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The Aftermath of Abrogation of Article 370

The Aftermath of Abrogation of Article 370

Co-Written by Ishfaq Majid & Varinder Singh In 1949, a special provision was added to India’s constitution providing autonomy to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The article was allowing the state to have its own constitution, a separate flag, and independence over all matters except foreign affairs, defence, and communications. Another provision later added under Article 370 was 35A[Read More…]

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In Kashmir: Love and respect thy patient

In Kashmir: Love and respect thy patient

                    Today, the world over, a number of issues confronting the societies are discussed day in and day out and intellectual analysis and outpourings start to emanate once the issue at stake draws the attention of masses in the society, Healthcare is one such issue which holds a tremendous significance in[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Rage and Reason- Gowhar Geelani- Book Review

Kashmir: Rage and Reason- Gowhar Geelani- Book Review

Reviewer: Abid Ahmad Shah Book: Kashmir-Rage and Reason Author: Gowhar Geelani Publisher: Rupa Publications Price: 395   Kashmir is glorified the world over as paradise on the earth, second to Switzerland in terms of scenic beauty, serene valleys, calm and fresh waters and colourful flora and fauna. But, beyond the gaze of this whole matrix lies a narrative of pains,[Read More…]

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In Conversation with Ghulam Nabi Aatash

In Conversation with Ghulam Nabi Aatash

Kashmir is a place endowed by divinity from every niche. From eons valley has been witnessing umpteen legendary writers, scholars and poets. Besides breathtaking, splendiferous natural beauty, Kashmir has rich historical traditions. Folklore is one of the important parts of our culture which is passed down from generation to generation. Folklore is an oral history preserved by the people; these[Read More…]

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Gowhar Geelani’s book Kashmir: Rage and Reason launched

  Can Kashmir’s conflict be solved through serious political engagements? This central question prevailed throughout the discussion that followed the release of Gowhar Geelani’s book Kashmir, Rage and Reason, here at the India International Centre in New Delhi on July 17. “The idea of the book emerged in 2008 when many-many civilians were killed, then 2010 (army crackdown) happened. My[Read More…]

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Zojila pass tunnel

Kashmir: The Missing Tunnels!

(One of the reasons for unstable connectivity of the valley in the absence of the traditional Jhelum Valley Road is the missing tunnels on most of the other links going through the surrounding mountains!) The National Highway NH-1A, the only life line to Kashmir valley has given this year the worst headache during its entire existence. Earlier too it had[Read More…]

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13 July 1931 – And A Butler Change Destiny of A Slave Nation

13 July 1931 – And A Butler Change Destiny of A Slave Nation

Some moments are important than epochs in the histories of nations. So holds true about 13 July 1931 in the history of Kashmir. On this day v people of Kashmir scripted their history with their blood. It was not the first day when people laid their lives for just cause- history of Kashmir after 1819 is replete with incidents when[Read More…]

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Kashmir’s Struggling Peace

Kashmir’s Struggling Peace

The troubled valley of Kashmir, is a place, where seasons of peace, don’t last long. After death of more than hundred thousand people, it has been declared as a war zone, which has its boiling points, that have precipitated, out of its historic phases of insurgency. It is also a valley of mass protests, arising out of conditions, that are[Read More…]

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‘Back to Village’: Government running with hare, hunting with hounds

‘Back to Village’: Government running with hare, hunting with hounds

‘Back to village’, the programme launched by the government for the villagers to end their miseries has brought no cheer among the dwellers of hamlets in the Valley as the Gram Sabhas and other awareness campaigns organized in last few days witnessed less participation of people. The programme aimed to provide facilities to people at their door step had less[Read More…]

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The vanishing green belt of Kashmir !

The vanishing green belt of Kashmir !

(One of the main causes for drastic climate change in the valley has been the indiscriminate felling of trees and the conversion of agricultural land!) The most extensively used words these days are the “Climate Change”! The weather in most parts of the world has been behaving in a strange way. Some places are getting extremely hot while as in[Read More…]

In response to Haseeb A Drabu’s observations about right to property & JKB vis a vis State Govt published in GK

In response to Haseeb A Drabu’s observations about right to property & JKB vis a vis State Govt published in GK

(A) Right to property: First, in his article “Article 35 A: Myth or Reality” , published in GK on 03-04-2019, Mr. Drabu has written: “In 1950, when the J&K government initiated ‘land to tiller’, it was not legally possible to do so under the Indian Constitution. Till 1978, Right to Property under Article 19 was a fundamental right. It was[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Adventure Sports Rescue

Kashmir: Adventure Sports Rescue

All Adventure Sports activities are hazardous by nature and need an efficient rescue service to avoid fatal accidents Adventure Sports were introduced in Kashmir on a regular basis as an “Active Tourism” activity in early seventies of the last century by establshing an Adventure Tourism Wing in the Directorate of Tourism. The seven Ski and Mountaineering Instructors trained by the[Read More…]

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Kashmir Today: Striving for Peace

Kashmir Today: Striving for Peace

After the massive mandate in 2019 General Elections, Narendra Modi Government is in the firm saddle. Now Mr. Amit Shah, who seems to be the most powerful person after Modi is the Home Minster. It is expected that he will pay special attention to the nagging Kashmir issue. Different social groups, the victims of the turmoil in Kashmir, are also[Read More…]

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A People’s Peace Initiative In Kashmir

A People’s Peace Initiative In Kashmir

Sanjay Tula and his wife Tula Sanjay are products of Jayaprakash Narayan’s total revolution movement in the ‘70s. They live in Mehsana, Gujarat and run a small organization called Vishwagram which hosts less than 20 children picked up from railway platforms. However, Sanjay is leading a silent peace initiative in Jammu and Kashmir which may never produce any macro level[Read More…]

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Delimitation of J&K Assembly seats

Delimitation of J&K Assembly seats

Delimitation of  Assembly constituencies in J&K is the new war cry let loose by Sangh Parivar & its drooling followers. Columns , opinions & views have started appearing  in print & social media  exhorting the new Govt. in New-Delhi to initiate such an action so as to show People of Kashmir their political worth as it has shown to Muslims[Read More…]

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Pellet injuries – Physical and Psychological trauma

Pellet injuries – Physical and Psychological trauma

Living with deformity is very difficult. The degree of difficulty varies with the intensity of disability and its impact on people. One of the vital parts of human body is the eye. So, a disease or injury to the eye or eyes has a significant impact on lives of people. The use of pellets in Kashmir has caused loss of[Read More…]

Solving the Kashmir Problem

Solving the Kashmir Problem

(India and Pakistan have now strong and stable governments. The leaders in both countries claim to be people friendly. There cannot be a better opportunity than this to solve the most intractable problem of Kashmir!) The recent elections have thrown up Narendra Modi as the uncontested leader of the 1.3 billion people of India. He has shown that he has[Read More…]

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Facebook blocks page of Good Morning Kashmir, deletes hundreds of posts

Facebook blocks page of Good Morning Kashmir, deletes hundreds of posts

Srinagar: Facebook on Wednesday blocked the official page of Srinagar based english daily ‘Good Morning Kashmir’ and deleted hundreds of its posts for not “following community standards”, shocking its editors who demanded immediate restoration of the page. Good Morning Kashmir , a daily English newspaper had shared the routine news reports for which Facebook blocked their Facebook page. “The issue,[Read More…]

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Zakir Musa’s killing: intense clashes erupt in Valley, curfew imposed, internet snapped

Zakir Musa’s killing: intense clashes erupt in Valley, curfew imposed, internet snapped

Srinagar, May 23: After the news of Zakir Musa’s killing spread in the valley, intense clashes erupted in various parts of Kashmir valley on Thursday evening. As per reports, as soon as the news of Zakir Musa’s killing spread across the valley, scores of youth from many parts of the valley took to roads and started throwing stones on government[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Governance, not Politics!

Kashmir: Governance, not Politics!

(Kashmir’s political problem is a Gordian knot which no one has been able to disentangle for last 70 years. Till the problem gets resolved, there is need for good governance to at least make daily living conditions of the citizens comfortable) Most of the political leaders in Kashmir from all the “streams” talk about the “Political” problem. The mainstream leaders[Read More…]

Bandipora rape case: Student protests escalate across Kashmir; govt shuts down schools, colleges to curb unrest

Bandipora rape case: Student protests escalate across Kashmir; govt shuts down schools, colleges to curb unrest

Srinagar, May 14: Student protests against rape of three-year-old minor girl in Bandipora district continue to rock Kashmir Valley on Tuesday, even as authorities had ordered the closure of some colleges but at different places clashes between Students and government forces turned violent particularly in Srinagar city. In Srinagar, a large number of students from Amar Singh College on Tuesday[Read More…]

Kashmir: Need For Adventure Tourism Directorate

Kashmir: Need For Adventure Tourism Directorate

(The most promising sector in Tourism is Adventure Tourism but to promote and develop it on modern lines there is urgent need for an independent organization of trained people in the line)  The Tourism arrivals these days seem to be on a very low key. The month of May used to be the peak seasonas regards domestic tourism. Unfortunately, some[Read More…]

Kashmir’s Bleeding Economy! | Mohammad Ashraf

Kashmir’s Bleeding Economy! | Mohammad Ashraf

(The uncertain situation for last few years is making already fragile Kashmir economy to bleed without any redressal in sight!) The founder of the Ziraat Times, Arjimand Hussain Talib in a recent post on the Facebook while highlighting the problems faced by the trade in Kashmir has observed, “Kashmir’s economy is dying silently, with far-reaching long term negative impacts.It is[Read More…]

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A Kashmiri Pandit Writes To Home Minister On Highway Ban | Akhilesh Nagari & Hanan Zaffar

A Kashmiri Pandit Writes To Home Minister On Highway Ban | Akhilesh Nagari & Hanan Zaffar

“I can still hear those cries and painful goodbyes I can still feel that aggressive wind swaying my hair and mind I still feel that blood rush rising through my vein when I hear them saying HUM KASHMIRI HAI AUR KASHMIR HAMARA HAI.” The line echoes the pain created in the absence of a home. Sagrika Kissu, a 26-year-old journalist, wrote[Read More…]

Article 370: A journey from falsity to reality or vice versa? | M J Aslam

Article 370: A journey from falsity to reality or vice versa? | M J Aslam

Prelude:  With the end of WWII, it became clearer than ever that India was going to get independence from British Rule. Under the Government of India Act, 1935 the foundation was already laid for an electoral democracy in United India. In winter 1945-1946, elections by “limited franchise”, though, were held for twelve provincial assembles & central assembly of “United India”.[Read More…]

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Kashmir’s Wetlands Turning Dry | Sheikh Umar Ahmad

Kashmir’s Wetlands Turning Dry | Sheikh Umar Ahmad

Growing encroachments, pollution & Lackadaisical approach of state authorities damage the wetlands Kashmir is God gifted with immense natural resources that give it a paradise personification on earth. Being geographically small and fragile ecosystem, it balances its eco-stability through natural endowments it holds. Of late, Kashmir is marred by political & geo instability that had put its ecology at the[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Starting Tourist Charters

Kashmir: Starting Tourist Charters

(The ideal thing to keep the Tourist inflow appreciable and protect the environment is to start dedicated charter flights from some of the most potential markets to destinations in Kashmir) The most beneficial aspect of Tourism is “Sustainable Tourism” which strikes a balance between the tourist in flow and preservation of environment. Globally Tourism is supposed to be booming business.[Read More…]

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Sopore Rape Shame

Sopore Rape Shame

Co-Written by Meer Abass & Aurangzeb Arif ” to ask the victim what lies beneath the misery “ ” They say , I was never a part of this world ‘ Ever been to lanes of mockery, then you find what it takes the decorum of disgrace. The infamous rape of a girl child by the demonic 50 year old[Read More…]

Mohammad Ashraf – Disaster in the making!

