Articles by: Nayeema Ahmad Mahjoor

We will all be  gypsies now

We will all be  gypsies now

More than one million nomads of Jammu and Kashmir, mostly from the Gujjar and Bakkarwal communities, who prefer living in temporary sheds or mud houses in the forests and mountains, are facing forcible evictions from the government.  The action has outraged all political and social circles across the region. Contrary to Kashmiri Muslims, the nomads of the Jammu and Kashmir[Read More…]

by November 22, 2020 India
Gilgit-Baltistan! The Great Game

Gilgit-Baltistan! The Great Game

Ever since Pakistan has signalled its wish to make Gilgit-Baltistan fifth province, not only have Pakistan’s own political outfits been in a state of disarray, but it has reportedly become a major ‘issue of concern’ in India’s military and political leadership. Various aspects of adopting a new military strategy are being deliberated upon. In the border region of Ladakh, where[Read More…]

by October 12, 2020 South Asia
Modi’s India has lost Kashmir

Modi’s India has lost Kashmir

 While ending the special status of Jammu and Kashmir last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured people that the time had now come when gold would grow instead of grass, milk canals would flow in exchange for water in the rivers and springs and the skies would sight flight of Kashmiris not the birds. Article 370 of the[Read More…]

by August 10, 2020 India
Kashmir In search of Subhan Hajam

Kashmir In search of Subhan Hajam

History has become witness to the fact that when plans to destroy the identity or the character of any nation were conspired in political institutions, one of the strategies induced in the society was to create social chaos and confusion. Creating an environment of threat perception, robbing of identity, grabbing of property or reducing social cohesions had been made the[Read More…]

by July 25, 2020 Kashmir
My son had passion, not a gun

My son had passion, not a gun

Any news from Kashmir to the outside world is mostly related to the armed confrontation that gives details of the exchange of fire between militants and Indian security forces. Then, the clashes are claimed to have killed “terrorists” who were equipped with heavy arms and ammunition. For a long time now, there has been a successful attempt to create this[Read More…]

by July 3, 2020 India
All lives must matter

All lives must matter

Had Urdu been the spoken language of Europe or America, it is quite evident that the revolutionary verse of the famous Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz would have become the rallying point of the recent protests that have been taking place in most of the big cities after the gruesome killing of George Floyd. The unarmed Black man was killed[Read More…]

by June 21, 2020 World
Ode to China

Ode to China

“My enemy’s enemy is my friend, come to Jammu and Kashmir and realise its intensity among the ordinary people living near the border with China. The land beneath you will feel like it has slipped away”. This is the observation of many analysts in South Asia who have reported the strong indignation of locals against Indian establishment in the context[Read More…]

by June 6, 2020 India
Corona Spring

Corona Spring

Dear Baba, You will never believe it.  The 8 billion population of the world is put under lockdown due to the spread of a pandemic the corona virus. The blossoms of spring are no more infusing new life into us.  The experts say this spiky shaped virus has mutated from two mammals; one of them is a bat. That same[Read More…]

by April 13, 2020 India
Kashmir to Corona

Kashmir to Corona

Dear Baba, Since you left us, nothing has much changed except that we could not celebrate Bebo’s birthday last year. I forgot to tell you about the postponement of marriage of your nephew because he was arrested and sent to jail outside Kashmir. Since then, he has been shifted from court to prison to unknown places which we are unable[Read More…]

by March 19, 2020 India
For Hiba, 18 months old pellet victim of Kashmir

For Hiba, 18 months old pellet victim of Kashmir

She cries in pain, Mother, hold me tight, I feel cold. Mother tells her, It is not cold, It is the icicles making you chill. She laments, Mother, hold me tight. It is darker than the night around, Mother tells her, It is not the night that is dark. It is the burnt coal surrounding the village. She whispers, Mother,[Read More…]

by November 28, 2019 Arts/Literature
Funeral in Kashmir

Funeral in Kashmir

Exile, Or, Home? They asked, Which home? The one you bulldozed, Or the one you occupied, They are furious, And, Outraged, Or, the one that is a rubble, They look They scare, stay there, Hands up, How can I stay without name Without face Or without eyes. Leave then, Go in exile They laugh Or smirk, How can I go[Read More…]

by November 19, 2019 Arts/Literature
Red Dots

Red Dots

I heard In real or in a dream? Home is white… Or red? Tulip tree is buried…. In ice, Or in debris? Kangri is in shed. Or dead in the cold? My pheran… The one with red dots on chest…. Is like a scarecrow on tilted pole, Or cut into shreds? Who tells me?????? My umbilical cord…… Is missing……………… In[Read More…]

by November 8, 2019 Arts/Literature
Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration-6

Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration-6

15th August:  Early Morning: After entering the premises of Srinagar airport, I must admit that my nation has been robbed of its identity, its constitution, its land and its skies. My people are caged to mourn this broad daylight robbery by putting nine hundred thousand guns at their heads. The valley has become graveyard of silence. The road is deserted.[Read More…]

by October 21, 2019 India
Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration- Part 5

Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration- Part 5

13-14th Aug 2019: Midnight: Sitting beside the bed of an old patient in SMHS hospital is not easy when everything seems to have been made to collapse as a “collective punishment” to eight million people of Kashmir on 5th august by a mere government order.   This old and lifeless patient is on his own and in severe pain. His eyes[Read More…]

by October 9, 2019 India
Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration-Part 4

Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration-Part 4

13th August 2019…( Day after Eid): No sooner had the Sun turned into the red balloon over the horizon there is a knock at my main gate. The lane is dark; my neighbours prefer dark lanes so that they can watch the outside shadows through their windowpanes. I turn the lights off, withdraw curtain of my windowpane to see who[Read More…]

by October 1, 2019 India
Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration-Part III

Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration-Part III

The JK bank calendar on my wall shows 12th in red today. Remember JK bank, once the economic backbone of the state, which has gone through the raids, interrogations and management changes recently. This was in fact the prelude to the political annihilation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir on 5th August The red on the calendar means it[Read More…]

by September 22, 2019 India
Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration – Part II

Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration – Part II

Diary 2: 9thaugust 2019 Please minus 6th, 7th and 8th August 2019 from my life. These three days of my incarceration are equal to three centuries of subjugation but my isolation, apprehension and fear have become so overbearing that I have lost the sense and count of the days or dates. This day takes me back to my past memory[Read More…]

by September 18, 2019 India
Kashmir: My diary of incarceration

Kashmir: My diary of incarceration

day1: 5th august 2019…. It is the morning, not the one it was yesterday. I could open door or window or heart yesterday or I could go out to talk about the leaked government orders which directed officials to prepare stocks of essentials at least for three to six months. I could ask questions to my local officials who would[Read More…]

by September 13, 2019 India