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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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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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…]

An Open Letter To A Common Indian By A Kashmiri

An Open Letter To A Common Indian By A Kashmiri

Dear Narendra, Who do I mean by a common Indian? And why did I choose to write to you? I am writing this to anyone among 1,35,06,87,984 Indians who were alive till Saturday. Among this vast dizzying number of names, among Rams and Shyams, I chose a name for you – Narendra, a name, a phenomenon, you identify most with.[Read More…]

It Takes Courage

It Takes Courage

Sometimes, some news stories published on the inner pages because of their imminent political fallout are more significant than those that for their immediate news value make the lead stories. On Saturday, a four column news story published on page seven of the newspaper caught my attention more than the two BJP ministers resigning at the insistence of the party[Read More…]

Tribal Raid of 1947:   Sheikh Abdullah’s narrative missing real story

Tribal Raid of 1947:   Sheikh Abdullah’s narrative missing real story

Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in his autobiography “Blazing Chinar” ( 2016 edition, Gulshan Books Srinagar) in chapter 36 titled “Medley of Internal Troubles” has in a real medley of things connected “accession” & “sending of Indian troops” to Kashmir to the “Tribal Raid” of 23rd October, 1947. However, he openly admits that it was only at his repeated “request” & after[Read More…]

Drug Abuse: A Growing Menace

Drug Abuse: A Growing Menace

Us Quom Ko Shamsheer Ki Hajat Nahein Rehti Ho Jis Kay Jawanun ki Khudi Surat’e Fawlaad. (A nation whose youth are endowed with self as strong and hard as steel; No need of piercing swords in war such people can ever feel)- Allama Iqbal. Youth represent nation’s future. Responsible, conscious, persevering and morally nurtured youth are a symbol of strong,[Read More…]

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Remembering Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre In Kashmir

Remembering Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre In Kashmir

In Voltaire‘s novel, the title character, Candide, on board, asks another character, an old sage, Martin: “Do you believe that men have always massacred one another as they do today..?” Martin tacitly concurring with Candide, says: “Do you believe that hawks have always eaten pigeons when they have found them?” ”Without doubt,” said Candide. Without doubt, on fateful day of[Read More…]

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Kashmir: David And Goliath!

Kashmir: David And Goliath!

(The recent security forces anti-insurgency operations appear like the biblical giant Goliath chasing the miniscule David with lot of collateral damage) The “Bloody Sunday” which resulted in the death of 20 persons (militants, soldiers and civilians) and injuries to over 150 persons including pellet injuries in the eyes to over 40 persons has been the worst episode of all round[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Misplaced Optimism

Kashmir: Misplaced Optimism

The past Monday, when my column, ‘Geelani Release- A Way Forward,’ appeared in this newspaper, I felt remorseful of having written something outlandish- far fetched from the ground reality.It was flagrantly in contradiction with the black bordered banner lead stories, ‘Bloody Sunday: 20 Killed’ in all the newspapers.The blood curdlingdetails of blood bath enacted in wee morning hours of Sunday[Read More…]

Kashmiriyat: Fact or Fiction? A Kashmiri Perspective

Kashmiriyat: Fact or Fiction? A Kashmiri Perspective

No historian on Kashmir has ever used the term “Kashmiriyat” in his reference to its socio-cultural values. There are, however, some “assumptions” about its genesis, all converging on a single point that it was brainchild of NC. Many say it has its origin to post-1947 political developments of JK when NC founder under the influence of his countable number of[Read More…]

Our Spring Blooms With The Dead

Our Spring Blooms With The Dead

Another year started with gory scenes when Kashmir is engulfed with deadly silence, with tangled concertina wires blocking maximum towns of South Kashmir and parts of Srinagar city. Nervy Indian troops occupying lanes and bi-lanes. The only voices you can hear are from police gypsies, armored vehicles and the sirens of ambulances. This year the uprising started with Killing on[Read More…]

Kashmir: Revising Tourism Marketing Targets

Kashmir: Revising Tourism Marketing Targets

(Tourism Department needs to direct increased marketing efforts on South India and South East Asia which are emerging as potential Tourism markets for Kashmir) The 64th Convention of the Travel agents Association of India has just concluded in Srinagar. The Convention was attended by over 600 delegates from all over the country. The Convention was held in Srinagar after 31[Read More…]

National Conference: Terminating Voices of Dissent

National Conference: Terminating Voices of Dissent

  There is an anonymous saying, you don’t know what is in the people’s hearts, inhistory,and you go by records. The records reveal that the mayhem of April 04 1979 was an expression of mature tendencies in National Conference against any sort of political dissent. Seven decades ago, in the streets of Amira Kadal area of Srinagar city, Sheikh Abdullah[Read More…]

Learn From Mistakes, Plan Ahead

Learn From Mistakes, Plan Ahead

Digging wells when house is in flames cannot save it. We have tendency of doing things that way. We voice concern on facing a situation and keep stiff upper lip when it passes, until it approaches again. Crying for the damages caused is futile, shrewdness would be, planning for unforeseen and learn from mistakes made in the past, that is[Read More…]

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KCSDS Statement  On Shopian Carnage

KCSDS Statement  On Shopian Carnage

Following the  carnage and heart wrenching killing of young boys on Sunday, the 1st April 2018, Kashmir Centre for Social & Development studies (KCSDS ), a prominent civil society group of Kashmir,in an emergency meeting,  expressed extreme disgust and outrage at the human and moral depravity demonstrated by   Mehbooba led govt  in brutally killing   boys in their teens and twenties.[Read More…]

April Fools’ Day: Muslim or Kashmir Relation?

April Fools’ Day: Muslim or Kashmir Relation?

On First April, in many societies & Western countries, lies are spread in the shape of jokes, hoax & pranks by people on their friends, relatives, neighbours & colleagues which put the latter to great embarrassment & sometimes to harassment or actual harm. It is a custom called April Fools’ Day which actually calls upon people to concoct a special[Read More…]

Geelani Release- A Way Forward

Geelani Release- A Way Forward

It might have been festive day for nonagenarian Syed Ali Shah Geelani, when he offered congregational Friday prayers, obligatory on all Muslims at the Jamia Masjid, Hyderpora, some two hundred yards from his residence. For about, three thousands days, five times a day Muezzin had been calling on him from the Masjid in his neighborhood to join the congregational prayers,but[Read More…]

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Either Love or Leave !!