Mohammad Ashraf – Disaster in the making!

(The failure of various government agencies in executing flood prevention measures in spite of a lapse of almost 5 years is a recipe for new disaster!) According to a news report, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry has expressed concern over abrupt rise in Jhelum water level. According to them just a few millimeters of rain have caused such[Read More…]

Mir Abass-Highway Ban in Kashmir :Horrors of Democracy…

Mir Abass-Highway Ban in Kashmir :Horrors of Democracy…

The government of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir said civilian traffic on the highway was banned from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday and Wednesday until May 31, to allow for exclusive movement of security convoys.The decision comes after a suicide bomber rammed his car into a military convoy on the same highway – a lifeline for[Read More…]

Tawfeeq Irshad Mir- Kashmir Faces Discrimination

Tawfeeq Irshad Mir- Kashmir Faces Discrimination

Leave aside the privileges accruing from Article 370, our state has not even such powers as are available to other states of the union under its constitution. Senior IAS, IPS officers and bureaucrats are usually drawn from outside the state. We have a host of non-state senior officers here. This policy creates an impression among the local bureaucrats, police officers[Read More…]

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Sheikh Umar Ahmad: What makes Kashmiri Sheikh’s different from Arabs

Sheikh Umar Ahmad: What makes Kashmiri Sheikh’s different from Arabs

From Hindu Brahmin convert’s in our Kashmir to inherently Islamic religious clerics & kings, Sheikh Clan dominate at extreme edges world over Sheikh as a word in Arabic is a title denoting a political or spiritual leader of a community. It represents an honorific title, as in Saudi who particularly deals with the petroleum oil exports. In Sufism, a Sheikh[Read More…]

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Permission to travel on national highway in Kashmir. Every Wednesday & Sunday, Human branding

The Highway Ban in Indian Administered Kashmir

On April 3, Indian authorities issued an order banning civilian vehicular traffic on the highway in Kashmir stretching from district Baramulla upto Udhampur on Wednesdays and Sundays upto May 31 in   for the smooth movement of army convoys. And we can’t say wether the order will be lifted in future or not, as most of the orders and laws once[Read More…]

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Kashmir Tourism needs reorientation!

Kashmir Tourism needs reorientation!

(In view of the prevailing situation, Tourism needs reorientation both in marketing strategy and in the organization managing it!) Kashmir has been known through ages as a Paradise on Earth. In fact, the Mughal time couplet, “If there is a Paradise on Earth, it is here, it is here, and it is here!” has always been quoted to promote tourism[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Freedom Of Press Imperilled

Kashmir: Freedom Of Press Imperilled

‘The liberty of the press is indeed essential to the nature of a free state. Every freeman has an undoubted right to lay what he pleases before the public: to forbid this is to destroy the freedom of the press.’ – ‘Free speech must be kept free even in wartime, even when passions are high because that is when the[Read More…]

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Neither curse nor cross of Albatross: (Beyond Two Peers of Kashmir)

Neither curse nor cross of Albatross: (Beyond Two Peers of Kashmir)

In past, Kashmiris were naïve & simple. It was the time when the gradual progression of science in Europe had not yet crossed the mountains of valley of Kashmir. Modern technology & fast modes of communication were not yet discovered. The material prosperity & modernization had not yet touched the people of this landlocked country. So, in those situational conditions[Read More…]

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Kashmir’s Hospitals

Kashmir’s Hospitals

(The basic requirement of any healthcare set up is a hospital. Kashmir has many government and private hospitals but these are lacking in many respects) Before one examines the status of the hospitals in Kashmir, it would be useful to recapitulate how Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia describes a hospital. “A hospital is a health care institution providing patient treatment with specialized medical and nursing staff and[Read More…]

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Polls, Politics and Experimentation

Polls, Politics and Experimentation

I am not a psephologist. Notwithstanding, in the democratic process, the role of psephology is recognized as an important one, the study of elections in Jammu and Kashmir has never been my cup of tea. I never endeavoured to analyse voting patterns, regional and sub-regional factors, the role of caste, sects and religious factors, in the elections held in the[Read More…]

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Kashir Scientist

Kashir Scientist

A non-profit educational forum to encourage research in Science among school & college going students & impact upon outreach at grassroots level Kashir Scientist, founded in 2011, is a non-profit organization of research scientists, students and teachers from Jammu and Kashmir conceived with sole intention of encouraging school & college going students to pursue science education & impact upon its[Read More…]

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Article 35 A: A Rejoinder To Arun Jaitley

Article 35 A: A Rejoinder To Arun Jaitley

Through a written blog followed by his tweet, Union Finance Minster Mr. Arun Jailey has yet again stirred the issue of Article 35A due to be adjudicated by Supreme court any time now. His tweet on the issue reads as:  “Chowkidar Arun Jaitley‏ @arunjaitley Article 35A surreptitiously inserted by Pt. Nehru’s govt. in the Constitution in 1954 vide Presidential order is[Read More…]

Kashmiris perhaps will never settle for anything that conveys them a sense of defeat

Kashmiris perhaps will never settle for anything that conveys them a sense of defeat

Kashmir, once christened as paradise on earth is now a crown of militarization from last three decades where Kashmiris are paralyzed in conflict molded battleground resulting in generations growing up with disruption and conflict way of life. The burgeoning crisis in Kashmir is tantamount to a powderkeg and could bring two nuclear-armed neighbors to the brink of war, as was[Read More…]

The “Dream Merchants” of Kashmir!

The “Dream Merchants” of Kashmir!

(Most of the political leaders in Kashmir have been selling “Dreams” to the people that ultimately get interpreted in their own personal well-being leaving the people high and dry!) The tragedy of Kashmir right from the start of the struggle of its people for emancipation has been their political leaders behaving like the “Dream Merchants”. The people have been shown[Read More…]

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Pulwama Aftermath: The Love for Sikh Community

Pulwama Aftermath: The Love for Sikh Community

On 14th February 2019, vehicles of security forces which were on its way to reach Srinagar came under a heavy attach when a vehicle-borne bomber attacked the vehicles at Lethpora Pulwama. As a result of the attack, 49 CRPF personal died along with the person who carried the attack. As soon as the attack took place, the Kashmiri students studying[Read More…]

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Shah Faesal: Player or Pawn?

Shah Faesal: Player or Pawn?

Shah Faesal has finally launched a new political project in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. There is a question which rings in the mind of most observers and merits a deep analysis. That question put succinctly is this; Whose project is this? Is it Faesal’s personal idea, conviction and effort or is it a part of some bigger design.[Read More…]

The Mirwaiz Kashmir Institution: Its importance as  Socio-Religious Organization

The Mirwaiz Kashmir Institution: Its importance as Socio-Religious Organization

Like Chris, a French writer and filmmaker, “What I’m passionate about is History; politics interests me only insofar as it is the cross-section of History in the present.” Looking, at the contemporary scenario at our own place, I was thinking how past three centuries have shaped our contemporary narrative, in this column I may not venture courage to write how[Read More…]

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Kashmir-A simmering Volcano  & Chinese efforts of neutralization

Kashmir-A simmering Volcano  & Chinese efforts of neutralization

  China has yet again blocked the move at UN to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. India is  highly disappointed at China’s stand  which had the support of other permanent members of security council- US, UK, France Russia and many other non-permanent members like Germany, Poland & Belgium etc. A security council diplomat, not happy with the Chinese[Read More…]

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Restoring Kashmir’s Traditional Routes

Restoring Kashmir’s Traditional Routes

The uncertainty of the present physical link of the valley to the outside world shows the urgency of restoring other historical routes to prevent people from getting claustrophobic! The frequent closure of the National Highway NH-1A linking valley by surface to the outside world during the current winter has almost turned the local population claustrophobic. They feel to have been[Read More…]

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When I hoped for Peace In despair

When I hoped for Peace In despair

At this uncertain time of scarred historicity and the chaotic years I had followed from the beginning of my existence onto the world, memory of my past would often haunt me. I had seen the people of my age suffocated, caught in the hue and cry not finding any sight of peace dawning. I had heard houses have souls and[Read More…]

Kashmir Returns To International Discourse

Kashmir Returns To International Discourse

Thank God for the clouds of war that frighteningly hovered for a week have started waning from the skies of the Sub-Continent. In the seventy years, acrimonious history of India and Pakistan another terrifying date has been added to already existing long list of the dates reminiscent of awful tales of death and destruction. On Tuesday 26 February 2019,  twenty[Read More…]

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Deconstructing grand myth of Kashmiriyat

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 term “did not emerge ex-nihilo from the soil of Kashmir.  II. It has a clear background more political than pretended or projected socio-religious that gave birth to it. In a desperate[Read More…]

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Ban on Jamaat e Islami , Unconstitutional, Undemocratic

Ban on Jamaat e Islami , Unconstitutional, Undemocratic

The current comprehensive crackdown  on Jama’at-e-Islami though not unprecedented is  unique at the same  in many respects.In the past whenever there was a ban  placed on it, it was on the instigation of local political players. It is interesting to note that when emergency was declared in India in 1975 by Mrs Gandhi, Jam’at was left out of its purview.[Read More…]

Why Ban Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir?

Why Ban Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir?

So Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir has been declared an ‘unlawful association’ and banned for five years on the grounds of what the notification says ‘Indulging in subversive activities’ and all the manufactured tosh the document is crammed with. it should not come as a calamitous shock, especially to those who have understood or experienced the petty machinations the present regime has churned[Read More…]

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Dissent and Democracy : Banning The Jama’at-e-Islamia

Dissent and Democracy : Banning The Jama’at-e-Islamia

For four million people living in   an area of 85,805.8 square milesin the bosom of mighty Himalayas,Saturday ‘12 March 1932’ was a momentous day.On this day after years of struggle and sacrifices,   ‘Maharaja Hari Singh, the autocratic ruler of Kashmir  on the recommendations of the Glancy Commission Report announced the grant of the rights to freedom of press and platform[Read More…]

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Why Ban FAT Schools?

Why Ban FAT Schools?

 “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education”                                 ~ Martin Luther King  A notification released by the Ministry of human affairs on 28th February has imposed[Read More…]

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10 Questions on IED Blasts in Kashmir

10 Questions on IED Blasts in Kashmir

I am not trying to be a conspiracy theorist, but certain intriguing things are happening which need to be questioned big time as there was another IED blast which took place in the Pulwama district yesterday night. Interestingly, it took place in a village which is at a distance of 15kms from the site of February 14 blast, and in[Read More…]

The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019: A critical analysis

The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019: A critical analysis

Everybody knows that Article 35-A is sub judice before the Apex Court of India.  The petitioners who challenged the Article are proxy of the ruling class of India who want the Article to be declared unconstitutional in total disregard of the conditions under which it was incorporated in the Constitution by the First President of Free India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad,[Read More…]

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Sirhama : The Village of Apple and Education

Sirhama : The Village of Apple and Education

  Sirhama, one of the most promising village in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is located in the lap of beautiful mountains.  It is located on the eastern side of the mountain ( Khareewan)  which demarcated the Srigufwara tehsil of Anantnag district from the Tral tehsil of the Pulwama district. It is positioned in the Dochnipora   bloc that[Read More…]

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Kashmir: What Would Gandhi Say?

