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‘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 […]

Shia-Sunni tensions in Kashmir: Real or manufactured?

Shia-Sunni tensions in Kashmir: Real or manufactured?

The recent execution of Shia cleric and scholar Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr along with 47 others in Saudi Arabia triggered protests among Kashmiri Shias across the Valley. The protests prompted police action and curfew restrictions for several days in the Shia-dominated areas of Srinagar city. Some people saw Nimr’s execution by the Saudi authorities through […]

The gunman ‘SCIENTIST’

The gunman ‘SCIENTIST’

The sight of Indian soldiers and Kashmiri rebels clutching AK-47 rifles would fascinate him. He would rush home, grab a toy gun and fiddle with it. “It was then when I thought of making a gun,” says Zubair Ahmad Kumar. Zubair was just nine then. Six years later in 2014, he claims, he actually made […]