Medals and memories

Medals and memories

Wamiq Farooq was just 13 when he was killed on 31 January 2010 at Rainawari. Wamiq’s room is adorned with the medals and other awards he had won after competing in different school debates and sports events. “Wamiq was a superb cricketer. Cricket was his life,” says his father Farooq Ahmad. Wamiq was laid to […]

Has the academia failed Kashmir?

Has the academia failed Kashmir?

Prof Ashraf Wani Dean Academics, University of Kashmir Frankly the academia has not played its role. We are in a problem since 1947. Academicians in Kashmir have not come up with any solution to this problem. They have remained silent and turned a blind eye to the happenings, to the loss of lives here. The […]

Manufacturing a visionary

Manufacturing a visionary

Acting snobbish after having watched a lot of western art movies, I once superciliously dismissed Bollywood as trash. A very wise friend, a maven of many disciplines, cinema among them, corrected me saying that Bollywood movies were an altogether different genre that should not be judged by the analyses one would apply while appreciating the […]

‘He wanted to preserve the Muslim identity of Kashmir’

‘He wanted to preserve the Muslim identity of Kashmir’

I see Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as a very mature and seasoned politician. He conducted politics with ethics and on his own terms. He belonged to that class of politicians for whom politics was a passion rather than a profession. In his individual life as well as political life, honesty was the buzzword. Even after being […]

Witness Box

Witness Box

  I somehow felt foolish and embarrassed in trying to explain the realpolitik of the situation to a man who had unflinching faith in his cause and wanted Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan. Khursheed Kasuri, ex-Pakistan Foreign Minister about his vain attempt to rope in Syed Ali Geelani to agree to the Musharraf formula, in an […]

Beyond commonplace

Kashmir Narrator welcomes you on board. We are taking a small step. Towards you. Towards some serious journalism. We are not promising any path breaking journalism though. Nor is this magazine a terms-and-conditions publication set by those who draw illicit power from Kashmir’s multiple political and security faultlines, some of which stretch across the border. […]