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On Article 35-A ……….. and the ‘Violence of Interpretations’

On Article 35-A  ……….. and the ‘Violence of Interpretations’

    PUNCHLINE Article 35A  And ‘Violence of Interpretations’ By Z. G. Muhammad       We have a story, with a beginning, middle and end- but it is the end that is confounded by “the others,” who have their ‘meal tickets in the pursuit.’ For confusing the end, they not only collaborate with the coercive forces in strengthening the ‘hegemonic discourse’ but also indulge in what academic’ describe as the ‘violence of   hermeneutics.’  The ‘others’ that is the tribe of political … Read entire article »

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Bridegroom on A Colt: Only Rich And Influential Could Afford White Stallion

Bridegroom on A Colt: Only Rich And Influential Could Afford White Stallion

Nostalgia Bridegroom on A Colt ZGM I have an unbreakable bond with my childhood. That perhaps holds true about everyone. Often on festive, even not-that-jovial occasions, I instantaneously get connected to my childhood. ‘Childhood memories’ as someone has rightly said ‘come crashing like a wave, and one reaches to them with arms out to grab them, to catch them, hold them close,’ and I take great pleasure  in  sharing  them with my friends; young and … Read entire article »

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The Ward Four Boys Rendezvous With A Legendary Craftsman

The Ward Four Boys Rendezvous With A Legendary Craftsman

  Nostalgia Ward Four Boys ZGM Stories of many of the ward four boys,  like other downtown Srinagar boys, are  strewn across the countries, yet their loyalty is etched to the maze of narrow streets,  lanes and by-lanes they grew up in and played games; hide and seek, hopscotch and tip-cat.   Hitched to their roots, on a mere mention of their birth burg reminiscence cascade like high mountain brooks and pilot them down the memory lane, and … Read entire article »

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My Days in Bombay: Searching for Inner Peace in Tinsel City

My Days in Bombay: Searching for Inner Peace in Tinsel City

Nostalgia Off To Haji Malang ZGM Many spiritual experiences can’t be captured in words.  Offering late night prayers during sultry days on an islet with the soothing breeze blowing on all sides from the Arabian Sea had a unique spiritual elation. Perhaps, it was as good an experience as that of whirling dance when ‘the invisible world becomes apparent to the whole.’ Nevertheless, for me, it had the same inner solace that I experienced as a young … Read entire article »

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Days in Bombay. Khawaja Bazar in Bombay

Days in Bombay. Khawaja Bazar in Bombay

  . Nostalgia Khoja Bazar  in Bombay  By ZGM Truly, the metropolis, those days for all its shades and colors, was more entrancing than a rainbow. Then, the orange swallow-tailed flag had not taken over the landscape of the city that for more than a century had seen ‘professional promises’ of many enterprising young men like greatest South-Asian Muslim leader, M. A. Jinnah bloom to full. It had been a sanctuary that did not distinguish between colors and … Read entire article »

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Respond To Clarion Call Retreat Pellet Guns

Respond To Clarion Call Retreat Pellet Guns

PUNCHLINE Haunting ‘Dead Eyes’ By Z.G. Muhammad   On 15 March 1929, Sir Albino Banerjee, a Bengali Christen, who for two years had been   Foreign and Political Minister of   Maharaja Hari Singh had observed that the rulers had been treating “Mohammadan population” worst than “cattle.”  Ninety years later, when the idea of governance in the world has undergone a sea change, and colonialism has crashed the mindset of those in the corridors of “hegemonic authority” in the state has … Read entire article »

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Autobiographical notes Bombay 5- When Our Boys Were Thugged

Autobiographical notes Bombay 5- When Our Boys Were Thugged

Nostalgia ‘Blue-Collar’ Boys from Srinagar ZGM ‘The City of Ships’ to use Walt Whitman’s line, ‘proud and passionate city! mettlesome, mad, extravagant city!’ was now no more strange to me.   The maddening crowds on its streets, the huge tides kissing the shores like a passionate lover over an over again were no more alien to me. The evening scenes outside the old campus of the Bombay University reminiscent of some romantic scenes in an Urdu novel … Read entire article »

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