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Legion of the Lashkar: Problems of pressing the ‘delete’ button

Legion of the Lashkar:  Problems of pressing the ‘delete’ button

Lately Hafiz Saeed and his many outfits — militant and social welfare — have been in the news. The Pakistan government made several moves against Saeed and his men which were widely reported. These moves generated a fair bit of commentary and analyses both in Indian and Pakistani media. Some analysts thought it was deja […]

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Just a ‘calendar boy’ or the last man standing?

Just a ‘calendar boy’ or the last man standing?

Is Syed Ali Geelani an overrated leader who has failed the nation? Or, is he the one who kept the resistance alive despite crippling curbs by the State? Will the resistance sink with his departure? Or, will his legacy spur the azadi movement in the times to come?  Difficult questions these with no easy answers […]

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‘We are not safe with India. Our existence is at stake. So we have to get rid of this occupation’

Getting an interview with pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Geelani has been made next to impossible. Geelani has been under house arrest for several years. He is barred even from offering prayers outside his home. The only time he is allowed out is when he usually goes to Delhi in winter months because of health reasons. […]

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Looking beyond the frame

Looking beyond the frame

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TORTURE IN HEAVEN: How torture destroyed a family and wrecked the darling son of a mother

TORTURE IN HEAVEN: How torture destroyed a family and wrecked the darling son of a mother

The army took me away and put me in a dungeon, amid darkness. Soon Captain Bhim Singh entered and asked me to remove my clothes. Then they tied me and hung me upside down from the ceiling and asked me whether I was a militant or not. I had nothing to tell Just before the […]

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THE MARCH OF THE MARTYRS: CAUSE FOR MOURNING OR CELEBRATION?

THE MARCH OF THE MARTYRS: CAUSE FOR MOURNING OR CELEBRATION?

With each killing at the hands of the Indian state, the people of Kashmir are becoming more resilient and these killings – civilian or otherwise – give them a reason to celebrate martyrdom of their loved ones. In reality, it is the Indian state that needs to be worried because it takes away from Kashmiris […]

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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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CHOKE A KASHMIRI FAMILY: A DEMOCRACY’S LONG PROJECT

After some 40 days in jail, this man is having his moment with a family reunion that seemed ever so elusive. As he slouches in a sofa, his son and daughter stand behind him clutching his shoulders as if to say, “No, Abbu we won’t let them take you away again.” But Syed Abdul Rehman […]

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CITIZEN GEELANI: Bullets as souvenir

CITIZEN GEELANI: Bullets as souvenir

Imagine this. A nine-year-old girl along with her five-year-old brother are thrown into jail and held captive there. Then one day the door of the dingy room, where they are held, is left open. In the facing room their father, who is also under arrest, is walked in. His body is bruised out of torture. […]

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‘The leadership is in electoral politics mode, not revolutionary’

‘The leadership is in electoral politics mode, not revolutionary’

In a detailed interview SAR Geelani spoke to Imran Muzaffar at his residence in New Delhi on Kashmir, his political beliefs, why the state wants to ‘eliminate’ him, his time in jail and a host of other issues   The Indian state is against me. It has always been against me. It is not just […]

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