Either Love or Leave !!

    Indian Home Minister’s recent say; ‘Kashmir is, was, and will always be ours’ is not any different or new statement to the ears of Kashmiris. Since Indian forces landed on this territory in 1947, Kashmiris are used to such versions. Crown of India, Integral part are few more phrases that are most often used for erstwhile princely state[Read More…]

Pheran: The Language of Kashmiri Culture

Pheran: The Language of Kashmiri Culture

The Kashmiri word “Pheran” is contraction of the Persian word “pairahan” which literally means garment & which clearly shows its origin to the time of Mughal rulers who had Persian descent; notwithstanding, some Kashmiri Pandits in recent times have tried to connect its origin to the Greek word “Apron” & even the Tajik word “Peraband. But both these words are[Read More…]

Three Sobriquets Of Three Topmost Leaders Of NC

Three Sobriquets Of Three Topmost Leaders Of NC

In 2015, one Deepak Sharma a RTI activist from Jammu filed an application with General Administration Department/GAD of the State Government seeking details about who had conferred sobriquet of “Shere e Kashmir” on Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah / SMA. GAD in reply said that there was not any official record conferring or confirming that the sobriquet was ever officially bestowed upon[Read More…]

The National Travel Convention

The National Travel Convention

(The holding of the 64th Convention and Exhibition by the Travel Agents Association of India in Srinagar is expected to send positive signals for Kashmir in different travel markets) After thirty years, the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) is holding its 64th Annual Convention in Srinagar. This is the apex body of Travel Agents throughout India and holding of[Read More…]

Syed Ali Geelani  Still On Scene

Syed Ali Geelani  Still On Scene

  Some days back, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, decided to step aside and passed on the baton of the Tahreek Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir to his second in command Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai.  On the expected lines, the decision taken at a Shoora meeting of the Tahreek Hurriyat made it to headlines in the newspapers across the sub-continent. The decision caused[Read More…]

Lotus-Eaters

Lotus-Eaters

Homer is the name ascribed to one or more men, presumed to have lived between 700-800 BC, among Greek . Homer is credited with writing of two epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey, which hold central position in Greek mythology & Western literature. The Iliad is the sequel to the Odyssey. Both are classic poetry that will hold sway[Read More…]

Kashmir’s Political History

Kashmir’s Political History

(To elaborate the political nature of Kashmir problem, one needs to examine the historical perspective of the land and its people) Recently Kashmir’s Finance Minister lost his job for saying that Kashmir is not a political problem. Apart from that he had denigrated the political leadership of Kashmir standing for its total freedom. He had stated that they were barking[Read More…]

The Idioms of Hubris

The Idioms of Hubris

At times some words or phrases or idioms, more particularly those maliciously spoken to demean a nations pride get badly stuck up in one’s mind. Like witches, they haunt even in the bed.  These cannot be jettisoned from the mind unless talked about boldly and candidly. For couple of days,an idiom ‘barking up the wrong tree’ has been bothering my[Read More…]

The Legacy Of Khuftan Fakirs And Goggas: A Peep Into The Past

The Legacy Of Khuftan Fakirs And Goggas: A Peep Into The Past

Nicknaming people, places & things is an old practice among all communities usually to express affection, but in Kashmir certain nicknames in vogue till now, while some others handed-down the memory lane by elders for posterity carry ridicule with them. To start with, if you think the underlying purport of the nicknames “Nabdhi” , “Ikhwani” or “renegade” or “betrayer” &[Read More…]

India Owes Answers For The Killings Of 36 Sikhs And 14 Others In Kashmir

India Owes Answers For The Killings Of 36 Sikhs And 14 Others In Kashmir

  The March 20, 2000 killings of 36 Sikhs in Indian-occupied Kashmir remains a mystery. It happened close to then US President Bill Clinton’s visit to India. The massacre took place in the Chittisinghpura village of Kashmir. The assailants wore Indian army uniforms, lined up the Sikhs from the village, and shot them to death. Kashmir is a disputed territory[Read More…]

March 16, The Blackest Day in Kashmir History

March 16, The Blackest Day in Kashmir History

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

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Kashmir Problem, Social or Political?

As Shakespeare has said, “A rose is a rose by whatever name you call it” Similarly, Kashmir is a serious problem whether you name it Social or Political that is presently irrelevant! Haseeb Drabu, lost his job by merely stating that Kashmir is a Social Issue and not a Political Issue. Incidentally, he is one of the architects of the[Read More…]

Of Ennui, A Servile Fearfulness And Kashmir

Of Ennui, A Servile Fearfulness And Kashmir

    Being from Hajan and waking up to the azaan being played to a familiar beat of bullets, to a familiar anguish and desperation in the family, to the fear of a stray bullet smashing your window anytime and hitting you in the bed, to a strange discomfort to hear the gun shots off and join the unruly crowd[Read More…]

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Mansoor Ahmad Mansoor: Doyen of Urdu Resistance Literature in Kashmir

Mansoor Ahmad Mansoor: Doyen of Urdu Resistance Literature in Kashmir

Resistance and protest is intrinsic to any literature. It has been there from time immemorial. Even most critics claim that literature is basically all about resistance and protest. But this is half truth as most of the romantic literature is not about any resistance if we analyse it in the modern sense of the meaning of resistance. We all know[Read More…]

Justice For Asifa, Kathua Rape And Murder Victim

Justice For Asifa, Kathua Rape And Murder Victim

As a group of women from Jammu and Kashmir, we express great anguish over the unjustifiable delay in the investigations into the heinous rape and murder of a minor eight year old Bakerwal girl, Asifa in Rassana village, Hiranagar, Kathua district. We are equally concerned over the excessive politicization and communalization of an incident which is clearly one of sexual[Read More…]

A Dream Of Becoming Doctor Confined To Darkness By Pellets

A Dream Of Becoming Doctor Confined To Darkness By Pellets

My journey begin from home some 50Km away from destination. When a little light from shadowy was coming out, I went up to have some moments with Insha Mushtaq after she had passed 10th class exam. Insha-a girl on whom pellets were showered by the brave security forces of, world’s largest democracy during the 2016 uprising, just after three days[Read More…]

 Kashmir: Late Marriages, A Grave Concern 

 Kashmir: Late Marriages, A Grave Concern 

          Marriage (Nikah) is highly recommended and much encouraged in the religion of Islam. Teacher of humankind Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) explicitly stated the importance of marriage in many hadith and even said ‘‘Marriage is my Sunnah; whosoever keeps away from it has nothing to do with us” (Ibn-majah). Marriage is described as the legal contract between[Read More…]

Flood Prevention Hakeem Suyya Way!

