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Hoping Against Hope: Half Widows of Kashmir in Lockdown

Hoping Against Hope: Half Widows of Kashmir in Lockdown

At a time when a new book titled ‘Can You Hear Kashmiri Women Speak’ is presenting female voices of the valley, many strife-battered women are silently braving the everyday lockdown trauma in Kashmir. Among them are half widows whose endless wait is escalating due to existential crisis created by lockdowns

15 Years Later, Low-Intensity Tremors Testing Kashmir’s Shaky Ground

15 Years Later, Low-Intensity Tremors Testing Kashmir’s Shaky Ground

The picturesque landscape shaken by the 2005 earthquake has already witnessed around 40 low-intensity tremors since the start of the catastrophic year of 2020. The recurrent yet unruffled rattles are forcing experts to reveal that Kashmir Valley with petrified past isn’t ready to face any major shake at the present

Madhosh Balhami: ‘A Chronicler of Collective Pain’

Madhosh Balhami: ‘A Chronicler of Collective Pain’

From his folk-singing days to a poetic prison period, a quintessential bard from Balhom Srinagar cemented his place as Kashmir’s unconventional couplet-maker over the years. But after losing his treasure-trove to a firefight in 2018, the poet turned platonic and began writing eulogies

Why Killing Militants May Not End Militancy in Kashmir

Why Killing Militants May Not End Militancy in Kashmir

What can change the game is if the recruitment versus killings ratio changes in favour of the latter.  This would progressively reduce the number of militants in a short period of time. But for now this doesn’t seem to be the case. New recruits are very motivated even if they are poorly trained. If the past is any guide, the militancy has often returned from the dead.

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