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Kashmir Understanding “Peace of Weak” and “Peace of Brave”?

Kashmir Understanding “Peace of Weak” and “Peace of Brave”?

    Punchline Interlocution and ‘Peace of Weak” Z. G. Muhammad   It is an irony of sorts. Interestingly, for a good friend of mine, otherwise acquainted with Kashmir problem I have become bête noire – not that he does not like my looks but for his belief that while discussing ending of the seventy-year-old political uncertainty in the state, I more than often dwell upon the genesis of the dispute and write on factors that have perpetuated it. … Read entire article »

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Prof. Hameedah Nayeem Looks at Significance of the Story of Downtown Boy

Prof. Hameedah Nayeem Looks at Significance of the Story of Downtown Boy

    What is in a Title? Significance of the title Story of Downtown Boy— and the Issues thereof Prof. Hameedah Nayeem Last week when two books were released in the university’s Ibni Khaldoon Hall, It set me thinking about the significance of the title of G M Zahid ‘s (Z.G. Muhammad’s) book- Srinagar, the City of Culture and Resistance: Story of Downtown Boy as a pointer to understand its genre. On the one hand, it is about Srinagar, the … Read entire article »

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Silent Mothers With Million Word Woeful Stories

Silent Mothers With Million Word Woeful Stories

PUNCHLINE Our Sombre Sunday Z.G. Muhammad   It was a sunny April Sunday, just, following the historic Sunday, when 2.3 million people of three districts of Kashmir, Srinagar, Ganderbal, and Badgam had registered their protest against the perpetuation of the uncertainty about future of the State through ballot- by boycotting the by-elections for the Srinagar parliamentary constituency. Nonetheless, despite the apple trees in full blossoms and vast tracts of mustards fields splashed with gold dust, the April Sunday was … Read entire article »

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Washington’s New Offer And New Delhi’s Response

Washington’s New Offer And New Delhi’s Response

PUNCHLINE Kashmir: Truman to Trump By Z. G. Muhammad A few days earlier to Nehru’s death in May 1964  he had shown an inclination towards departing from his straitjacket ‘Procrastination Policy and Diplomacy’  about the Kashmir Dispute by sending Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah as his envoy on an exploratory mission to Islamabad for meeting the President of Pakistan.  Perhaps, at this stage after the 1962 India-China War, which had made Nehru bid adieu to his “nonaligned policy” he … Read entire article »

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Nehru-Communist Dubious Role In Kashmir- Response to Andrew Whitehead

Nehru-Communist Dubious Role In Kashmir- Response to Andrew Whitehead

        Punchline Beyond the “Cut and Paste” Story Z.G. Muhammad   Everybody has a right to his ideas. Nonetheless, as Nietzsche says, “We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.”  A few day back, Andrew Whitehead, a former BBC journalist who reported from Srinagar in the nineties now turned historian had been invited to deliver a talk, Kashmir 1947-1953 by Kashmir University.  He … Read entire article »

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The Fifth Province Dilemma- Gilgit-Baltistan And Kashmir Problem

The Fifth Province Dilemma-  Gilgit-Baltistan And Kashmir Problem

Punchline The Fifth Province Dilemma  By Z.G. Muhammad     It is the first step towards the “new Great Game”. That is how experts are looking at the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in China’s ambitious project ‘One Belt, One Road vision of land and sea connections between Asia, Europe and beyond. The economic, political and geostrategic fallouts of this project have generated multiple discourses across the globe including in Pakistan- it expects a windfall of economic benefits from the … Read entire article »

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Debate In Indian Universities On Kashmir- A silver-lining

Debate In Indian Universities On Kashmir- A silver-lining

PUNCHLINE Indian University Campuses and Kashmir  Dispute By Z.G. Muhammad   The seventy-year-old Kashmir ‘Dispute’ or ‘Problem’   is graduating towards a resolution. To some friends, overawed by New Delhi’s denials this pithy observation may sound creating false hope. Even a ‘false hope’ as novelist Lois Greiman has said, ‘is better than no hope at all’. Nevertheless, the aim of the statement is not creating false hope. It is based on analysis of the situation as I see it … Read entire article »

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