Open Letters

“Dear Zaira,” An Open Letter To Zaira Wasim

Dear Zaira Zaira, my heart goes out to you. Reasons, many. If I could, I would wrap my arms around you and hold you close to my bosom because a warm hug is all a child of your age needs at times like these. I,...

Article 35A: An Open Letter To Omar Abdullah

Dear Mr Abdullah, I would like to draw your attention regarding your statement about Article 35A wherein you accused Hurriyat Conference of dividing people of J&K and having a habit of muddying the waters. You also said that they(the Hurriyat) have nothing to do with...

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

Dear people of India, happy 70 years of Independence. Congratulations on your freedom (Azaadi) from a foreign occupation. You fought the British bravely and made colonialism end, once and for all, apparently. Dear Indian citizen, this letter is addressed to you from a land which...

An Open Letter To The People Of Pakistan On Their Independence Day – From A Kashmiri

Dear citizens of the neighbouring country, Pakistan, we love you; we love your cricket team even more. From where I come from, my love for your country and its cricket team is often dealt with punishments. Sometimes expulsion from the universities, sometimes jail, sometimes...

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...

Mondana Bashid – May You Never Be Tired

A concert in Manchester; an ice cream parlour in Baghdad; a fun Saturday evening in the heart of London; a busy crossroad, a demonstration and a funeral in Kabul. Tens if not hundreds of people dead or wounded. And all this without considering what...

A Letter To Emperor Jehangir From A Kashmiri

With due regards from harsh winters and bijli oops that bijli always plays go went gone games since Kashmir happened to be your paradise. Your majesty, emperor Jahangir, you had said when you had been kinging around the courtyards of my home, Kashmir, that: “If...

An Open Letter To The Protestor

Another bloody day draped in melancholic haze knocks Kashmir as usual; investing dead sons of the soil beneath the ground for a cause sacred to most of the Kashmiris. Three militants and two civilians have been killed by the brawny military men in two...

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...

This Letter By A Principal To His Staff After The Bloody Uprising Is A Must Read

This year Kashmir witnessed one of its bloodiest uprisings in which over 110 people were killed, most of them students. Every society has torch bearers who show the light and help us overcome immense sorrow. G N Aali, prominent Educationist and principal of Green...

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What kind of Azaadi is this? (Spoiler Alert)

Azaadi is Lollywood's first attempt at romancing with Kashmir at a much closer level. The movie is set in present-day Kashmir which is battling...

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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