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Stanly Wolpert: A Historian We Should Read

Stanly Wolpert: A Historian We Should Read

PUNCHLINE Wolpert’s works Stanley Wolpert is a historian who makes the difference By Z. G. Muhammad In our generation, perhaps rarely any of one might have read it or heard about it. In my small collection of biographies, there is a purple coloured hardbound, with  pages turned to smoke yellow biography published eighty-eight years back by George Allen and Unwin Limited, 40 Museum Street, London. It has a foreword by father of Indian Nation Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.  The biography has been authored Mahadev Desai Gandhi’s James Boswell and personal … Read entire article »

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Prison Tales VI: 1965- Lives In Bosom Of This Generation

Prison Tales VI: 1965- Lives In Bosom Of This Generation

Nostalgia Prison Tales 1965  Dwell in Their Bosoms By ZGM They are no Malcolm X, who has a big story to tell. They are not AlexHaley, who have to share a grand saga of chastisements and confinements of Kunta Kinte and his descendants. Nonetheless, they also have their stories to share, some interesting and touching, on occasions cascading with wit and humour. I … Read entire article »

The Mirwaiz Institution – Its importance In Kashmir Story

The Mirwaiz Institution – Its importance In Kashmir Story

The   Mirwaiz Institution It’s Importance for Kashmir By Z. G. Muhammad Author Like Chris, a French writer and filmmaker, “What I’m passionate about is History; politics interests me only insofar as it is the cross-section of History in the present.” Looking, at the contemporary scenario at our own place, I was thinking how past three centuries have shaped our contemporary narrative, in … Read entire article »

Prison Tales V: Badamwari Agony amidst Blossoms

Prison Tales V: Badamwari Agony amidst Blossoms

Nostalgia Mothers with Tiffin Carriers By ZGM Having cured chilblains contracted during harsh winters by running  on   fresh snowfalls with deer’s and stag’s thrill; we would be geared by mid-February to be back to the school. Soothing spring breeze greeted us on the way to school, at times the lone almond tree in full bloom in the cherry orchards around the Jamia-Masjid made us detour our journey through the … Read entire article »

Kashmir: Silver linings in Dark Clouds

Kashmir: Silver linings in Dark Clouds

Punchline Kashmir Returns To International Discourse By Z. G. Muhammad On Tuesday 26 February 2019,   twenty years after the Kargil war alarm bells once again started ringing in the capitals across the globe from Moscow to Beijing to Washington to Riyadh. On this day at around 3:30 am, the Indian air force conducted airstrikes at Jaba hilltop in Balakot, in Mansehra District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Several … Read entire article »

Prison Tales IV: Jails The Cauldron of Ideologies

Nostalgia By ZGM On a shelf in my small study, I have a beautiful book printed on glossy paper ‘Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’, translated from Persian into our mother tongue by Ghulam Nabi Khayal.    It was my second introduction to Khayyam, after having read translation of Rubaiyat by Edward FitzGerald as a student of literature and parroted verses like:   “Awake, my Little ones, and fill the Cup Before Life’s Liquor in its Cup be dry.” Many a critic of Kashmiri literature considers Khayal’s translation of   Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam as one of the best in our native language. Long before, as a young student passing my leisure time inside a bookshop in our Mohalla, owned by one of the then famed calligraphist Mahajan Sahib, I had seen the … Read entire article »

Dissent and Democracy: Banning The Jama’at-e-Isamia

Dissent and Democracy: Banning The Jama’at-e-Isamia

Punchline Dissent and Democracy : Banning The Jama’at-e-Islamia Jammu and Kashmir By Z. G. Muhammad For four million people living in   an area of 85,805.8 square miles in the bosom of mighty Himalayas, Saturday ‘12 March 1932’ was a momentous day.  On this day after years of struggle and sacrifices,   ‘Maharaja Hari Singh, the autocratic ruler of Kashmir  on the recommendations of the Glancy Commission Report announced the … Read entire article »