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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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Badge of Borrowed Identity – and “Mainstream politicians”

Badge of Borrowed Identity – and “Mainstream politicians”

  PUNCHLINE Kashmir Leaders:  A ‘Borrowed Identity’   By Z.G. Muhammad   On Wednesday, a music track, “who they are” from a famous album of 2010 started to ring in my ears. It became louder and louder, as one after another news tickers on the television screen started crawling about the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. The political parties, part of power game in the State for past seventy years in different avatars, the National Conference, the Indian National … Read entire article »

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Kashmir: Is Not Story Of A Cricket Game

Kashmir: Is Not Story Of A Cricket Game

  PUNCHLINE Kashmir: Not A Game of Cricket by Zahid .G. Muhammad     I am not a cricket buff, equally not a great fan of the game; the last popular legacy of the British imperialism in all its colonies.  Perhaps, in the crowd of millions of Kashmiris, I am an odd man out whose adrenaline never goes up while watching India-Pakistan cricket test matches, one day and T-20. My heart never collapsed for Indian cricket teams like Professor Akbar Ali … Read entire article »

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Of Cart Pullers: They too their songs of oppression

Of Cart Pullers: They too their  songs of oppression

  Nostalgia Of Tumbrels and  Barges   ZGM The stories at night by our grandmother had a magical charm. The creamy clay daubed walls, with the greenish tincture, and a small electric pendant lamp hanging from a twisted silken wire looking like braids of damsels gave a mystical ambiance to the kitchen of our house. The story of Rostam and Sohrab, during power shutdowns under the dim light of an earthen lamp on Tchaengtaar, small shelf in the … Read entire article »

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Classic Books on Kashmir Demolish Conjured Narratives.

Classic Books on Kashmir Demolish Conjured Narratives.

  PUNCHLINE   The Joy Of Re-reading Books Knock-Down The  Dominant Discourses By Z.G. Muhammad In a scenario, when politics in our state has become crazy, the ‘hegemonic discourses’ have the sway, and a big lie projected as truth is accepted, restlessness is a natural corollary. To fight this restlessness instead of reading new books on Kashmir by authors published by big houses in India,- of course, tutored, of late,   I have started re-reading books already read many years … Read entire article »

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Governor “Sage or Saboteur”- debate in Kashmir Context

Governor “Sage or Saboteur”- debate in Kashmir Context

  PUNCHLINE Chidambaram Has A Point   Have Governors A Role In Kashmir Dispute By Z.G. Muhammad     On Saturday, Oct 27, 2018, there was a graveyard silence outside, with people remaining indoors in protest against  landing of troops from New Delhi at Srinagar airport in 1947.  Everything was in mourning, mesmerizing autumn with its variegated colors  had been converted into a season of killings – fifty youth   killed in a month.  In this somber scenario the moment I sat on … Read entire article »

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Kashmir Women belie patriarchal medieval and Elizabethan ideas

  Punchline Women on Forefront By Z. G. Muhammad In South Asia men, out of share bravado often use the phrase, ‘we are not wearing bangles.’ Interestingly, even top generals often use this phrase for sending a terse message to the enemy country that we are not as weak and breakable as women. This South Asian phrase is comparable to the famous soliloquy of protagonist in Shakespeare’s masterpiece Hamlet, ‘Frailty, thy name is a woman!’ that depicts women in a negative context as frail beings week in a character who fail to rise to the occasion and fight adverse situations with fortitude and courage.  Women of Kashmir have long before belied these patriarchal medieval and Elizabethan ideas by not only standing by the side of men but also being in the vanguard of … Read entire article »

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