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Nostalgia of Generation Born With Black-Ribbon’s Tied To Head

Nostalgia of Generation Born With Black-Ribbon’s Tied To Head

  Nostalgia Mourning A Young Songster ZGM My efforts fail me,  in spite of trying to drown myself in the rhythmic Coke Studio music to forget the chilling stories coming from the South Kashmir and to erase images of silted throats of children and pellet meshed rubicund faces of girl students like ‘summer tempest’ tears soak my withering cheeks.  Many times, on seeing dumbfounded mothers sitting by the side of bodies of their slain sons I start singing with … Read entire article »

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A Clarion Call For Kashmiris: Wake Up To Tell Your Story

A Clarion Call For Kashmiris: Wake Up To Tell Your Story

    PUNCHLINE Need For Our Own ‘Brookings.’ Z. G. Muhammad My take on the book, ‘Kashmir Glimpse of History and Story of Struggle’ by Saifuddin Soz the past week in this column kick-started an important debate on the social media. Minus, some unsavoury remarks by some friends on the book and the scholarship of the author, the debate generated was important in as … Read entire article »

The “Others” Narrative: My Take on Soz’s Book

The “Others” Narrative: My Take on Soz’s Book

  Punchline The “Others” Narrative Z.G. Muhammad     Some twelve years back, Farooq Abdullah, senior scion of the Abdullah family told me   he was writing a book that will tell many inside stories, never told before. The information as a student of contemporary Kashmir politics had come to me as good tidings. My belief has been that  the stories of politicians, who are on the … Read entire article »

My Days in Bombay: When Die Was Cast To Dismiss Farooq Govt

My Days in Bombay: When Die Was Cast To Dismiss Farooq Govt

  Nostalgia   Toppling Game Watching It from Bombay   It had become a routine with me – something instinctive.   Sitting in my office chambers on the third floor of the Chicago Building, in Fort, Bombay in the morning the first thing I inquired from the office boy was if the postman had delivered the usual stuff. I was not curious to know if there … Read entire article »

Journey Into Europe: Akbar Ahmad’s Magnum Opus On Challenges For Muslims

Journey Into Europe: Akbar Ahmad’s Magnum Opus On Challenges For Muslims

Journey Into Europe Another Magnum Opus by Akbar Ahmad On  Muslim Identity By Z .G. Muhammad     I will join Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, authors of ‘Untold History of the United States in saying that ‘Ambassador Akbar S Ahmed is a treasure.’ ‘His insight, wisdom, and experience are desperately needed right now when so much US and European policy towards Muslim … Read entire article »

My Days in Bombay: An Evening With Anand Brothers

        Nostalgia An Evening with Anands ZGM     Our study was eight feet by six feet small cubicle; it had three taakhs (windows), and glazed multi-coloured terracotta tile floor. Of the three windows, one opened towards a narrow lane that led to a maze of lanes, with every lane having a story to tell about the resistance movement. During hot summers squatting and studying on the bare terracotta tile floor of the room gave us an air-condition feel, and during winters covered with woollen rugs, it used to be the cosiest place in our home. Those days, we were almost self-sufficient and rarely depended on imports, there were tens of terracotta tile kilns in few Mohallas in our … Read entire article »

My Days in Bombay: An Evening With Anands

My Days in Bombay: An Evening With Anands

  Nostalgia An Evening with Anands ZGM Our study was eight feet by six feet small cubicle; it had three taakhs (windows), and glazed multi-coloured terracotta tile floor. Of the three windows, one opened towards a narrow lane that led to a maze of lanes, with every lane having a story to tell about the resistance movement. During hot summers squatting and studying … Read entire article »