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Tale of a fictitious pir and a reverent donkey

Tale of a fictitious pir and a reverent donkey

The ‘shrine’ at Choon was constructed by the army under the Operation Sadhbhavna launched in 1998,— as a part of its WHAM (winning hearts and minds) doctrine across Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Defence Ministry has given the army around Rs 300 crore under this Operation for various ‘developmental’ activities across Kashmir.     Nayeem […]

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 […]

Where are the ghosts IB is seeing at KU?

Where are the ghosts IB is seeing at KU?

With surveillance and micro-profiling of Kashmiris reaching new levels, India’s top spy agency Intelligence Bureau (IB) seems to be mounting pressure on Kashmir University (KU) to crack down on its faculty which the agency accuses of pushing students towards militancy. A recent report by the IB accused KU faculty of being behind  rising cases of […]