‘Let the people of J&K decide what they want’

Professor at the Daniel K Inouye Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Honolulu, Dr Christopher Snedden is also a politico-strategic intelligence analyst and security practitioner who specialises in South Asia, the Indian Ocean, and Australia and Australasia. He has visited both sides of disputed Kashmir. His first book on the region — The Untold Story of […]

Jinnah did not want Partition: Ayesha Jalal

Since the publication of her first book, The Sole Spokesman, in 1985, Ayesha Jalal has been Pakistan’s leading historian. Educated at Wellesley College in the United States, and Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, she received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 for showing “extraordinary originality and dedication in [her] creative pursuits…” Jalal has taught […]

Saudi’s Stopped Me From Writing on Kashmir

New Delhi: An Indian Muslim journalist working for a Saudi daily newspaper was ‘forced’ to quit his job for reporting on excesses faced by Muslims in Kashmir and Gujarat. Zafar-ul-Islam, formerly reporter of Al-Riyadh, revealed that in 2000 he quit his job in the Saudi daily when then Saudi ambassador to India blamed him for […]

Journey Through Time: A Sense of Belonging & the Curse of Utilitarianism

Indisputably, what is happening today is an outcome of the administrative and legal measures imposed by colonial regimes such as the Black Letter Laws, uninformed partitioning of territories, of separating and misrepresenting communities and people with shared emotions, histories, cultures, demeanours and natural resources—

‘Kashmir needs artistic, literary articulation’

Shahnaz Bashir was born and brought up in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). His widely reviewed and critically lauded debut novel ‘The Half Mother’ won the Muse India Young Writer Award 2015. His short fiction, essays, poetry and reportage have been widely published. In its New Year special issue of January 2016, Kashmir Life, a popular weekly tabloid of J&K, […]

Why I converted:The transformation of Dilip Kumar into AR Rahman

When AS Dileep Kumar decided to shed the faith he was born into and adopt a new one, the reasons were several. His father’s untimely death had put several financial pressures on the family, which included four children. His spiritual-minded mother had met, and gained immense succour, from a Sufi saint, peer Karimullah Shah Qadri. […]

Demonetisation: Yes and No

On November 8 when I was driving home, at about 8pm, I received a message on Whatsapp that Rs1,000 and Rs500 notes had been de-monetised with effect from midnight that night. I thought it was a hoax till I got home and put on the television. I paused for a minute to think about how […]

Poet, prophet, outlaw: The many lives of Faiz

The life of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, one of the most widely quoted poets from the subcontinent, has been a source of much romanticisation and speculation. A new biography of the poet, written by Ali Madeeh Hashmi, his grandson, tries to contextualise Faiz’s work in terms of the politically turbulent times he lived in. Excerpts from […]

All Mainstream Leaders In Kashmir Have Become Irrelevant: Karra

    Rebel People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader, Tariq Hameed Karra, who was one of its founding members, resigned recently on the premise that the people in the ruling alliance were ‘acting more like Nazi forces’.  In a wide ranging interview with Kashmir Observer, Karra also claimed the RSS backed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had […]