2016 The Year Of The Uprising

Kashmiri Diaspora : The Reflections Of Pain

In the visitor's book of the 'Panaroma View Tower' on the castle-end of the Charles Bridge in Prague, my friend scribbled in blue ink, “Salman, Asra, Sumbal – Pakistan; Tavseef – Kashmir”. In the politics of identity, in the struggle to get yourself associated...

The Pellet Victim – The Eyewitness

2016 was a year without rains in Kashmir. It did not rain since the night Burhan Wani was martyred. Oh wait! It did rain. Not water but pellets. In an authoritarian display of unbridled power, an unprecedented use of pellets was made on the...

The Curfew Teacher – An Agent of Awakening

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When, in the rebel held parts of Syria, Assad’s barrel bombs rained down on schools and leveled them to the ground, the teachers moved their classes to the basements and anywhere they could find a shelter. Keeping up with the same spirit of "education...

Resistance Beyond Convention

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”-Sun Tzu (The Art Of War) While writing about the role of resistance leadership in handling the 2016 agitation, I could think of no better way than engaging in...

Kulgam – Slogans and Stones

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2010. Entire Kashmir rose up, ignited by the gruesome murder of Tufail Matoo in June 2010 in Srinagar. The volcano was growing hot since three civilians were killed in a fake encounter in Machil, Kupwara and then the killing of Wamiq Farooq in February. However,...

Volunteers- The Saviours of A Nation

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We are the state when the state fails Two years ago, in the wee hours of seventh September, the valley woke up to the calm before the storm. The water had inundated large parts of the valley, Jhelum was racing like heartbeats before the climax...

The Kashmiri Journalist- An Agent of Parrhesia

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The truthful messenger, in any conflict, is always at the receiving end of the abusive power. Again, throughout the uprising of 2016, Kashmiri journalists faced everything from gags to pellets and batons of the state. Contrary to the misappropriation of almost all Indian journalists...

Khurram Parvez – The Tireless Human Rights’ Defender

On the banks of Jehlum, adjacent to Amirakadal bridge, is situated a repository of everything one needs to know about Kashmir. Not many people inhabit this place during the day except for the regular members and some voluntary interns. Inside this place, stacks...

Ambulance Driver- The Superhuman of Healing

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The ambulance driver in the Kashmir uprising of 2016 was nothing less than a stretcher-bearer in the trenches of First World War. The drivers, amidst a military siege, and pellet and bullet bombardment helped in saving thousands of lives, bravely dodging every hurdle in...

Srinagar: Water and Blood

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Smoke fills the skies, the air breathes like poison. It smells like a young spirit of a nation that has awakened to shake the status quo one more time. This is like the Muhammad Ali taking in all the rib cracking punches of Joe...

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“You’re a war-criminal” Omar Abdullah greeted with protests and booed at American University

  Omar Abdullah was on his way to give his talk in University of Berkeley in US. But to his surprise he was booed by...

India’s collective hypocrisy over little Asifa

Solidarity is always overwhelming. However, most solidarities have their own baggage with them; some we see clearly, sometimes we don't. It has been over two...

#JusticeForAsifa: Kathua Rape and Murder Explained

Here's a timeline of events from January 10, the day when Asifa went missing. 10 January: The little girl Asifa went missing when she...

Photo Essay: Streets of Downtown

Bold and mutilated graffiti, narrow alleys, locked and open doors, bridges, curfewed roads, Downtown has it all along with its mysticism. Sixteen year old,...
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