A Tale of Two Cities: Why does Kargil lag behind Ladakh?

A Tale of Two Cities: Why does Kargil lag behind Ladakh?

By Dr. Mir Nazima Rasool Moludi and Dr. Aijaz Hassan Ganie   The cold desert of Ladakh in the Trans-Himalayan region between 320 15’ N and 750 15’- 800 15’ E is spread on an area of about 68,321 sq km. Ladakh is the northern most part of the State of Jammu and Kashmir and […]

Separate Species Status is Good News for Kashmir’s Hangul

Separate Species Status is Good News for Kashmir’s Hangul

By Khursheed Ahmed   The Kashmir Red Deer, popularly known as Hangul, is set to be declared a separate species. Hangul, the state animal of Jammu & Kashmir, is a relative of the European Red Deer and till now was biologically classified its sub-species. Recent scientific research, however, has provided sufficient grounds for the deer […]

Cups of nun chai–80: Accountability as a continuum

Cups of nun chai–80: Accountability as a continuum

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 […]

Kashmir’s Political Uncertainty is the Cause of its Suffering: Mirwaiz

Kashmir’s Political Uncertainty is the Cause of its Suffering: Mirwaiz

Dear friends, Thank you for giving me an opportunity to speak to you about a people who are victims caught in the longest running conflict in the world- not of their making. Our lingering political uncertainty, since the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 into India and Pakistan, is the cause of our immense suffering […]

Kashmir Symbolizes Communal Harmony despite Militarization

Kashmir Symbolizes Communal Harmony despite Militarization

By Saqib ur Rehman ‘If our Kashmiri Pandit brethren, some of whom are now residing in Jammu would have been here in Kashmir with us, they would not have been so much loving and caring as our Muslim neighbours are’, said seventy year old Somnath. Somnath and his family lives in village Seer of South […]

Cups of nun chai 78-79: Waiting it out

Cups of nun chai 78-79: Waiting it out

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 […]

India’s Border Disputes with its Neighbors

India’s Border Disputes with its Neighbors

By Shabir Ahmad India shares its land borders with seven countries. The longest border is with Bangladesh in the East, which is surrounded by India on three sides. The second largest border is with China in the North, which is prominently separated by the Himalayas. The borderline between India and China could be divided into […]

Children in a Conflict Zone are the Worst Sufferers

Children in a Conflict Zone are the Worst Sufferers

By Nasser Ul Islam   Children are, no doubt, delicate flowers of a garden that give fragrance and happiness to all who meet or interact with them. But have you ever imagined the conditions of the children living in a conflict zone? Have you ever thought who cares for them? Isn’t it a harsh reality […]

Reflections on Kidwai’s Anthology of ‘365 Sayings of the Quran’

Reflections on Kidwai’s Anthology of ‘365 Sayings of the Quran’

By Dr Tauseef Ahmad Parray Kidwai’s 365 SAYINGS OF THE QURAN is a beautiful anthology of selections from the holy Qur’an engaging the reader in a moment of daily reflection Blurb 1: In the Preface, the author delineates the reasons for the anthology. These include: to present a ‘conspectus of the message of the Quran’; […]

The Uncomfortable Truth: Do We Hate Donald Trump for the Wrong Reasons?

The Uncomfortable Truth: Do We Hate Donald Trump for the Wrong Reasons?

I fear that many of us are hating Donald Trump for the wrong reasons. Multitudes are being swayed by mainstream media-inspired demonization of the new US president, based on selective assumptions and half-truths. US mainstream media, which rarely deviates from supporting the American government’s conduct, however reckless, is now presenting Trump , as if an […]