Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Pedagogy of the Oppressed

By Ainshra Showkat I am a school going student who is taught that the objective of education is specified by the prescribed syllabus and get good marks in the examination. We are taught to be conformists. We are nurtured in a domestic system of education where we have to accept and reproduce information uncritically. Education […]

Cups of nun chai — 26

Cups of nun chai — 26

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 […]

Indian response to Kashmir unrest is barefaced

Indian response to Kashmir unrest is barefaced

By Murtaza Shibli A 27 year old truck driver, Farooq Ahmed Kutchay was looking forward to getting married in two weeks time. Given the milieu of mourning due to the on-going cycle of civilian deaths, the family had already curtailed their festive plans. Everything now stands shelved. On 2 August, the 25th day of the […]

My Response to Bill Clinton: On (My) Liberty and (Your) America

My Response to Bill Clinton: On (My) Liberty and (Your) America

Yes, I am a Muslim, but I don’t love the America you stand for and represent, but an America that is both peaceful and inclusive. Donald Trump wants to keep us out of the country altogether.  But Bill Clinton, former president and husband of a Democratic presidential nominee, does not mind us staying, as long […]

Cups of nun chai — 25: Normality of military occupation

Cups of nun chai — 25: Normality of military occupation

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 […]

Witness – It felt like counting stars

By Amir Hussain To witness is to live.  And to live is witnessing moments that sink in memory, brain and heart forever.  On 2nd August after witnessing a curfew, confinement and frustration for 25 days, I somehow along with few friends managed to sneak out of my curfewed town-Islamabad (Anantnag). Soon after treading few miles […]

Independent Kashmir the Only Peaceful and Long-lasting Solution

Independent Kashmir the Only Peaceful and Long-lasting Solution

By Syed Tahseen Gilani As violence continues to take its toll in my beautiful Kashmir and the people of Kashmir remain helplessly trapped between two nuclear countries claiming right over the land and people of Kashmir, the voice of Kashmiris is often lost in the shrill between India and Pakistan regionally and internationally. Does anyone […]

A manifesto of Azadi

A manifesto of Azadi

Let no one be in doubt that we also seek a free, independent Kashmir for reasons of equality in the world By Anonymous The people of Kashmir hereby express and assert their resolve to be a sovereign nation, free to determine their own destiny and to follow their own conscience. They seek their rightful place […]

Cups of nun chai – 24: Religious identity, conflict and politics

Cups of nun chai – 24: Religious identity, conflict and politics

This is a is a participatory memorial by artist Alana Hunt, 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 places […]

A martyr and a ruler: the tale of two neighbours

A martyr and a ruler:  the tale of two neighbours

By Murtaza Shibli Aamir Nazir Latoo was born on 24 September 1993. On 12 July 2016, he died at the tender age of 22, allegedly killed by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in Bijbehara, the hometown of Mehbooba Mufti, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. The bullets had ruptured his internal organs, including liver and […]