Sanika Athavale - May 11, 2021
Before his daughter, Tanvi Raina, became the first Kashmiri woman to earn the prized commercial pilot license, Kapil Raina’s skill to navigate through sketchy skies and roaring clouds earned him the title of ‘King of Clouds’ awarded by Dr Farooq Abdullah, former chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Sanika Athavale - September 24, 2020
Needless to say, Sonum Lotus’s flip-in-stance added fuel to the fire by raising suspicions amongst Kashmiris active across social media platforms. So did the letter from the Indian Air Force.
Sanika Athavale - September 21, 2020
100 days after he went missing in the woods of Naranag, a Kashmiri scholar’s case remains an unsolved mystery.
Sanika Athavale - September 7, 2020
The quarry-holders of Athwajan claim to have been the main suppliers of construction raw materials in Kashmir valley before the ban order.
Sanika Athavale - September 5, 2020
‘Those who had hoped to build new homes and were in process, have been worst-hit of the blackmarketing of crushed stone. Budgets worth Rs 4-5 lakhs are proving insufficient to build regular Kashmiri homes amid this price boom.’
Sanika Athavale - September 4, 2020
Fearing bidding of their familial fields, workless stone miners of Kashmir are pleading administration not to snatch away their livelihood in the name of some stringent rules. Highlighting the same quandary, this first piece of the three-part series on the banned mining deconstructs the halted construction activity in the valley.
Sanika Athavale - August 27, 2020
As the two-day downpour coinciding the sixth anniversary of the September floods has already created fresh concerns in the valley, Kashmir’s contractor community continues to await the flood repairing and rehabilitation bill since that devastating fall of 2014.
Sanika Athavale - August 20, 2020
After the abrogation of Article 370 last summer and the subsequent passing of the J&K Reorganisation Act 2019, seven important commissions in the erstwhile state were dissolved. Among them was the State Commission for Protection of Women and Child Rights—serving the interests of the marginalised gender. Its dismissal has left several Kashmiri women in a lurch.
Sanika Athavale - August 14, 2020
When Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate this week a wave of excitement swept through India. Her heritage gave the Indian public cause to celebrate.
Sanika Athavale - August 13, 2020
As tributes have been pouring in from all over the world for the celebrity couplet-maker of India, many Kashmiris are hailing him for touching their hearts amidst their dogged distraught state. But the wordsmith of ‘Mission Kashmir’ fame was more than just a distant poet luring the valley with his verses.