Interviews

My party will soon put forward ground-breaking proposals for Kashmir resolution: Imran Khan

My party will soon put forward ground-breaking proposals for Kashmir resolution: Imran Khan

Imran Khan, the cricketer-turned-politician, is these days campaigning for upcoming general elections in Pakistan. Leader of Pakistan’s second-largest party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, the Oxford-educated Khan who captained Pakistan to victory in the 1992 Cricket World Cup, took time off his busy schedule and gave an exclusive interview to senior Pakistani journalist Shafiq Ahmad for Kashmir Narrator. […]

Discussion: Which school board suits Kashmir the best: BOSE or CBSE?

Discussion: Which school board suits Kashmir the best: BOSE or CBSE?

Of late, many educational institutions in Kashmir are switching over from the J&K Board of School Education (BOSE) to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in search of quality education. Though some believe that the switchover is to “saffronise education in Kashmir” and to mint quick bucks, there are many who argue that BOSE has […]

The epidemic of Polycystic Ovarian Disorder in Kashmir

The epidemic of Polycystic Ovarian Disorder in Kashmir

An increasing number of women in Kashmir, many of them in their late teens or early twenties, are reporting ovarian cysts. The condition is medically called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS. Apart from negative changes in lifestyle, experts say Kashmiri women are genetically-predisposed towards PCOS. The good news is that timely detection and following a long-term […]

‘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 […]

‘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 […]

‘Kashmir struggle is based on two-nation theory, not UN resolutions’

‘Kashmir struggle is based on two-nation theory, not UN resolutions’

Dr Mohammad Qasim Faktoo is Kashmir’s longest serving prisoner. Born in downtown Srinagar in 1967, he has spent around 23 years in jail. It was jail, where he did his post-graduation and then doctorate in Islamic studies. He believes that the solution to Kashmir dispute does not lie in granting independence to the disputed state […]

‘Writing is an act of politics but literature is a metaphor to that politics’

‘Writing is an act of politics but literature is a metaphor to that politics’

Shot to fame with his maiden novel The Half Mother, Shahnaz Bashir, Kashmiri writer and academician, has authored yet another book: Scattered Souls. The book is a collection of short stories and is published by Fourth Estate HarperCollins Publishers. In an email interview, Kashmir Narrator correspondent Nayeem Rather asks the author about his new book in particular and writing in general.  Nayeem […]