Misplaced Resistance

Misplaced Resistance

By Seema Kazi I am neither an apologist for the Indian state nor of its occupation of Kashmir. However, I am deeply dismayed and anguished by the competitive politics over Eid articulated with much enthusiasm and gusto by members of Kashmir’s civil society over social media. Invariably, there is always a day’s difference between Eid […]

What is happening to Kashmiri language?

  When any language is on the threshold of extinction, it is considered that people who spoke it no longer find it convenient to talk in their native language for most communication. Private schools in Kashmir are a revealing example. Students are often directly or indirectly punished for talking in Kashmiri; instead, the language mostly […]

Freedom And Independence, And I Had A Lucid Dream

Freedom And Independence, And I Had A Lucid Dream

Haziq Qayoom Lone Have you ever found yourself arguing and bickering with your own friends over the thought of freedom our ‘Country Without Post Office’ has been protesting for? I have. Have you ever caught yourself wondering why you have to argue when everything, every single thing is understood, when everything is foreshadowing? I have. […]

Cups of nun chai — 12 Azadi, the only viability

Cups of nun chai — 12 Azadi, the only viability

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 […]

To be wise is to be compassionate and critical

Gautam Navlakha Blowing hot and blowing cold are essential to Counter Insurgency.  And this is what stands out about the latest militancy related incident. Three vehicles of 161 Bn of CRPF returning to Srinagar from firing exercise was ambushed on Anantnag-Srinagar highway, near Pampore , by two militants who killed 8 soldiers and wounded 22 […]

Cups of nun chai — 11 Virtual immediacy of information

Cups of nun chai — 11 Virtual immediacy of information

Cups of nun chai, by artist Alana Hunt, is a participatory memorial that 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 […]

Cups of nun chai — 10 Imagining Kashmir each day

Cups of nun chai — 10 Imagining Kashmir each day

Cups of nun chai, by artist Alana Hunt, is a participatory memorial that 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 […]

Ghettos will not restore Kashmir to its people

Dar Wasim Mehbooba Mufti who has failed the voters on every front is at the forefront of efforts to set up separate townships for the Pandits in the Kashmir valley. The people who are agitated over the performance and betrayal by the PDP are viewing it a deliberate dictate from Nagpur to defame our composite […]

Living nightmares

I was an innocent kid when crackdowns – horrendous events that have left a scar on me- happened in our village, Botingoo in north Kashmir. Watching soldiers surrounding the houses, hearing the tapping of their shoes, angry looks, AK 47s on their shoulders was an indubitably nightmarish experience for me. One fearful crackdown still haunts […]

Meeting a father who shouldered the coffin of his son, 13

Over the period of last 27 years, Kashmir has witnessed killings of thousands of its men and women. The number of dead is somewhere near one hundred thousand people while more than ten thousand have been disappeared. Unfortunately, the names of most of the victims are lost in the number, however somehow a handful of […]

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