Flood Prevention Hakeem Suyya Way!

(In view of the failure of the government to implement various flood prevention measures especially dredging and strengthening of river banks, someone has to become a Hakeem Suyya to save Srinagar!) The popular minister of the famous Kashmiri King Avanti Varman, Hakeem Suyya, is still remembered everywhere as a Messiah who saved Kashmir from the ravages of flooded Jhelum and[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Our Colleges And Human Resource Development

Kashmir: Our Colleges And Human Resource Development

Before my transfer to an Engineering College recently, I taught at Govt. Degree College Bandipora, situated on the top of a hillock, an idyllic place surrounded by a majestic bulwark of mountains on almost three sides and overlooking the bucolic expanses of famous Wullar Lake on one side; undoubtedly a wondrous place with amazing ambience for the transaction of education.[Read More…]

Article 35-A: Remnant of State-autonomy Rankling in the Heart of ultra-Hindu Nationalists

Article 35-A: Remnant of State-autonomy Rankling in the Heart of ultra-Hindu Nationalists

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…]

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Srinagar, The “SMART” Prison!

Srinagar, The “SMART” Prison!

Instead of making Srinagar, the city of the Sun into a “Smart” city, it has been turned into a virtual prison! Sometime back there was talk of declaring some cities all over the country as “Smart” cities for proper development on modern lines. Srinagar was also included in the list of these cities. Incidentally, Srinagar, the City of the Sunis[Read More…]

The Ominous Shadows

The Ominous Shadows

It presages something cataclysmic is in the offing that has the potential of tearing apart the social and political fabric of the state beyond repair. It should send alarm bells ringing across the divide. Moreover, it calls for serious attention, far beyond a tweet or a post on the social media or a statement in the newspaper. In fact, the[Read More…]

Remembering Hiagam Massacre!

Remembering Hiagam Massacre!

 “We know about every massacre that has taken place close to the present, but the ones in the distant past are like trees falling in the forest with no one to hear them.”Steven Pinker. Hiagam a small hamlet, barely 20 kilometres from the District Headquarters Baramulla,  is world famous for the wetland Rakh-i-Hiagam . This village still struggles  with the[Read More…]

Why We Are Suspicious!

Why We Are Suspicious!

                  Once the synonym of paradise, Kashmir is no longer so. Now often described as the valley of grief and mourning, the Kashmir hardly witnesses a single day of respite from bloodshed. Grief-struck population especially youth yearn to have peaceful survival. To escape the situation and environment, where irrespective of their age, social status, and occupation etc their life is[Read More…]

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Kashmir’s Youth In Haryana: Worrisome Developments That Need Sensitive Handling

Kashmir’s Youth In Haryana: Worrisome Developments That Need Sensitive Handling

Within the span of not more than ten days there have been two incidents of Kashmiris being beaten up in Haryana. The first news came from Mahendergarh around the last weekend, and the second just a couple of days back from Mullana in Ambala district. In 2016 there were similar reports of Kashmiri youth being beaten up in a private[Read More…]

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Mother Tongue First: Kashmir And Kashmiri Language

Mother Tongue First: Kashmir And Kashmiri Language

Co-Written By: Zeeshan Rasool Khan& Eram Hameed Khan Wilhelm von Humboldt aptly said: “Absolutely nothing is as important for nation’s culture as its language”. Culture and language have the deep-rooted relationship with language constituting an indispensable element of culture. The latter is key component involved in nation building and can be termed as oil that keeps nation and society functional.[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Winds From The Other Side Of LoC

Kashmir: Winds From The Other Side Of LoC

Kashmir stirs emotion, debate, politics, sense of rights, legal and geopolitical questions, terrible memories and sad stories, sense of urgency, demands, activism, pains, poems and songs, allurement, greed, mobility, hatred, plans, killings, conspiracies, skirmishes and war. A major part of political psyche in and around the region has been anchored in Kashmir. Most of the mainstream media reports focus on[Read More…]

Kashmir To Dehradun!!!

Kashmir To Dehradun!!!

Dehradun is one of the safest cities in India. It is considered as an educational hub, with students from every nook and corner of India – especially from Kashmir valley – coming here for schooling as well as for higher education. Making life easy especially for those who have come travelling from distances away from home with academic objectives, crimes[Read More…]

Open Letter To The Education Minister Kashmir: Why Study Disaster Management?

Open Letter To The Education Minister Kashmir: Why Study Disaster Management?

Dear Minister, The number of disasters over the world is increasing year by year. These disasters include both natural calamities as well as human-made conflicts that take millions of lives every year and cause huge damage to property and livelihood. The deaths occur predominantlyin the poor countries. Jammu and Kashmir state, due to its geographical locations and formations is a[Read More…]

The Ever Illusive Jhelum Dredging!

The Ever Illusive Jhelum Dredging!

