M J Aslam

History: No forgetting, no forgiving

History does not forget & forgive those who make it. Making of history does not mean always doing right. It equally means doing wrong. Those who did wrong are never…

Deconstructing grand myth of Kashmiriyat

No book of history or literature of any credence on Kashmir has anywhere used the term “Kashmiriyat” in its references to socio-cultural values of its inhabitants:  Kashmiris. I.  However, the…

Kanger: Traditional pride of Kashmir

Kangri or Kangdhi , or Kanger in common Kashmiri parlance, is an indispensable part of socio-cultural milieu of Kashmir. All Kashmiris, cutting across gender, creed & age use & “consider…

Curl in dog’s tail

The narrative is the story of a community of people , Dogistan, named after the dogs that its every household owns. The Dogistan's dogs are of two kinds: tailless and…

Article 35-A cannot be abrogated

Today after seven decades,  JK Muslims, are struggling hard to protect “semblance” of their Unique Culture and Identity that was “guaranteed” to them under Articles 370 and 35-A by the…

Kounsar Nag: Between legends & reality

Nature has indeed endowed the valley of Kashmir & the neighbouring mountains with an abundance of fine springs including the one named “Kounsar Nag”. (The ancient geography of ancient Kashmir…

Sophistry & Mutual Admiration Circles

Only a simpleton will not understand that in a “mutual admiration group” members generally degenerate themselves to a sophistry by exchange of pretended or exaggerated reciprocal praise. In this narcissist…

Pheran: The Language of Kashmiri Culture

The Kashmiri word "Pheran" is contraction of the Persian word "pairahan" which literally means garment & which clearly shows its origin to the time of Mughal rulers who had Persian…

When I Ate My God

Sana was the master idol maker of a large community of Bedouins who inhabited & dotted along the long stretch of oasis in the Arabian Desert. The Bedouins didn’t have…

Lotus-Eaters

Homer is the name ascribed to one or more men, presumed to have lived between 700-800 BC, among Greek . Homer is credited with writing of two epic poems, the…

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