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Monday, May 16, 2022

Haseeb A Drabu

The writer is the former finance minister of J&K

Delimitation Commission fails people of J&K, hurts democracy
Sat, May 07, 2022

Haseeb Drabu writes: Delimitation Commission skews balance against central Kashmir, in favour of Jammu plains. It will hurt people of Kashmir, and Jammu

J&K delimitation exercise sets a dangerous precedent
Fri, Dec 31, 2021

🔴 Haseeb A Drabu writes: The Delimitation Commission’s adventurism in playing around with the most cardinal principle of adult franchise — one person, one vote — will have serious ramifications across the country in the future

How Delhi got its way in the J&K All Party Meet
Sat, Jun 26, 2021

Haseeb A Drabu writes: Valley leadership would do well to ponder some questions, rather than seek answers and reassurances from Centre.

Finance Commission dips into states’ share for Centre’s expenditure, makes system more discretionary
Mon, Feb 15, 2021

The Fifteenth Finance Commission's substantive award is status quoist, its design is regressive even though its obiter dicta is reformist.

Both BJP, Gupkar Alliance make their point in DDC polls. What’s lost is a framework of disempowerment
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

As such, politics will not be driven by Kashmir versus Delhi fighting for political power. Instead, it will be Jammu versus Kashmir for primacy in decision making or Poonch versus Pulwama for allocations; in other words, manageable demands.

Listen to the Valley: It is the fertile silence of awareness, alive with alert perception
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

Haseeb A Drabu writes: It is time to recognise that apart from an acrimonious history that the plains of Jammu and the valleys of Kashmir share, the two are chalk and cheese — ethnically , culturally, geographically, linguistically, politically, and in terms of religion.

Without Article 370, questions may have arisen about definition of J&K territory and India’s claim to POK
Thu, Sep 12, 2019

While the Constitution explicitly provides for expansion, “such other territories as may be acquired”, there is no provision for Parliament to reduce the territory of India. Yet that is precisely what the Constitution Order 2019 has done. This in itself is a sufficient ground for it to be struck down by the Supreme Court.

Suspension of J&K LoC trade is a regressive step and a lost opportunity
Thu, Apr 25, 2019

The essence of LoC trade was to extend the familial and social interconnectedness into the arena of business and commerce. To start with, this trade was meant to result in interaction between people and help build partnerships across the two parts of J&K.

If Article 35A is expended it will impinge on basic tenets of constitutional interpretation
Sat, Mar 30, 2019

It became law through a constitutional process. Its repeal will be a blow to federal India

Militancy, not militants
Wed, Dec 19, 2018

The incentive system and reward scheme for killing militants in Kashmir must be scrapped and a holistic surrender and rehabilitation policy needs to be put in place.

Friction is good
Mon, Nov 19, 2018

But RBI-government relationship needs to be managed in a changed macroeconomic policy regime.