March 16, 1846: when all Kashmiris were Sold

March 16, 1846: when all Kashmiris were Sold

By Mohamad Ashraf Khwaja Kashmir mysteriously became a part of the newly created state of Jammu and Kashmir through the so-called ‘Treaty of Amritsar’ on 16th March 1846, signed between the British and Dogra, Raja Gulab Singh. The whole valley and its two million souls were sold in lieu of a paltry sum of 75 […]

Deconstructing the Dance of Death in Universities

Deconstructing the Dance of Death in Universities

By AAMIR QAYOOM It was the day when everyone was done with the vibrant and cheerful day of Holi. Little did we expect that death would dance around the ambiance of a politically charged JNU campus. It was a day when a Dalit M. Phil scholar, Muthukrishnan studying at the JNU, committed suicide by hanging […]

Life in Kashmir: A Saga of Stresses and Strains

Life in Kashmir: A Saga of Stresses and Strains

By MEHBOOBA RASHID Mental, physical and social health, are energetic elements of life that are closely linked and intensely interdependent. Mental disorders affect people of all countries and societies, individuals at all ages, women and men, the rich and the poor, from urban and rural surroundings. Depression, hopelessness, sadness, despair, misery and unhappiness are more […]

Cups of nun chai-96: Family of communities, science and politics

Cups of nun chai-96: Family of communities, science and politics

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 Conflict: Statesmanship not Confrontation is Needed

Kashmir Conflict: Statesmanship not Confrontation is Needed

By JAVID AHMAD AHANGER There is a myth and misconception around the world and particularly in India that Madrassahs are the prime tool of generating militant ideologies. However, it is looking at things only through a security prism that has created this sort of policy and paradigm, both among the intelligentsia and in security agencies. […]

The Odyssey of Being a Student and Growing up in Kashmir

The Odyssey of Being a Student and Growing up in Kashmir

By Mufti Nahida I am a student -a common student ,who from primary to higher secondary went to school, then went to college , university, like many others. All of us are defined by our experiences and each person’s experiences are unique in itself; however, I would like to think that my experiences are also […]

Narendra Modi’s Rise: Failure of Liberals Equals Rise of Hardliners

Narendra Modi’s Rise: Failure of Liberals Equals Rise of Hardliners

By Rajesh Kumar Choudhary The thumping victory of the ruling party of India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recently held assembly elections of five states, is a great success. However, it is not a result of merit alone, but the failures of other stakeholders have a major contribution in this achievement. We can […]

Cups of nun chai-93 & 94: Unwritten, not forgotten

Cups of nun chai-93 & 94: Unwritten, not forgotten

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 […]

Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam- Professor RamaKrishna Rao

Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam- Professor RamaKrishna Rao

By SALEEQAH ASHRAF Prof. Koneru Ramakrishna Rao is a philosopher, a psychologist, an educationist, teacher and an administrator. He was the Head of the Department of philosophy, Government College for women, Mysore, Karnataka when he wrote a booklet, “Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam” on the life of Muhammad (Sall Allahu alyhi wassallam). Currently, he is […]

On India’s Judicial System: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

On India’s Judicial System: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

By SHABIR AHMAD Let me begin by paraphrasing Franz Kafka’s parable titled, “Before the Law”: ‘Before the Law stands a doorkeeper. A man from the country approaches him and asks that he be allowed to enter the law, but the doorkeeper refuses, saying that he can’t allow him to enter now. The man thinks thus […]