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    ...The second was his comment that the India-Pakistan equation is a "very, very hot tinderbox. "Indians and Pakistanis who agree on nothing these days found themselves nervously giggling in unison at Trump's offer to "mediate" between the two countries. But unwittingly the bombastic candidate actually flagged one of the foreign policy challenges that could necessitate the next U.S. president's early attention.In the likely event of a Hillary Clinton win, her administration will no longer be able to count on New Delhi displaying what is known as strategic restraint; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dramatically altered the traditional Pakistan doctrine with several high-risk firsts. ...

    NDTV on Oct. 26, 2016, midnight

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    ...Dear colleagues, Before we talk about what the most sensitive and appropriate way there might be for all of us to report on rape and sexual abuse, we should first acknowledge how long it took all of us — women journalists included, and sometimes especially us women — to place the issue at the top of the news hierarchy. I can confess that when I first began my job as a twenty-something I was very defensive about being saddled with covering what were then called ‘women’s features’. I wanted to report on politics, insurgency, riots, war, calamities — what I thought was the ‘tough’ stuff that wouldn’t ‘gender’ me as a ‘female’ reporter. Among my earliest assignments though was the gang rape of a Dalit woman — Bhanwari Devi — in a village in Rajasthan, who had been assaulted for trying to stop the child marriage of a one-year-old infant. She worked with a government program that sought to create local awareness against this retrograde custom. ...

    hindustantimes on Oct. 12, 2016, 7:07 a.m.

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    ...Instead, he hailed the Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani as a victim-hero. Given the gun-toting videos of Wani - who has come to represent a dangerous new phase of militancy in the Valley of local, educated boys picking up the gun - the attempts by Sharif to present him as some sort of peaceful protester was laughable. Read: Word for word: Takeaways from Sharif’s UN speech, India’s response In a post 9/11 world haunted by the spectre of the Islamic State (IS) one has only to carefully watch Wani’s videos to know that no global leader could support Sharif’s UN eulogy to him. Surrounded by half a dozen militants all brandishing automatic weapons, Wani calls for Kashmiri youth to join the jihad that will eventually usher in a ‘Caliphate’ - first in Kashmir and then globally. ...

    hindustantimes on Sept. 23, 2016, 11:13 p.m.

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    ...The government — rightly so — is alarmed at large swathes of South Kashmir slipping out of the control of the local administration. Concern over the continuing protests and the simmering violence has been amplified by the surfacing of Pakistani flags and armed militants at some of the processions and rallies. The priority now is to re-establish the authority of the State. An increased army footprint — despite the reluctance of the military to be drawn into crowd control — is the clear next step. What is worrying though is the level of confusion and contradictions evident, both in public debate and in the framing of the Kashmir policy. ...

    hindustantimes on Sept. 9, 2016, 9:08 p.m.

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    ...Then too, like now, some of us implored Delhi to wake up from its slumber, petitioned the Prime Minister for intervention and pulled our hair out at how slow the reaction was in coming. Re-reading what I said six years ago only proved one thing — so formulaic and cussed are the responses to any crisis in Kashmir that the initial apathy is almost hardwired into pre-programmed reflexes. ...

    hindustantimes on Aug. 13, 2016, 11:16 a.m.

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    ...Then too, like now, some of us implored Delhi to wake up from its slumber, petitioned the Prime Minister for intervention and pulled our hair out at how slow the reaction was in coming. Re-reading what I said six years ago only proved one thing — so formulaic and cussed are the responses to any crisis in Kashmir that the initial apathy is almost hardwired into pre-programmed reflexes. ...

    hindustantimes on Aug. 13, 2016, 8:45 a.m.

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    ...Because I stated — entirely matter of factly — that Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen militant whose killing has pushed the Kashmir Valley to a precipice of uncertainty, was the son of a school headmaster. In what now seems to be a doomsday prophecy, just a few weeks ago I was deep in the interiors of South Kashmir, the epicentre of the insurgency, reporting on the dangerous new trend that Delhi was ignoring-school toppers, from economically well-to-do households embracing the gun. Our reports had warned that if denialism continued to be the defining response to this new challenge, India would soon be staring down an abyss in Kashmir. We did not know these words would be proven true so soon. I return from Srinagar a second time with an even greater sense of foreboding. The fortnight of violent unrest in the Valley after the elimination of Wani is finally under some sort of control. But it’s more like a lid slapped tight on a pressure cooker still simmering with smoke and fire. In a wounded Valley, it is the hospitals that wear the scars of the grievous injury to the body politic. ...

    hindustantimes on July 29, 2016, 9:06 p.m.

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    ...Tens of thousands of people have since read and debated what I wrote. Some have wondered what prompted me to react at all. Many in our fraternity have courageously come forward to also call a spade a spade; others have maintained a disappointingly timid and politically correct silence. The worst response however belongs to those who have positioned this as a personal squabble in which they will not take "sides". Take sides? This is not a messy divorce in which friends want to keep relationships intact with both partners.This is about our fundamental right to report freely and honestly without being conveniently misrepresented as terror sympathizers or enemies of the Indian Army. ...

    NDTV on July 28, 2016, midnight