(The most important flood prevention measure of dredging the river Jhelum and the Spill over Channel seems illusive as ever as one does not see any physical progress on the ground!) After the disastrous flood of 2014, the most important task of the government was to initiate immediate flood prevention measures. The top most measure was the dredging of the[Read More…]

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Kashmir: UN Security Council Must Abide By Its Commitment

Kashmir: UN Security Council Must Abide By Its Commitment

The aftermath of partition of India had varied consequences; some were short term while others were long term. The unresolved long term consequence was and is the Kashmir dispute. Jammu and Kashmir was India’s largest princely state in 1947, with both an area of 84,471 sq. miles and international boundaries with China and Afghanistan. In 1945–46, the J&K regime collected[Read More…]

Enforced Disappearance: A Violence Behind Veil

Enforced Disappearance: A Violence Behind Veil

Co-Written by Advocate Syed Mujtaba and Inamul Haq In the global world, the terminology of war on terror has triggered intense debates about the role of security and liberty. The word security is enclosed with either as a governmental or exceptional practice. While is the case of liberty has been shrouded in salience. These two terms are closely looked by[Read More…]

An Honest Memoir On Traveling Through The Kashmir Valley

An Honest Memoir On Traveling Through The Kashmir Valley

I am a wanderer and an explorer, I will travel to any corner of this planet if it intrigues me or catches my fancy. Somewhere in 2017, I decided that I must travel to Kashmir, maybe I was attracted to the place as it was a boiling cauldron of careless politics and tragic lives. It is strange to think about[Read More…]

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Ground Zero In South Kashmir: A Daily Siege

On Saturday, while India was scrambling out of the hangover of celebration of its 69th Republic Day, its Army was creating mayhem in a small village called Ganowpora in South Kashmir’s Shopian district as 3 teenagers were shot dead from point blank range and dozens of others critically injured. It all happened when a small crowd of young men began[Read More…]

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The Physical Social Disconnection!

The Physical Social Disconnection!

(The people seem to be socially disconnected physically from each other due to the events of last couple of decades. This in turn has resulted in many psychological problems!) In 2015, Medicines Sans Frontier conducted a survey in Kashmir about the mental health of the people. “Nearly 1 in 5 adults (19%) in the Kashmir Valley is living with significant[Read More…]

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Frightened Roses!

Frightened Roses!

                                      Ay Chaand Yahan Na Nikla Kar! Yeh  Des Hai Andhe Lougoo Ka! (O! moon. Do not Rise here! Our’s  is a country of Blinds!)          These verses of Habib Jaalib are a fair display of our contemporary world. The[Read More…]

Mothers Of Disappeared Of Kashmir Ask For Justice 

Mothers Of Disappeared Of Kashmir Ask For Justice 

             I was recently talking to a mother , who is still waiting for his son’s return. Although she was not wailing, but her moist eyes was saying it all. The pain and agony was visible on his face. She has seen her son disappear before her eyes. She has tried everything, from going to army camps to police posts[Read More…]

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Kashmir Needs Resolution, Not Management!

Kashmir Needs Resolution, Not Management!

(As always, people from every side are trying to “manage” the problem in Kashmir rather than resolve it once for and all!) The authorities in Delhi and Kashmir are these days announcing a number of measures to somehow engage the “rebellious” youth all over Kashmir. Firstly, harsh measures are being taken to trace and liquidate militants. In fact, the Army[Read More…]

International Human Rights Day And Kashmir

International Human Rights Day And Kashmir

International Human Rights Day is observed on 10th of December every year. It commemorates the day on which, the United Nations General assembly adopted the Universal deceleration of Human Rights. This year’s human day is devoted to the launch of a yearlong campaign for the 50th year anniversary of the two International Covenants on the human rights, known as International[Read More…]

Reviving Kashmir’s Ziraat

Reviving Kashmir’s Ziraat

(Any initiative in reviving and expanding the agricultural base of Kashmir which has been the backbone of our economy is most welcome) A columnist friend Arjimand Hussain Talib has recently launched Ziraat Times both a print publication and an online portal to fully revive and promote the dwindling agricultural economy of the State. The focus of the bi-lingual print publication[Read More…]

Kashmir’s Own Air Service

Kashmir’s Own Air Service

(The operation of a private helicopter service is welcome but it needs full government backing from the State and the Centre to succeed) Recently the announcement about the formation of a private limited company, Kashmir Air Services was made by some local entrepreneurs known as Dar brothers. They have been operating a reputed timber company known as Dar Timber Company.[Read More…]

Abuse And Maltreatment Of Kashmiri Prioners

Abuse And Maltreatment Of Kashmiri Prioners

  The recent incident of  abuse  & inhuman treatment of Kashmiri prisoners inside Tihar Jail in Delhi, once again brings into focus the utter negligence & inertia displayed by UN to enforce its own rules governing treatment of political prisoners of around the world. In 1955,Ten years after its birth, United Nations, set  Standard minimum rules for the treatment of[Read More…]

The Political “Leeches” of Kashmir!

The Political “Leeches” of Kashmir!

(Some politicians have been virtually acting as leeches,stuck to the body of “Kashmir”, sucking every drop of its blood and attaching to it again and again even when thrown away!) “Mainstream” is a very commonly used word in Kashmir these days. It is generally applied to the politicians advocating and supporting Kashmir’s relationship with India. When one talks of streams,[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Buying Arts To Bury Resistance

Kashmir: Buying Arts To Bury Resistance

The resistance in Kashmir has seen many peaks and troughs in the recent years. The persistent arts have become a tool of the powerful to let oppressed in false sense of hope. The introduction of perverted Sufism and Sufi traditions, the unusual hype by the corporate media houses to divert the attention of commoners, unavailability of promotion platforms of admirable[Read More…]

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Between Sehwag’s Fascist Tweets And My Brothers Painful Ordeal

Between Sehwag’s Fascist Tweets And My Brothers Painful Ordeal

Dear Veeru (Virendra Sehwag); yesterday as I came back from my work and was checking pictures of my younger brother, a known cricketer of south Kashmir who is currently behind the bars, I came through a news from  different news portals  that “Sehwag Hails Security Forces for Eliminating over 200 Terrorists This Year, Congratulates Them On A ‘Double Century’.” Let me[Read More…]

CBM’s For The Youth!

CBM’s For The Youth!

(Recalling youth from violence through confidence building measures is good but the question is why did the youth take to violence in the first place?) The Chief Minister has announced amnesty for the first time stone pelters. The cases against these would be reviewed and withdrawn. The initiative is supposed to have been taken on the advice of the new[Read More…]

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Plight of Kashmiri Prisoners

Plight of Kashmiri Prisoners

V.R. Krishna Iyer (J) has rightly observed : “In our world prisons are still laboratories of torture, warehouses in which human commodities are sadistically kept and where spectrums of inmates range from drift-wood juveniles to heroic dissenters. It is established that conviction for a crime does not reduce the person into a non-person, so he is entitled to all the[Read More…]

Kashmir Conflict: Revisiting Nehru’s Legacy

Kashmir Conflict: Revisiting Nehru’s Legacy

  With the end of British paramountcy on 15th August 1947 India’s towering leader, Jawaharlal Nehru, famously declared India’s ‘tryst with destiny’. What followed the aspirational beginning of a new India was light years away from Nehru’s democratic socialism or secularism . Hundreds & thousands of Muslim refugees were killed, if not with the consent of Nehru, but at least[Read More…]

Kashmir On “Auto-Pilot”!

