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2016 The Year Of The Uprising

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...

We Who Continue To Be..

“Burhan?” My cousin asked me. “No,” I said, even as I had no idea who the Mujahideen engaged in an encounter with the Indian forces in Kokernag on the evening of 8th July were. Yes, the path he had chosen shouldn’t have made the...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Photo Essay: The Floating Vegetable Market In Dal Lake

One fine cold winter morning, waking up at 6 AM the morning, I planned to visit the famous Floating Vegetable market in Dal Lake...

We Support Kashmiris: Deputy Speaker Turkish Parliament

In a meeting with Shah Ghulam Qadir, the speaker of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Assembly, Ahmet Aydin said that Turkey is closely...

Snow, Resistance

It's snowing in my land Where blood still runs Through the lanes And wounds are still Afresh Will somebody up there In the clouds...

India’s Onslaught on Journalists in Kashmir Continues

Paul Comiti, the award-winning French journalist has been detained by Indian administration in Kashmir. He has been held for alleged violations of his visa...
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