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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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Tales of Downtown Boy Of Srinagar:

Tales of downtown Srinagar: A book that talks of resistance and culture in Kashmir books Updated: Feb 25, 2017 09:09 IST Hilal Mir Hindustan Times Scenes from Lal Chowk, Srinagar in November 2016.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo) For the past nine years, Zahid G Mohammad has been writing a column titled ‘Nostalgia’ in the Greater Kashmir newspaper. In his columns, Zahid attempts to reconstruct the politico-cultural history of old Srinagar, where he was born, simply by writing about the mundane and the important facets of mid-twentieth century life in the city. Two collections of these columns have appeared so far: Srinagar: My City, My Dreamland and, recently, Srinagar, The City of Resistance and Culture: Story of Downtown Boy. Both have been published by Gulshan Books Kashmir. Read more ‘Bullet for bullet’ Pakistan policy will worsen J-K situation: Farooq Abdullah Kashmiri youth … Read entire article »

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Natives Have Right To Return, But Big No to Walls of Shame.

    Punchline No Walls of Apartheid By Z.G. Muhammad   It is my birthright to live in my land. It is of no consequences; if I am an Aborigine belonging to one of the twelve tribes’- the earliest settlers including the Greeks and the Turks or I belong to later arrivals in this land from Persia or the Central Asia. So far I am a state subject morally and legally I have every right to live in the land of my ancestors’. If due to political situations at various points of time I might have migrated to any other part of the sub-continent I have a right to return. This column is not to debate the mass migration of people of our land to British India for fear of corvee and discriminatory and brutal tax … Read entire article »

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Was USA Really Interested in Independent Kashmir Or Communist Propaganda

Was USA Really Interested in Independent Kashmir Or Communist Propaganda

    Punchline Red Herring and Truth By Z. G. Muhammad   Like Banquo’s ghost in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Adlai Stevenson revisits Kashmir’s political narrative at regular intervals. For more than eleven years his ghost persistently hovered over the political horizons of Srinagar, Jammu, and Delhi- inside the court rooms, in the Parliament and public places.  It has once again reappeared after a report prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) years ago has been declassified and published in a section … Read entire article »

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Dr. Javid Iqbal’s Review of Downtown Boy

Dr. Javid Iqbal’s Review of Downtown Boy

  Srinagar: The City of Resistance and Culture   …measuring the nuances of ZGM’s masterly treatise   Dr. Javid Iqbal Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 20 201     ZGM with his Sunday nostalgia in ‘GK’ touches the sensitive cultural chord of thousands of readers in the length and breadth of vale, particularly of ‘Shahr-e-Khas’  the city of Sultans, otherwise known as ‘Downtown’ the heart of Srinagar. Nostalgia craved for a compilation for posterity in sequential form.  The book form of nostalgia is tailor-made to … Read entire article »

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