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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 that is when the people need to hear both sides of the argument, not just what … Read entire article »

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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 clouds, the blues of a previous couple of years still lurked in my mind, and … Read entire article »

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Prison Tales: Our Spring Pastimes

Prison Tales: Our Spring Pastimes

Nostalgia Our Spring Pastimes ZGM ‘Some birds are not meant to be caged’, that is how best I can pronounce childhood of my mates, siblings and myself. When spring ‘dressed in all its trim, put a spirit of youth in everything’   like swallows in wee hours we flew out of our homes as arrows from a quiver. Nothing could hold us back. The fright of standing on a stool in class or receiving a cane charge on our palms   for incomplete homework could not … Read entire article »

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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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Suicide Attack: War Is No Option Dialogue Is Way Forward

Suicide Attack: War Is No Option Dialogue Is Way Forward

PUNCHLINE Let Us Talk Peace  Z. G. Muhammad   There is war talk all around. The war cries that have been an intrinsic feature of some television studios for about the past five years have become shriller during the past couple of days. Calling for a full-fledged war including the use of nuclear weapons is expected of some television anchors, hatemongers and shouting brigades know for screaming, screeching and yelling from the safe harbours of television … Read entire article »

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Obituary On My Childhood —

  Nostalgia   Obituary on My Childhood ZGM He is gone. My other half of me, my younger sibling Hassan, like white and puffy dandelion disappeared in the thin of air without a whispering breeze blowing across. He left so fast and forgot even to jot down a parting note- some reminiscences of the whole childhood and boyhood we had lived together- if he had forgiven me for breaking his terracotta toys, ripping his kites, drowning his paper boat in the rainwater and snatching candyfloss from his hand. At the age of four when he swallowed a coin, copper paisa with a hole in its middle and crown of George IV embossed on it with tears trickling down my eyes like monsoon showers with my grandmother; I had gone to the Astana of Naqshband … Read entire article »

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LOOKING BEYOND THE STREET NARRATIVES

LOOKING  BEYOND THE STREET NARRATIVES

    PUNCHLINE Looking   Beyond The ‘Shop-Front Narratives’ By Z.G. Muhammad   Let me begin my today’s column, with one of my favourite quotes of Mahmoud Darwish; “He who writes his story, Inherits the land of that Story.” The reason for this couplet buried somewhere in the subconscious resonating in my mind has been an ongoing debate on the social media the Facebook for a past couple days on some posts by historian Dr Abdul Ahad, author of ‘Kashmir … Read entire article »

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