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Book Review: Tracing the History of Armed Struggles in Kashmir

Book Review: Tracing the History of Armed Struggles in Kashmir

Modern History of Kashmir is a gory tale of pain and agony. It symbolizes subjugation, oppression and occupation. However, Kashmiri Muslims never surrendered before the occupation. They resisted illegal Dogra and Indian rule over Kashmir and did not hesitate to pick up arms to break the shackles of slavery. Since 1947, apart from resistance on […]

Dead eyes and dead conscience

Dead eyes and dead conscience

Many of you must have seen the documentary recently aired on Al Jazeera, Kashmir: Born to Fight. Although a well-intentioned film, its title seems a little bothersome. It puts an implicating optics on Kashmir and Kashmiris. This title makes it look as though the problem is because Kashmiris are the troublemakers — they “fight” forcing […]

Motifs of Misery: Weaves and woes of the Kashmiri Shawl A visit to the Kashmir of 1820s through William Moorcroft’s ‘Travels’

Motifs of Misery: Weaves and woes of the Kashmiri Shawl  A visit to the Kashmir of 1820s through William Moorcroft’s ‘Travels’

Madame Defarge of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities used her knitting to document the names of those whom she perceived to be the ‘enemies’ of the French revolution. Had someone like her existed in Kashmir, perhaps its history would too have been weaved into its famed shawls. It would be appropriate too, for the […]

MANTO: THE WICKED WITNESS

MANTO: THE WICKED WITNESS

May 11 was the birth anniversary of Sadat Hasan Manto – the short-story writer who, among many other afflictions, had a serious predicament. In his imagined after-life he had envisioned himself in a state of perpetual conjecture — whether he or God was a greater story-teller. The matter was never settled probably because of the […]

Amanullah Khan: Life history of an azadi ideologue

Amanullah Khan: Life history of an azadi ideologue

The life story of Kashmiri nationalist leader Amanullah Khan, who recently passed away, epitomizes the rise of a territorial Kashmiri nationalism that transcended the parochial idea of an ethnic nationalism tied to Kashmiri language. Amanullah Khan’s nationalism drew upon a progressive Kashmiri Muslim cosmopolitanism and a secular internationalism. His life experiences spanning different cultural regions […]

Art scene in Kashmir: A Palette of Problems and Promise

Art scene in Kashmir: A Palette of Problems and Promise

When militancy broke out in Kashmir in 1990, it was accompanied by a violent response from the state. These two opposing phenomena set-off new narratives and a new socio-political dynamic. There was a sudden movement: from life to death; from ‘order’ to disorder; from dwelling to displacement; from volume to silence; from calm to commotion; […]