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Defending The Indefensible

Defending The Indefensible

On the SMA debate between B R Singh and Ajaz-ul-Haque By Z G Muhammad On 13 and 14 April 2019, GK published a two-part article, ‘In Defence of Sheikh Abdullah’ by  B.R. Singh a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. Besides having served as Principal Secretary to former Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah for about six years, in the bureaucratic circles, he is known for his nearness with his former boss? Timing chosen for writing three thousand four words … Read entire article »

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Songsters of our Childhood

Songsters of our Childhood

Nostalgia    Hawkers And Their Songs ZGM Songs and songsters were part of our childhood.  It was not only troubadours playing dexterously on a score of small rings on an iron rod and producing musical notes that greeted us with satirical quatrains on sullen mornings and brought laughter in our life. It was not only Abdul Ahad alias Shoda the great … Read entire article »

Yusuf Buch Great Son of Kashmir

By Manejeh Yaqoob “In the passing of Ambassador Yusuf Buch, Kashmir has lost a formidable indigenous voice of reason and rationale. Since his peaceful passing to a better world,I’ve heard several kind words from generations of world voices describing him as a Distinguished Diplomat, Iconic Expert, Legendary Intellectual, Moral Compass, Over-Achiever, Meritorious,Mentor, Guiding Light, Resolute, Intelligent, Wise, Scholarly, Advisor, Brilliant star, Living Encyclopedia,Son of Soil and so much more. He led a fulfilled life, a life that I know shall inspire generations to come. To have vision with the kind of clarity he had with unwavering commitment to truth and fairness, publicly for over 8 decades, with steadfastness, strength and courage despite all the challenges he … Read entire article »

Loss of Self-Sufficiency and Jammu and Kashmir

PUNCHLINE Self-Sufficiency And Problems Thereof By Z.G. Muhammad Economics has never been my cup of tea. I have no claim to have read and understood John Maynard Keynes, the man who through the sheer brilliance revolutionised the concept of economics. Moreover, through his ‘Keynesian economics,’ he established a sort of yardstick that subsequently defined all economists that came after him.   I have no claim to have read, comprehended and assimilated Marxian economics. Notwithstanding, decades back having seen one of my friends translating Karl Marx’s seminal work Das Kapital into my mother tongue Koshur, despite finding the ideas quite convincing, I never endeavoured to make a serious study of ‘Das Kapital’ or ‘Dialectical Materialism’. Equally, I am yet to assimilate ‘Islamic Economics’ as encapsulated by Sayyid Abul … Read entire article »

Kashmir: Stand For Freedom Of Press

Kashmir: Stand For Freedom Of Press

PUNCHLINE Kashmir: Freedom Of Press Imperilled By Z. G. Muhammad Author ‘The liberty of the press is indeed essential to the nature of a free state. Every freeman has an undoubted right to lay what he pleases before the public: to forbid this is to destroy the freedom of the press.’ – ‘Free speech must be kept free even in wartime, even when passions are high because … Read entire article »

Prison Tales: A Ride In Girls College Bus.

Prison Tales: A Ride In Girls College Bus.

Nostalgia Examination in Barracks ZGM ‘Some slices of the past one holds close forever.’ Like a magical potion, they lift spirits in moments of despair. Saturday, December 23, 1972, is one such date that has got imprinted on my mind. In October of that year, I had got admission in the English Department of Kashmir University, thanks to Dr M.S. Want.  Nonetheless, like thick dark, ominous … Read entire article »

Kashmir: Polls, Politics and Experimentation

Kashmir: Polls, Politics and Experimentation

PUNCHLINE Polls, Politics and Experimentation Z. G. Muhammad I am not a psephologist. Notwithstanding, in the democratic process, the role of psephology is recognized as an important one, the study of elections in Jammu and Kashmir has never been my cup of tea. I never endeavoured to analyse voting patterns, regional and sub-regional factors, the role of caste, sects and religious factors, in the elections held in … Read entire article »