Muzamil Jaleel

Articles By Muzamil Jaleel

Abrogation of J&K’s special status is being seen through one prism: The fear of demographic change

If, indeed, New Delhi believes the decision is for the good of the people, then what explains the siege around every household, an unprecedented communication blockade, a record troop build-up and the detention of almost everyone who has a political or social standing in Kashmir?

In J&K, questions over whether Urdu will remain official language

Before August 5, Urdu was the official language of J&K state, while official transactions and orders were also conducted and issued in English.

History headline: United colours of a flag

The pro-India political camp in Kashmir point to the irony in this: 80 years ago, the flag’s creators had conceived it as a symbol of unity — across classes, and religions.

Inside leaders’ lockdown in Kashmir: Frazzled nerves, hunger strike threat and a huddle in hotel

Like the over 50 men detained, their relatives — wives, children, mothers, sisters and parents — are all former VIPs. Until recently, their faces and names were a free pass through any official door in Kashmir.

Three weeks on, politics vacuum in Kashmir Valley, little sympathy on street

Three weeks into the lockdown, abrogation of the state’s special status, its bifurcation and downgrade into a Union Territory, the political vacuum is deepening on the ground.

Alert in Valley for I-Day, Governor will hoist Tricolour in Srinagar

Independence Day in Kashmir: “We are ready for the main function tomorrow. It will be held in Srinagar where the national flag will be hoisted by the Honourable Governor. In Jammu, the celebrations will be led by the Advisor to the Honourable Governor,” Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal said.

Deployed in Valley under lockdown, central forces too wait to call home

The government had brought satellite phones for its use, but soon found that they weren’t working. Subsequently, the cellphone companies, especially the government-owned BSNL, were asked to de-block a select number of phones.

BJP’s favoured face Sajad Lone detained, his wife despairs of road ahead

Days ahead of New Delhi’s move, Sajad Lone was part of the all-party meet in Srinagar that had called “any fiddling with J&K’s special status an aggression against the people of the state".

‘Slap on face of those who sought Kashmir resolution under Constitution’: Shah Faesal

Faesal, the first Kashmiri to top the IAS in 2009, resigned from the service earlier this year and set up J&K People's Movement with an aim to join mainstream electoral politics.

Ghulam Nabi Azad set to visit Srinagar today, more detentions in Valley

Congress MP and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad is set to travel to Srinagar on Thursday, but sources said he is expected to be sent back from the airport.

Kashmir Valley has seen many a lockdown but why this time it is so different

The Kashmir Valley’s connection with the inside and the outside world has been cut — all internet connectivity, cellular, landline, and cable TV services have been snapped.

Unauthorised agents, airlines’ nexus on airfares: J&K Police

In February, when air ticket prices surged leading to public anger, the matter was taken up by the J&K government. At that time, the Delhi-Srinagar air fare was between Rs 13,000 to Rs 17, 000.

J&K: Clash among militant groups exposes rift in Valley

A commander of the Islamic State Jammu Kashmir (ISJK), which operates under the banner of Wilayah Al Hind, was killed and a Hizbul militant seriously injured in the gunfight in Anantnag district Wednesday.

Alert in J&K after Pakistan’s input to India and US on threat of ‘IED-vehicle’ attack

The entire security grid in J&K is on its toes after the alert, which came just days ago, regarding a possible attack by militants using an improvised explosive device mounted on a vehicle.

How Governor’s rule and President’s rule set J&K apart from other states

The state has been under central rule eight times, and moved from Governor’s rule to President’s rule (after six months) on two of those occasions.

J&K resettlement law: who it is for, why it has been challenged in Supreme Court

What is the law, and why has it been challenged?

J&K House dissolution: Supreme Court to hear plea today

The petition generated fresh interest within the two opposing political camps in J&K, which had staked claim to form the government hours before the Assembly was dissolved.

New J&K security law by Governor, for Governor

The move by the Governor to introduce another law under his tenure — now for his own security — has been questioned by political leaders, who described it as 'ironic' and an attempt to create 'a great wall of China around himself'.

All eyes on J&K Governor as SC to hear resettlement law

The reason for the focus on the Resettlement Law case is the apprehension among J&K’s political parties that, like in the case related to Article 35A, the Governor’s administration would “dilute” the stance of successive state governments in the court.

J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik may bring in new juvenile justice law

The new law, for the first time, has a provision on adoption, which is seen as a “breach in J&K’s Permanent Resident Act”.