From rhetoric to ‘tutorial’ videos, militants upload everything

From rhetoric to ‘tutorial’ videos, militants upload everything

Srinagar: Going beyond rhetoric, militants have started posting ‘tutorial’ videos on social media in Kashmir, offering weapon using tips. Though the government has banned popular social media sites in the Valley, militants manage to show their virtual presence. The ban has completely backfired on the government, as seething anger is visible both on streets as […]

‘Language is the collective property of a nation. It doesn’t survive by poetry or literature alone’

Prof Shad Ramzan teaches cultural history of Kashmir, Sufi poetry and folk literature at Kashmiri Department, Kashmir University. In a detailed conversation with Aasif Sultan, Prof Shad talks of the issues facing Kashmiri language and tells us why he is optimistic about its survival Q Everybody talks about promoting our mother tongue, but the ground situation […]

‘Banning a newspaper unmasks the fakery of being a democracy’

‘Banning a newspaper unmasks the fakery of being a democracy’

Soon after the July 2016 uprising, the State found a soft target: the media. The Internet and mobile connectivity was snapped for several months. Printing presses of some leading dailies were sealed and these papers couldn’t be published for several days.  Later, English language newspaper Kashmir Reader was banned by a written government order. All […]

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 […]