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An Eid With No Internet Ban – Eid Mubarak!

Waking up to the chink of crockery, the first thing we do on waking up on Eid is to grab our phones and check for Internet connectivity (nevermind, this is a daily routine for a Kashmiri). The heartbeats become abnormal as the Instagram refuses...

Manufactured Eid Mubarak From Kashmir

This Bakra-Eid is unlike last year’s Eid. Just a few hours ago Mr Sheep and Mr Goat landed at our house, unwillingly, unwittingly, separated from their families, herd, tribe, caste, and nation unaware of their sacrifice that will accompany our sacrifice and together we please...

Studying In A Tin Shed: The Story Of Our Own Failure Under The Shadow Of White Collar Crime

It was a rainy day in the month of April. I was on vacations, talking to my friends on the road side when I saw something that touched me. I was really moved when I saw two kids writing A,B,C on the muddy road...

Rise Of Mental Health Problems In The Valley

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon and Xuhaib was on an assignment to cover clashes in the downtown area of Srinagar. Xuhaib,30, had been covering conflict as a photo journalist for the last 5 years. He was just around 500 meters from his home...

A Journey From India To Kashmir

It was a hot summer day of 2010 when I was returning home from school. I was travelling in a public bus and when I reached Gojwara Chowk in downtown Srinagar, I remember I heard a few tear gas shots. I could sense the...

A Half Widow And Her Family – Stories Of Hope And Despair

22 November 2015, while driving back home from a marriage ceremony of my friend it was 9:30 pm when I found someone lying on a street with his head completely dumped into a filthy drain. At first, I thought it is someone dead there,...

“How I Was Killed When I Tried To Save My Brother” – Story of 21 Year Old Yasmeena Jan

My Name is Yasmeena, I am from Kashmir, nobody in the world understands what this means. On July 8th Moeen, my 7-year-old brother left the house a to join a protest. In Kashmir, everything is protest. Breathing is protest, our very existence is protest. Recently the valley has...

I Am Wazwan and I Am Always Late

As you all know my name is Wazwan which is served in Kashmir on special occasions, like on marriage ceremonies, on engagement ceremonies, on special functions and now also have the dubious distinction of being served in mourning ceremonies which is known as ‘Czoorim...

The Kashmiri Pandit In My Neighbourhood

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On January 19th in 1990, Jagmohan Malhotra was appointed as the fifth Governor of Jammu and Kashmir to contain the armed uprising. After the kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed, the armed rebels had become popular overnight. Jagmohan who oversaw multiple massacres,  is also widely regarded...

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

Watch Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgNGG_PwxRU My name is Nasir Shafi; my mother calls me Moomin; I am 11 years old. One evening, I was leaving our local masjid towards my home when I saw hundreds of men in uniform charging towards us; there was utter chaos. I...

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The Latest JK Tourism Video Is Wrong In Many Ways

Yesterday, JK Tourism released, what it called, a promotional film about Kashmir. "To offset 'negative perception' about Kashmir not being safe, Jammu and Kashmir Chief...

Why The Banihal Attack Looks So Dodgy

In a recent attack that took place in Banihal town along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, a Head Constable of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) was...
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An Earthquake As High As 8.0 On The Richter Scale Can Strike Kashmir Anytime:...

We all remember the devastating quake of 2005 which killed over 90,000 people and displacing more than 2.8 million people in the region. Soon after...

Ten Things Pakistan Said About Kashmir in the United Nations

Here are the highlights of what Pakistan had to say in its address to the UNGA in Geneva. 1. The legitimate struggle for self-determination of...
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