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Articles by: Mohamad Ashraf Khwaja

Appropriative Politics of NC Patron,Farooq Abdullah

Appropriative Politics of NC Patron,Farooq Abdullah

During the heydays of European colonialism, ‘the beautiful valley of Kashmir inhabited by ugly Kashmiris’ was the standard signature of a European travel narrative about Kashmir. Nevertheless, no European travellers attributed the term ‘hypocrite’ with Kashmiris. One would presumably understand the lack of agency among colonial subjects in imagining their identities. Their stereotyping of Kashmiri people was, therefore, understandable and[Read More…]

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Scandalizing Hurriyat, Questioning Resistance

Scandalizing Hurriyat, Questioning Resistance

This year in June, Sheikh Irfan’s viral video and his outburst against the resistance leadership at a condolence meet of Kaiser Amin evoked more heat than light with regard to the question of resistance and Hurriyat’s role. As soon as the video was shared on social media, Indian ‘nationalist’ media, taking video as a witness, blamed Hurriyat for the colossal[Read More…]

Demystifying the State Narrative of Amarnath Yatra in Kashmir

Demystifying the State Narrative of Amarnath Yatra in Kashmir

Every year tens of thousands of Hindus from the mainland India set off for an arduous pilgrimage to Amarnath Yatra in South Kashmir.  The yatra invented during the Dogra period would witness a limited number of pilgrims and would last for a couple of weeks. It would be a low key affair bereft of political overtones. However, in the course[Read More…]

March 16, The Blackest Day in Kashmir History

March 16, The Blackest Day in Kashmir History

The 16th of March is the blackest day for all Kashmiris. On this day in 1846, an inhuman sale of Kashmir and Kashmiris was made with a person (Gulab Singh) whom Lord Hardinge called ‘the greatest rascal of Asia’ by a nation (Britain) to which Napoleon called ‘the country of shopkeepers’. Ironically, this sordid sale of the transaction was erroneously[Read More…]

Commemorating A Despot

Commemorating A Despot

The controversial resolution of commemorating Hari Singh’s birth anniversaryby the incumbent PDP government has, after all, added one more reason for Kashmiris to believe that Mehbooba Mufti’s government is on a collision course with history. Ironically,one of the PDP’s influential leaders, NayeemAkhter,glorified the virtues of autocracy when he said that Hari Singh deserved the credit. Did he mean that the[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Remembering The Unsung Heroes

Kashmir: Remembering The Unsung Heroes

  29 April 1865 is marked as the bloodiest day in Kashmir history. On this day the Dogra army brutally massacred 28 Kashmiris at old city’s Zaldagar, when shawl weavers peacefully protested against the Dagh shawl department and the cruel taxation of the government.This protest was in the backdrop of their frustration, their extremely difficult working conditions, meagre wages, excessive[Read More…]

‘March 16’ When All Kashmiris Were Sold: Retrospection

‘March 16’ When All Kashmiris Were Sold: Retrospection

Kashmir mysteriously became a part of the newly created state of Jammu and Kashmir through the so-called ‘Treaty of Amritsar’ on 16th March 1846, signed between the British and Dogra Raja Gulab Singh. The whole valley and its two million souls were sold in lieu of a paltry sum of 75 lakh rupees (nanakshahi). Strangely enough, the wholesale sordid transaction[Read More…]