Articles by: Bilal Ahmad Dar

Oniomania

Oniomania

When life hasn’t got a swing anymore, people may give in to obsessive oniomanic compulsions, in as much as they are going out of their way to construct a flamboyant life style and change their identity from “don’t- need” to “must-have” consumers, so as to satisfy their gripping buying desire. Erike Pevernagie Man is a creature of instincts, desires, feelings,[Read More…]

by July 15, 2020 Life/Philosophy
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Tsundoku

          The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones: J. Joubert Book buying like other things is a passion. Academicians and students love to buy books. Students and academicians have natural propensity towards book buying. Everyone of us has a natural and unconditional passion for books. Whether we[Read More…]

by July 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
We Need Digital Detox

We Need Digital Detox

 Cell phones are so convenient that they’re an inconvenience. Haruki Murakami Technology, as we know, has transformed our life. It has made things easy for us. It has lessened the humdrum of our day to day life through its entertaining tools and gadgets. Because of technological and communication revolution modern man has become a kind of post-human (a person or[Read More…]

by July 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
If India is Secular!

If India is Secular!

In practice, India has been neither secular nor socialist. It has always functioned as an upper-caste Hindu state.  Arundhati Roy The Constitution of India is based on the premise of secularism and unbiased principles. But the question is: Are these secular principles practiced in true sense of the term in our country at present? The obvious answer that echoes from[Read More…]

by June 26, 2020 Communal Harmony
Jacinda Ardern: A Prime Minister with Difference

Jacinda Ardern: A Prime Minister with Difference

The best leaders have a high consideration factor. They really care about their people.                                                                                                                      … Brian Tracy 21st Century has produced lot of political leaders all over the world. We have Trump from America, Erdogan from Turkey, Modi from India, Imran Khan from Pakistan, Trudeau from Canada, Boris Johnson from England, Jair Bolsonaro from Brazil and Jacinda Arder from[Read More…]

by May 30, 2020 World
The Half Mother as a Narrative of Pain and Trauma of Kashmiri Women

The Half Mother as a Narrative of Pain and Trauma of Kashmiri Women

A daughter still waits for her father to wed her off. A wife searches for her husband. And a mother still pines for her son and waits for him to be a pallbearer when she dies. Shahnaz Bashir The continuous conflictive conditions in Kashmir and its illegal occupation by the Indian military have caused a massive and unimaginable devastation mainly[Read More…]

by May 22, 2020 Book Review
Muslim Minority in Contemporary India

Muslim Minority in Contemporary India

                 People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them. James Baldwin Leaving aside the economic and educational position of Muslim minority in India, the question that needs address here is: Are Muslims safe and secure in contemporary India? The answer to this contentious question is: No! This can be verified by a chain of incidents and[Read More…]

by May 16, 2020 Communal Harmony
Emergence of Resistance Literature in Kashmir

Emergence of Resistance Literature in Kashmir

              Where there is oppression, there is resistance. Michel Foucault Kashmir, as everyone knows, has been at the onslaught of military oppression and atrocities from times aeon. It has witnessed this oppression in the form of fake encounters, mass rapes like Kunan Poshpora, crackdowns, and forced disappearances. Over the years, this oppression has given birth to its own brand of[Read More…]

by May 12, 2020 Arts/Literature
Abrogation of Article 370 for Development or Disaster: Time Tells It All

Abrogation of Article 370 for Development or Disaster: Time Tells It All

     Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. George Orwell When the Article 370 was abrogated on 5th August 2019 by the BJP government, Home Minister, Amit Shah condescendingly told that this was done for the development of J& K. The then Governor of J&K, Satya[Read More…]

by May 2, 2020 India
Journos Under Siege:  A Case of Kashmir

Journos Under Siege:  A Case of Kashmir

We’re losing our freedom of speech. We are losing freedom of religion. We are losing freedom of the press. Roger Ailes Objective and unbiased journalism should be encouraged but in Kashmir it is considered as a crime.  A true and professional journalist is said to be the mouthpiece of people. But the irony of the fact is that this mouthpiece[Read More…]

by April 28, 2020 Human Rights
Kashmir: The Lost Shangrila

Kashmir: The Lost Shangrila

                                   Aaj Woh Kashmir Hai Mehkoom-O- Majboor –O- Faqeer                                    Kal Jise Ahl-E- Nazar Khete Thay Iran-E- Sagheer. Sir Allama Iqbal Kashmir has witnessed a cataclysmic change in the last couple of years. The political conditions and other allied things are responsible for the same. David Devdas in his book “The Generation of Rage in Kashmir” points out that 2008,[Read More…]

by April 20, 2020 India
  Internet Ban in Kashmir and Its Impact on People  

  Internet Ban in Kashmir and Its Impact on People  

                   India’s Internet shutdown in Kashmir is the longest ever in a democracy.The Washington Post Internet ban in Kashmir is a norm now. Prior to the abrogation of Article 370, the authorities would snap mobile connectivity and Internet services intermittently citing security reasons. But with the abrogation of Article 370 on 5th August 2019, Kashmir has remained cut off[Read More…]

by April 18, 2020 India
Who Cares for the Border Dwellers!

Who Cares for the Border Dwellers!

                 Together we can decrease the level of violence, raise awareness of our activities and save lives around the world. The impact of a day of global ceasefire and non-violence cannot be misunderstood.  Jeremy Gilley When the whole world is grappling with the lethal issue of Coronovirus, The Pakistani and Indian troopers are at loggerheads with each other in Keran[Read More…]

by April 15, 2020 India
Survival of the unfittest?

Survival of the unfittest?

                                                Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.  Carl Sagan Survival in the trying times becomes a matter of concern and ponderation both for the rich and the poor. The Corona pandemic has nudged the mind of the whole world about the[Read More…]

by April 8, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Denominational Coloring of Corona Spread: A Methodical Move

Denominational Coloring of Corona Spread: A Methodical Move

The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions. Dwight Eisenhower India has earned a bad name for many preposterous moves and prejudiced acts against Muslims. The of late anti-Muslim riots in Delhi bear testimony to the fact. The echelons of the establishment and its associated myrmidons are always out to blame and hunt Muslims. The media[Read More…]

by April 5, 2020 India
  Covid 19 and the People of Kashmir

  Covid 19 and the People of Kashmir

          The whole world has come to a pretty pass because of COVID 19 pandemic. The so-called super power countries like China, America, Italy etc.  have surrendered. They are not able to control and contain this miniscule virus. This virus has already done lot of damage to the human and economic capital of the world. The[Read More…]

by March 31, 2020 India