90 per cent tourists left Kashmir Valley, post crisis

The ongoing unrest in the Valley resulted in sharp decline of visitors. Tourism in Kashmir has suffered financial loss as tourist arrivals have gone down from 12,000 to 250 per day and hotel occupancy is around 3 per cent. Tourism department official said, more than 90 percent tourists have left the Valley.

They added, the tourism industry in Kashmir has suffered an estimated loss of Rs. 3,000 crore because of the ongoing crisis in the s Continue reading “90 per cent tourists left Kashmir Valley, post crisis”

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Peace not synonymous to Non-Violence

Peace is a state, non-violence is an action of maintaining it. They are not synonymous, nor are they too different. These two entities complement each other. We practice non-violence for peace, and peace is the absence of any violent disturbance–internal and external. Peace is deeper, the connotation touching the human soul; for instance, peace being related to human satisfaction, at the top of the hierarchy of needs.

Peace has been preached since time immemorial and it will continue till human existence. With this, peace might seem unattainable. But, in the process of making it possible, non-violence becomes the initial step. Practicing non-violence does not mean that there is peace, it means that people seek peace even in the harshest of the times. Continue reading “Peace not synonymous to Non-Violence”

Meitei vs. Naga divide over 3 anti-migrant bills sees no end

With the Election Commission announcing the dates for assembly elections in five states, the focus now shifts to the challenges of actually conducting the polls. One poll-bound state that might prove tricky is Manipur.

Manipur has been experiencing periodic blockades and violence for the past two years. A punishing economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council (UNC) since the beginning of November, in turn, sparked off counter-blockades by Meitei groups. All of this has meant increasing hardship for the ordinary people as a supply of essentials has been severely curtailed. It all started with an agitation for an Inner Line Permit (ILP) system for Manipur by the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS), to restrict entry of ‘outsiders’ into the state. The ILP which is already enforced in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram is a special permit required to enter certain restricted areas in the country. Continue reading “Meitei vs. Naga divide over 3 anti-migrant bills sees no end”

‘Judiciary without judges’ a hollow system

In an alarming scenario, a whopping 2.8 crore cases are pending in district courts across the country which are short of nearly 5,000 judicial officers.

The situation has led to suggestions in two Supreme Court reports; ‘Indian Judiciary Annual Report 2015-16’ and ‘Subordinate Courts of India: A Report on Access to Justice 2016’ to increase the judicial manpower ‘manifold’ at least seven to overcome the crisis by appointing about 15,000 more judges in the coming few years. “Justice is one critical component of citizenship which cannot be neglected.” said the report.

Data showed that district courts across the country are grappling with a backlog of 2,81,25,066 civil and criminal cases in the period between July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. But a large of matters, 1,89,04,222, were also disposed of during the period. Continue reading “‘Judiciary without judges’ a hollow system”

India stand strong!

No major impact on Indian economy if war takes place in future, says experts

Reacting to the reports of ‘Surgical Strikes’ against Pakistan last week, the Sensex plummeted 465.28 points to end at 27,827.53; whereas the Nifty nosedived 153.90 points to 8,591.25. But, does it mean India is not ready for a full-fledged war with Pakistan if they attack us?

When a country goes to a war, it has a direct cost of war plus the cost of damages that the war inflicts. The biggest problem a war creates is that you cannot look into the future, it creates uncertainty in the minds of the investors and other economic agents. To protect their money, these investors postpone their decisions to a later date or to another country, that cause a larger impact of a war if any takes place. Continue reading “India stand strong!”

Liquor Ban: Curse or Blessings in Disguise?

‘EVERY ACTION HAS ITS COUNTERACTION.’ This phrase has proved itself right in the case of Bihar liquor ban. Nitish Kumar must have tapped his back after he banned liquor in Bihar state. For him winning hearts of anti-alcoholic activist was much more important than earning revenue for his state.

I am against banning anything that takes away one’s Fundamental Right to choose what to eat and drink. However, it is not about what I feel on the issue of banning things. It is about whether Punjab should go on Bihar’s footsteps and ban liquor in the state or not.

As I stated above, every action has its consequences. Banning liquor in the state may seem like path full of flowers but it has its share of thorns too. Continue reading “Liquor Ban: Curse or Blessings in Disguise?”

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