On the Politics of the Name Changing Spree

On the Politics of the Name Changing Spree

Suhail Ahmad Wani Srinagar, is one of the several places, that has been called the “Venice of the East” or the “Kashmiri Venice”. The city has had a chequered history. The name of this city of great antiquity is found in Kalhana’s Rajtarangni. According to this author, ancient Kashmir has had a number of capitals. […]

‘Disgrace and Double-Blind of Racism’

‘Disgrace and Double-Blind of Racism’

By Shafqat Mushtaq Perhaps, why you should read novels? To answer that sounds more an apology than a case for novels as embodiments of harder truths, though fiction. I have no such intention to undertake the defense of novel in the paragraphs that follow, though I might add , en passant, that ambiguity around human […]

An Appraisal of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

Dr Tauseef Ahmad Parray November is celebrated as the ‘National Education Day’ across India in the honor, memory, and recognition of Abul Kalam Azad (11th Nov. 1888—22nd Feb. 1958). Maulana Azad—a theologian, Urdu journalist, politician, educationist, an Islamic intellectual par excellence—was an influential political leader of the first half of the 20th century, who later […]

On the Gradual and Alarming Degradation of the Karst Springs of Anantnag

On the Gradual and Alarming Degradation of the Karst Springs of Anantnag

Dr. Nadeem Ahmad Bhat Nature has bestowed Kashmir Valley with ample fresh water resources in the form of snow and glaciers, lakes, springs, rivers, streams and groundwater. Towards South Kashmir, the Land of Springs , that is , Anantnag is bestowed with numerous fresh water springs. Most of the springs emanate from limestone and are […]

On Migratory Birds Visiting Kashmir and the Need for Vibrant Ecosystems

On Migratory Birds Visiting Kashmir and the Need for Vibrant Ecosystems

Dr. Khurshid Ahmad Tariq Birds are a cheerful creation full of wonder and beauty. Their colourful bright plumage enriches the natural scenic beauty of our planet and they are a valued component of wildlife. Bird calls, sounds and songs with a language as complex as any spoken words are equally mesmerizing. The melodious songs of […]

Remembering the Poet of the East, the Great Allama Iqbal

Remembering the Poet of the East, the Great Allama Iqbal

MUBASHIR IQBAL KITABA Once, a school student, who turned up late for class was asked by his teacher, “why are you so late?” “Iqbal always comes late” replied the student. The teacher was surprised by the intelligent and confident answer. This student was none other than the poet of the East , Dr. Sir Muhammad […]

Junaid Mattoo: Then and Now

Junaid Mattoo: Then and Now

Fida Hussain Sodagar Junaid Mattoo is the new Mayor of Srinagar. That is not a surprise. It was along expected lines. The wave measured the prediction. Politics is brutal. It can take a person to the highest level of sycophancy. We understand that. The point of interest is the transformation of Junaid, an incredible and […]