Kashmir On “Auto-Pilot”!

(People allege that the governance is missing in Kashmir but in reality, the State has been put on an “Auto-Pilot” like an aircraft taking a long range flight!) It is usual practice with the flight crew of a long range passenger aircraft goingon long flights usually inter-continental ones, to put the aircraft on “Auto-Pilot”. The “Auto-Pilot” controls all functions of[Read More…]

Flood Channel, Invitation To Disaster!

Flood Channel, Invitation To Disaster!

(The present condition of the flood spill over channel is such that even a small flood can turn into a disaster!) For last three years various engineering departments have been inspecting, debating and discussing flood prevention measures to prevent any disastrous floods in future. The 2014 flood which was the most disastrous to have occurred in a century, has not[Read More…]

An Irony Called Talks

An Irony Called Talks

After another Uprising Indian Government resorted to its last  option ‘dialogue’ to bring back ‘normalcy’ in Kashmir. Since July 8 2016, when famous militant commander Burhan Wani got killed in an alleged encounter by Indian security forces, it has been a tough time for state as well as central government to settle down the nerves. It has  been a norm for Government[Read More…]

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The Confused Discourse Of Braid Chopping

The Confused Discourse Of Braid Chopping

Braid & Chopping! Had it been just a question asked in an English examination, which conceivably could have dropped our percentage by 2 marks, for we would not have been conversant with these words, but alas! In hunt of those two marks we involuntarily drove our approach towards somewhere netherworld. Now those 2 marks aren’t only two marks they carry[Read More…]

End Repression Before Talks!

End Repression Before Talks!

(For any dialogue to succeed the primary requirement is a conducive environment. One cannot ask somebody to talk by holding a gun to his temple!) It is a very welcome initiative from Government of India to hold talks with all stake holders in Kashmir to resolve the basic problem and bring peace to the area. Kashmir problem has been hanging[Read More…]

The Bijbehara Massacre

The Bijbehara Massacre

Twenty four years ago, on 22 October 1993, Bijbehara, my hometown, was struck by a vicious massacre that killed scores of peaceful protestors who were demanding revocation of a military siege of famous shrine, Dargah Hazratbal. According to the state government’s own magisterial enquiry report, “a procession of 2,000 to 3,000 people” that was “entirely peaceful and unarmed” was attacked[Read More…]

Mental Health In The Valley Of Kashmir- A Gloomy Scenario

Mental Health In The Valley Of Kashmir- A Gloomy Scenario

  HEALTH-this term needs no introduction after all our cordial conversations are filled with it which goes like this, “kya haal,sehat cha  theeki” (how are you and how is your health?). But how often do we use the term “mental health”?” “zehni tabyat cha theek” (how is your mental health)perhaps our etiquettes don’t allow it!! But why? Are not our[Read More…]

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Believe Me I Am Not A Braid Chopper

Believe Me I Am Not A Braid Chopper

While coming back from work, I got in to a Sumo. I found a seat beside a nonlocal young boy. He too was travelling back from work, which I came to know later.  While we both were on our way back home, a middle aged lady in a very unusual way asked this nonlocal boy “Why you guys keep chopping[Read More…]

Yasmeen: A Dead Kashmiri Embroiderer!!

Yasmeen: A Dead Kashmiri Embroiderer!!

Her name was Yasmeen which in Persian is the name of a famous flower known for its beauty and fragrance. She indeed was beautiful or maybe still is; her long dark hair as smooth as a heavenly fabric, her eyes beautifully dark and her face as fair as Jasmine which her name alluded to. And she was just a twenty[Read More…]

Kashmir: Who’s Chopping Women’s Braids And Why?

Kashmir: Who’s Chopping Women’s Braids And Why?

Co-Written by Gowhar Naz and Neha Sharma “Braid Chopping”, the name needs no identification; no introduction. The term has spread its terror across whole Jammu and Kashmir.The term more terrifying than any of the deadliest weapon and any other damn thing. But then the mind reverberates and stresses on the “hows” and the “whys” of the incidents.If you say that[Read More…]

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 Article 35 (A) And The Fallacy Surrounding It

 Article 35 (A) And The Fallacy Surrounding It

  The clamour having died down, now is a good time to logically dissect the article, separating rhetoric from reason and focussing on the rights issue that lies at its centre. Co-Written By Sheikh Attar and Palvi Singh Ghonkrokta In 2015, the constitutional validity of Article 35(A) was challenged, with a petition filed in the Supreme Court by the Jammu[Read More…]

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Kashmir: Exposing The Myth Behind The Narrative

Kashmir: Exposing The Myth Behind The Narrative

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic (Jhon Kennedy). A myth is a story that survives till it is debunked & during the period of its currency it is more portent & powerful than history. Myth is what we call other people’s religion and[Read More…]

Promoting Adventure Tourism In Kashmir

Promoting Adventure Tourism In Kashmir

  (With unprecedented decline in leisure Tourism, the ideal alternative is to promote Adventure Tourism for which Kashmir has unlimited potential) Tourism in Kashmir has suffered the most serious set-back during the last two years. The activity during the current season has been virtually negligible compared to some earlier years. The figures were supposed to have touched almost two million[Read More…]

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Commemorating A Despot

Commemorating A Despot

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

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How Pellet Gun Injuries Ruin Education Of Youth In Kashmir

How Pellet Gun Injuries Ruin Education Of Youth In Kashmir

“13 youth including two teenagers died of pellets since July 2016” The use of pellet guns to quell protestors in Indian administered Kashmir by Indian Army over the years has killed 13 youth and left more than 1000 completely or partially sightless. Ninth class student, Shahid, underwent six operations so far in his left eye in less than a year[Read More…]

