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(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...

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...

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...

A Passport Of The Country Without A Post Office

The genocide in Kashmir is not over yet, but the land fertilized by the blood of innumerable, amaranthine martyrs is blossoming bouquets of tulips and roses in quick succession. New possibilities of spring, of poetry, of Azadi, of freedom, of peace, are here, and...

Messages From 2016 Siege – Photo Story

Summer of 2016 was a memorable one, unlike usual summers in Kashmir with occasional rains, in 2016 we were showered with millions of pellets. With internet ban and media gag in place, wall grafitis mushroomed all accross the valley for youth to give vent to...

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#SilencedNoMore: Global activists call for an end to silence on Kashmir

Activists from around the world have called for the end of silence on Kashmir. They have started a campaign called #SilencedNoMore to create awareness...

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Kashmiris react to the big break-up #BJPDumpsPDP

The news might have come as a surprise to all as BJP pulled out of the coalition government in the state. The state CM...
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