Kashmir: What Would Gandhi Say?

We are on the brink of a disaster What would Mahatma Gandhi say about the threat of war between India and Pakistan,  which has brought the two nations and the world to the brink of a nuclear catastrophe? Throughout the struggle for Indian independence, Gandhi was faced with the serious problem of avoiding conflict between religious groups once independence had[Read More…]

The Rumour Mill!

The Rumour Mill!

(The events of last few years have affected the Valley people psychologically so much that any rumour sells and puts the inhabitants on the edge!) Kashmiris are traditionally given to rumour mongering and then believing in rumours without any attempt to verify these! During recent years of turmoil the rumours have had a free flow in Kashmir. Many a times[Read More…]

Where is the outrage for over 100 Kashmiri women raped by Indian soldiers on a single night?

Where is the outrage for over 100 Kashmiri women raped by Indian soldiers on a single night?

Ever since more than 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed in a suicide attack in Pulwama on February 14, the Indian mainstream has gone mad with more hawkish nationalists calling for revenge and war. The incident took place in Indian-administered Kashmir, where an armed insurgency for independence has been going on for years. The Indian government generally blames neighbouring Pakistan[Read More…]

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Remembering Gang Rape of Kunan Poshpora (Kashmir)

Remembering Gang Rape of Kunan Poshpora (Kashmir)

Co-Written by Inamul Haq& Tajamul Maqbool Rape as well as sexual violence committed by security forces against women have been an indispensable element of Indian military strategy in conflict zones like Kashmir and northeast. Those who were legally bound to protect the civilian rights have been involved incrimes particularly against women in Kashmir. For two decades there have been incidents[Read More…]

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The Kashmir Question:Made in India

The Kashmir Question:Made in India

It has been stated before that when there is no political will to resolve a long pending dispute then ‘all roads can lead to hell’. Loss of 49 CRPF soldier’s lives in a sucide attack augurs ill. Despite massive military and security apparatus deployed in Jammu and Kashmir, no one had any clue that a suicide bombing was in the[Read More…]

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A Personal Testimony of Kashmiriyat

When Kashmiris are being attacked across India, let me telly you a story about Kashmiriyat. Last summer I was in Kashmir with my family. We were coming back from Sonamarg. The road to Sonamarg goes through Zojila Pass, one of the highest motorable road in the world. It’s a desert land for dozens of kilometers. Even in summer the temperature[Read More…]

Kashmir Situation – Some Views from South India

Kashmir Situation – Some Views from South India

There are two significant opinions on Kashmir situation expressed by two eminent personalities from Chennai whose opinion matters in the aftermath of the Phulwama terror attack on February 14 that killed 42 security personals, gives a southern perspective to the Kashmir tangle. The first comment came from actor-turned-politician, Kamal Haasan who when  asked to comment on the Pulwama suicide attack[Read More…]

Pulwama: A Present Moment in the Longer Kashmir Story

Pulwama: A Present Moment in the Longer Kashmir Story

While the bodies of the 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troops who died in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Valentine’s Day are only just now being laid to rest, unrest prevails throughout the Indian subcontinent in the wake of the deadliest attack on Indian security forces in the world’s hottest nuclear flashpoint in 30 years. Sabers[Read More…]

The Best Tribute to the Slain is the Solution of Conflict

The Best Tribute to the Slain is the Solution of Conflict

“Death of a militant, civilian or an army personal is a human loss. It should never be celebrated because nothing can be achieved through it. It only desolate a house, widow a woman and orphan many children. So to celebrate this occasion is never a human quality.” The Lethpora Pulwama attack in Kashmir on the CRPF convoy might have shocked[Read More…]

Kashmir, a bleeding tragedy!

Kashmir, a bleeding tragedy!

(Due to the misfortune of Kashmiris, the two neighbours have converted the place into a bleeding “Paradise”!) Historically Kashmir has been known as the “Paradise on Earth” because of its natural beauty. Unfortunately, for past some time there has been so much violence and blood shed that it is turning into a bleeding paradise. The recent attack on a CRPF[Read More…]

Kashmir: Back to Square One?

Kashmir: Back to Square One?

The terror attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir), which killed dozens of soldiers of the paramilitary forces, sent shock waves across the country and the world.  The attack came in a crucial time of political uncertainty in J&K, the forthcoming general elections in India, and the meetings planned in connection with the opening of Kartarpur corridor[Read More…]

Kashmir: Dismembering the Maharaja’s Creation!

Kashmir: Dismembering the Maharaja’s Creation!

(The setting up of a third territorial division in the erstwhile State of J & K created by Maharaja Gulab Singhmay result in its finaldismemberment!) For past sometime there has been demand of some people for converting Ladakh into a union territory and the Jammu people too have sometimes raised a similar demand. The recent order creating Ladakh as a[Read More…]

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Kashmir and the Politics of Punishment

Kashmir and the Politics of Punishment

With the brutal ‘drawing and quartering’ of the domestic servant Robert-François Damiens, who attempted the assassination of King Louis XV of France in 1757, to ‘make the amende honorable before the main door of the Church of France’ started the slow disappearance of torture as a public spectacle. According to the then punishment code, the flesh from Damiens’ breasts, arms,[Read More…]

Impact of Unrest in Kashmir Tourism Industry and Finding  Possible Solutions in Between

Impact of Unrest in Kashmir Tourism Industry and Finding  Possible Solutions in Between

This valley of mountains and forests has been the source of attraction for tourists all over the world. The rush of tourists both foreign and domestic has reduced to a great extent because of total unrest here. This chaos and confusion has hit us hard. This adorable piece of land, popularly known as “heaven on earth” has been stuck in[Read More…]

Nature Isolates The Kashmir Valley!

Nature Isolates The Kashmir Valley!

(The continuous blockade of the National Highway linking Kashmir with the rest of the world in spite of the best efforts of the Border Roads Organization calls for an alternate link) The continuous landslides taking away portions of the road has virtually cut off Kashmir by surface from the outside world. The tragedy is that it is the only link[Read More…]

Why UN supervised referendum couldn’t be held in J&K?

Why UN supervised referendum couldn’t be held in J&K?

[Flipside of Sheikh Abdullah’s narrative] Sheikh M Abdullah who was key political figure from Kashmir in the whole story has written that it was Pakistani authorities in UN that, on many occasions, when the solution to Kashmir-issue was “almost finalised” or “within reach”, stumbled which, to him, seemed their “intellectual bankruptcy” or “politicking”. In support of his contention, he refers[Read More…]

Dr Shah Faisal and the Political space in JK

Dr Shah Faisal and the Political space in JK

Co-Written by Masood Ali Mir & Zahoor Ahmad Mir Dr Shah Faisal has resigned, he has resigned from the top most post and a dream job of millions of Indians. From Home Ministry to Governor to common masses every one is in a kind of shock over his decision of resignation. Dr Faisal has now joined politics, although he has[Read More…]

Dialogue – The best way to Resolve the Kashmir Issue

Dialogue – The best way to Resolve the Kashmir Issue

Kashmir is a zone of chaos, a highest militarised zone in the world.Kashmir is a bone of fight between the two Nuclear Countries. The independence of India and Pakistan gave the birth to conflicts, chaos, and hatred. The two independent dominions of Pakistan and India were born on 14th and 15th of August respectively. Princely states were a peculiar issue,[Read More…]

Historical Review of JK Land Reform Laws: (From 1887-1976)………Part II

Historical Review of JK Land Reform Laws: (From 1887-1976)………Part II

In spite of the fact that the Dogra Ruler in 1933 fulfilling “its obligations to its own Muslim subjects” 19 conferred proprietary rights upon the occupancy hereditary cultivators, a good chunk of land still continued to be under the iron grip of Jagirdari & Chakdari systems, and the tenants-at-will of different categories of the landlords continued to be at their[Read More…]

Historical Review of JK Land Reform Laws: (From 1887-1976)………Part I

Historical Review of JK Land Reform Laws: (From 1887-1976)………Part I

J&K in the past was predominantly agricultural State. Immediately before 1947, near to 90% of its population lived in villages & depended on agriculture. Under Dogra Rule, “in Kashmir the land [belonged] to the Ruler, the cultivators [were] his servants”. 1 In Jammu, proprietorship in lands was claimed by the Dogra monarchs as hereditary, in Ladakh & Batistan it was[Read More…]

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Shah Faesal: A Forged Journey

Shah Faesal: A Forged Journey

Shah Faesal’s journey from an overwhelming personal tragedy to excellence in his career is both amazing and awe-inspiring. At 19, his father, a government teacher who was very popular locally, was murdered by the hitherto unknown militants because of his refusal to provide them shelter, according to a 2010 newspaper report quoting his mother Mubeena Begum. Such a calamity could’ve[Read More…]

The Weather Forecast

The Weather Forecast

The present Director of the Srinagar Met Office, Sonam Lotus, has made people very much weather conscious by his useful forecasts during last few years!)   Sonam Lotus These days’ people have become very conscious of the weather forecasts thanks to Mr. Sonam Lotus, the present Director of the Srinagar Met Office. In earlier times people were not very much[Read More…]

How New Delhi Has Been Looking At Kashmir

How New Delhi Has Been Looking At Kashmir

Sometimes meeting an embittered politician, enables one to peep into a domain of politics that otherwise remains obscure. Moreover, on occasions sharing experiences about such meetings helps in analysing the games behind popping up of new characters like mushrooms during rains with alternative narratives for fortifying the ‘hegemonic discourses’ at the time of elections in the State. Moreit also helps[Read More…]

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Gaw Kadal Massacre: A Turning Point

Gaw Kadal Massacre: A Turning Point

The word massacre denotes a form of collective action that destroys the defenceless individuals. In European middle ages, the word has been used in reference to animals. There is a difference between massacre and genocide. Every massacre is not a genocide, a genocide is primarily composed of one or more massacres. There are many categories of massacre like local (face[Read More…]

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The undependable “Life Line”!

The undependable “Life Line”!

