A letter to Rajnath Singh, Home Minister, Republic of India

Shri Rajnath Ji: You came, you didn’t see, and you left! But who cares? As long as the ongoing Amarnath yatra, your only operational obsession in Kashmir, is plying smooth, you are as happy as the Smiling Buddha. Regardless of the merit of your visit, if at all there was one, you created history of […]

Burhan Aftermath: United we stand

By Sahil Manzoor During 1990s when armed resistance against Indian occupation was at its peak, my mom was battling with my diapers. Since then the resistance has gone through many phases. I never had a firsthand experience of our freedom struggle, from being the toddler during the early days and then staying away from my […]

For the Consideration of Freedom Movement Leaders

Dr Syed M Inayatullah Andrabi Once again we have an uprising in Kashmir. Essentially there is nothing new about it, apart from the fact that this time it was Burhan Wani’s custodial killing, and subsequent brutality by government forces that added fuel to the already existing fire, and brought people on streets. Kashmir’s well-wishers everywhere […]

Cups of nun chai — 22: With all that education?

Cups of nun chai — 22: With all that education?

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 […]

Cups of nun chai — 21: Under another nation’s rule

Cups of nun chai — 21: Under another nation’s rule

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 […]

Mehbooba’s tears: a haughty hodgepodge of nothingness

Mehbooba’s tears: a haughty hodgepodge of nothingness

By Murtaza Shibli Once again, Mehbooba Mufti is wallowing publicly, displaying her puffy and syrupy eyes, wailing to the rolling cameras of her propaganda machine. She is supposedly mourning those brutally murdered by the trigger-happy troops commanded by none other than herself. The joke will remain on the bereaved, long after she retreats to her […]

Indian media’s ‘biased’ reporting affects journalists in Kashmir

On Friday, Shah Faesal, member of the IAS (in 2009 he became the first Kashmir to top the civil service exam in Kashmir) and Director of School Education, threatened to resign over some Indian news channels’ ‘propaganda” in drawing parallels between him and slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. During reporting on the ongoing unrest, […]

Kashmir, Summer 2016

Kashmir, Summer 2016

By Angana Chatterji  In 2011, I had written an essay on Kashmir entitled: “The Militarized Zone,”which was published in an anthology on Kashmir by Tariq Ali, Hilal Bhat, Angana P. Chatterji, Pankaj Mishra & Arundhati Roy (London: Verso Books). What was apparent then is all too real now. I reproduce an edited fragment here today, […]

Cups of nun chai — 20: Kashmir’s land and Azadi

Cups of nun chai — 20: Kashmir’s land and Azadi

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 […]