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Respond To Clarion Call Retreat Pellet Guns

Respond To Clarion Call Retreat Pellet Guns

PUNCHLINE Haunting ‘Dead Eyes’ By Z.G. Muhammad   On 15 March 1929, Sir Albino Banerjee, a Bengali Christen, who for two years had been   Foreign and Political Minister of   Maharaja Hari Singh had observed that the rulers had been treating “Mohammadan population” worst than “cattle.”  Ninety years later, when the idea of governance in the world has undergone a sea change, and colonialism has crashed the mindset of those in the corridors of “hegemonic authority” in the state … Read entire article »

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Bombay Days 11 : Morarji Desai Taught Kashmir’s Top Man Punctuality

Bombay Days 11 : Morarji Desai Taught Kashmir’s Top Man Punctuality

    Nostalgia Morarji Desai and My HMT Watch ZGM Someone has said it, and said it beautifully ‘everybody owns a piece of Marine Drive’; it greets everyone with a smile, asks none; if he is a puritan or sinner, a maharaja or mendicant. Like millions of others, whose stories are preserved in its depth, I too have my share of stories … Read entire article »

Kashmir’s- Kowtowing “Accession-Politicians”

Kashmir’s-  Kowtowing “Accession-Politicians”

PUNCHLINE It Takes Courage: Standing for truth is all that matters By Z. G. Muhammad Sometimes, some news stories published on the inner pages because of their imminent political fallout are more significant than those that for their immediate news value make the lead stories. On Saturday, a four column news story published on page seven of the newspaper caught my attention more … Read entire article »

Bombay 10: And Haji’s Put their Own Bazar

Bombay 10:  And Haji’s Put their Own Bazar

    Nostalgia Haji’s Bazar By ZGM    It was no ordinary day for them; it was a dream come true. On leaving the customs clearance hall, walking on the dockyard, looking at the vastness of the sea they saw their lifelong supplications granted. Unmindful of the frenetic activity on the dockyard, with eyes fixed on the ornately festooned ship Akbari, even those in very … Read entire article »

Kashmir: Narratives, Not Military Power Triumphs

Kashmir: Narratives, Not Military Power Triumphs

  Punchline Misplaced Optimism By Z.G. Muhammad     The past Monday, when my column, ‘Geelani Release- A Way Forward,’ appeared in this newspaper, I felt remorseful of having written something outlandish- far fetched from the ground reality. It was flagrantly in contradiction with the black bordered banner lead stories, ‘Bloody Sunday: 20 Killed’ in all the newspapers. The blood curdling details of blood bath enacted … Read entire article »

Autobiographical notes, Bombay 8, Haj Pilgrims and Wonderland

Autobiographical notes, Bombay 8, Haj Pilgrims and Wonderland

Nostalgia Sea Haj Pilgrims in Bombay By ZGM It was like Alice, that little girl in Carol Lewis’ novel falling down a rabbit hole to discover a wonderland and seeing an attractive garden. That is how the Haj pilgrims felt on their arrival at the Bombay Central Railway Station.  Sitting, atop their tin trunks and luggage in the old terrain military trucks … Read entire article »

Strangulating Voices of Dissent Pushes Youth To The Wall

Strangulating Voices of Dissent Pushes Youth To The Wall

Punchline Geelani Release- A Way Forward By Z.G. Muhammad It might have been festive day for nonagenarian Syed Ali Shah Geelani, when he offered congregational Friday prayers, obligatory on all Muslims at the Jamia Masjid, Hyderpora, some two hundred yards from his residence. For about, three thousands days, five times a day Muezzin had been calling on him from the Masjid in his neighborhood … Read entire article »