Kashmir in 2016: Four Months at a Glance

Kashmir in 2016: Four Months at a Glance

By Shabir Bhat After the holy month of Ramadhan, Kashmir valley entered into the era of miseries and agonies.  A mass and lengthy uprising ensued. This long agitation was predicted by the people of valley. Anger was mounting in the valley due to a perennial state of non-governance and by the continued betrayals by New […]

‘The Power to Create a New World’: Capital versus Humanity

‘The Power to Create a New World’: Capital versus Humanity

By Zarefah Baroud The catastrophic climate change is no longer a subject for argument, at least on a mainstream level within the science community. Yet, as temperatures continue to rise, American efforts to combat global warming, sadly seem to decline. President Elect, Donald Trump is more concerned by the economic cost of combating global warming, […]

Year 2016: South Kashmir’s determined revolt

Year 2016: South Kashmir’s determined revolt

By Rouf Dar   Many people have been expressing amazement about how the mainly rural uprising in 2016 ebbed away from its epicenter, southern Kashmir. This has been a coming-of-age moment for the people of rural Kashmir who have never detached themselves from the movement for self-determination. But the uprising took many by surprise. Many […]

Cups of nun chai — 56: “Kashmir looks like good country.”

Cups of nun chai — 56: “Kashmir looks like good country.”

This participatory memorial, by artist Alana Hunt, emerged in response to Kashmir’s Summer of 2010. In the face of the violence, the growing number of dead and the lack of serious media coverage, Hunt evolved ways to speak, to connect and to write in a form that would reach places where the news headlines do […]

Stifling Internet: Incompetence or retribution?

Stifling Internet: Incompetence or retribution?

By Mirza Sharafat Hussain Beigh An indefinite ban on Internet service over pre-paid mobile phones in Kashmir continues into the seventh month. Such a stifling restriction imposed by the administrative authorities has become a routine alongside claims of the return of ‘normalcy’. This ban on what has acquired the status of an almost essential service […]

Budget 2017-18: Is Drabu Reframing the State of Jammu and Kashmir?

Budget 2017-18: Is Drabu Reframing the State of Jammu and Kashmir?

By Wajahat Qazi Budgets can , among other things, be held to be indicative of the intent and thrust of public policy and therefore governance.  Budgets are then policy statements, a careful scrutiny of which can reveal the intent, and intended directional thrust of Governments. Given this, what does the 2017 Budget formulated by Haseeb […]

The Enigma of Philosophical Meta-Narratives surrounding Azadi

The Enigma of Philosophical Meta-Narratives surrounding Azadi

By Shahid Lone “All happy families resemble each other but each family is unhappy in its peculiar way.” Leo Tolstoy Tolstoy’s pithy quote describes the haze and quandary of different pro-resistance groups who are working and striving for a common cause ‘Azadi’. Although, it is obvious that different systems of ideas would emerge but concern […]

I was never interested in politics; my inclinations always lay towards arts:  An interview with Tasaduq Mufti 

I was never interested in politics; my inclinations always lay towards arts:  An interview with Tasaduq Mufti 

Tasaduq Hussain Mufti is an award-winning cinematographer who rose to prominence after his camera work in Vishal Bharadwaj’s adaptation of Othello, Omkara.  The 45-year-old is the son of PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and the brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. In his first interview after formally entering the PDP, Tasaduq talked to Kashmir Reader […]