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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Six Ways To Stop ‘Braid-Chopping’ Incidents In Kashmir

With over hundred cases of braid-chopping in Kashmir, the incidents have not only created hysteria but also fear in the masses. The government that...

Braid Chopping – Women’s Voices from Downtown

It seems as if the Kashmiris haven’t had enough yet! The bullets and pellets now have a partner in crime to haunt poor valleyites...

Downtown Locks Doors To Braid Chopper

The braid chopper is here... It is neither a supernatural power nor a witch or a ghost. The pattern of it is that as soon...

The Love Birds Of Dystopia

She smacked the table and left the thud restless. This is the beat of her life too -- restless. She grabs her red sling bag...
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