Aamir Kabeer, a resident of Baramulla, Kashmir, was returning home from a friend’s residence in September 2010 when, caught in the crossfire of civilian unrest being quelled by security forces, pellets struck his eyes. It cost him his sight. He was admitted to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Srinagar and then referred to AIIMS in New Delhi, where he was operated upon. He was later taken to Indore and Chennai, where doctors finally gave up on him—for he had suffered severe retinal damage.0
According to the Central Reserve Police Force stationed in Kashmir, the state has seen a phenomenal six fold increase in the number of instances of stone pelting this year compared with figures from last year; 55 such instances were reported in 2012, whereas this year, by September, there had already been at least 318 instances, as a result of which a total of 628 security personnel have been injured and 250 bullet proof vehicles damaged. According to some reports, this stone pelting attacks are organised and one report estimates miscreants are paid as much as Rs 400 per week to participate.0
The age-old Jain practice of Santhara has been held illegal by a court, raising old questions anew. Does the state own every life under it, or does our right to life also include the right to stop living?
Do we become digital hermits just to bypass the clamour and save our skins? Unfortunately, that doesn’t work. Because identity on the internet is something akin to a ‘blank vote’. You can be sure someone else will appropriate it if you don’t
Indian pilots spared Pakistani civilians in the 1965 war that started after a wily Zulfikar Ali Bhutto instigated General Ayub Khan to send soldiers to create trouble in Kashmir. Fifty years later, the author revisits the war for lessons learnt and tales of bravery