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An Open Letter To The People Of Kashmir – From Lahore, Pakistan

When I used to wake up every morning in the peaceful and comforting air of my home, I always tried to find peace of mind, too. Alas! I failed to find it for a long time, until now. Just like the heart, our mind...

The 122 Hours – Kidnapping Of Rubiya Sayeed

16 minute read In two decades after the abduction of Rubiya Sayeed, many have debated its impact on Kashmir insurgency, and its many ifs and buts. HAROON MIRANI revisits the event. On December 2, 1989, Ashfaq Majid Wani was at his home watching news on Doordarshan. The images...

Alleys Of Downtown

An alley of downtown: long but not so long, knotted, wearing light brown rusty caps, exhaling cool shadows, history reclining and sighing, future floating, living history staring and smoking out of historic houses with windows of cold archives in attics-staring down at alley and...

RSS Invites Kashmiri Students To India, Gets Trolled Instead

"Kashmiri students mobilised for a Sangh-backed outreach programme today questioned the Narendra Modi government's "digital India" campaign citing the Internet curbs prevalent in their state. Speaking to reporters, they also flagged the increasing attacks on them in the rest of the country since the current...

Rakshak Aayi – Summer Diaries From 2016

She is cursed at the very first sight. Profanities welcome her. She is battered with stones and bruised with every possible thing that comes in sight; shoe, wrinkled log of wood, bottle - whatever in sight. She deserves that. She is a terror. She...

Matric Result : ‘Stop Marks Shaming’ Campaign

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Two days ago, JKBOSE released the much anticipated result of Matric exams. Our message was #StopMarksShaming and #MarksDontDefineYou, because surely those digits do not define who you are. Muhammad Faysal's blog was the most read story in the week receiving positive response from young and...

An Open Letter To Burhan Wani

Dear Burhan, Ex-commander Hizb-ul-Mujahideen You're dead; so they are saying. My letter won't reach to you, I know, but let me hope this flies through the air and find you in the skies. I hope--that's the least we Kashmiris could do. Pictures from Burhan's funeral. Source: Indian...

Everyday Resistance in Kashmir

Yesterday, I wrote an obituary for my grandfather Gulam Ahmed Lone mostly reminiscing a side of him that resonated in the current Indian narrative of denigrating Kashmiri society as entirely regressive especially in the context of women's progress. This was to say that...

#FreeKamran: Shameful Silence of Kashmir’s Media Corporations

Two days ago, freelance photojournalist Kamran Yusuf was among those arrested by India's National Investigative Agency. From the early part of this year, NIA has been conducting raids on Kashmiri resistance leadership and their cadre. It has also made arrests of businessmen who are...

Supreme Court Of India Refused To Re-Open Pandit Cases

https://twitter.com/baheti_rohan/status/890845481395290112 https://twitter.com/KhurramParvez/status/889808127213920256 On July 23, the Supreme Court of India refused to reopen 215 cases in which 700 Kashmiri Pandits were killed during the 1989-90 unrest in the Valley. Refusing to entertain a plea seeking reprobe for alleged offences against the Kashmiri Pandits during that period,...

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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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