2016 The Year Of The Uprising

Ganderbal: An Allegory

The enemies of freedom don’t argue; they shoot. The lovers of freedom don’t shoot, or at least not indiscriminately; they love. This is the only chief ingredient that keeps ‘people of resistance’ living to hope & see what they desire for. But demanding this...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

2016 – Another Year of Scars

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  The year began on a somber note. The king was no more. Mufti Sayed’s ascension to throne had come at a great price. He bartered his party’s balmy image to enter into an alliance with the Sanghis – quite a treacherous thing to do...

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 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...

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...

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