Crafting Peace Theoretically: The Case of Kashmir

Crafting Peace Theoretically: The Case of Kashmir

By Javid Ahmad Ahanger The terms Peace and Conflict are paired opposites, like light and shadow. In Enlightenment thinking, violence and conflict, seen as the greatest evils in history, were ascribed to a disorderly world. Political philosophers such as John Locke in the 17th century and Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the 18th century viewed war as […]

What the By Polls and their Aftermath tell us about Kashmir?

What the By Polls and their Aftermath tell us about Kashmir?

By Arif Khan Thematic scrutiny of electoral system in a democracy would entail, at least, a conversation on the existential conditions of the state and the purposes of government as advocated by different political scientists. While dealing with state and government, a sort of scholastic vibes of light would be directed to cast upon the […]

Reading Prof. A. R. Kidwai’s ‘Orientalism in English Literature’ (2016)

Reading Prof. A. R. Kidwai’s ‘Orientalism in English Literature’ (2016)

By Tauseef Ahmad Parray ‘Literary Orientalism’, a fast emerging subgenre of English literary studies, is defined either as ‘the depiction of the Orient/ Orientalism in western literary texts’, or simply as ‘the study of the (mis) representation of Islam and Muslims in the English (literary) works’. The field emerged, as is generally agreed, with Edward […]

Oh! Crazy Heart: I Was Victim of My Own Heart

Oh! Crazy Heart: I Was Victim of My Own Heart

By Mir Umar As I was walking in the alleys, in the midnight, leading to my fairy home, I was quite a spectator. Streets were deserted; only me and my loneliness were wandering through those alleys. The street lights posed a threat when the light shone on my face. The night had spread its garments […]

Cups of nun chai-113: Light-hearted defiance

Cups of nun chai-113: Light-hearted defiance

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 […]

Election 2017 Verdict: The Banality of Politics in Kashmir

Election 2017 Verdict: The Banality of Politics in Kashmir

Wajahat Qazi The abysmal voter turnout in the recently held Parliamentary by polls in Srinagar is indicative of the broader and wider breakdown of politics in Kashmir. In the new schema that obtains in Kashmir, the street is the arbiter of politics. That is, real power lies in the street. The street, in turn, is […]

What a Trip to Mumbai and Goa Revealed to me about Kashmir?

What a Trip to Mumbai and Goa Revealed to me about Kashmir?

Shah Younis Memories are an important part of life; these even have existential overtones and pertain to consciousness.  Given this, I would like to share a   recent memory of mine.  The memory pertains to a was a trip from Srinagar to Mumbai organized by our faculty- the department of Tourism and Travel Travel Management of […]

PDP 1.0 to PDP 2.0: The Bonfire of Illusions

PDP 1.0 to PDP 2.0: The Bonfire of Illusions

By Muneeb Yousuf The snow has melted and the spring has arrived in the valley. The spring brings in the tender hopes of peace and happiness. However, this is not the case in Kashmir. The valley is again caught up in the situation of death and fear. It appears that it is being slowly eaten […]