Foiling separatists meet blunder of Govt: Hakim

Srinagar: Commenting over the prevailing unrest in Valley, Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) President and MLA Khansahib Hakim Mohammad Yasin Thursday said that it seems government was not interested in restoring peace in Kashmir. In a statement issued here Thursday Hakim Yasin said, “If separatist leaders were released from jails why were they bared to meet […]

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Misogynists. Patriarchal. Sure, call us names

In a long monologue recently delivered by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in the assembly, there were a few words of significant import. Usually Mehbooba’s belaboured statements have little substance but a lot more self-serving rhetoric, self-defence inanities and perpetual references to her late father’s imagined ‘vision’. This statement, made in the context of the alleged […]

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Kashmir’s Mountain Girl: Eyeing the Everest

Kashmir’s Mountain Girl: Eyeing the Everest

Mudabbir Ahmad This girl is as wonderfully surprising as her dreams. And immensely inspiring too. How difficult is it to opt for mountaineering expeditions for a Kashmiri girl? I ask Fouzia and she is already ready with an answer. “It is difficult to find acceptance in our society for what I want to do. But […]

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‘The sight of Abbu through a cage like structure was heavenly’

‘The sight of Abbu through a cage like structure was heavenly’

SAR Geelani’s daughter Nusrat Geelani recalls her ordeal in and out of jail It was the holy month of Ramazan, 13 December 2001 — a day that seemed ordinary, but turned out to be the one that would change our lives forever. We had some relatives visiting us who were to leave for Kashmir next […]

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Institution of Mirwaiz in Kashmir: Does it serve any good?

Point           The word Mirwaiz is a contraction of two words mir meaning chief and waiz meaning preacher. In Islamic tradition there is no such institution in the strict sense. However, when Hazrat Amir Kabir Mir Syed Ali Hamadani came to Kashmir as supreme daiyee (propounder of the Islamic faith), he […]

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Poems of Abdul Ahad Azad: Discursive Praxis of Culture and Resistance

Poems of Abdul Ahad Azad: Discursive Praxis of Culture and Resistance

Swapna Banerjee-Guha Dynamics of people’s interaction with their regions has always been a complex phenomenon. Arranged in several layers and operated through subtle modalities of diverse functional nuances, its historicity is embedded in socio-economic practices and livelihood options. But quite importantly, it is also rooted in the cultural practices of people that happen to construct […]

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‘It will be a disaster if we go on losing land like this’

Zahoor Ahmad Dar is the first Kashmiri Muslim to crack the IIM exam. He is currently Associate Professor in Dry Land Agriculture Research Station, Sheri-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST). He spoke to Aasif Sultan on his profession, agriculture in Kashmir and other issues You made it to the prestigious Indian Institute of […]

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Do Kashmiris have a penchant for rapacious rulers?

Ajaz Baba Little is known of George Forster’s life. He is said to have been born around 1750 though his exact date of birth is nowhere on record. From his book ‘A Journey from Bengal to England through the northern part of India, Kashmire, Afghanistan, and Persia, and into Russia by the Caspian Sea’ published […]

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