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Children Of Paradise – Dead Or Alive? Awake Or In Slumber?

Too much talk of children these days - children on the streets, children in homes, children unable to go to school, children blinded by pellets, children under trauma, the career of children and much more horrifying news. At one hand we have future of...

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...

(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...

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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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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