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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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Kashmir’s Young Ambassadors – Songs and Music Is Their Language

Kashmir’s Young Ambassadors – Songs and Music Is Their Language

  PUNCHLINE Kashmir’s  New Ambassadors By Z.G. Muhammad   Like many others in my tribe; opinion writers and columnists, guided by screaming headlines I am also oblivious to the urges and aspirations of our youth.  That there is a strong undercurrent in a whole generation of them to use music,  arts, literature,   theatre and modern mediums like Instagram and YouTube for telling their stories, and articulating their pain and agony. I understood it first time some six years … Read entire article »

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Meeting Downtown Boy On The Champs-Elysées Paris

Meeting  Downtown Boy On The Champs-Elysées Paris

  Nostalgia   Downtown Boy On The Champs-Elysées ZGM Every one of has a treasure trove of reminiscences. I love to share them and make my friends nostalgic- nostalgia, I believe is cathartic. I don’t know; it is the job of the scientist to decide if nostalgia could be described as autobiographic, episodic or semantic memory. Nevertheless, it is something that takes us down the memory land instantly, at an unimaginable speed. Sometimes, a whirlwind that all children lovingly … Read entire article »

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Mohammad Din Fauq Chair And Kashmir University

Mohammad Din Fauq Chair And Kashmir University

  PUNCHLINE ‘Fauq Chair’ For History By  Z. G. Muhammad A group of our scholars, writers and historians expressed their deep concern about the academic inertia that has beset most of the universities. For having authored many books on history, literature and contemporary politics some of them are recognized as credible voices of the state. The concern was expressed more than a decade back at a seminar organised in connection with the importance of 13 July 1931 in the … Read entire article »

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Nimble Hands That Created Marvels Out of Wood

Nimble Hands That Created Marvels Out of Wood

  Nostalgia Carpenter with Nimble Hands    By ZGM   I was introduced to the nimble hands   much before, my younger sibling and I began with our tender hands looking for pearls in Kawa-Shup (shells) in the dunes of driftwood in the firewood store of our house. I was introduced to them before; I could  walk without my mother holding my hands. My first introduction to the skillful hands, which I admired in later days of my life was … Read entire article »

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Last Relic of Feudal Rule- Aziz Malik

Last Relic of Feudal Rule- Aziz Malik

Last Relic of Feudal Rule Like a shadow Aziz Malik followed the legendary headmaster Ghulam Mohammed Khadim inside the school     ZGM Looking through the “Pinjra” window of our mud- garden-roof house into the street outside, was one of my best pastimes. That was true about many children in my generation. The colourful processions of the Maharaja with soldiers mounted on tall horse backs, on the way to temple on the slope of hillock near our home and  people … Read entire article »

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Hiba Jan- 19 Month Pellet Victim Has Questions For You?

Hiba Jan- 19 Month Pellet Victim Has Questions For You?

  PUNCHLINE Message To Hiba Jan   My Father Is Your Culprit Z.G. Muhammad   There has been no laughter in our life. That is true about for three generations born after the famous ‘stroke of the mid-night.’  Still, we have been treading on, braving blizzard after blizzard of the batons and bullets; treacheries and tortures and intimidation and terror- talking and writing about our plight but there are awe-striking moments that freeze up our faculties. One, such a terrible moment … Read entire article »

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