Interviews

‘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 […]

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‘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 […]

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‘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 […]

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‘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 […]

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‘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 […]

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