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Afridi – Our Kashmiri Kind Of Superhero

You heard tales of superheroes in Kashmir? I remember 'akke-nandun' or 'Raz' from a village who'd fight the bear single-handedly. Growing up in Kashmir means cricket; not just playing cricket, watching it; and Pakistan cricket, boy, never did we miss that. Saeed Anwar's centuries to...

India Pakistan Matches Haunt This Mother Who Lost Her Son

India-Pakistan matches create a unique atmosphere in Kashmir. You'll notice people huddled together outsides shops, watching every single ball with utter keenness, come what may. The high-voltage Indo-Pak clash in Champions Trophy has raised the cricket fever, like the rest of sub-continent, to a...

(SHOW-PAIN) Shopian Rape & Murder – We Remember Asiya & Neelofer

Do we need anniversaries to remind us of something that we cannot forget? One such memory is gang rape (Oh! was that really a gang rape) of two women in Shopian, on 29 May 2009. The gang rape was later on passed as drowning incident...

A Nakba Close To Home

It was 2014, I was travelling on a train to Pakistan. For somebody who grew up in Srinagar, stories of Pakistan were always fascinating to hear. From my grandfather who was an activist of the Pro Pakistan Muslim Conference, leaving Kashmir in 1950 to...

Photo Story: Death In Family

I was sixteen years old when I lost my grandfather after he met an accident. This was the first death in my family, and it hit me like real bad. I made no eye contacts with any of my family members for weeks that followed. After...

Looking Through The Window Seat Of An Airplane To Srinagar

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Yesterday when I was coming home after a long time, two young boys boarded the plane alongside me. Probably coming on a vacation to Kashmir with their parents. The two had a small argument as to who'd sit on the window seat, which otherwise...

Photojournalists In Kashmir: Caught Between Stones And Bullets

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With advances in technology and mushrooming of social networking sites, photography is on it's rise like never before. Everybody who has a smartphone today is a photographer, courtesy Instagram, a photo sharing platform. But then there some persons who are serious about photography,...

Graves of Dolls – An Obituary For Kaneeza

16 March 2017 Little Kaniza, I am writing your obituary (and it is such a terrible thing to say!). I don’t know the circumstances of your death; I just know that you were 7. Seven. Journalists are still to write longish pieces about the events on...

The Death Of Childhood In Kashmir

Very often, when we feel low, we try to lift ourselves by looking at videos and pictures of children (at least I do) elsewhere who either are emptying bottles of sunscreen from their mums' makeup and making a mess or are drawing cartoons on...

Women Fighters Of Kashmir

“Our men,” writes A Q Rafiqui, and Mohammad Yasin in History of Freedom in Jammu and Kashmir, “should sit in their homes and wear burqas,” said a woman demonstrator in the summer of 1931 while protesting against the atrocities of Dogra regime. “Our Punjabi...

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Eid Has Finally Come

Eid has finally come. It always comes. In the best of times and the worst. Yes, we will polish off the finest bakery in...

Was Ayub Pandith Killed Because Of His Surname?

There's nothing that can justify the brutality in the manner which Ayub Pandith was killed by a mob. But as it has been happening...
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21 Beautiful Ramadan Pictures From Kashmir That Explain Our ‘Rozdari’

A post shared by Hilal Ahmad (@hilalahmmad) on Jun 22, 2017 at 5:00am PDT A post shared by Hilal Ahmad...

“How I Was Chased And Then Killed With Pellets” – Story of Nasir Shafi

My name is Nasir Shafi; my mother calls me Moomin; I am 11 years old. One evening, I was leaving our local masjid towards...
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