I am a Kashmiri

I am a Kashmiri.Now that must come as a surprise to many , most of all me ,as all my life I have strived and endeavoured to be an Indian. Taken pride infact in being one.Not any more .Today the criteria for being one has been changed by the collective conscience of the majority of […]

A love story with Kashmir: The land not Kashmiri

For the popular Indian imagination on Kashmir across India, the land Kashmir acquires more importance than the people Kashmiri. That is how while the land gets adored for its natural beauty, the people Kashmiris are less appreciated. While the travelogues in media start showing the beauty of the land, the same media when it comes […]

How the State drove an embittered Burhan Wani to militancy

WE WRITE this in anguish at another alarming spiral of violence in Kashmir, when a discredited old playbook has yet again been deployed to wreak havoc on civilian life. Kashmir’s escalating violence follows a familiar pattern: a killing, a funeral where rage is vented through slogans and stones, and volleys of lethal gunfire in response. […]

Kashmir stares at summer of unrest if killings don’t stop

It is scary to walk on the streets of Rawalpora, an upscale locality in Srinagar, which has rarely witnessed trouble in the past.  There are a few passersby on the roads, and fewer vehicles plying shorter distances. At many places, protesters have laid large cement pipes across the main and link roads, or cut down […]

Burhan’s death no victory for the Indian state

As the mortal remains of the poster boy of new age militancy were laid to rest at his native village in south Kashmir’s Tral on July 9, thousands of mourners who braved the restrictions imposed by the government, to attend his funeral, voiced pro-freedom slogans. Burhan Muzaffar Wani, who kept the security forces on tenterhooks […]

Has Centre really failed to understand the sympathy in Kashmir for Burhan-Wani?

THE death toll in Kashmir, in the aftermath of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, has now gone up to 23. The 21-year-old Wani, who became the poster boy of militancy against the Indian state, was killed in an encounter on Friday. This was followed by a massive outpouring of anger and clashes […]

The Other Side of the Paradise on Earth

A trip to my birthplace, Jammu and Kashmir proved to be a blend of beautiful as well as a few irksome experiences. Visiting my homeland after quite some time allowed to understand the solace this piece of heaven provided the visiting tourists. It allowed me to view our beautiful valley through the eyes of a […]

F M Hassnain: A Great Chronicler

Prof Fida Muhammad Khan Hassnain an archaeologist and a historian who later turned into a mystic passed away on July 9, 2016 Saturday in Srinagar. He was born in 1924 in Srinagar, the child of schoolteachers. His father fought with the British Indian forces in the Boer War in South Africa in 1902.  Fida Hassnain […]

The lost art of Eid greeting cards

EIDUL FITR celebrations come in a multitude of unique forms in our society. As the month of Ramazan approaches its last leg, markets all across the country are glittered with Eid paraphernalia: confectionery, clothes, bangles, mehendi– all typical associations with this festive occasion. However, one particular trend has dwindled over the years: the practice of […]