Protecting Kashmiri Identity

Protecting Kashmiri Identity

(The all-out assault launched by the Hindutva forces in completely wiping out the Kashmiri identity necessitates an equally united front from the entire State to defend and safeguard it) The first question is what is “Kashmiri” identity? Kashmiris constitute a nation which is thousands of years old. In fact, a written record of Kashmiri nation penned down by an illustrious[Read More…]

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“Mouji Triesh!: A Tale Of 4 Kashmiri Martyrs”

“Mouji Triesh!: A Tale Of 4 Kashmiri Martyrs”

It was one of those early autumn days in the Valley, when the early sunshine appears to have a squabble of sorts with a bit of haze, lending a blurry touch to an otherwise cerulean vision. But as the day progresses, the sunshine becomes more palpable, overcoming the temporary snag created by the haze. However, in this small township of[Read More…]

Memorandum From Kashmir Centre For Social and Development Studies (KCSDS)  To Members of the Visiting Congress Delegation

Memorandum From Kashmir Centre For Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) To Members of the Visiting Congress Delegation

  Kashmir center for social & Development studies(KCSDS) submitted a memorandum to congress delegation headed by former Prime Minster, Sh. Manmohan Singh,visiting J&K on 16th-17th September 2017. KCSDS is an Advocacy Centre and the largest civil society formation in the state. It highlights and carries out advocacy on all issues of economic, social, cultural, environmental and political nature It also[Read More…]

The Flyover To Nowhere!

The Flyover To Nowhere!

(The bits and pieces of the incomplete flyover of Srinagar in fact reflect the true state of Kashmir’s development in almost all sectors!) The most appropriate word to describe the state of developmental activities in Kashmir in any field is “adhocism”! Everything is done on the whims and fancies of the rulers always given to flattery from one and all![Read More…]

IAPL Condemns The Harassment Of Kashmiri Lawyers By The NIA 

IAPL Condemns The Harassment Of Kashmiri Lawyers By The NIA 

  Lawyers across Kashmir boycotted court work for four consecutive days from 4th to 7th September 2017 against the summoning of the President of High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA), Advocate Mian Qayoom by NIA (National Investigation Agency). The lawyers at Srinagar court complex as well as the High Court had also staged protests under the banner of JKHCBA. They were[Read More…]

Kashmir: Who Is A Terrorist?

Kashmir: Who Is A Terrorist?

Kashmir continues to withstand turmoil & turbulence and rein of terror from it’s counter establishment. Enough blood had been spilled in the name of freeing Kashmir from contractors of bloodshed from India, but nothing substantial has happened so far in releasing this state from the scotches of galloping ghost. The bloodshed in Kashmir continues unabated without any regional or international[Read More…]

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Enforced Disappearances

Enforced Disappearances

  The international community commemorates 30th day of August as the  International day  of the Disappeared. Kashmir, which has witnessed thousands of enforced disappearances  is commemorating this  day with a renewed appeal to international community to force India to divulge information about the enforced disappearances. In international human rights law, an enforced disappearance  (or involuntary disappearance) occurs when a person is secretly arrested,[Read More…]

SRINAGAR, FEB 27 (UNI) Troops on a security vehicle entering the 13 Rashitriya Rifles camp in the central Kashmir district of Ganderbal where a soldier shot dead his five colleagues and injured another before committing suicide on Thursday. UNI PHOTO -114U

A Rejoinder To Ata Hasnain

  Former GOC of India’s Srinagar based 15 Corps, Ata Hasnain has written an article in praise of  Rashtriya Rifles (RR) which  appeared first  in South Asia Defence & Strategic Review, and was later reproduced  by Swarajya Magzine The article  is available at https://swarajyamag.com/defence/rashtriya-rifles-the-story-of-independent-indias-finest-military-experiment . Sh. Hasnain, now associated with Vivekanand International Foundation and the Institute of Peace and Conflict[Read More…]

Kashmir: Routine Existence Under Crackdowns

Kashmir: Routine Existence Under Crackdowns

Co-Authored by:- Ayaz Nabi Malik/ Muhammad Asif Shah The normal life in Kashmir has always remained an unfulfilled desire as it continues to be threatened by the two Asian nuclear giants- India and Pakistan- who claim it as their territory. With the result, concepts like peace and normalcy became far-fetched notions here as our routine existence continues to be haunted[Read More…]

“Azadi” To “Special Status”

“Azadi” To “Special Status”

(There seems to be a deliberate hype for retaining the so called “Special Status” in order to dilute the universal demand for total freedom called “Azadi”!) Some people have opined that the Central Government has deliberately shifted the focus of Kashmir agitation from “Azadi” to “Special Status”. Almost all so called mainstream political parties are totally worked up by the[Read More…]

Article 35 A: Some Myths And Misconceptions

Article 35 A: Some Myths And Misconceptions

  In the cacophony of high decibel debate , Indian media presents article 35A as something which bestows various rights, privileges & favors on people of Kashmir. There can be nothing further from truth when it is repeatedly said & fed to Indian public that article 35A of Indian constitution grants property & employment right to people of Kashmir to[Read More…]

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India Celebrates Democracy, Kashmir Cries Hypocrisy

India wants to reap the benefits of Islamophobia from which the world is suffering…. the Indian government has to reconcile its own people to body bags coming from Kashmir…. If the Indian people were told the truth that Kashmiris don’t want to be with India, and the struggle here is sustained by them primarily…. the public opinion in India too[Read More…]

Attack On Article 370 Is Intolerable For Kashmiris

Attack On Article 370 Is Intolerable For Kashmiris

The unremitting maltreatment of Kashmiris, the constant refusal to acknowledge Kashmir as an issue and not to talk of holding any dialogue, the blind use of unbridled state power in crushing the will of dissenting Kashmiris and now, the full swing preparations to abolish Article 370 in wake of the so-called debate on Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution, has[Read More…]

Scrapping Of Article 35A – Part Of An Agenda

Scrapping Of Article 35A – Part Of An Agenda

  Not much was known about Article 35A  of Indian constitution , till Civil Society of Kashmir smelt a rat in the intentions of  New-Delhi, ruled by  right wing ahistorical Hindutva forces, to scrap it and  initiated a debate on it some three years ago.  Since then much has been said about the article but very little done to save[Read More…]

Surging Militancy In Kashmir

Surging Militancy In Kashmir

Kashmir is on the brink once again. The recent surges in military operations and encounters in Kashmir underline the urgency in the official circles to curb militancy and take control of the situation in Kashmir. The visibly tough stand in the approach of the government is in sync with the on ground activities which have placed talks on the backseat, advocating a military course of action instead.

