The West is in agony over the Uighurs but says nothing about Kashmiris

by Rashmee

Posted on September 28, 2020


The West’s agony of concern over the wellbeing of the Uighur Muslims would be so much more believable if it were equally vocal about the Muslims in Kashmir. Consider this. The wider world regularly receives (alarming) news of the Uighurs but little or no information at all, for months on end about the residents of … Continue reading “The West is in agony over the Uighurs but says nothing about Kashmiris”

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India’s internet gag in Kashmir has completed 105 days

by Rashmee

Posted on November 18, 2019


India’s internet gag completed 105 days on Sunday, November 17. The Wire’s Mudasir Ahmed reported the milestone – if 105 days can be called a milestone, being neither a nice round number, nor particularly memorable. But the report came in the context of a different sort of milestone – Kashmir’s local government departments were restive. … Continue reading “India’s internet gag in Kashmir has completed 105 days”

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Kashmir has become a place obscured by mist and forgetfulness

by Rashmee

Posted on October 1, 2019 / The National


In Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2015 novel The Buried Giant, an elderly couple set off to look for their long-lost son, of whom they have only fleeting, faint memories. The story is set in sixth-century Britain. The Saxons have arrived, King Arthur is dead and an uneasy peace exists between the Britons and Saxons. The … Continue reading “Kashmir has become a place obscured by mist and forgetfulness”

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Kashmir and Hong Kong are not the same

by Rashmee

Posted on August 18, 2019


With protests in Hong Kong going into their 11th straight week and the Kashmir issue having been raised at the United Nations on Friday, August 16, many are linking the two as an example of imperialist over-reach. The argument goes that both China and India are behaving like Britain, only just not as savvy. Britain is, … Continue reading “Kashmir and Hong Kong are not the same”

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If you doubted there’s no globocop any more, read this

by Rashmee

Posted on August 11, 2019


  No one’s paying any particular attention to what the US says or thinks about anything very much any more. That’s good, I suppose, because the US is not saying anything worth anyone’s attention. Donald Trump’s America has nothing morally important to contribute to the global conversation, say about Kashmir, Crimea, Hong Kong, North Korean … Continue reading “If you doubted there’s no globocop any more, read this”

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The whole world should worry about Trump’s decision on the Golan Heights

by Rashmee

Posted on March 27, 2019


Israel’s prime minister Benajmin Netanyahu has put Donald Trump’s March 25 proclamation on the Golan Heights in perspective. “Everyone says you can’t hold an occupied territory, but this proves you can. If occupied in a defensive war, then it’s ours.” There you go. It’s exactly what everyone has lamented. As Quartz recently said, Mr Trump’s unilateral decision to … Continue reading “The whole world should worry about Trump’s decision on the Golan Heights”

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The Trieste solution to a realigning world order

by Rashmee

Posted on March 21, 2019


There was a time when Trieste was supposed to represent a possible solution for territorial disputes between countries, such as Kashmir. Trieste would be cited as a possible model because it existed as an autonomous region between Italy and the former Yugoslavia and seemed to be proof even difficult problems had a peaceful solution (at … Continue reading “The Trieste solution to a realigning world order”

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The intensity of India’s anger makes it harder to hear calm voices

by Rashmee

Posted on February 20, 2019 / The National


India and Pakistan have returned to a level of hostility not seen in decades after the attacks in Pulwana in Kashmir India and Pakistan are engaged in verbal warfare once again, exchanging increasingly provocative jibes at one other’s perfidy. It would be a miracle — and a blessing — if the aggression between the nuclear-armed neighbours stayed at this level. … Continue reading “The intensity of India’s anger makes it harder to hear calm voices”

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Israel is in denial about Palestine just as India is about Kashmir

by Rashmee

Posted on February 19, 2019


One of the best explanations for what’s happening with Israel appears under Chemi Shalev’s byline in Haaretz. I found it very sharp in its analysis of Israeli sentiment towards the Palestinians and how similar it is to India with respect to Kashmir. Mr Shalev’s piece as follows: “Hardened by terror and frustrated by failed peace … Continue reading “Israel is in denial about Palestine just as India is about Kashmir”

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Balochistan is the latest front in the war of words

by Rashmee

Posted on August 19, 2016 / The National


India and Pakistan have entered the 70th year of their existence as independent countries, arguing about the same issue they always have — Kashmir — but in a dangerously new way. Another point of conflict has opened up between the nuclear-armed neighbours. To Pakistan’s constant complaints about Indian atrocities in the disputed territory of Kashmir, India’s Narendra Modi has … Continue reading “Balochistan is the latest front in the war of words”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK