Ather Zia Towards the end of June grim reports from Indian administered Kashmir (hereafter called Kashmir) about increasing mass agitation, demonstrations and protests which resulted in civilian casualties began pouring in. Although tension in Kashmir is nothing new given the conflict, these particular incidents involved civilian casualties on a daily … Read more →
Kashmir’s Stone Pelter
Ather Zia [circa 2010] You ask about his birth? No, no he was not born today. No not at the time you see him, frozen in the frames of countless magazines and screens, aggressive and intent on throwing the stone at the well armed and armored Indian trooper whose finger … Read more →
Who Killed Karkare? The Real Face of Terrorism in India
Author: S.M Mushrif Publisher: Pharos Media & publishing Pvt Ltd, New, New Delhi, India Year Of publication: 2009 Price: Rs 300, Pages: 319 Terrorism, Islam and Muslim appear to be synonymous for the mainstream corporate media who never lose any opportunity to reinforce this myth which gained enormous currency after … Read more →
Conversation with Tariq Tapa
By Ather Zia You grew up in New York, you have roots in Kashmir? Take us back into your childhood and tell us a bit about your family life? I was born and raised in New York City. My mother is American, and an artist. My father comes from Srinagar, … Read more →
Conversation with Suraya Abdullah
By Nyla Ali Khan Prelude The rustle of a traditionalshalwar kameez; a well-ironeddupattalightly covering her head; a soft look on her face accentuated by a mellifluous voice; an unflinching conviction in basic goodness and the potential of people to redeem themselves even in the worst of situations; an uncritical filial … Read more →
Conversation with Masood Hussain
By Ather Zia If I understand correctly not many Kashmiri families would encourage a child to be an artist. How did you manage to stay the course? I was born in an intellectual family, known for its scholars and poets. My father was a doctor he used to read many … Read more →
A Remembrance: Agha Shahid Ali
Kashmiri-American Poet [February 4th, 1949 – 8th December 2001] In this 2010 winter issue, we mark Kashmiri American poet Agha Shahid Ali’s birthday which falls on February 4th. Shahid had very short time on this earth nevertheless the genius of his poetry blossomed and continues to flourish in the … Read more →
Conservation Confusion and Puchin Dumpokhta (The Pot-Roasted Spicy Wild Duck)
Sohail Iqbal Pluck the feathers of a wild duck; smoke it on a charcoal fire so that all the bits of fluff are burnt away. Roast it in a spicy gravy ‘and we Kashmiris would love it ‘Batte kehow Mussalman ‘Muslims and Pandits alike. Let’s revive wildfowling! Let us face … Read more →
A Message for Contemporary Muslims
By Najeeba Syeed-Miller Too often in modern religious discourse, we have devolved into conversations that emphasize only the passion of faith and do not honor the very aspect of faith that make us human: The role of rational thought. Emotion is important; it keeps us connected with God. We know … Read more →
Evicting Demons: Who Will Exorcise My Land?
By Nusrat Ara Some months ago, lawmakers in Kashmir secretly got the new legislative building exorcised after chief minister Omar Abdullah nearly lost his chair on the second day of the session. In 2008, former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had to resign on the first day of the first … Read more →
Infinite Injustice: Lies, Damned Lies!
Shopian Rape Case Conundrum By Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal Two women went to their orchard in the evening of May 29 last year in Shopian, Kashmir and went missing. They never returned. Their family and police personnel searched for them till the dead of the night along the trickle of a … Read more →
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