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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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PRISON TALES: LEADERS AND PICKPOCKETS

PRISON TALES: LEADERS AND PICKPOCKETS

    Nostalgia Prison Tales  Leaders and Pickpockets    As someone has said coffee connects us in so many ways, so did the hubble-bubble connect generation ahead of us in our childhood.  Those days’ many tailor shops in our downtown, were no less than the fashionable Coffee House, on the Residency Road were wits, poets and “politicians”  met in the morning to enjoy hot cups of coffee and talk politics- of course pooh-poohing the resistance movement used to be … Read entire article »

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Kashmir: ‘Electoral Politicians and Polo Ponies.’

Kashmir: ‘Electoral Politicians  and Polo Ponies.’

  Punchline Kashmir: Electoral Politics and ‘Polo Ponies’ Z.G. Muhammad   Sometimes meeting an embittered politician, enables one to peep into a domain of politics that otherwise remains obscure. Moreover, on occasions sharing experiences about such meetings helps in analysing the games behind popping up of new characters like mushrooms during rains with alternative narratives for fortifying the ‘hegemonic discourses’ at the time of elections in the State.  More it also helps to understand how multiple forces, ostensibly … Read entire article »

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Kashmir Scholars: Revisit The Past And Tell The Untold Story

Kashmir Scholars: Revisit The Past And Tell The Untold Story

  PUNCHLINE Scholars Must Revisit By Z.G. Muhammad Some friends, are opposed to the idea of relating the history of the land, old or of the recent past to the current ‘dominant discourse’ or the contemporary ‘people’s narrative’. They have the right to do so; everyone has the right to hold an opinion.  Nonetheless, to quote Frederick Douglass, a nineteenth-century American social reformer and leader to end slavery in America. ‘It is essential to keep a record of … Read entire article »

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