Kashmir’s Job Market

Kashmir’s Job Market

(The outside workers in Kashmir both skilled and non-skilled result in an outflow of over Rupees 40 crores everyday which could be easily earned by the locals if they were motivated and trained in various jobs!) Kashmir is facing a typical dichotomy in relation to employment of the local youth. According to reports almost a million youth are without any[Read More…]

Al-Qaeda, A CIA by-product, Is Antithetical to Kashmiri Struggle

Al-Qaeda, A CIA by-product, Is Antithetical to Kashmiri Struggle

Regarding the newly found Al-Qaeda and Daesh fantasy of some “charged up” Kashmiris, it is important for Kashmiris to know that aligning with groups like these is to essentially do what their oppressors have been wanting them to do rather failingly–to deny and malign the primacy of their historical struggle and sacrifices which date back to several centuries. These groups[Read More…]

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Machil Fake Encounter: Hopes Belied

Machil Fake Encounter: Hopes Belied

News reports of 27.07.2017 state that an Armed Forces Tribunal has suspended the life sentences awarded by a General Court Martial in 2014 and which were confirmed in 2015, to five army personnel for the killings of three Kashmiri civilians in April 2010, at Machil. The reason for suspension rests on presentation of ‘facts’ which have allegedly broken the chain[Read More…]

Kashmir’s Neglected Elders!

Kashmir’s Neglected Elders!

Traditionally Elders in Kashmir used to be given all the love and care but the “Modernisation” has left some of them isolated and lonely! The ancient civilisations were always rooted in extended families. People used to live together where the elders were not only respected and cared for but were the guides and the inspiration for the new generations. Kashmir[Read More…]

Rest In Peace: Shabir Salaria

Rest In Peace: Shabir Salaria

  The morning newspaper of 21st July brought a sad news. Shabir Salaria, Former advocate General of the State & M.P had passed away, the previous day at the age of 83. Ina lillahi wa ina illahi rajaoon. Many persons have since expressed their grief and condolences to the bereaved family. Among them are leaders & stalwarts of National conference[Read More…]

Kargil Helicopter Service

Kargil Helicopter Service

Helicopter service to Kargil has been overdue but the real requirement is a regular civilian air connection to the area pending for decades which could put it on the World Tourism Map! It was a pleasant surprise to see a video of the dramatic Nun-Kun peaks in the Suru Valleyof Kargil on the Facebook taken from a helicopter of Pawan[Read More…]

Three Years of Modi Rule And Kashmir

Three Years of Modi Rule And Kashmir

As Narendra Modi led BJP government completed its three years in the office, among many of its shenanigans, what mostly comes to fore, is its handling or rather gross mishandling of the sensitive political issue of Jammu and Kashmir and by consequence, an appalling treatment of Kashmiris. The Sangh Parivar has permeated the issue of Jammu and Kashmir with its[Read More…]

GST Presidential Order – A Sham

GST Presidential Order – A Sham

  Goods & services tax Act has finally been applied on the State of Jammu & Kahmir . After receiving concurrence from the State Govt., the president of India  has issued an order under section 370(1)   – The constitutional(Application to J&K) Amendment  order 2017—which paves way for application of GST to State The application of GST Act was preceded by[Read More…]

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The Year of Dead Eyes And Death

The Year of Dead Eyes And Death

The Reminiscent of the Beloved Witness-Aga Shahid Ali They ask me to tell them what Shahid means- Listen: It means ‘The Beloved’ in Persian, ‘witness’ in Arabic. (Aga Shahid Ali) From the ancient times, Kashmir has remained a hot seat of learning and scholasticism. The land has produced a great number of writers and intellectuals who wrote about the congeniality[Read More…]

“Permanent Solution” For Kashmir Problem!

“Permanent Solution” For Kashmir Problem!

The Union Home Minister has declared that there will soon be a “Permanent Solution” for the Kashmir problem. The declaration appears more scary than comforting! Kashmir problem has been hanging fire since the partition of the sub-continent. In fact, the creation of the two countries itself created the problem! Kashmir as an independent sovereign country has a history of more[Read More…]

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GST Row: A Critical Analysis Of Baig Formula

GST Row: A Critical Analysis Of Baig Formula

  GST row is refusing to die down. The civil society and every other segment of society has refused to accept it in the present form. Their concern is genuine. The law, if applied in its present form will be a lethal  assault, ever mounted  on the fiscal and political autonomy of our state. To find a way out, the[Read More…]

GST: How Do We Go From Here?

GST: How Do We Go From Here?

By all indications, Mehbooba Govt. appears all set for lending its approval to adoption of 101st Indian constitutional amendment paving way for application of Goods & Services Tax Act (GST) to the whole state. The bycott by NC Govt. to the 2nd round of All party meeting is all a soap opera drama . With this application, the last post[Read More…]

Anarchy And impotence!

Anarchy And impotence!

(The two words which describe the present Kashmir situation appropriately!) The Cambridge dictionary defines “Anarchy” as “a situation in which there is no organisation and control, especially in society, because there is no effective government”. The word “impotence” is defined as, “lack of power to change or improve a situation”. In almost every front whether civil society, or the government[Read More…]

Islamophobia: Does It Has To Do Anything With The Rise Of Militancy In Kashmir

Islamophobia: Does It Has To Do Anything With The Rise Of Militancy In Kashmir

  Islamophobia contextually is a global phenomenon, exacerbating an intense dislike or fear of Islam especially as a political force, hostility or prejudice towards Muslims. The term Islamophobia started being used in the early 20th century and emerged as a neologism in the 1970s and reached public policy prominence with the report by the Runnymede Trust‘s Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia (CBMI).[Read More…]

Soudagars And Dalals Of Kashmir

Soudagars And Dalals Of Kashmir

  Soudagar & Dalal are  two urdu words  which  generally find a mention in the lexicon  of  trade & commerce. The former means a merchant or simply  a  person who trades in goods or merchandise while the later refers to a person who acts as a go-between between a seller & purchaser . When you read this article fully, you[Read More…]

Cool Kashmir, Boiling Sub-continent!

