Understanding Kashmir and Kashmiris: A Review

“As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know”. This pithy quote uttered by the […]

The China-Pakistan Axis

The Interpreter In 1965, a Pakistani military delegation traipsed to Beijing in hope of replacing equipment they’d lost in the previous year’s war with India. Premier Zhou Enlai, meeting the delegation, was bewildered by their request for only 14 days’ ammunition. ‘How can a war be fought in that short time?’ Zhou then asked: ‘I […]

Wilfred Thesiger’s Arabian Sands

Wilfred Thesiger’s Arabian Sands is an arresting travel narrative of the Empty Quarter, the world’s most challenging desert. Without reading this book, it is hard to imagine that a desert (which is called empty even by the natives!) may be pictured in such fascinating fashion. Thesiger, the first Englishman to cross the Empty Quarter, keeps […]

Review: Scars of Pellet Gun

Aftermath 2010 agitations the architectural designs of violence by occupational forces continues to haunt the people of Kashmir from all corners, this time by the exercise of  pellet gunning, mostly on unarmed youth of valley who are protesting against the illegal occupation. In order to quell the pro freedom caravan , Pellet guns were introduced […]

The Upstairs Wife,An Intimate History of Pakistan:A real tapestry

In 1947, when India was partitioned and Pakistan was carved out, many crossed the border with the dream of living in what was supposed to be ‘their’ country but, till today, they are regarded as Mohajirs (migrants) because religion per se is not the only criterion of social bonding. Soon after 1947 other primordial identities […]

Life is happening to us ,The rest of us just live here

NOT everyone can be the “Chosen One”. Not everyone wants to be, either. Two-time Carnegie Medal-winning writer Patrick Ness’s new book The Rest of Us Just Live Here focuses on those teenagers who aren’t special — except that they are, in their own ways. In a small American town that seems to experience a great […]

Patronage: India’s Kashmir Connection

The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism: From the Cold War to the Present Day Anorak- a person who obsessively is interested and follows niche subjects and perhaps even detailed trivia- appears to best describe Sampat Prakash-the Kashmiri Pandit around which Nandita Haksar builds her detailed and engaging(and at times incisive) account and  narrative on Kashmiri […]

Hindustaniyat: Pining for its Spirit

Separatism was deliberately encouraged by dividing languages and people who had shared over thousand centuries of syncreticism. These were strengthened by accompanying political developments that sought to crush opposition to colonial rule

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