Indian media sees Kashmir as problem, not as state: Shekhar Gupta

NAZIR GILLO

Srinagar: Journalist Shekhar Gupta on Thursday said that Kashmir, for the past six decades, has been seen as a problem and not as a “state” by the Indian media. Kashmir, he said, has been always associated with issues like “problem, threat or security.”
Gupta was speaking as a chief guest at the releasing ceremony of 11th volume of book, titled “Aina Numa” – a series of writing collections of a noted Kashmiri writer and journalist, Shamim Ahmad Shamim.
The book compiled by Shamim’s sister Qurat-ul-Ain, includes a number of articles of Shamim Ahmad Shamim.
While referring to Shamim, Gupta said that the Shamim holds a “unique position” owing to the literary critical articles he wrote during his time.
“He familiarised himself at the time when it was difficult for a journalist to find audience, people and stories,” he said.
“The courage he showed with the pen made him an icon during 1970s,” he said.
Prof. Hameeda Nayeem, chairperson Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies, presented and made critical analysis of the two literary write-ups of Shamim Ahmad Shamim tiltled ‘Hum Sukhan Faham Hai” and ‘Aadam Che Ajab Zaat’.
“His writings show how much extreme his sense of critical writing was,” Prof. Nayeem said.
On the occasion, Kashmir Times Shamim Ahmad Shamim Memorial Award was given to Heeba Din, a research scholar from Kashmir University for his research work.

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