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Ambassador Yusuf Buch: As I See Him

Ambassador Yusuf Buch: As I See Him

  Yusuf Buch, as I see him In search of a genuine intellectual voice PUNCHLINE by ZG Muhammad Some time back, I had written there was no Edward Said on our side.   My lament was more out of concern rather than critique.    I believe that an intellectually stimulating discourse on Kashmir was missing and so far it had been   pathetically routine and blatantly ‘de- intellectualized’ projection of the Kashmir case that had vexed it thus far.  I had written … Read entire article »

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My Bombay Days: Looking For Manto In the Island of Giants

My Bombay Days: Looking For Manto In the Island of Giants

  Nostalgia Island of Giants ZGM The tinsel world of India has an intrinsic charm- a beauty that makes its distinct from any other metropolises in the sub-continent. Those, who adopt the city as their abode remotely move out of it. Those who live in it hardly forget about it. For many, like me, the city in all its shades rings like Dr. Faustus mesmerizing lines on seeing the Helen of Troy, ‘was this the face.’    Like a magnet … Read entire article »

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Kashmir Dispute and “Conspiracy Theory.”

Kashmir Dispute and “Conspiracy Theory.”

  PUNCHLINE Modi, Patel and Kashmir By Z. G. Muhammad To add scholarly flavor to their presentations some academics, love to use grand-sounding clichés. Of the many trite phrases used by them, ‘Conspiracy theory’ is a popular cliché with a particular brand of academics in our land. Once, they find points and arguments based on   the historical realities or on the hard facts raised by a speaker or a question posed by a participant in a seminar … Read entire article »

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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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