Cool Kashmir, Boiling Sub-continent!

Presently the Physical Climate in Kashmir and the rest of the sub-continent is quite unpredictable and could turn scary! There has been a significant change in the physical climate both in the entire sub-continent and the Valley of Kashmir. Apparently it is part of the global climate change. In the middle of June it has snowed on Baderwah Mountains and[Read More…]

The Oversimplification Of The Kashmir Conundrum

The Oversimplification Of The Kashmir Conundrum

In a recent article in The Wire, Partha Chaterjee had referred to the use of human shield in Kashmir, and its justification by the military and political establishment as Kashmir’s General Dyer moment. Vivek Katju has launched a spirited counter-attack to this claim of Partha Chaterjee. Katju states that, “It is one matter for an army to handle the breakdown[Read More…]

Was Kashmir Plebiscite Forestalled By Pakistan’s Failure To Withdraw Troops?

Was Kashmir Plebiscite Forestalled By Pakistan’s Failure To Withdraw Troops?

Almost all Indians, when reminded of the promise of a plebiscite made to people of J&K to ascertain their wishes, blame Pakistan for forestalling holding of one, primarily due to her failure to withdraw forces from the portion occupied by her as prescribed under relevant UN resolution. Many of my fellow countrymen nurse the same opinion. It is, therefore in[Read More…]

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Kashmir, A Separate Country!

Kashmir, A Separate Country!

(UN showing Kashmir as a separate country confirms the historical fact known right from the ancient times!) There was recently a news item about the UN showing Kashmir as a separate country in some of its documents. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) have depicted Jammu & Kashmir as a “separate country”. In the “Advanced search[Read More…]

Kashmir: Not War Against Its Own People But Dialogue Is Need Of The Hour

Kashmir: Not War Against Its Own People But Dialogue Is Need Of The Hour

“Not war against our own citizens, but dialogue with all stakeholders in Kashmir, including emerging youth leadership, is the only way to resolve the Kashmir issue.” – This was a common view expressed by all the speakers at a lecture programme on ‘Kashmiriyonka Najariya :Vastavaur Mithak’ (Kashmiri Peoples’ Perspective : Myth & Reality’) held on 3rd June 2017 at Shramik Patrakar Bhavan, Pune.

Service Brat, Identity And Nationalism

Service Brat, Identity And Nationalism

Many recent posts of mine on Facebook – especially those dealing with the vexing issue of our respected Indian Army using a Kashmiri, and by all accounts a genuine citizen out to exercise his franchise, have been met with strange and often strong reactions – virtually telling me that as a daughter and wife of two former Navy Chiefs I[Read More…]

Vietnam War Memories Revived!

Vietnam War Memories Revived!

(The photograph of human shield and the subsequent award to the perpetrator of human rights violation have put the Army as well as the country in a very poor light!) A photograph of Farooq Ahmad Dar, a weaver from a village in Badgam Kashmir, tied to the front of an Army jeep and paraded through 30 odd villages during the[Read More…]

Mani Shankar Aiyar On Wrong Foot

Mani Shankar Aiyar On Wrong Foot

  This write-up is in response to the interview of veteran congressman, Mani Shankar Aiyar, published in daily  Rising Kashmir of 24th May 2017. Let me say at the outset that I hold Aiyar in highest esteem for his unwavering commitment to secularism. Sticking to  secular views against heavy odds  and  even after his party and its mandarins adopted ‘soft[Read More…]

Kashmir: Idea, Not leaders!

Kashmir: Idea, Not leaders!

(Kashmir’s new revolution is following an idea and not any particular leaders!) Recently, there was a sting operation conducted by a TV network regarding money being received by some of the leaders of the present movement for “Azadi”. In fact, the discovery was proclaimed all over the country like the discovery of the principle of floatation by Archimedes who ran[Read More…]

Tale of Tahir , Who Dreamed To Become A Journalist ,Is Now Behind The Bars

Tale of Tahir , Who Dreamed To Become A Journalist ,Is Now Behind The Bars

Tahir Ahmad Mir, a student of Journalism of Kashmir university is a criminal in the opinion of the police because of his alleged involvement of pro-freedom activities and is behind the bars for the   last long six months. Tahir was arrested in November allegedly for having involvement in pro-freedom activities during the peak of 2016 uprising. A resident of Kashmir’s[Read More…]

Kashmir, A Way Forward

Kashmir, A Way Forward

Kashmir is said to be paradise on earth. However when India started implementing its policy of ” Kashmir baharat ka atoot ang hai  ( Kashmir is a integral part of India ) ”  , Kashmir once the valley of red apples became the valley of blood. Successive Indian governments couldn’t resolve the problem and  Kashmiris kept the pot boiling. There[Read More…]

UN Urges India To Lift Social Media Ban In Kashmir

UN Urges India To Lift Social Media Ban In Kashmir

Raising alarm over the impact of internet and social media restrictions imposed by authorities in Kashmir, United Nations human rights experts have called on the Government of India to protect the right to freedom of expression and to pursue an open and democratic dialogue to address the region’s social and political conflicts. The UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion[Read More…]

The New “Iron Curtain”!

The New “Iron Curtain”!

(The Digital India has failed to control the Social Life in Kashmir in spite of the strongest curbs ever put on all the social networking sites sand TV channels!) In the erstwhile Soviet Union there was such a blackout of communications with the outside world that the measure got the name of the “Iron Curtain”. It was virtually an Iron[Read More…]

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Of Frequent Net Ban: A Repressive And A Vindictive New Norm       

Of Frequent Net Ban: A Repressive And A Vindictive New Norm       

The best possible option with the clueless state government would be to call a spade a spade and stop this provocative Net banning ritual. Instead the Centre should start the institution of “unconditional dialogue” with all concerned stakeholders to put out this long-burning fire. There is no point in trying to divert the