Has civil society failed to tackle issues faced by the society?

Point Kashmir is actually suffering from a systemic failure. The civil society (whatever that means in our unique setting) is partly responsible for this failure. We have an administrative system with a plethora of departments. Each department has a mandate. For example, we have Social Welfare Department, Drug and Food Control department, Police department and […]

‘I cried bitterly when I saw people dying in front of my eyes’

‘I cried bitterly when I saw people dying in front of my eyes’

With over 15,000 civilians injured in violence by State forces since July 2016, hospitals across Kashmir have had to cope with unprecedented medical emergencies. The injured include over 1,000 youth whose eyes have been damaged in shrapnel showers red from pellet guns usually used for hunting birds. Some of these victims will never be able […]

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 […]

How combined forces of mental trauma and unparalleled resilience shape present Kashmiri society

How combined forces of mental trauma and unparalleled resilience shape present Kashmiri society

Internationally recognised Kashmir-based expert on disaster mental health and behavioural scientist Prof Mushtaq A. Margoob is both worried and hopeful at the same time. The 2016 uprising and its subsequent brutal crushing by the State has not only opened old wounds, but has also taken a fresh toll on the collective mental health of the Valley. This […]

Should on-campus student politics be allowed?

Point Dr Naseer Iqbal Chief Proctor, Kashmir University There is no room for student politics in our university. We don’t want them to waste their time in politics at an immature stage of their life. Their prime concern should be to excel in academics. We have already lost 27 years in conflict; we don’t want […]

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 […]

‘Jammu is an unnecessary liability on Kashmir’

‘Jammu is an unnecessary liability on Kashmir’

Bashir G Ahmed is a Kashmiri living in the United States for the past 48 years. After doing MS in Engineering, he did his MBA in 1971 from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Later he was a management consultant for the United States Air Force at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. […]

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: In the eyes of analysts

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: In the eyes of analysts

Nasir Mirza Journalism teacher There are many grey shades in this respect. Mufti’s image was severely dented when he joined hands with BJP. It was like the North Pole joining the South Pole. Power is not the final objective of great leaders. His long cherished dream to be the Chief Minister was not only short […]