2016 The Year Of The Uprising

Varmul – Force And Counterforce

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It's been over five months since the martyrdom of Burhan Wani. Indian media has left no stone unturned to romanticise and vindicate the crimes of the Mujahid but that hasn't stopped us from glorifying and projecting him as a Herculean figure who inspired his...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Burhan Wani – The Immortalized Youth Is Still A Revolution

"Tas nawjawanas nazrana yus yi samaj paak karne khaetre godnyuk bandook chalavi". “An offering to that youth who will fire the first gun to purify this society”. (Jahnamuk Panun Panun Naar) When in your 20s, what do you do? Spend nights watching Friends. Or Game...

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...

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Kamran Yousuf

Kamran Yousuf caught between baseless charges and failed journalist fraternity

On 4 September 2017, Kamran Yousuf a freelance photojournalist working for leading local daily Greater Kashmir, received a call from the local police station...

Report: India to throttle internet in Kashmir to curb online dissent

According to a report in a Jammu-based newspaper the Daily Times, administration is planning to throttle internet speed to curb dissent. The report quotes a...

So must have been she!

Sometimes days turn into nights and nights spilled into months and we hadn’t seen each other. I knew she wouldn’t venture out; neither did...

One Last Goodbye

One fine Friday morning, miles away from home, I woke up to a few missed calls and a “Call me back” text from my...
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