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Articles by: Basharat Shameem

Letter to Pakistan from India on Independence Day

Letter to Pakistan from India on Independence Day

Dear Neighbour, ” A Happy Independence Day! In these festive times in our two countries, as we both celebrate our Independence anniversaries, my pleasure in writing to you. Even though International Border, Working Boundary and LOC may be dividing and killing us, the fact remains that we are so similar and hence it is important to rejoice at our shared[Read More…]

The Collaborator: A Critique of the Language of Media Propaganda

The Collaborator: A Critique of the Language of Media Propaganda

One of the more fascinating readings of Mirza Waheed’s acclaimed The Collaborator is its critical intervention on one of the more integral facets of the conflict in Kashmir—the role of media as a potent instrument of state treachery. The work offers us a subtle critique of the language of media propaganda particularly when it comes to the armed conflict in[Read More…]

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Kashmir’s Politics of Betrayal and Deceit: An Existential History

The story of Kashmir continues to remain a story of betrayals. This history of betrayals dates back to the year 1586 when Akbar enticed Yousuf Shah Chak to Delhi for negotiations and then imprisoned him there, thus, paving the way for independent Kashmir’s annexation in 1589. This was the point when Kashmir first lost its independent identity and nationhood as[Read More…]

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Ground Zero In South Kashmir: A Daily Siege

On Saturday, while India was scrambling out of the hangover of celebration of its 69th Republic Day, its Army was creating mayhem in a small village called Ganowpora in South Kashmir’s Shopian district as 3 teenagers were shot dead from point blank range and dozens of others critically injured. It all happened when a small crowd of young men began[Read More…]

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Kasur’s Zainab And The Tragedy Beyond

Kasur’s Zainab And The Tragedy Beyond

The recent dastardly incidents of the rape and murder of Zainab in Kasur, Pakistan, Ayesha in Mardan, Pakistan, Asifa in Kathua, two young girls in Jind and Panipat in Harayana, and also the unabated rape incidents in other parts of India, have and must shock us all. Here in Kashmir, as we are yet to come to terms with the[Read More…]

Yasmeen: A Dead Kashmiri Embroiderer!!

Yasmeen: A Dead Kashmiri Embroiderer!!

Her name was Yasmeen which in Persian is the name of a famous flower known for its beauty and fragrance. She indeed was beautiful or maybe still is; her long dark hair as smooth as a heavenly fabric, her eyes beautifully dark and her face as fair as Jasmine which her name alluded to. And she was just a twenty[Read More…]

“Mouji Triesh!: A Tale Of 4 Kashmiri Martyrs”

“Mouji Triesh!: A Tale Of 4 Kashmiri Martyrs”

It was one of those early autumn days in the Valley, when the early sunshine appears to have a squabble of sorts with a bit of haze, lending a blurry touch to an otherwise cerulean vision. But as the day progresses, the sunshine becomes more palpable, overcoming the temporary snag created by the haze. However, in this small township of[Read More…]

Attack On Article 370 Is Intolerable For Kashmiris

Attack On Article 370 Is Intolerable For Kashmiris

The unremitting maltreatment of Kashmiris, the constant refusal to acknowledge Kashmir as an issue and not to talk of holding any dialogue, the blind use of unbridled state power in crushing the will of dissenting Kashmiris and now, the full swing preparations to abolish Article 370 in wake of the so-called debate on Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution, has[Read More…]

Al-Qaeda, A CIA by-product, Is Antithetical to Kashmiri Struggle

Al-Qaeda, A CIA by-product, Is Antithetical to Kashmiri Struggle

Regarding the newly found Al-Qaeda and Daesh fantasy of some “charged up” Kashmiris, it is important for Kashmiris to know that aligning with groups like these is to essentially do what their oppressors have been wanting them to do rather failingly–to deny and malign the primacy of their historical struggle and sacrifices which date back to several centuries. These groups[Read More…]

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Three Years of Modi Rule And Kashmir

