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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.

Shias of Kashmir: Socio-Political Dilemmas

Shias of Kashmir: Socio-Political Dilemmas

Driven from one place to another. Minority within a minority. Devoid of heroes in their own midst they look beyond borders. The Shia awakening elsewhere is infusing new vigour, new enthusiasm in the Shia of Kashmir.   

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