The only surface access to Kashmir from the outside world is becoming totally undependable due to the crumbling strata through which it passes From the ancient times Kashmir has been known as a landlocked country situated in the heart of the Himalaya. Mountains have been taken as natural guardians which let the country remain unmolested for a long time. The[Read More…]

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The Legazy of Azaadi: The History of Kashmir Revolution

The Legazy of Azaadi: The History of Kashmir Revolution

“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life”. – Bob Marley From my birth, I have always learnt that Kashmir is the heaven of the world after it was quoted by Jahangir as “Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin asto”. Later, many British rulers trespassed Kashmir and Maxmillar[Read More…]

Professional conspiracies & cartels in Kashmir

Professional conspiracies & cartels in Kashmir

More than a century ago, George Bernard Shaw in his famous 1906 play The Doctor’s Dilemma has said “all professions are a conspiracy against laity”. Conspiracies are hatched & executed in groups, albeit the idea is often brainchild of a master kingpin of that group who resembles “suspense boss” of the Bollywood movies. Conspiracies are committed on back of the[Read More…]

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Kashmir’s New Ambassadors

Kashmir’s New Ambassadors

Like many others in my tribe; opinion writers and columnists, guided by screaming headlines I am also oblivious to the urges and aspirations of our youth. That there is a strong undercurrent in a whole generation of them to use music, arts, literature, theatre and modern mediums like Instagram and YouTube for telling their stories, and articulating their pain and[Read More…]

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Shah Faesal Reclaiming Electoral Politics

Shah Faesal Reclaiming Electoral Politics

Dr Shah Faesal’s reclaiming a new electoral politics after resigning from civil services in India’s Kashmir neither seems vapid nor promising at the moment.The prominent youth icon shot to fame when he topped the Indian Civil Services (IAS) in 2010. He keeps every body guessing and amid his much talked about resignation from the prestigious civil services a few days[Read More…]

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Why is Mehbooba Mufti apologizing people of Kashmir?

Why is Mehbooba Mufti apologizing people of Kashmir?

Why is she nowadays visiting the militant families and apologizing the people for her past deeds and remarks? Why is she terming the slain militants as martyrs? Is it that she wanted the support of people to repeat her previous activities or the fulfillment of leftover dreams of her father? As the assembly elections of 2019 are around the corner,[Read More…]

Mr.  IAS What Next?

Mr.  IAS What Next?

                      Till 2010 Shah Faesal was not a well known figure in Kashmir but after cracking the India’s top most civil service examination held under UPSC (IAS) that too with a top position gave him a good reputation in Kashmir as well as in India and sooner was considered as an inspiration for the youth. Indian politicians and other[Read More…]

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The Doctrine of State

The Doctrine of State

(The Doctrine of State cannot override the Doctrine of Human Rights!) Mr Yashwant Sinha former Foreign Minister in an interview on NDTV disclosed that a senior Government Officer had informed him that Delhi is following the “Doctrine of State” in Kashmir. According to him, as part of this doctrine the government is going all out in elimination of any rebellion[Read More…]

Kashmir, the Nemesis!

Kashmir, the Nemesis!

Kashmir has been continuously ravaged by many outside forces for more than four centuries. While the barbarity and oppression has failed to dampen our unique spirit of survival, it has proved a nemesis for all the oppressors! Dictionary defines nemesis as, “The nemesis of a person or thing is a situation, event or a person which causes them to be[Read More…]

Awards And Politics

Awards And Politics

More than a decade back, sitting in a newspaper office, a fellow writer Ashraf Sahil suggested the idea of instituting of the ‘private awards’ in Kashmir for literature. Comparing the reports and writings of journalists of Kashmir, works of some writers with the literary works of Barbara Harlow, he suggested instituting of annual awards for best journalists, fiction writers, novelists[Read More…]

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CHOWKIPUR, INDIA, - SEPTEMBER 18: Boys study by lantern light in a house L-R: (children closest to camera) Nitish Suraj (12), Ashish Choudhary (10), Baijunath Paswan (7) in Chowkipur India on September 18, 2015. Chowkipur is a village 60 KM from Patna that has no electricity. (Photo by Simon de Trey-White for the Washington Post)

Bandipora Village has no Electricity 71 years after India’s Independence

While government scheme Deen Dayal Yojana has a vision to provide continuous power supply to rural areas, Wevan a small village in Bandipora District of Northern Kashmir, is still stuck in dark ages. Wevan, a small village on the foothills of a rocky hill in Bandipora district, of North Kashmir is without electricity eventhouth it is 71 years since India[Read More…]

Kashmir: Need For Peace Process

Kashmir: Need For Peace Process

A former northern army commander has twice over recently observed that the military’s operational success in counter insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has not been taken advantage of politically. He was voicing the army’s longstanding position that talks need to proceed abreast with operations to culminate in a return of peace. In the army’s doctrinal view, counter insurgency operations[Read More…]

Kashmir: The Sacrilege And The Turmoil

Kashmir: The Sacrilege And The Turmoil

In 1963, an act of serious sacrilege plunged Kashmir into grief and fury never witnessed before. As people in Srinagar woke up to an icy Friday morning on 27 December corresponding to the 7th day of Chilai Kalan, the 40-day long harshest period of Kashmir winter, a shocking news spread like wildfire across the city. The Moi-e-Muqqadas (strand of holy[Read More…]

Hajin Man, Father of 6, Booked under PSA for the 10th time, Shifted to Kotbalwal Jail

Hajin Man, Father of 6, Booked under PSA for the 10th time, Shifted to Kotbalwal Jail

Authorities on Thursday, booked Father of 6 Daughters, of Hajin Bandipora under Stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) for 10th time in a row for his alleged involvement in Anti National Activities. Parray, resident of Hajin Bandipora, is district president of Muslim League led by Masrat Alam Bhat had been arrested in August 2015 for his alleged involvement in anti Govt[Read More…]

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Massacres in Kashmir: A Revision of 2018

Massacres in Kashmir: A Revision of 2018

Kashmir and its history is replete with intimate massacres. These massacres were not witnessed after the birth of nation states who drafted the independent nation into disputed territory. These massacres were also witnessed during Mughal rule, Afghan rule, Sikh as well as in Dogra rule. In the year 1947, when one side the sub-continent of India got their independence from[Read More…]

Identity Formation in the Kashmir Valley: An Overview

Identity Formation in the Kashmir Valley: An Overview

 Identity is a concept for understanding and learning about social conflicts. The issue of Muslim identity in the Kashmir conflict became a concern, thereby turning potentially negotiable issues into intractable conflicts centered on conflicting groups’ self-image and religion. A stalemate has followed because of the perception that the identity of a Kashmiri Muslim is non-negotiable. Identities are complex, historically bound[Read More…]

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Kashmir: End the senseless violence!

Kashmir: End the senseless violence!

(Violence in any form with any motive can never solve a problem. Unless the senseless violence from all sides is ended soon, it will engulf the entire region resulting in an Armageddon!) The recent virtual massacre of the civilians in Pulwama has been likened to the massacre in Jalianwala Bagh during the British rule in India by a former judge[Read More…]

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Prices And Fares: A Peep Into Old Kashmir

Prices And Fares: A Peep Into Old Kashmir

During our childhood, when elders at home talked about prices of essential commodities prevalent during their own childhood that they referred to as prone zamane (old times), our reaction would be of disbelief. Although their prone zamane was only 40 or 50 years backwards in time but the stories they told would bring it into our mind as an ancient[Read More…]

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Finding ‘solace in arms’, Teenage Militant Mudasir shattered dreams of his poor family

Finding ‘solace in arms’, Teenage Militant Mudasir shattered dreams of his poor family

On 5th December, a daunting picture went Viral on Social Media in which 14 year old Cute Boy holding an AK-47 in one hand and and Knife in another. Mudasir a resident of Khankah Mohalla of Hajin town along with 16 year old Saqib Bilal had gone missing from home on 31 August this year after an encounter took place[Read More…]

Saima wife of slain civilian Abid Hussain Lone of Karimabad village of Pulwama on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Pic: Shahid Mushtaq

Strike, lockdown shut Kashmir over civilian, militant killings

A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir valley on Sunday to mourn the civilian and militant killings in Sirnoo village of Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Saturday . All shops and other business establishments were closed in the Valley while public transport was off the road. Restrictions were imposed by the authorities in parts of Srinagar and Section 144[Read More…]

The Curfewed Night

The Curfewed Night

The Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer is a novel read of its kind. It provides an intimate account of life in the 1990’s when insurgency and counter-insurgency engulfed the valley. The author, through his personal experiences, highlights the agonies of being born and living in a conflict situation like Kashmir. Most of the narratives about Kashmir have been centered on[Read More…]

Kashmir: Tourism loses priority!

Kashmir: Tourism loses priority!

(In spite of tall claims from various politicians and the government functionaries about Tourism being the backbone of Kashmir’s economy, the sector seems to have lost government’s priority!) Kashmir has been a well-known Tourist destination throughout our history. In earlier times, great travelers used to visit the valley and describe its beauty in their travelogues and other writings. Before partition[Read More…]

The Saga of J & K Bank: When The Killers Turn Saviours

The Saga of J & K Bank: When The Killers Turn Saviours

Governor Malik’s decision to classify J&K Bank as a Public sector undertaking (PSU) should be seen in the broader scheme of Indian efforts to strengthen the tools of occupation which aim at controlling economic resources besides political, military & cultural control of the occupied. Before commenting on the specific act of J&K Bank, it needs to be stated that Under[Read More…]

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J&K Power projects: Story of exploitation, plunder & surrender

J&K Power projects: Story of exploitation, plunder & surrender

Pre-View: State of J & K is most probably only piece of land on the world map that despite being profusely rich in many resources of self-reliance & self-satisfaction is not, & has not been, enabled to reap their benefit to its full advantage. Huge hydroelectric power resources of the State have not been exploited by the government-politicians & State-administration[Read More…]

Plebiscite, Kashmir And Sher-i-Kashmir

Plebiscite, Kashmir And Sher-i-Kashmir

5 December is the birth anniversary of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, a mass leader who dominated the politics of Kashmir for over half a century before passing away in 1982. For 22 years between his ouster as Prime Minister in 1953 and return as Chief Minister in 1975, he remained a dominant symbol of the popular demand for UN-mandated plebiscite in[Read More…]

Pellet Horror In Kashmir

Pellet Horror In Kashmir

Indian in Jammu and Kashmir is blinding Kashmiris unabated with each passing day. The pellet horror which started in the year 2016 is still continuing with no end in sight in near future. Small children, young and old and women have become the victims of this pellet horror. Hiba Nisar, 20 month old child, a resident of Shopian is a[Read More…]

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Archival evidence establishing change in place names of Shopore, Pantchhokh and Munshi Bagh.

Changing Place Names in Kashmir

On 24 October 2018, the State Government inaugurated in Srinagar a ‘library building’ named after the third generation Dogra ruler, Pratap Singh, whose memory in Kashmir only evokes painful feelings of oppression. On psychological plain, the development could be read as a statement to emphasize that theoretically the Dogra regime (1846-1947) might have since ended but its spirit still rules[Read More…]

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Kashmir’s Political Chameleons!

Kashmir’s Political Chameleons!

