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 […]

Where democracy disempowers

Marifat Majid Enunciate democracy and almost every one of us start envisaging the sixteenth US president Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg. His two minute speech had such an emphatic impact that it changed the course of history. The incredible speech could overturn the vicious shadows of the civil war because it promised the virtues of democracy […]

Enduring voices: Agha Shahid Ali and Mahmoud Darwish

Mir Liyaqat Today, many regions in the world are living in the shades of unresolved conflicts, which have a direct link to the colonial politics. The unabated violence, ethnic cleansing, systematic genocide, muzzling the dissent are the hard realities that people in such places have to suffer similarly as the colonial era witnessed. However, the […]

The unity between Azaadi ‘from’ and Azaadi ‘In’

The unity between Azaadi ‘from’ and Azaadi ‘In’

By Gautam Navlakha   When Kanhaiy Kumar, JNU Student Union President, spoke of “freedom in” and not “freedom from” India, it evoked mixed feelings among Kashmiris. Some read in this a dilution of the demand for “Azaadi”, and therefore, hollowing out of the meaning of “Azaadi”. Others were more sanguine and some even welcomed it.  […]

Cups of nun chai — 9: The capacity to make things rise

Cups of nun chai — 9: The capacity to make things rise

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 […]

Palestine’s ‘Prayer for Rain’

Palestine’s ‘Prayer for Rain’

  Entire communities in the West Bank either have no access to water or have had their water supply reduced almost by half. This alarming development has been taking place for weeks, since Israel’s national water company, “Mekorot”, decided to cut off – or significantly reduce – its water supply to Jenin, Salfit and many […]

Qawwal Amjad Sabri- The man behind a towering legacy

Qawwal Amjad Sabri- The man behind a towering legacy

By Khurram Suhail   I first met Amjad Sabri during the month of Ramazan. The year was 2011. On a quiet Fridayafternoon at FM 101 — a channel of Radio Pakistan where I then worked — I walked in to find one of the radio jockeys wrapping up her broadcast with Amjad. I stopped in […]