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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...

(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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Bringing Back The Lost Paradise, Kashmir

Prague, Czech Republic “Tu mera noor he Tu mera he fakhar Zakhmi he thoda, thoda ziddi Kashmir, yeh lahu luhaan pal tu thode or seh le, Majboor hun kayar...

Sing Me Freedom, Sing Me Cries

sing me blood, sing me life sing me a story, sing a prise sing me revolution, sing me fear sing me martyrdom, sing me tears...

Deepak Kalal – The Indian Tourist with a ‘Moh’

https://www.instagram.com/p/BR28hFXjgdM Earlier this year, a tourist in a 'canoe' was recording a video, explaining his experience of Kashmir. It was not the usual certificate of...

An Open Letter To The People Of India On Their Independence Day – From...

Dear people of India, happy 70 years of Independence. Congratulations on your freedom (Azaadi) from a foreign occupation. You fought the British bravely and...
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