(Many of Kashmir’s politicians have been acting like chameleons, changing their ideologies and convictions like the colours of these lizards) During the last seventy years Kashmir has given birth to a class of politicians who can be called the political “Chameleons”. They have been changing their colours with every political upheaval and now these have turned into virtual “Dinosaurs” destroying[Read More…]

Kashmir Needs Solution not Suppression

Kashmir Needs Solution not Suppression

Co-Written by Syed Mujtaba & Mirza jahanzeb Since 1989, the People of Jammu and Kashmir were killed, tortured, humiliated, and disappeared. Thousands of the people were killed due to cycle of violence prevalent in Jammu and Kashmir. Thousands of the people became permanently disabled due to ongoing circles of violence. Many are those who lost their beloved children, daughters, sisters,[Read More…]

Dissolving J & K Assembly is Unconstitutonal

Dissolving J & K Assembly is Unconstitutonal

The unconstitutional act of the governor of Jammu and Kashmir in disallowing political parties to explore formation of a new government reflect that the Modi government is not interested in resolving the Kashmir issue, rather, it would like to use the sentiments of ‘nationalism’ during the elections. It is like playing with fire where a historical grievance of a community[Read More…]

Winter Tourism In Kashmir

Winter Tourism In Kashmir

(Kashmir has the highest potential for the development of Winter Tourism if proper facilities are provided. We could easily have half a dozen ski-resorts!) In mid-eighties, one had the opportunity of flying in a helicopter with a European ski expert over the snow areas of entire Kashmir valley. He had remarked that Kashmir has unlimited “White Gold”. The oil reserves[Read More…]

Increasing Road Accidents in Kashmir : Rules and Laws Need Overhaul

Increasing Road Accidents in Kashmir : Rules and Laws Need Overhaul

USING THE INK OF MY TEARS I WROTE TO YOU ,THE ONE WITH GOLDEN ATTIRE. These verses are a fair display of our contemporary atmosphere in Kashmir. With the growing number of vehicles, roads in Kashmir are spattered with blood as accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities have been mounting over the years. No doubt, road accidents are in high[Read More…]

Right to Self Determination of Kashmiris: An obligation for All

Right to Self Determination of Kashmiris: An obligation for All

According to the white paper on Jammu & Kashmir published by the government of India early in 1948, Government of India made it clear that they would regard “Instrument of accession” as purely provisional until such time as the will of the people of the state be ascertained. This instrument of accession was signed under the Indian Independence act 1947, which[Read More…]

Kashmir’s plural ethos and communal harmony

Kashmir’s plural ethos and communal harmony

Peace is the foundation of prosperity among the nation states of the world and harmony forms the basic foundation of that enterprise.Man is the wonderful creation of God with an inherent sense of metaphysical and worldly belongings. The savage societies of the pre-historic times without any order and hierarchy of social organisation subsequently in the long timeframe paved way for[Read More…]

Shrinking Political Space In Kashmir!

Shrinking Political Space In Kashmir!

(For last few years the political space in Kashmir has been gradually made to shrink and now even the so called “mainstream” is being squeezed out!) Recently Omar Abdullah in an interview said that the political space for main stream parties has shrunk in Kashmir. One could ask him whether there ever was real political space in Kashmir any time[Read More…]

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Books Knock-Down The “Dominant Discourses”, The Joy of Re-readings

Books Knock-Down The “Dominant Discourses”, The Joy of Re-readings

In a scenario, when politics in our state has become crazy, the ‘hegemonic discourses’ have the sway, and a big lie projected as truth is accepted, restlessness is a natural corollary. To fight this restlessness instead of reading new books on Kashmir by authors published by big houses in India,- of course, tutored, of late, I have started re-reading books[Read More…]

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Dr. Iqbal: Founder of Kashmir Freedom Struggle

Dr. Iqbal: Founder of Kashmir Freedom Struggle

  A momentous day in the life of a leader, writer or poet is when he sees his ideas translated into reality. Iqbal did not live up to the day when his dream of a separate nation for Muslims of South Asia became a reality on 14 August 1947. He was not a part of the galaxy of leaders of[Read More…]

Kashmir: Fragile Power System

Kashmir: Fragile Power System

  (Apart from various perennial problems relating to demand and supply, the very system of transmitting and supplying power is extremely fragile) The recent power break down in the valley reportedly resulting from the collapse of a high voltage transmission tower caused by a foot or so of unusually heavy and untimely snowfall resulted in a power outage throughout the[Read More…]

Jammu and Kashmir: A Macabre Drama

Jammu and Kashmir: A Macabre Drama

The new ‘political’ Governor of J&K, Satya Pal Malik stepped into a volatile “Disturbed Area” at a testing and disturbing time. He is not the first to do so. However, he has in this short time several firsts to his credit. He did assure Kashmiris that under his watch there will be no underhand move to install a goverment. He[Read More…]

Kanger: Traditional pride of Kashmir

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 it indispensable in the cold season”. Its cultural importance can be gauged from a Kashmiri saying: what Laila was to Mujnoon’s heart (legendary lovers), Kanger is to a Kashmiri. Kanger[Read More…]

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Two Memoirs That Tell Kashmir Story

Two Memoirs That Tell Kashmir Story

Two sons did an excellent job! Both merit credit for doing a job that many other children placed in similar situations have chosen to ignore. Fathers of the two from ab initio were proactively involved in the struggle for ending the autocratic rule in the state. For their centrality in the struggle and proximity to the top leadership, the two[Read More…]

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Increasing Impunity and Militarisation in Kashmir

Increasing Impunity and Militarisation in Kashmir

For we Kashmiris, the dignity and the basic right to life appear to become too elusive by the moment. Such is the plight of siege and oppression that has been inflicted upon us. This is more apparent to us who live here in South Kashmir. Another fortnight has passed which has seen innocent blood being splattered with almost inhuman nonchalance.[Read More…]

The Prosperity of Trigger

The Prosperity of Trigger

With the trigger prospering unabatedly without any let off, the autumn in Kashmir is characteristically more auburn, crimsoned and of course paler and tawny russet than before, both the perspiration from sky as well as shedding of the human blood – a deluge of death continues in free style. Death looks a happy go hunting, plucking of the buds, turning[Read More…]

Chidambaram Has A Point

Chidambaram Has A Point

On Saturday, Oct27, 2018, there was a graveyard silence outside, and everything is in mourning over spurt of killings during the autumn-  fifty youth killed in a month. In this weird scenario the moment I sat on my desk to write a weekly column Ispotted an old book titled ‘The Governor Sage or Saboteur’ on a shelf in my small[Read More…]

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Governor’s revelation over favouritism in J&K Bank appointments

Governor’s revelation over favouritism in J&K Bank appointments

Newly appointed governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik on his interview with Times Now revelled many things including the Major Scam in Jammu and Kashmir Bank. Governor Malik in an interview with Navinka of Times now said that stone pelters will no longer be given amnesty, he also said that stone pelting saw an increase during the BJP-PDP[Read More…]

Market on Jhelum in olden times

Remembering autumns when there would be no bloodbaths

The Sun that like grand artist excited us when we would be still in our bed now stopped to be a painter for us. In wee hours, rising from behind the Zabarwan hillock, it now did not enter our bedroom through the latticed windows, to create those mesmerizing magical floral and geometrical images on the walls daubed with white clay[Read More…]

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Harps of Kashmir Bleed!

Harps of Kashmir Bleed!

O Mother, do not cry
For I have died but the battle stays
My death is not the full stop
It’s just a question which you must ask!

Between black and white, more than 50 shades of gray

Between black and white, more than 50 shades of gray

It just takes a humane heart to condemn, raise voice or feel empathetic with regard to the pain and suffering experienced by the people of Kashmir since ages, more specifically the mayhem that occurred quite recently in Kulgam Kashmir where 7 civilians lost their lives and around 50 were injured. It is almost impossible to express the pain and loss[Read More…]

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My Tryst with Kashmir and What it Means to Me

My Tryst with Kashmir and What it Means to Me

News of violence and unrest coming from any part of the country – nay, the world – is disturbing. All the more so if it lasts and continues over long periods of time. And yet there are parts of the country that are special in a special way, and such news coming from there has a qualitatively altogether different effect[Read More…]

Kashmir: The Perennial Power Problem!

Kashmir: The Perennial Power Problem!

  (The PDD has been chasing the PPP for a longtime but the current year’s winter may see the climax of the problem!) No doubt because of our run of the river schemes we have extreme shortage due to low water level in winter yet we are unable to cope even though we have enough power available in the market[Read More…]

Understanding Kashmir imbroglio through historical narratives

Understanding Kashmir imbroglio through historical narratives

   History is replete with chronicles of conflicts since the dawn of the human civilization.Although, the scale and intensity of these conflicts can be variable,yet going through the narratives  and counter-narratives of the past,these conflicts ultimately paved way for the inquisitive enquiries and resolutions from the respective parties to the conflict in order to bridge the loopholes for the settlement[Read More…]

Srinagrites Are Not ‘Ghetto People’

Srinagrites Are Not ‘Ghetto People’

Honestly, they ‘have been more sinned against than sinning.’ Distraught at the plight of a million people with bright minds and deft hands this Shakespearean quote knocked my mind while walking through the streets, lanes, and bylanes of the heart of Srinagar city. None but the people they catapulted to power after big struggle and sacrifices have betrayed them and[Read More…]

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Myth of Kashyap Rishi: Origin of valley of Kashmir

Myth of Kashyap Rishi: Origin of valley of Kashmir

Mythical or folklore tales have been a part of all ancient societies & communities. Such stories are still told verbally & even otherwise in writings, songs, paintings, etc, in many societies & communities to keep up their old traditions of culture & art. Romans had richest mythical history, so had Chinese & Arabs. But if you look at any of these[Read More…]

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The other side of 35-A!

The other side of 35-A!

(Repealing of Article 35-A creates an apprehension among Kashmiris of being swept away by the rich from the mainland. On the contrary, Kashmir may turn into something which no one could have imagined!) The controversy regarding the article 35-A has now been in the news for sometime. The shut downs called by various organizations to show the resentment of the[Read More…]

Kashmir: Shuffling the Administration

Kashmir: Shuffling the Administration

(For past some time the officers in the state administration are being shuffled like a pack of cards which renders them ineffective) Apart from various political and security issues, the State of Jammu & Kashmir is bedevilled by lack of governance and unresponsive administration. Both the issuers emanate from the virtual absence of accountability which is a direct offshoot of[Read More…]

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Kashmiri Started Writing Their Story

Kashmiri Started Writing Their Story

Like many other bibliophiles, the iconic bookstore, ‘The Kashmir Bookshop’ on the Residency Road had also become my haunt. Similar to some morning visitors to the India Coffee House, I also had become an avid dust jacket reader inside the bookshop and had developed the habit of flaunting my knowledge about books over a cup of hot coffee. The bookshop[Read More…]

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Sonawar: The Story Of An Uptown Quarter

Sonawar: The Story Of An Uptown Quarter

Shortly before the termination of his rule in 1947, Maharaja Hari Singh, the last Hindu ruler of Kashmir, was known to have toyed with the idea of converting Sonawar, a quarter of uptown Srinagar, into a lake to accord a unique peculiarity to his palace, Talay Manzil (Abode of Fortune) of sitting between two lakes, the other being the famed[Read More…]

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Kashmir’s flags: A historical overview

Kashmir’s flags: A historical overview

Flag is not a mere piece of fabric that flutters about in the breeze. It represents the feelings & ideals of the people for that for which it has been created & thus stands for. The first Kashmir flag was adopted by the first largest political party of J&K Muslims, All J & K Muslim Conference, which was formed in[Read More…]

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Gandhiji’s Only Kashmir Yatra That Set The Stage For India In Kashmir

Gandhiji’s Only Kashmir Yatra That Set The Stage For India In Kashmir

Acting on the recommendation of Mountbatten, the British Government on 3rd June, 1947, announced its plan of partition of India into two Dominions of India & Pakistan. The Indian Independence Act, 1947 enacted by the British on 18th July 1947 gave legal recognition to the creation of the two Dominions. Under the Act, British suzerainty over the provinces including 584[Read More…]

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Kashmir’s  Tryst with Ballot

Kashmir’s  Tryst with Ballot

  Some days, back on social media network Facebook, someone posted a black and white photograph of a handsome turbaned man draped in an up-button black coat. The picture looked straight into the eyes of the surfers telling terrifying tales of suppression of the yester years. It had hundreds of likes and dozens of shares.It generated scores of euphoric and[Read More…]

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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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Kashmir, the “Final” solution!

