Interview: ‘The Ghosts of Past Still Haunting Masses in Kashmir’

Interview: ‘The Ghosts of Past Still Haunting Masses in Kashmir’

Academician Dr Altaf Hussain Para in a candid chat with Kashmir Observer throws light on why one needs to understand the past rationally, talks about the Sheikh’s contradictory stances and U-turns, and expresses his views on the major developments of the valley as well as present day affairs.

5 Historians on July 13, 1931: ‘The Uprising Which Shook the State’

5 Historians on July 13, 1931: ‘The Uprising Which Shook the State’

As a day of remembrance, Kashmir’s Martyrs Day this year paints a different picture due to altered equations in the valley post abrogation of Article 370, removal of 13 July from the list of state holidays and obviously the ‘invisible enemy’ looming large in Kashmir

Path to Past: 10 Books on Kashmir History for Summer Reading

Path to Past: 10 Books on Kashmir History for Summer Reading

In times of pandemic, here’s a list of ten history books one can pick up to revisit the past objectively and know how those bygone occurrences shape present day events and continuing dilemmas in the ‘Vale of Kashmir’

Shades and Shadows of Strife: Growing Up Trauma in Kashmir

Shades and Shadows of Strife: Growing Up Trauma in Kashmir

“Our curbed life is leaving a little choice for us now,” Aqsa said. “You can’t go out for normal schooling and routine outing. And back home, your parents keep sulking over the situation in Kashmir. This takes toll on your mind.”

Meet 5 Contemporary Kashmiri Poets Who Put Emotion into Measure

Meet 5 Contemporary Kashmiri Poets Who Put Emotion into Measure

Kashmir Valley’s rich literacy landscape has over the years witnessed the emergence of a new breed of bards — who use poetry as a matter of faith and a creative expression to capture the prevailing times plagued with protracted problems and pathos

Long Faces of Lockdown Festival: Somber Eid in Kashmir

Long Faces of Lockdown Festival: Somber Eid in Kashmir

Shut shops, padlocked mosques, and absence of the signature festive vibes marked the Eid celebrations in Kashmir Valley, where back-to-back death dispatches once again haunted the natives caught in the searing strife

Amid Contagion Curbs, Siege Mentality Returns to Haunt Kashmir

Amid Contagion Curbs, Siege Mentality Returns to Haunt Kashmir

As pervasive pandemic unleashed a besieged world order, Mumbai for a change looked like a curbed Maisuma, Delhi as caged Downtown, while Bangalore became curfewed Sopore. But for the lockdown-ridden people of the valley, the current phase only escalated the sense of siege-mentality

In Pandemic, Contemporary Kashmiri Writers Getting Added Audience

In Pandemic, Contemporary Kashmiri Writers Getting Added Audience

Some of the finest contemporary Kashmiri writers in English language have passionately used the medium of writing to inspire and bring forth the untold, unheard stories of their homeland. While their writings have been widely recognised and acclaimed, they’re finding a new and improved readership during pandemic lockdown in the valley

For Stranded Kashmiris, This Bandipora Boy is Knight in Shining Armour

For Stranded Kashmiris, This Bandipora Boy is Knight in Shining Armour

When old demons returned to haunt Kashmiri students in Rajasthan on April 30, 2020, a young Kashmiri boy promptly dialed Ashok Gehlot. Sounding concerned, the caller informed the state chief minister how his police thrashed students for their Kashmiri Identity

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