Kashmir

Kashmir’s Game of Throne

Kashmir’s Game of Throne

Recent political developments in Kashmir appear as part of a larger design: to knock out the mainstream regional parties whose Autonomy, Self-Rule or Achievable Nationhood proposals would often clash with Delhi’s Kashmir motives. Will it go down in the history as GoI’s yet another Kashmir blunder?   By Sabira Shah Some senior BJP leaders of […]

Kashmir’s new age self-starters

Kashmir’s new age self-starters

Since 2010, a creative storm got unleashed in Kashmir that witnessed new means of expressions and professions. While many young Kashmiris became rappers, bards, storytellers, entrepreneurs and restaurateurs, others tried to break the shackles of social and political barriers with different means of creative enterprise   By Mir Seeneen   At 16, when most of […]

A Shopian boy who crossed the LoC and returned home with Pak wife

A Shopian boy who crossed the LoC and returned home with Pak wife

  By Anam Zakaria One refugee who had returned to his village in Shopian in Indian-administered Kashmir told me of the difficulties he had faced, and continues to face, there. We spoke over a WhatsApp call that got disconnected over twenty-five times during the one-hour conversation. In bits and pieces, Sayar Lone told me about […]

‘I wept like a baby when I saw soldiers trampling on bodies’

‘I wept like a baby when I saw soldiers trampling on bodies’

Photo: Faisal Khan With a career spanning four decades, veteran photojournalist Mehraj-ud-Din has covered Kashmir in its dangerous, heart-breaking, and sometimes unforgiving hues. Hailing from downtown Srinagar’s Nawab Bazaar area, Mehraj who works with world’s leading news agency, the AP, sat with Kashmir Narrator. Excerpts: Tell us how you started your career in journalism. What […]

Crackdown on the media

Crackdown on the media

The brazen covert part of the operation ‘silence-the-media’ has been the arrest of Kashmir Narrator’s Assistant Editor Aasif Sultan (on 27 August 2018). The State was unmoved by huge media outcry in Kashmir and outside and protests by the local media fraternity. Despite appeals, it went ahead and booked him under false, flimsy and unsubstantiated […]

‘Naya Kashmir’ to ‘Panun Kashmir’: Reading on past to understand present

‘Naya Kashmir’ to ‘Panun Kashmir’: Reading on past to understand present

The ‘90 exodus of KPs from Kashmir is used to build a foundation to the victimhood narrative, according to Ahmad. Today, terms like “ethnic cleansing, genocide and holocaust” are used to demonise the Muslim community and win support of the Hindutva forces in India. Ahmad provides historical details of the enormous influence exercised by Brahmins […]

DISGRACE AND DEPARTURE

DISGRACE AND DEPARTURE

Had Mehbooba shown any appreciation for what befell her father in his death, she could have elicited some gainful lessons for herself and the party. That did not happen, because like her father, she was enamoured by nothing but the greed for power           By Murtaza Shibli As a dénouement to […]

‘Conflict is one of the main sources of cancer in Kashmir’

‘Conflict is one of the main sources of cancer in Kashmir’

Photo: Zargar Zahoor Prof Ashaq Hussain Naqshbandi, ex-Principal Government Medical College Srinagar and a founding member of the Cancer Society of Kashmir, speaks about the rise of cancers in Kashmir in a conversation with Aasif Sultan Do you think healthcare is a priority in Kashmir? No government has health and education as a priority. It […]

A south Indian’s ‘fascinating’ holiday in Kashmir

A south Indian’s ‘fascinating’ holiday in Kashmir

‘The travel dispelled many myths. Though Kashmir witnesses conflicts and natural disasters, people show hospitality and kindness to travellers like me’           Photos and text: Sharada Balasubramanian   I received a phone call from my friend in Srinagar, and he said, “There is curfew here, and it may not be advisable […]

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