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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...

Beyond Borders and Blood: Kashmir and Palestine

The Kashmir and Palestine conflicts are over half a century old. India continues its military control over Kashmir; Israel continues its war on Palestine. While these two countries are related by a common desire of domination, Kashmir and Palestine share a bond of solidarity. Below...

Children’s Day Special: The Death Of Childhood In Kashmir

14th of November, birthday of Pt. Nehru, the day which over a billion people celebrate as Children's Day. Here's an analysis of how childhood and its other aspects have been going on in Kashmir over the last few decades. *** No child is unharmed in Kashmir. *** Very often,...

Yarbal – Storytelling Session With The Kehwa Warmth Amid Blazing Chinars

"I love to see the glow on your faces when you speak on something passionate about." These were the words of Shah Iflah, one of the participants at today's Yarbal, while she was addressing the gathering that comprised of young engineers, doctors, journalism students,...

Let’s Meet At Yarbal: Special Storytelling Session In Shalimar Gardens

When life's chaos takes over the pilot of your life; when exam stress and workload take a toll on you, going back to your roots is all you need. We've got just the right thing for you. A special storytelling session where bright minds like...

9 Facts About Iqbal’s Kashmiri Roots And His Strong Bond With The Land

Allama Iqbal's Kashmiri lineage is well known. What's more interesting is that Iqbal always took pride in this. Kashmir, back then, was suffering under the Dogra regime and they way it impacted Iqbal's life has been quite evident in his poetry as well as...

Why I Think Braid-Chopping Is The Handiwork Of Some Rogue Agency?

Given the timing and rapidity with which the traumatic braid chopping incidents are unfolding in nooks and corners of our state particularly in the valley; it comes out, a meticulous conspiracy has been hatched by some unscrupulous thugs to cow down Kashmiris psychologically. We...

What Is the Official Map Of Jammu & Kashmir and How Big Is It?

Often this question comes up, where is Kashmir. How big is it? It’s quite big. Kashmir as a country Its size measures about to eighty-six thousand square miles. If Kashmir was a country, it would be larger than at least 68 countries in the United Nations. And would...

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 Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday released a five-minute tourism promotional or propaganda film called ‘the Warmest Place on Earth’ here...

Freelance Journalism In Kashmir: Playing With Fire

Fall 2014, I attended a three-day workshop about visual storytelling at MERC, University of Kashmir. The attending instructors at the workshop are two of the best photojournalists of present times. Many young boys and girls from varied backgrounds attended the workshop, with few from...

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Photo Essay: The Floating Vegetable Market In Dal Lake

One fine cold winter morning, waking up at 6 AM the morning, I planned to visit the famous Floating Vegetable market in Dal Lake...

We Support Kashmiris: Deputy Speaker Turkish Parliament

In a meeting with Shah Ghulam Qadir, the speaker of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Assembly, Ahmet Aydin said that Turkey is closely...

Snow, Resistance

It's snowing in my land Where blood still runs Through the lanes And wounds are still Afresh Will somebody up there In the clouds...

India’s Onslaught on Journalists in Kashmir Continues

Paul Comiti, the award-winning French journalist has been detained by Indian administration in Kashmir. He has been held for alleged violations of his visa...
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