Kashmir, the “Final” solution!

(Reportedly, Prime Minister Modi is going to announce the “Final” solution of the Kashmir problem before 2019 elections!) Recently there was a news report that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to announce the “Final” solution of the Kashmir problem very soon. In fact, the Eurasian Times on September 12 carried an item titled, “PM Modi will divide Kashmir in[Read More…]

‘Mahatma Gandhi’ In Kashmir Narrative

‘Mahatma Gandhi’ In Kashmir Narrative

  Few days back another voluminous biography was added to grand list of biographies on Mahatma Gandhi.Seventy years after the British sailed across the Indian Ocean the stories of the two protagonists of the India’s independence movement Mahatma Gandhi and Quaid Azam  Jinnah continue to engage scholars and biographers. Notwithstanding, the two charismatic leaders of the subcontinent  largely forgotten by[Read More…]

Reality & falsity of proverbial accusations against Kashmiris

Reality & falsity of proverbial accusations against Kashmiris

There is a Persian distich “agar kahat ul rijal uftad, azehan uns kamgiri yake  afghan , doyum kamboh, soyam badzaat kashmiri”:   (translation: although there is no dearth of men to be there in the world, yet never cultivate acquaintances with three kinds of people: (1) Afghan, (2) Kamboh & (3) Badzaat Kashmiri) This Persian couplet has, from time immemorial, been associated with the name of[Read More…]

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Wedlocks in Kashmir’s landscape

Wedlocks in Kashmir’s landscape

Marriage is a sacred institution in the human societies.Down the passing phases of time,the human beings have tied knots of man and woman in pairs to continue the order of the universe.God created human being in pairs and created humans out of those predecessors.This is even today the order of the nature and will remain so forever. Marriage is a[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Flood Prevention Not Preparedness!

Kashmir: Flood Prevention Not Preparedness!

(Instead of wasting time in mock drills to test the flood preparedness, the government should get down earnestly to implement urgent measures for flood prevention) Recently there was a high level meeting to discuss the flood preparedness and it was decided that mock drills would be conducted to test the flood preparedness. In fact a tented colony to house the[Read More…]

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Who Are The Stone Pelters Of Kashmir?

Who Are The Stone Pelters Of Kashmir?

For over 70 years, unarmed Kashmiris, including men, women, school-going boys and girls and aged people have continued to witness mental, psychological as well as physical humiliation and torture. Every day, there are incidents of gashing of eyes, use of ever-new methods of persecution during unending curfews,  torching of their villages along with crops and destruction of their business as[Read More…]

Kashmir: Political Uncertainty, the main problem!

Kashmir: Political Uncertainty, the main problem!

(Lack of accountability, lopsided governance, dishonesty and corruption in every field stem from the basic malaise which is the perennial political uncertainty) During last 70 years or so Kashmir has off and on faced one or the other turmoil. In fact, it has seen four wars between its neighbours. There have been some periods of apparent calm but the uncertainty[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…]

The scourge of internet  gagging  in Kashmir

The scourge of internet  gagging  in Kashmir

The world of today is altogether in contradiction to the times of the previous ages. Technology has taken the global order by a major revolutionary storm and made the world a knowledge driven global network. Internet forms the mainstay of the current times and is in fact a boon companion of man in the modern times. Internet is the constitutive[Read More…]

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A newspaper page from 1980s about the movies then on display in various cinema halls of Kashmir

Kashmir’s Celluloid Years

The beginning and the end of cinema halls in Kashmir is linked with the turmoil it has witnessed for about nine decades now. During the early 1930s, when Kashmir was passing through an uncertain situation following the massacre of about two dozen unarmed civilians on 13 July 1931 and the consequent public revolt against an autocratic rule, a Punjabi speaking[Read More…]

Article 35-A: Not a Ripe Time to Breach an Article of Faith and Trust

Article 35-A: Not a Ripe Time to Breach an Article of Faith and Trust

The “Carte Blanche” of Jammu and Kashmir legislative Assembly-Article 35-A was incorporated in the Constitution of India by presidents order in 1954. The president’s order provision is under the Article 370 (1)(d) of Indian constitution. This article allows the president of India to make certain “exceptions and modification” to the constitution for the welfare of residents of Jammu and Kashmir.[Read More…]

UN And Battle Over Kashmir

UN And Battle Over Kashmir

For the past seventy years the war of words, on the floor of the United Nation’s Security Council on the Kashmir Dispute, has been a routine with India and Pakistan. It, in fact, began, on 30 December 1947, when New Delhi sent a cable to the Security Council, through its representative at UN. The cable, making a complaint under Article[Read More…]

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Article 35(A): The Evolution of A Protection

Article 35(A): The Evolution of A Protection

Any argument against Article 35-A of the Constitution of India in isolation from the political and social conditions in which partition of India, accession of JK with India took place and in which Orders and Notifications of 1927 and 1932 were issued by the then Ruler of JK Maharaja Hari Singh is patently bound to lead to wrong conclusions about[Read More…]

Is There No Solution For Kashmir Problem?

Is There No Solution For Kashmir Problem?

Is there really no solution to Kashmir problem? Are we all going to face this Democratic Hitlerism for generations? Every morning I wake up I get to know someone has been killed, someone arrested, some innocent school going kids losing their eyesight for something that they don’t even know. I am feared; if I go outside I might not come[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…]

Of Article 35-A and looming crisis in Kashmir

Of Article 35-A and looming crisis in Kashmir

 India is the confluence of 29 states and 7 Union territories, with a distinct demography, language, culture, lifestyle, etc. Jammu and Kashmir forms the part of the northern portion of the country with the privilege of the special status state among the whole gamut of states. Constitution as the basic guide of principles gives rights to all the people of[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Deceitful Nehru V/S Pragmatic Vajpayee

Kashmir: Deceitful Nehru V/S Pragmatic Vajpayee

In all literature; history, memoirs, and travelogues, Kashmir is described as a country.Notwithstanding, being ruled by  Moguls, Durranis, and Sikhs through their governors for exacting taxes to the extent of famishing people, it continued to be known as   a country.It retained, this title even after India and Pakistan were born as an independent dominions.For the first time, it lost this[Read More…]

The Cup of “Poison”!

The Cup of “Poison”!

(The cup of poison called “Hemlock” which Socrates was forced to drink has always turned out to be the cup of the “Water of Life” for the mainstream politicians of Kashmir!) The former Chief Minister after losing the seat of power by sudden and unannounced withdrawal of support by BJP to her coalition government declared that the initial alliance with[Read More…]

What led to removal of SMA on 9th August, 1953?

What led to removal of SMA on 9th August, 1953?

A lot has been written about 9/8/1953 removal of Sheikh M. Abdullah (for brevity, SMA) from chair of State PM. In spite of that, more curiosity stills fills many minds among pro-n-anti-SMA to know why he, after helping India, internally as well as externally, in taking JK, was considered threat to India which led to his unceremonious dismissal from PM-ship[Read More…]

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The ‘Violence of Interpretations’ And Kashmir Problem

The ‘Violence of Interpretations’ And Kashmir Problem

We have a story, with a beginning, middle and end- but it is the end that is confounded by “the others,” who have their ‘meal tickets in the pursuit.’For confusing the end, they not only collaborate with the coercive forces in strengthening the ‘hegemonic discourse’ but also indulge in what academic’ describe as the ‘violence of   hermeneutics.’ The ‘others’ that[Read More…]

From ceasefire to political crisis-All is not well in Kashmir

From ceasefire to political crisis-All is not well in Kashmir

Kashmir is a vexed issue of the Asian sub-continent that assumes dynamic dimensions and increases its momentum with the currents of time with a sort of deep permeated growing alienation of the masses and simultaneous floating wave of armed rebellion against the system. It is the problem of multitude and a vendetta which refuses to cow down with the periodic[Read More…]

The Threat to Kashmiri Existence!

The Threat to Kashmiri Existence!

Unprecedented shutdown against Supreme Court hearing on Article 35-A shows Kashmiris’ concern not only to protect their unique identity but their very existence!  Before one delves on the threat to the existence and the identity, it would be worthwhile to describe the unique Kashmiri identity. There are many theories about the origin of Kashmiris. It is one of the most[Read More…]

Kashmir: No-go Zone For Foreign Journalists?

Kashmir: No-go Zone For Foreign Journalists?

  The storyof contemporary Kashmir would have remained under wraps, marked as “classified,” “top secret” never to be toldto the world.But,for some journalist living true to their professional ethics, it was reported.Annie Gowen, graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas recipient of Human Rights Press Award of Special Merit 2018,[Read More…]

St. Mary Church, Gulmarg

Christians in Kashmir

Co-Written by Ashish Kumar Singh & Dr. Wakar Amin Being ranked as the fourth-worst country for religious intolerance out of 198 nations in April 2017, it is high time that the claims of “unity of diversity” are crosschecked in every nook and corner of India. This ranking was done a Pew Research Canter’s study. The state of Kashmir has been affected[Read More…]

Adulterated Food and Fake Medicine

Adulterated Food and Fake Medicine

The worst calamities for Kashmir apart from natural disasters are the adulteration in food products and the sale of fake medicine! Kashmiris have now become used to both natural and man-made disasters striking one after the other. In fact, Nature has been rather very kind and it is the fellow human beings whose material greed has turned into the instruments[Read More…]

Article 35-A cannot be abrogated

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 givers of the Indian Constitution. For 70 years, Article 370 has served the interests of India beyond its expectations, internally as well as externally, keeping in view geo-political challenges it faced[Read More…]

Agonized Stories of Parents of Martyred Children of Kashmir 

Agonized Stories of Parents of Martyred Children of Kashmir 

  On a couple of times, I noticed a man wearing grief on his face as withering leaves on   hackberries on graveyards strolling on dusty lawns of the Srinagar court. At some other times, I had spotted him silently sittingin  corners of the  canopies erected by the human rights activists or the resistance leadership to mark  the world human rights[Read More…]

Mammoth fossil excavated newr pampore in 2000

Kashmir Heritage: Tale of a Mammoth Loss

During a study tour on 31 August 2000, when some teachers and students of Degree College Sopore discovered a fossil of a mammoth at Pampore, 15 kms south of Srinagar, geologists in Kashmir were excited. The find, comprising a skull with complete lower and upper jaws, a broken tusk and a vertebra, was highlighted as ‘the largest ever unearthed in[Read More…]

Kashmir To Ka’ba: The Journey of Faith in Yesteryears

Kashmir To Ka’ba: The Journey of Faith in Yesteryears

The first batch of 820 (Haj-1439) pilgrims left Srinagar by air on 14 July 2018. In all, about 10,196 pilgrims from Jammu & Kashmir will perform Haj this year through the State Haj Committee. Of these, 8450 are from Kashmir. The last flight will take off from Srinagar on 25 July. The return flights commencing on 25 August will conclude[Read More…]

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The Environmental Suicide!

