‘I’m a Kashmiri Muslim And I Want To Change India’

‘I’m a Kashmiri Muslim And I Want To Change India’

Born in a middle-class family in downtown Habba Kadal, Shehla Rashid Shora did her graduation from NIT, Srinagar in Computer Sciences in 2011 and soon got a job in HCL, Delhi. It was around 2012 when rape and murder of Nirbhaya stirred the Indian conscience and brought youth on the streets. Shehla too became part of the movement but felt restricted by her job to play a more robust role. Moreover her background in computers, she felt was not enough for her to join debates and discussions on issues close to her heart.


Monumental Neglect Of Burzahom

Tool & Technology Wise Kashmir Remains Handicapped: Expert   Dr. Mumtaz Yatoo, who has done his PhD from University of Leicester (UK), is a leading Kashmiri archaeologist. He has been a Ford Fellow and is currently working as Assistant Professor (Archaeology) at Kashmir University’s Centre of Central Asian Studies (CCAS) where he is also the […]

IWT: ‘Indian Assertion on Upstream Privilege Fueling Pak Anxiety’

Can the concerns of Kashmiris be accommodated by India and Pakistan in the Indus Waters Treaty any time soon? And what would the expected low-flow in our rivers this year mean for the people in Kashmir and those downstream in Pakistan? Professor Shakil Romshoo, the Head at Kashmir University’s Department of Earth Sciences, whose research […]

“I only exist where my words take flight”

Among Kurds, Bachtyar Ali has long been a celebrated author. In Germany, he shot to fame when ?Der letzte Granatapfel? (The Last Pomegranate) was published. Recently, “Die Stadt der weißen Musiker” (The City of White Musicians), the second of his novels to be translated into German, was released. Interview by Sonja Galler In your essay […]

‘Brand Kashmir is losing its shine’

Writer, filmmaker, brand planner and strategist by profession Alok Sharma started his Advertising Agency, Partners+Alok Sharma in 2010.The company handles Brand Development and Management, creates sales & marketing strategies and executes these. In short, according to Sharma, company provides 360 Degree Advertising & Marketing solutions to the clients. Alok Sharma tells Kashmir Observer that his clientele includes […]

Fearless ‘Menime’ at forefront of Kashmir’s hip-hop scene

Decades of conflict notwithstanding, Kashmir has had a rich history of music and singing. Traditionally, Kashmiris have embraced Sufi music and songs. But with the time, singers have evolved both in terms of their style as well as content. The conflict has played its part too, with the new crop of singers deeply moved by […]

Israel Trying to Establish Links With Kashmir Muslims

Srinagar—A delegation of Indo-Israeli Friendship Society was in Kashmir recently to build goodwill for the Jewish state among Kashmiri Muslims and to remove what it called misconceptions created by years of hostile propaganda. Asif Iqbal, a high profile figure among diplomatic circles in India heads Indo-Israel Friendship Society. He was earlier honorary consul general of […]

Syrian Grand Mufti Warns Muslims From Falling Prey to Extremism

In Conversation with Syrian Grand Mufti Dr. Ahmad Bader Eddin Mohammad Adib Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria during his maiden but brief visit to Kashmir cautioned Muslims against falling prey to extremism and religious bigotry and stressed on unity of Muslims and universal message of Islam. Mufti Hassoun once said, “I follow all sects […]

Meet This Lady-Doctor Who Turned To Writing to Express Pain of Kashmiris

Tell us about yourself       I Saba Shafi Makhdoomi am a thirty year old doctor, a pathologist by specialization. I was born and brought up in Kashmir. I did my schooling from the Presentation Convent Higher Secondary School, Rajbagh, which happens to be also a place where my parents’ home is. I did my medical education […]

Kashmir Not a Muslim Vs Hindu Issue: Mirwaiz

Even as the unrest in Kashmir continues, the Hurriyat Conference is facing challenges from two sides. On one side the National Investigation Agency is probing Hurriyat leaders for alleged money laundering. On the other side, former Hizbul Mujahideen commander and presently the head of an Al Qaeda affiliate, Zakir Musa, is presenting the struggle in […]

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