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“How I Was Forced To Jump In The Jehlum” – Story of Danish Sultan

I am Danish Sultan; it means a Wise Ruler. They say the name by which people call you has an effect on your character too; that is why my parents named me so; my mom and dad wanted me to become a wise man...

Meet Sarjan Barkati, The Living Manifestation Of Azaadi

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"Paani paani nahin raha, sailaab ban gaya. Yeh aisa sailaab hai jo Kanyakumari ko bhi Pakistan banaa dega". The moment these words are uttered, in a powerfully voiced statement followed by a lion-esque sigh, in front of a massive gathering, at one of the...

When Love Triumphed – Love Story Of A Pellet Victim In Kashmir

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It was the end of world for young Amir when he lost his eyesight during 2010 uprising. He resigned himself to his fate. He was sure that love story will soon turn into sympathy. But his childhood sweetheart surprised everyone including Amir by marrying...

Qalandar Khatana – Stories Of Torture From Kashmir

Meet Qalandar Khatana: a shepherd and guide by trade in 1991, living in the village of Kalroos Moori Kothiyan in the north of (Indian held) Kashmir. When I first met him, it was not fear but resignation that I saw in Khatana’s eyes. Resignation...

Story Of The ATM Guard In Kashmir Who Had 360 Pellets Inside Him

"My body was taken for autopsy and the doctors found 360 pellets in my body. However, the police said that my case was just a regular murder with some sharp object. Irony." My name is Reyaz Ahmed; I worked as an ATM guard in Srinagar....

“I Had Only Heard Stories Of Kunan-Poshpora” – Story of Yawar Mushtaq

I am Yawar Mushtaq, 18 years of age. I live in Batengoo, a small village in South Kashmir, Islamabad. One afternoon forces came to our village and ransacked everything. They broke our windowpanes, stones landed inside our rooms; they even beat domestic animals, let...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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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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