Google supports Ratna Nidhi Trust to conduct walk-in mobility camp in Leh

Google supports Ratna Nidhi Trust to conduct walk-in mobility camp in Leh

Screening camp between April 24-30 to distribute wheelchairs and prosthetic legs SRINAGAR: Google.org has supported Ratna Nidhi, through its mobility camps, which has been an active player in benefiting the disabled and underprivileged sections of the society. With a mission to uplift people with physical disability in India, Ratna Nidhi has embarked on a journey […]

Statements of Madhav, Ganga expose Delhi’s ‘genocide policy’: Bar

Statements of Madhav, Ganga expose Delhi’s ‘genocide policy’: Bar

SRINAGAR: Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Friday strongly condemned the statements of Ram Madhav, BJP National General Secretary, and Chander Prakash Gupta, J&K Industries Minister, over their recent statements. While Madhav stated that the idea of using a Kashmiri man as a human shield by army officer was a right thing as “everything was […]

Offer support to Mehbooba again for govt formation: Rasheed asks Omar

Offer support to Mehbooba again for govt formation: Rasheed asks Omar

SRINAGAR: Condemning the remarks of BJP leaders, Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Friday appealed the former chief minister Omar Abdullah to “offer again your unconditional support to (chief minster) Mehbooba Mufti rather than seeking the dismissal of her government as the nefarious designs of BJP will ultimately hit not […]

An apparent threat to Kashmiris: JKLF (R)

An apparent threat to Kashmiris: JKLF (R)

SRINAGAR: Strongly reacting to the statement of BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, JKLF (R) chief patron Barrister Trumboo said it is “highly deplorable that a responsible minister issues such senseless statements”. “It is an apparent threat to the people in Jammu and Kashmir and we have apprehensions that they may carry killing spree on large […]

‘I believe the stone flung from the back has less power’

‘I believe the stone flung from the back has less power’

Chadoora: At the home of Amir Fayaz, who was shot dead by government forces in Chadoora on Tuesday, a group of women sit in mourning. A grim silence hangs upon this sleepy village of Wazpora, suddenly broken when Shaheena Akhtar, the dead boy’s mother, begins singing dirges for her son. “You were like a blooming […]

On Kashmiri Language: Loss of Language equals Loss of Culture

On Kashmiri Language: Loss of Language equals Loss of Culture

By Amir Sultan Lone It is said that “if you want to kill a nation; the only way to do so is to kill its language”. Language, it should be noted, is not just words uttered meant for merely conversing. It is an identity, an idea inside that relates how we think and how we […]

March 16, 1846: when all Kashmiris were Sold

March 16, 1846: when all Kashmiris were Sold

By Mohamad Ashraf Khwaja Kashmir mysteriously became a part of the newly created state of Jammu and Kashmir through the so-called ‘Treaty of Amritsar’ on 16th March 1846, signed between the British and Dogra, Raja Gulab Singh. The whole valley and its two million souls were sold in lieu of a paltry sum of 75 […]

Old man Zaz the only Santoor maker left in Kashmir

Old man Zaz the only Santoor maker left in Kashmir

By Ufaq Fatima    Srinagar: Gulam Mohammad Zaz is the eight generation of a family that crafted the unique Kashmiri musical instrument, Santoor. He is also the last of his tribe. Now in his 70s, Zaz is the only Santoor-maker left in Kashmir. His house in Zaina Kadal which served as a workshop for the […]

‘For Kashmiris, Tihar has a jail within jail’

‘For Kashmiris, Tihar has a jail within jail’

SRINAGAR: Neighbours and relatives poured in to greet the Shah family at their home in Shuhama area of Ganderbal for the homecoming of their son, Mohammad Rafiq Shah, acquitted along with another Kashmiri after spending 12 years in Tihar jail in Delhi. “All I know is that I have suffered a lot,” Rafiq said while […]

The Specter of Caste(ism) in Kashmir

The Specter of Caste(ism) in Kashmir

By Mudasir Ali Lone The existence of caste in Kashmir is generally ignored here. But the problem exists in Kashmir and it is deep and wide. This is best illustrated by the historical and contemporary experiences of those who have experienced this menace. Perhaps the peasant class of Kashmir can best illustrate their plight when […]