Growing Insecurity

Growing Insecurity

The intensity and volume of lynching incidents directed against Muslims in India have increased. This development has crystallized during and after the BJP assumed power. Obviously, given the frequency of these incidents, one inference that can drawn is that the vigilantes who resort to lynching feel emboldened to do so because of a rather permissive […]

Mere Symbolism

Mere Symbolism

The US State Department has designated Kashmiri militant leader and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen supreme commander Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) and imposed sanctions on him. The label and the designation come in the wake of Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States and his meeting with Donald Trump. It would appear that the […]

Unspeakable!

Unspeakable!

In a polarized environment and a charged milieu as that of Kashmir, where restraints to force and the coercive approach of the state do not operate as they should be and society is getting brutalized by the day, a man was lynched to death in down town area of Srinagar on the Shab e Qadr. […]

Beyond Security and Order

Beyond Security and Order

UN chief Antonio Guterres has said he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue through his meetings with the prime ministers of the two countries. Guterres, addressing reporters at his first press conference at the world body’s headquarters since assuming office in January, was asked about […]

The Night of Power!!

The Night of Power!!

Laylat ul Qadr, translated as the night of power, will be observed across the Muslim world tonight and the morning after. The significance and power of the Laylat ul Qadr lies in the fact that the first verses of the Holy Quran were revealed during this holy and hallowed night to the Holy Prophet. According […]

Muslim Unity: The Beauty of an Initiative

Muslim Unity: The Beauty of an Initiative

A small community initiative by residents of Magam- a small town in Central Kashmir’s Budgam- holds revolutionary potential. The initiative pertains to the resolve 0f the Shia and Sunni communities of the town to pray together at the mosque. The members and religious heads of both the Sunni and Shia factions of Magam decided to […]

Increasing Islamophobia

Increasing Islamophobia

Two reported incidents of violence –one in Virginia , United States, where a young Muslim teenage girl was killed outside a Mosque and the other, in London where an enraged White native rammed his car into a group of worshippers again outside a Mosque- suggest hate crimes inspired by Islamophobia are on the increase in […]

The Under Dog’s Secret: Never Give Up!

The Under Dog’s Secret: Never Give Up!

Ecstatic joy is the word that perhaps best describes the general mood that descended upon Kashmir after Pakistan’s emphatic and convincing victory over India. The question is why? Two broad interpretations can be made about the victory. One pertains to Kashmir and the other has a tangential bearing on it but ,in the main , […]

It’s not Just Cricket!

It’s not Just Cricket!

As arch rivals India and Pakistan play against each other in the finals of the Champion’s Trophy, the whole subcontinent would be bracing itself for the Grand Finale. Cricketing contests between India and Pakistan are not mere sporting contests; these are more. Visceral and profound emotions get aroused both during the matches and after. Depending […]

Full Circle

Full Circle

The escalation and frequent incidence of militant attacks, a condition eerily similar to the 90’s in South Kashmir and the broader political breakdown suggests that Kashmir has turned full circle. After many years of having been on the defensive, militants are on the offensive now; hardly a day passes without any news of a militancy […]