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The Blood Stained Pheran

He wanted to wake up late As he knew, the daylight will Bring only misery, for his beloved Combed his black hair, put muffler And pheran, and left for his Own Funeral Bullets were restless To Pierce his bony chest Blood spout like Fountain He felt pain But didn't wept Eyes were only looking For hapless mother With...

Women Fighters Of Kashmir

“Our men,” writes A Q Rafiqui, and Mohammad Yasin in History of Freedom in Jammu and Kashmir, “should sit in their homes and wear burqas,” said a woman demonstrator in the summer of 1931 while protesting against the atrocities of Dogra regime. “Our Punjabi...

Silence

Does silence come naturally to us? I admire words for the powers they wield. But words frighten me. There is a form of self censorship that gets built in. We live with that, slowly becoming invisible under the skin. As kids, we were taught not...

The Interesting Story Behind Kashmir Flags

On 13 July 1931, the people of Srinagar marched to the central jail in solidarity with Abdul Qadeer who was charged with sedition by the Maharaja. During the protests, over 22 Kashmiris were martyred by the Dogra forces. Amidst a lot of wails and...

An Ode To Kunan Poshpora Horror – That Night Of Early Spring

That was a night of departing winter, spring would soon take its turn, Chilaikalan had left its last remnants all over. Dusk set in the valley of hope, morning would be better. The land was dressed in a majestic white, this night was unusually cold, the...

A Small American Town Comes Together To Help Kashmiris Denied Visas By Trump

Abid Hussain Khan and Tanvir Hussain had first been denied visas on January 30 and told that the reason behind the rejection was “current policies.” After pressure from at least two US senators and a small town community in the US, two athletes from Jammu...

Bone-Chilling Story Of A Kashmiri Woman

Islam witnessed women who were great warriors. And as a Muslim, I gather my courage and reference to context from my history like Hindus derive their religious and political legitimacy from their religious texts, Christians from the Bible and Jews from the Old Testament....

Marriage or Mirage

Marriage is described to be a pious, personal, and the perfect affair by almost all the religions of the world. It’s a relationship in which two souls reunite to be one but unfortunately, here in the subcontinent, it’s presumed to be two families instead...

For How Long?

People o people; what does freedom mean to you? Nobody seeks comfort in confinement. Do you or just tell me who? Now spare a moment, imagine a man, caged and cuffed. People do you care about him; is it a blithe disregard or are you actually bluffed? ‘What...

Standing Tall With Kashmir

Many centuries ago, Sultan Sikandar Shahmiri wanted to build a mosque in the great city of Srinagar. A few miles away from the capital Nowshera, Sikandar found a large space where he would build this mosque. Like all the Kings and Emperors, it had...

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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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