The Environmental Suicide!

(The way we have been deliberately and knowingly destroying various components of Nature in Kashmir makes it look like an Environmental “Suicide”!) Recently there has been news about some dredging scam in the Wular Lake area where the contract given to a firm has been cancelled. The need for dredging of the second largest sweet water lake in Asia is[Read More…]

Historical Decisions Have Historical Consequences: A Leaf With A Lesson From History

Historical Decisions Have Historical Consequences: A Leaf With A Lesson From History

The rising anger against age old State atrocities & injustices, augmented by the news of sacrilegious acts by non-Muslims pouring in from some Jammu areas, caused outright outrage among the Muslims of Kashmir. (Disputed Legacy, Alastar Lamb, pages 89-90) It was in 1931 when the growing dissatisfaction of the Kashmiri people burst into flame. (Danger in Kashmir, Josef Korbel, page[Read More…]

Article 35-A is the meeting point for all divergent viewpoints

Article 35-A is the meeting point for all divergent viewpoints

  The date 6 August 2018, has been hanging like the sword of Damocles on the heads of the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir, across the religious, regional, ethnic and linguistic divide. On this date, the Supreme Court of India is to hear Public Interest Litigations on the Article 35A dealing with permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir. In 2014,[Read More…]

Kashmir: Tourism gets low priority

Kashmir: Tourism gets low priority

(In spite of the fact that one and all claim Tourism to be back bone of Kashmir’s economy, yet the government does not seem to accord it the priority it deserves!) Almost all the governments have been declaring from various pulpits that the Tourism is the backbone of Kashmir’s economy. Unfortunately, so far there is neither an approved “Policy of[Read More…]

Of government’s demise and political crisis in Kashmir

Of government’s demise and political crisis in Kashmir

India is a land of diversity where people from different regions merge in a single Union. Jammu and Kashmir is the only northern state of India dogged with an overridden unhealthy political atmosphere which augurs ill to the tenets of democracy itself. The Political equations in the state have undergone a comprehensive transformation down the passing times. The PDP-BJP coalition[Read More…]

Kounsar Nag: Between legends & reality

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 (1899) by M A Stein, pages 32, 72) It is a two miles long & ½ mile wide beautiful lake lying above Kongwattan village in Pir Panchal mountainous range of[Read More…]

Kashmir Story: Not Known To The World?

Kashmir Story: Not Known To The World?

My take on the book, ‘Kashmir Glimpse of History and Story of Struggle’ by Saifuddin Soz the past week in this column kick-started an important debate on the social media. Minus, some unsavoury remarks by some friends on the book and the scholarship of the author, the debate generated was important in as much as, it raised some important questions[Read More…]

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Modi’s Kashmir Policy has brought India to Disrepute

The cynical break-up of the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir by BJP without prior notice in Jammu and Kashmir is a clear evidence of its plans to continue with the policy of “no dialogue” and harsh suppression of all forms of protest. The policy that Modi government has been following is a combination of (a) harsh crackdowns on[Read More…]

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Nepotism, Kashmir’s worst enemy!

Nepotism, Kashmir’s worst enemy!

(The most destructive element in every sphere of Kashmir Society is the widespread nepotism! For any real progress it has not only to be opposed but eradicated) Most of the ills in Kashmir in every sphere of the society emanate from extensive nepotism. It would be interesting to study the rise of nepotism and its prevalence in our parts. The[Read More…]

Three Civilians Including A Teenage Girl Killed In Kashmir

Three Civilians Including A Teenage Girl Killed In Kashmir

Three civilians including a teenage girl were killed allegedly in government forces action during clashes in Redwani area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday. A senior police officer told news agency GNS that army’s patrolling party opened fire upon a group of youth after they pelted stones on them in Hawoora area of Khudwani near Redwani area. The deceased[Read More…]

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Of Democracy and Resistance in Kashmir

Of Democracy and Resistance in Kashmir

The solution lies in a tripartite dialogue or in implementation of UN-Resolutions   In 1947, with the passing of the Independence act by the British,two separate countries become a political reality in South Asia. Here were princely states and Kashmir being one among them witnessed terrific political changes. No one may have ever thought that Partition would divide Kashmir too.[Read More…]

Living with nightmares!

Living with nightmares!

  (The trauma caused by the disastrous flood of 2014 makes living in Srinagar’s low lying colonies virtually a continuous nightmare, especially during the rainy days!) The recent flood caused by just a couple of days of continuous rain created a wave of panic among the people living in different parts of Srinagar especially those in the low lying areas[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Corruption in blood stream!

Kashmir: Corruption in blood stream!

(The Kashmir Society has become so corrupt that one feels the corruption has gone into the blood stream of the people!) There was a time when word “corruption” would give a scary feeling. In fact, calling somebody corrupt was probably the worst abuse. Not now! It has become a word of daily usage to which all of us seem to[Read More…]

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UN Human Rights Report Gives New Sinews To Kashmir

UN Human Rights Report Gives New Sinews To Kashmir

Historically, Kashmiris since 1819 have always greeted the voices raised from outside the state against their oppression and in support of their cause.  In 1934, when Mahatma Gandhi in response to a missive by a Kashmiri Pandit leader,  Prem Nath Bazaz wrote to him in a letter dated May 15, 1934,  “Seeing that Kashmiris predominantly Mussalman it is bound to[Read More…]

The Haunted Masjid

The Haunted Masjid

SRINAGAR: Ali masjid which is the second largest mosque in the state after Jamia Masjid was constructed during 600 AD, reason why it is entitled as haunted mosque because people believe that it was surrounded by Jins ( haunted ghosts), initially this mosque had hardly any locality around during the late 90s and the mosque had a water canal starting[Read More…]

Shujaat Bukhari: An Epitome Of The Finest Qualities Of Kashmir

Shujaat Bukhari: An Epitome Of The Finest Qualities Of Kashmir

The latest horrendous episode of Kashmir saga is the dastardly assassination of Shujaat Bukhari who had risen as the epitome of the finest qualities every Kashmiri will be vying for ages to come. His killing marks a paradigm shift in the very political nature of Kashmir conflict which has altogether shocked each and every sane person of Kashmir, in the[Read More…]

Kashmir Story and the battle of David vs Goliath

Kashmir Story and the battle of David vs Goliath

  The withdrawal of Bhartiya Janata Party’s support from its ally the People’s Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir has plunged the state into a quandary. The Governor’s rule and the promulgation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) have pushed the state into uncertainties. Where do we go from here is story for another day to tell here[Read More…]

The Beautiful Mosque

The Beautiful Mosque

Walking through the roads of Shopian, as I proceed towards the main market of Shopian, the great and significant Jamia Masjid grasps my eyes, amid all the hustle bustle of the main chowk where occupants mostly come putting up their stalls, it’s historic prominence and beautiful architecture makes me contemplate over and over again, how beautifully the architecture is carved.[Read More…]

Kashmir in a dense cauldron of uncertainty

Kashmir in a dense cauldron of uncertainty

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) politics has once again entered a cycle of uncertainty following BJP’s decision to pull out of the coalition with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) formed three years ago. It eventually led to the resignation of its chief minister Mehbooba Mufti whose decision to join hands with the BJP had, in fact, raised many eyebrows even at[Read More…]

Modi’s Calculated Risk In Kashmir

Modi’s Calculated Risk In Kashmir

The BJP yesterday pulled out of the Jammu and Kashmir government headed by People’s Democratic Party leader Ms Mehbooba Mufti. Speaking to the media in Delhi, the party in charge of J & K Mr Ram Madhav said that this alliance had become untenable as the situation in the valley was worsening every day. According to Madhav that ceasefire was[Read More…]

The OHCHR report on Kashmir: Will India succeed in blocking discussions on the report in Geneva?

The OHCHR report on Kashmir: Will India succeed in blocking discussions on the report in Geneva?

The United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on June 14 published “Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir: Developments in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir from June 2016 to April 2018”. This is the first such report on Jammu and Kashmir by the UN. It covers both India and Pakistan controlled[Read More…]

The UN Human Rights Report Reveals The Real Face Of Kashmir

The UN Human Rights Report Reveals The Real Face Of Kashmir

Kashmir Centre for social & development studies (KCSDS ) hails UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’  Report  on the situation of human rights in   Kashmir and its  straightforward  recommendation  for respecting the  right to self determination of Kashmiris.  It  is as if after a long time parched land has got  much needed unexpected rain from a quarter that  had maintained studied[Read More…]

KCSDS Condemns Shujjat Bukhari’s Killing

KCSDS Condemns Shujjat Bukhari’s Killing

Kashmir Centre for social & development studies (KCSDS ) is rudely shocked  & terribly grieved  at the brutal assassination of senior Journalist & chief Editor of  daily Rising Kashmir Shujjat Bukhari. Carried in broad daylight, in a high security zone and  coinciding with  the  indictment of India by UN human rights council  for gross human rights violations in Kashmir, the[Read More…]

Why is J&K without Street Vending Act?

Why is J&K without Street Vending Act?

The regulation of street vending act 2014 is not extended to Jammu and Kashmir the reason is best known to the legislators, however, Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development, Ms. AsieaNaqash promised that her government will enact the ‘J&K Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2016’ on the pattern of ‘Street Vendors (Protection[Read More…]

Bloody springs in Kashmir

Bloody springs in Kashmir

Young boys are joining the rebel groups consistently that signifies the complete failure of Hurriyat’s policies of leading the conflict to its logical conclusion. No one seems obedient to adhere their thoughts on the peaceful demonstration that could secede Kashmir from the clutches of India. Kashmiris are trying to convince two nations to enter into dialogue and resolve the protracted[Read More…]

PUCL Condemns the Assassination of Shujaat Bukhari, Editor, `Kashmir Raising’

PUCL Condemns the Assassination of Shujaat Bukhari, Editor, `Kashmir Raising’

PUCL is deeply shocked and strongly condemns the dastardly assassination of Shujaat Bukhari, Editor-in-Chief of `Rising Kashmir’ on Thursday, 14th June, 2018 evening by armed gunmen just as he was getting into his vehicle after leaving office. 2 of his personal security officers also died as a result of the shooting. A very experienced journalist Shujaat was a strong voice[Read More…]

Shujaat Bukhari’s Killing And UN Report on Human Rights Violations in Kashmir

Shujaat Bukhari’s Killing And UN Report on Human Rights Violations in Kashmir

When, then US President, Clinton visited Kashmir, Chattisingpora massacre happened in which atleast 44 sikhs were gunned down. During Zubin Mehta’s visit and musical event at Shalimar, four innocents were silenced in Shopian and later dubbed as militants. When United Nations Security Council was discussing Kashmir in 2016 after massive uprising and revolt against Indian occupation, Uri attack occured in[Read More…]