Three Years of Modi Rule And Kashmir

As Narendra Modi led BJP government completed its three years in the office, among many of its shenanigans, what mostly comes to fore, is its handling or rather gross mishandling of the sensitive political issue of Jammu and Kashmir and by consequence, an appalling treatment of Kashmiris. The Sangh Parivar has permeated the issue of Jammu and Kashmir with its[Read More…]

A Fallen Republic’s New War Against Kashmiris

A Fallen Republic’s New War Against Kashmiris

In the totalitarian times that we are living in currently, one is constantly reminded of George Orwell’s prophetic lines: “Poetry might survive in a totalitarian age, and certain arts or half-arts, such as architecture, might even find tyranny beneficial, but the prose writer would have no choice between silence or death.” Nobody is fond of painting a dystopian imagery on[Read More…]

Memoirs Of Dead: Martyrs Of 2016 Begin To Speak

Memoirs Of Dead: Martyrs Of 2016 Begin To Speak

My name is Zubair Ahmad Khanday. I am now a resident of the immortal world. In the mortal world, my address happened to be Kulpora, Kulgam, in the now fermented South Kashmir. I was the first among many other Kashmiris to be killed in the immediate uprising that erupted in the aftermath of Burhan’s killing. Only two hours separated my[Read More…]

Agha Shahid Ali: Kashmir’s Own Poet of Pain

Agha Shahid Ali: Kashmir’s Own Poet of Pain

As a poet, Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001), the well-known Kashmiri, had a conspicuous allegiance to the aesthetics of art. However, in giving prominence to this undeniable facet of his poetry, critics, in the words of Claire Chambers, have “soft-pedalled the political message” of Agha Shahid’s poetry (1). As Kashmiris come to terms with what they suffered in the last seven[Read More…]

Narrative Of Contestation: Shahnaz Bashir’s ‘The Half Mother’

Narrative Of Contestation: Shahnaz Bashir’s ‘The Half Mother’

The armed conflict in Kashmir appears unrelenting, having already taken a heavy toll on human life. The magnitude of the suffering brought about by the conflict is unprecedented. Shahnaz Bashir is one of the emerging indigenous voices, we have witnessed in the recent years, who have taken it upon themselves to narrate and to “write back to the centre.” That[Read More…]

Thus Betrayed PDP

Thus Betrayed PDP

One of India’s leading political scientist Sumantra Bose, in his book, Kashmir: Roots of Conflict, Paths to peace, succinctly sums up the disposition of Kashmir’s mainstream leaders from 1953 onwards: “Only those who unequivocally agreed to follow the Indian state’s agenda in Kashmir could aspire to office, or indeed, could play any sort of role in institutionally sanctioned politics. The[Read More…]

Of Uprising And Unrest in Kashmir

Of Uprising And Unrest in Kashmir

As we head well into the Himalayan autumn, the bloody season which began in Kashmir in July is still going on unabated. In its enduring bloody history, it can be stated with few doubts that this season is neither the first of its kind nor the last in Kashmir. However, what may be different about this particular uprising is the[Read More…]

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New Love For Militants In Kashmir Valley

New Love For Militants In Kashmir Valley

A new wave of militancy, mostly comprising of educated young men, is sweeping through the trouble-torn Kashmir valley. This new breed of Kashmiri militants is more radicalized and more firm in its convictions than its predecessors. Lately, there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of militants operating in the Kashmir valley with South Kashmir erupting as the new[Read More…]

Kashmir’s Exile Poetry: An Aesthetic of Loss

Kashmir’s Exile Poetry: An Aesthetic of Loss

Having been in exile for more than two decades now, many Pandits are taking to poetry and other forms of art to express their profound angst on their life as migrants and a gradual loss of their communitarian identity. In their new found voices, they can be seen yearning for their loss home or paradise while also lamenting on the[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Towards A Literature Of Our Own

Kashmir: Towards A Literature Of Our Own

The contentious historical and political perceptions on the Kashmir conflict have evoked countless responses and endeavours of exploration in both the literary and non-literary realms. The unending conflict in Kashmir is also seen as a site for two contending hegemonies—Indian and Pakistani. The vast majority of writings on Kashmir, written from these positions, it can be said, often come up[Read More…]

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