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Destroying history, the Kashmir University way

Destroying history, the Kashmir University way

By Aasif Sultan The most effective way to destroy people,” says George Orwell, “is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” When the authorities decided to cage the Valley after Mohammad Afzal Guru was hanged in Tihar jail on 9 February 2013, the Kashmir University authorities, it appears, had decided to obliterate […]

The other picture of first fidayeen attack in Srinagar

The other picture of first fidayeen attack in Srinagar

Fayaz Ahmad Latha, a video journalist, saw death up close when he was caught in the crossfire between the army and militants in Badami Bagh cantonment in 1999 in the first fidayeen attack in Srinagar. Seventeen years down the line, he narrates his story Journalism is always a tough job. It becomes tougher in a […]

‘Art is either perfect or it is nothing’

‘Art is either perfect or it is  nothing’

A powerful artistic expression isn’t what you would normally associate with someone who comes across as a recluse. But at 18, Momin Fayaz is already an art prodigy. Looking at his prolific sketches and pencil portraits, I reckon Momin must have been through years of training at some art school. Like his drawings, he surprises me […]

My name is Raju Nepali and I am a stone-pelter

My name is Raju Nepali and I am a stone-pelter

The story of a Nepali boy in Kashmir who sides with the oppressed to fight the oppressor with the weapon of David: the hurled stone It is 6pm. Time for soldiers to retreat after a tough day. From the narrow lanes, rebel youth keep a close watch. They whistle to each other — a secret […]