as an interlocutor raises some pertinent questions
By Fayaz Bukhari

Long Overdue – November 2017
A Rs 25,000 crore financial boost comes for internal security and police reforms
By Aditya Kakkar

Wake Up to Reality – November 2017
China Lists the Kashmir Conflict as its Top Priority
By Pravin Sawhney

Official Peace – September 2017
Yet, Kashmir continues to simmer
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Fuel to Fire – September 2017
The plea against Article 35A is adding to instability in Kashmir
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Game of Politics – September 2017
Former PDP minister Tariq Hameed Karra recounts how the ‘unholy alliance’ was made
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kashmir 2009
20 turbulent years
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

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

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

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

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

The War Zone – December 2003
Following up on the inaugural cover story of FORCE, here is another treasure from our archives. In November 2003, FORCE team spent a week in the Jammu division of Kashmir. Starting with the Rashtriya Rifles’ Delta force headquarters in the Doda sector of Jammu division to get first-hand experience of Indian Army’s counter-insurgency operations, the December 2003 cover story included interviews with chief minister J&K Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, chief secretary Sudhir Bloeria, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen. Hari Prasad, Director General, BSF Ajai Raj Sharma, Inspector General, BSF, Jammu division, Dilip Trivedi, Inspector General CRPF, Jammu Division, C. Balasubramaniam and countless unnamed officers from across the uniform. Field reporting at its best. Read on.
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

The Line of (no) Control – August 2003
The mountains straddling the Line of Control are beautiful and inviting, but the invitation is steeped in deception. Lieutenant Mehta (not his real name, of course), has been, in his own words, doing the ‘parikrama’ of these challenging ranges for the last one month and he is still learning which peaks are friends and which are foes. You can’t blame this on his ineptitude, because, the LoC defies logic.
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab



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