The Daily Vox The situation in Indian-administered Kashmir has worsened in recent weeks. Eighty-two people have people killed in clashes with Indian security forces, while thousands of civilians have been injured. Why the unrest though?Kashmir’s summer of discontent was stirred by the killing of a popular militant, Burhan Wani on 8 July. … Read more →
Poems: Metal of the night and Green lights of the Dawn
Ashfaq Saraf Metal of the night Metal of the night grows heavy with rust when evenings bathe in cold salt of stupor and wishes — those never tried, though, for their hazard. Wearing garments soaked in last decade’s rainfall (some delayed by months and more some early by days flooding … Read more →
Omair Bhat The findings of the last night’s dream suggest that i should have woken up,(to the news of an innocent killing )as gregor samsaas angeras disappointmentbut when i wake up ( you know how this is ?waking up for me is dyingit’s tabula rasathe absence of the thought of … Read more →
‘Hum Kya Chahte? AZADI’ – The Slogan which always reverberates in Kashmir.
Khan Ansur “Freedom is an idea that no tyrant will ever crush.” ~ Laurence Overmire Sloganeering means to raise slogans. It is a way of protest or appreciation in some ways. It is raising slogans to form a protest in order to get attention or to bring change in any … Read more →
Three Generations of Kashmir’s Azaadi: A Short History of Discontent
Farrukh Faheem How the Right to Self-determination Got Euphemised into Merely Ending Human Rights Violations When did the question of Kashmir’s right to self-determination get euphemised into Kashmiris’ “grievances” against the Indian state, centred merely on ending human rights violations and better economic support? When did the people of Kashmir, who … Read more →
Counterpoint: Is it really so difficult to hear what Kashmiris are saying?
Mohammad Junaid Among a series of articles that have been written on the Kashmir uprising of 2016, Chitralekha Zutshi’s piece, “The new wave of anger in Kashmir is not just about poor governance but about preserving an identity“, published recently in Scroll.in, took me by surprise. The author makes two broad … Read more →
Azadi Resurrected: A Referendum In Blood
Ather Zia As I write this, it is the 51st day of protests in Kashmir. The number of those killed by the Indian forces is 69+; the injured are more than 8500; more than 570 have had their eyes ruptured by pellet shotguns. Not all of those killed and maimed were active protesters. The internet and pre-paid … Read more →
Is Kashmir Militarily Occuped by India?
A few Kashmiri scholars responded on Facebook to this video by Al Jazeera+, titled “Is India’s military presence in Kashmir an occupation like Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories? Since its a slight introduction to an important seminal conversation, Zeerak Shah captures the responses for Kashmir Lit. “Kashmiris are not fighting … Read more →
Tchu Misri – Quatrains on the 2016 Uprising in Kashmir
Original Nazm by Zareef Ahmad Zareef, translated by Ather Zia. Tchu Misri Quatrains Dilawar syean temney kith shather chem pyemeth watnass mye yem tosas ae’ther chem Che yem azeh myeni chamneik posh putchnan Temen muleh kadneh dramit yemh pothar chem Karneh wadoah wai petran gam te doakh Loleh watnass khuneh sagwaan … Read more →
Ballad for Kashmir
Jhilmil Breckenridge I hear stories of an ancient land so pure. I see photographs of bluer than blue skies over a lake of molten gold. I drink kahwa flavoured with almond and saffron and smear honey, sweetened by bees from the valley, my hips swaying in a crewel work on … Read more →
The Missing Men, Found!
Muhammad Zahid They never came back once they left, with promises to come back at night, bringing smiles for kids, love for wives and hopes for their parents too. They never came back and those at home kept the doors open all night, their eyes kept looking far across the … Read more →
Poems: Cherry Tree, Chestnuts, and Invisibilities
Insha Muzaffar I through the branches of old of cherry tree I see you (the way I always see you) lonely amid the throng of contented faces writing angry letters to God while the coolness of gloaming seeps into the tepid skin of our sweaters and moon slips through the hedges … Read more →
Sumaya Teli 1 Inspired by untold stories of the old city and by people who wear their lives with the ease of a shawl thrown over a shoulder, Srinagar is a fragrance, with an ebbing heartbeat of hope: Close your eyes can you smell the seasons? Vivacious top notes of … Read more →
Secrets of the Kashmir Valley
Secrets of the Kashmir Valley: My journey through the conflict between India and Pakistan Author: Farhana Qazi Publisher: Pharos Media & Publishing Pvt Ltd. New Delhi, India Year of Publication: 2016 Pages: 308 Price: Rs 300 ISBN: 9788172210762 Reviewed by Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander Kashmir Issue and its … Read more →
Inder Salim I said to them, spontaneously Take away your Kashmir, Just take away, It is all yours. They laughed, then looked At each others faces with disbelief, But grabbed quickly: The Azadi Freedom in their hands was water As pure as one drinks At the beginning of a river. … Read more →
Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
*The post first appeared here Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais Wilson 52 rue des Pâquis CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland. Re: Urgent action needed to end state violence in Indian-controlled Kashmir We are writing to … Read more →
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