Thousands attend Shujaat Bukhari’s funeral in North Kashmir’s  Kreeri

Thousands attend Shujaat Bukhari’s funeral in North Kashmir’s  Kreeri

Baramulla:  The skies opened up on Friday as thousands of friends and admirers joined the funeral procession of veteran journalist Syed  Shujaat Bukhari, who was laid to rest in his ancestral village here a day after he was shot dead outside his office in Srinagar. Braving heavy rain, crowds of tearful mourners from across the Valley followed the cortege through[Read More…]

Kashmir Bazar: Kashmir’s Markets, Merchants And Well-Offs of Yore

Kashmir Bazar: Kashmir’s Markets, Merchants And Well-Offs of Yore

In ancient Kashmir there existed “several market places and bazaars in the city of Srinagar”, while the first “wholesale market” of Kashmir, Maharaj Gunj, was “lately constructed”.  (Gazetteer of Kashmir (1890), 772). Sir W R Lawrence writes: “In Kashmir there are certain depots of trade, the chief being Srinagar, Baramula, Islamabad, Shupiyon, and Bandipur. Latterly Panjabi traders have opened business[Read More…]

Shujaat Bukhari: Another Voice Of Reason Silenced

Shujaat Bukhari: Another Voice Of Reason Silenced

Shujaat Bukhari, Editor of Rising Kashmir and a man of deep conviction, known through his fearless writings fell to the bullets of assassins today at the time when festive season of Eid is approaching after the culmination of the holy month of Ramadhan. Bukhari’s killing also shows us how difficult it is for the journalists of the Kashmiri origin particularly[Read More…]

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First-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir calls for international inquiry into multiple violations

First-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir calls for international inquiry into multiple violations

GENEVA (14 June 2018) – There is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives, a report by the UN Human Rights Office published on Thursday says. The 49-page report – the[Read More…]

Senior Kashmiri Journalist Shujaat Bukhari Shot Dead In Srinagar

Senior Kashmiri Journalist Shujaat Bukhari Shot Dead In Srinagar

Senior Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead by unknown attackers in Srinagar on Thursday evening. Mr Bukhari, the editor of the ‘Rising Kashmir’ newspaper, was attacked when he was coming out of his office in Press Colony in the city. He was hit by multiple bullets at close range. A security guard on his protection detail was also shot[Read More…]

The Vanishing Water Bodies of Kashmir

The Vanishing Water Bodies of Kashmir

  (We have literally eaten away most of our water bodies after first polluting these beyond redemption) As the legend describes it, Kashmir Valley was a huge lake.  Kalhana, the author of the earliest recoded history of Kashmir, Rajtarangni, states that the valley of Kashmir was a huge lake called Satisar. The Lake was drained through the Varmul gorge by[Read More…]

Talks between New Delhi And Srinagar: Options and Possibilities

Talks between New Delhi And Srinagar: Options and Possibilities

There is no history of a dialogue between Srinagar and New Delhi for the resolution of the “Kashmir Dispute.”If a dialogue takes place now, it will be making history. Moreover, the leader from New Delhi, who initiates talks for deciding the future of the state, the cause of wars and skirmishes between India and Pakistan and a nuclear flash point[Read More…]

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Zojila pass tunnel

The land-locked Kashmir!

(Kashmir has been described as a land-locked country but with the advent of civil aviation it became quite accessible. However, some parts still continue to be remote especially in winter!) Historically, Kashmir has always been known as a land-locked country in the high Himalayan Mountains. In the earliest Chinese records Kashmir is described as, “a country enveloped on all sides[Read More…]

Kashmir Dispute Has Solution In Its Archives

Kashmir Dispute Has Solution In Its Archives

  Sometimes a new book for its contested contents makes one dust the archives and look for answers and explanations for the controversies raised in it. In a situation like that of our where peopleare caught up in a morass of political uncertaintyandare struggling for ending it many times, books are sponsored by the establishment to cloud the historical realities. [Read More…]

A Youth Crushed To Death By A Paramilitary Vehicle In Kashmir

A Youth Crushed To Death By A Paramilitary Vehicle In Kashmir

A youth was crushed to death by a speeding paramilitary CRPF vehicle near Jamia Masjid, Srinagar on Friday. Kaiser Bhat, 21, of Fateh-a- Kadal has been identified as the dead person. Another youth also sustained injuries after being run over by the vehicle. The deceased youth is survived by two teenage sisters and had recently started Kashmir art business. He[Read More…]

Ceasefire in“Ramadan”!

Ceasefire in“Ramadan”!

(Linking cessation of military operations against militants with the holy month of Ramadan amounts to communalizing the move which should normally have no connection with religion) The Central Government recently announced the cessation of cordon and search operations by the Army during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan to give peace a chance. The announcement was made on the request[Read More…]

KHOKH:  A bogey of fear that was created in Kashmiri Muslims-minds

KHOKH:  A bogey of fear that was created in Kashmiri Muslims-minds

Kashmiri Dictionary defines the word “Khokh” as “an effigy used to scare away birds from fields of crop”. Its English equivalent is “scarecrow” which is used by peasants during harvest season in their farmlands to keep away the pesky birds from damaging the crop. That said, we know that this word was used by Kashmiri parents, usually mothers, till very[Read More…]

Rape as war weapon for Indian Armed Forces

Rape as war weapon for Indian Armed Forces

Ever since the beginning of the conflict Kashmir has witnessed a remarkably high incidence of violence in general and the rape of Kashmiri women by security forces in particular. Rape is used as a means of targeting women whom the security forces accuse of being militant sympathisers; in raping them, the security forces are attempting to punish and humiliate the[Read More…]

Srinagar International Airport, A Cruel Joke!

Srinagar International Airport, A Cruel Joke!

(Going by International Civil Aviation Standards, the Civil Airport at Srinagar does not, in reality, function as an International Airport) For a change, let us see how the airport is described in the famous online encyclopedia, Wikepedia. It says, “Sheikh-ul-Alam International Airport (IATA: SXR, ICAO: VISR) also known as Srinagar Airport is an international airport that serves Srinagar, the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is[Read More…]

The Freedom I Fear

The Freedom I Fear

No other right has been so dear to humans as the right to freedom. Freedom has been the bedrock of whole humanity. Then clearly stated the history of all human societies has been the history of struggle for freedom. The very creation of the humans has been justified by the free will granted to them. So it is freedom that[Read More…]

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The Ramadan Break In Kashmir

The Ramadan Break In Kashmir

  The recent announcement by New Delhi to halt its military operations in Kashmir that seek to kill nominally trained and armed militants and the youth that lead agitations during the military operations is a welcome move. After two years of relentless and wanton violence, mostly provoked by the illogical military response to a struggle that is primarily based on[Read More…]

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Kashmir Press: A journey from past to present

Kashmir Press: A journey from past to present

Prefatory:   Notwithstanding that the printing press was invented in mid 15th century, the initial newspapers in the world started their publication in Germany, England & other European countries only in 17th & 18th centuries. During 20th century, radio & television were invented, & the journalists used them to disseminate information among public on matters related to society, politics, culture,[Read More…]

A letter to the Indian Army Chief

A letter to the Indian Army Chief

Mohodai Sena Pati Ji: Namashkar Ever since you assumed the top position within the Indian army, Kashmiris have been following your statements with quite an interest. This is because they are unique despite now being too many – from outright threats to elderly counsels, and prophecies to the ones that clearly show that you are as clueless as the rest[Read More…]

The Resilient Kashmiris!

The Resilient Kashmiris!

(“The country of Kashmir may be conquered by the force of spiritual merit, but not by the force of soldiers!” Kalhana) Recently the Army Chief challenged Kashmiri militants saying that they cannot get Azaadi as they cannot fight his Army. “I want to tell Kashmiri youth that Azaadi isn’t possible. It won’t happen. Why are you picking up weapons? We will always[Read More…]

Kashmir: Hegemonic Discourse And Azadi

Kashmir: Hegemonic Discourse And Azadi

Seventy-one years on we have become so used to the ‘hegemonic discourses’ that once a new one is churned out; people laugh it out.  Many an important political scientist like Antonio Gramsci have dwelled upon the subject ‘hegemonic discourse’ in great detail and come up with scholarly treatises on the subject. Instead of getting lost in the academic jargons in[Read More…]

AFSPA, A License To Kill!

AFSPA, A License To Kill!

(The present blood bath in Kashmir can only be stopped by revoking AFSPA which is virtually a license to kill and destroy without any accountability whatsoever!)  In the famous Ian Fleming’s series, James Bond, an operative of the Her Majesty’s Secret Service, had a code name“007”. The 00 suffix according to intelligence parlance stands for the “License to kill”! James[Read More…]

Funny, Extravagant And Luxurious Lifestyles Of Kashmir’s Dogra Despots

Funny, Extravagant And Luxurious Lifestyles Of Kashmir’s Dogra Despots

On 16-03-1846, the British Rulers of India sold the territory of Kashmir with its all dependencies for 75 Lakh Nanak Shahi rupees to Maharja Gulab Singh Dogra of Jammu vide infamous Treaty of Amritsar. Considering the total population at that time of “all the hilly or mountainous country”, every living human soul of Kashmir was sold vide the said sale[Read More…]

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We Kashmiris deserve and want to live in peace, with freedom and dignity

We Kashmiris deserve and want to live in peace, with freedom and dignity

Every day our youth lay down their lives. Every day the monster of violence and destruction, wreak havoc in the valley of flowers. Every day devil enters paradise to commit sins. Every day we carry the bullet-ridden bodies of our budding flowers and bury them, express anguish and shed tears. We mourn, and then there is a sort of truce[Read More…]

This flag titled The sang-bazan (stone pelters) of Kashmir is #11 in the seriesJatiIndia: Flags of Atrocities Caste, Present and Future. 

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…]

Omar Abdullah Berkley Discourse Demolished 

Omar Abdullah Berkley Discourse Demolished 

The Blue Gate, leading to a magnificent two-story white building with blue windows on the foothills of the Mount Solomon, Srinagar has been central to the post-1947 Kashmir narrative. In 1964, when topmost United Nations official Ralph Bunch arrived in Kashmir, the then premier students’ organization, the Jammu and Kashmir Students and Youth League organized a march to the white[Read More…]

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Commemorating the First Martyrs of labour history of the world: Kashmir weavers’ agitation of 1865

Commemorating the First Martyrs of labour history of the world: Kashmir weavers’ agitation of 1865

Every year, the world commemorates the victims of Haymarket affair that took place on Tuesday, May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago, by observing May 1st as International Workers’ Day in their memory; albeit in Canada & US, 1st September is chosen as Workers’ Day. On that fateful day, the workers had gathered peacefully to demonstrate & advocate for better[Read More…]

Kashmir: Role of Students And Student Protest

Kashmir: Role of Students And Student Protest

                      Students have an important role in every society and state. Not only in social and educational affairs but also in the political arena, students have always played a part of paramount significance. A look at the revolutionary movements of the world gives us ample sense about the immense role that students played in shaping the destiny of various nations.[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Pelleting Children To Blindness

Kashmir: Pelleting Children To Blindness

  On 15 March 1929, Sir Albino Banerjee, a Bengali Christen, who for two years had been  Foreign and Political Minister of   Maharaja Hari Singh had observed that the rulers had been treating “Mohammadan population” worst than “cattle.”  Ninety years later, when the idea of governance in the world has undergone a sea change,andcolonialism has crashed themindset of those in[Read More…]