People’s History

A father torn between A DREAM and a real-life NIGHTMARE

A father torn between A DREAM and a real-life NIGHTMARE

Seventeen-year-old Tufail Ashraf Mattoo was killed by police on 11 June 2010 in what his father Mohammad Ashraf Mattoo calls a cold-blooded murder. That year another 120 youths were done to death in ring by state personnel. Ashraf Mattoo remembers his son on his death anniversary and why he can’t forgive the killer. He spoke […]

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ZOONA BEGUM: The woman who risked it all for the tehreek

ZOONA BEGUM: The woman who risked it all for the tehreek

Today at Zoona’s house, her children live with nothing but their poverty and memories of the valour of their parents — far away from the plush offices of the tehreek’s ‘leaders’ who either play sport with the State or fight for space in the newspapers. In the hey days of armed militancy in Kashmir, the […]

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‘In dire situations we don’t spare anyone’

‘In dire situations we don’t spare anyone’

As life and history ambled by, Hilal Ahmad Bhat watched it all up and close. For years his makeshift shop, where he sold newspapers, magazines, journals and music cassettes, was anchored at the mouth of the Lambert Lane on Srinagar’s happening Residency Road. Hilal later shifted to a nearby building to re-launch his business. Memories […]

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MISERY AND MURDER in Mother’s land

MISERY AND MURDER in Mother’s land

Travelling through time and space through someone else’s narrative can at times be more meaningful than a physical journey. Ajaz A Baba revisits a book on Kashmir published 135 years ago and looks through the eyes of the book’s author at the tragedies and travails Kashmiris have suffered It so happens at times that a […]

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