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Days in Bombay. Khawaja Bazar in Bombay

Days in Bombay. Khawaja Bazar in Bombay

  . Nostalgia Khoja Bazar  in Bombay  By ZGM Truly, the metropolis, those days for all its shades and colors, was more entrancing than a rainbow. Then, the orange swallow-tailed flag had not taken over the landscape of the city that for more than a century had seen ‘professional promises’ of many enterprising young men like greatest South-Asian Muslim leader, M. A. Jinnah bloom to full. It had been a sanctuary that did not distinguish between colors and … Read entire article »

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Kashmir: Hegemonic Discourses And Azadi

Kashmir: Hegemonic Discourses And Azadi

PUNCHLINE People VS Power Z,G. Muhammad Seventy-one years on we have become so used to the ‘hegemonic discourses’ that once a new one is churned out; people laugh it out.  Many an important political scientist like Antonio Gramsci have dwelled upon the subject ‘hegemonic discourse’ in great detail and come up with scholarly treatises on the subject. Instead of getting lost in the academic jargons in simpler terms it means the ‘dominant powers’;  ‘who have come … Read entire article »

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Kashmir: Hegemonic Discourses And Word Azadi

Kashmir: Hegemonic Discourses And Word Azadi

PUNCHLINE People VS Power Z.G. Muhammad  Seventy-one years on we have become so used to the ‘hegemonic discourses’ that once a new one is churned out; people  laugh it out.  Many an important political scientist like Antonio Gramsci have dwelled upon the subject ‘hegemonic discourse’ in great detail and come up with scholarly treatises on the subject. Instead of getting lost in the academic jargons in simpler terms it means the ‘dominant powers’;  ‘who have come to be … Read entire article »

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Bombay Days: The City Is Not All About Darker Alleys And Thugs

Bombay Days: The City Is Not All About Darker Alleys And Thugs

Nostalgia  Outside Darker Alleys ZGM The city of seven islands for me was not just about the tinsel town with all its flashy glamour and scandalous stories making covers of glamour magazines.  Or some making to the cover pages and topless female centerfolds of the Debonair magazine. It was not all about spicy gossip columns of Devayani Chaubel ’s about film stars, actors, and actresses. Her concocted stories’ precariously brimming with an “intimacy” that unnerved topmost … Read entire article »

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AMU Portrait Controversy: Amidst RSS Hate Campaign Jinnah Reigns Supreme

AMU Portrait Controversy: Amidst RSS Hate Campaign Jinnah Reigns Supreme

    Punchline RSS Portrait Controversy: Jinnah Reigns Supreme By Z.G. Muhammad History reveals itself. Sometimes, it is a bad happening that works as catalysts in bringing out some important historical facts to the fore that otherwise remain concealed under the veil of political prejudices, expediencies of power politics or the vote bank politics.  What has been happening in the Aligarh Muslim University during the week is sad and bad. Nonetheless, the sad happenings have triggered a debate … Read entire article »

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Bombay Days 14. Spiritual Solace In Madding Crowds of Bombay

Bombay Days 14. Spiritual Solace In Madding Crowds of Bombay

Nostalgia Spiritual Solace in Bombay ZGM   Instantaneously, on my arrival, in February 1983, I had fallen in love in with metropolitan not only for its glamour and glitter, its pulsating evenings and safe nights but the honesty amidst the hullabaloo of crime and fraudulence. The cab drivers, mostly Muslims from   Kutchi Memon community that had come from Gujarat to the metropolitan in the early nineteenth century had earned trust with the commuters for their scrupulousness and integrity. … Read entire article »

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Omar Abdullah’s Berkley Discourse Demolished

Omar Abdullah’s Berkley Discourse Demolished

PUNCHLINE Hashtag Kashmir Omar Abdullah Berkley Discourse Demolished Z.G. Muhammad   The Blue Gate, leading to a magnificent two-story white building with blue windows on the foothills of the Mount Solomon, Srinagar has been central to the post-1947 Kashmir narrative. In 1964, when topmost United Nations official Ralph Bunch arrived in Kashmir, the then premier students’ organization, the Jammu and Kashmir Students and Youth League organized a march to the white building housing the United Nations Military Observers Group. Lieutenant … Read entire article »

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