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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...

Meeting A Woman Who Lost Her Son As Well As Her Smile

It was a bitter cold evening of the Chillai Kalan. A friend of mine had accompanied me and we were on our way back home. Suddenly, my eyes caught a noteworthy scene. ‌ Shivering with cold, an old lady was sitting beside the bund of River...

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...

This Youth Was Fired For Being A Kashmiri

A few days ago, With Kashmir received this email and has been posted as it is. While the claims of the sender are yet to be verified, this looks like a case of racist harassment on the basis of ethnicity and religion. The author of...

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...

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...

“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...

“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...

Remembering Agha Shahid Ali

“Let me cry out in that void, say it as I can. I write on that void: Kashmir, Kaschmir, Cashmere, Qashmir, Cashmir, Cashmire, Kashmere, Cachemire, Cushmeer, Cachmiere, Casmir. Or Cauchemar in a sea of stories? Or: Kacmir, Kaschemir, Kachmire, Kasmir. Kerseymere?” (Ali, The Veiled Suite 171) Torn between his...

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....

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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...

Imran Khan’s stance on Kashmir has been a mixed bag

Pakistan's 22nd Prime Minister ImranKhan has had a 22 year old struggle to reach the summit in Pakistan. But his and his party's (Pakistani...

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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