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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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Elections In J&K Never Meant bijli, sadak, and Pani

Elections In J&K Never Meant  bijli, sadak, and Pani

PUNCHLINE 2017 Elections Demolished Dominant  Narrative   By Z.G. Muhammad   Some sentences, ostensibly inconsequential make much bigger statements that even the author does not intend.  Former Indian External Affair Minister in the NDA government, Jaswant Singh (5 December 1998 – 1 July 2002) in his book, ‘A Call to Honour- in Service of Emergent India’   has written about September 2002 Assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir, defeat of the ruling party and entry of new coalition in … Read entire article »

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Who Divides Them?

Who Divides Them?

What Divides Them? Or Should I say who divides them Z.G. MUHAMMAD In larger political struggles, it is the belief in great ideal, such as “freedom is indivisible ‘that binds together people from diverse backgrounds and makes them a cohesive force for translating their ideologies and dreams into a reality. That bonds for achieving a cherished political goals are far stronger than cords for sharing comforts of power. This historical reality however, does not hold true about … Read entire article »

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In Defence of M.A. Jinnah

In Defence of M.A. Jinnah

Mountbatten, Jinnah and Nehru M. YUSUF BUCH To hold Jinnah “solely responsible” for the Kashmir dispute is, of course, sheer calumny but sentiment and ethics apart, it is also a breathtakingly grotesque contention.  From the whole tangle of personalities, Indian, Pakistani or Kashmiri involved in the origination and hardening of the dispute either by commission or by omission, it foists blame on the one whose role was least indictable, indeed most honorable and based on perspicuous judgment. … Read entire article »

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Indian Women Support Kashmir Cause?

Indian Women Support Kashmir Cause?

Will the women group take the lead? Z.G. MUHAMMAD     Scepticism and disbelieving about anything coming from New Delhi has largely become our second nature.  This trust deficit is not needless. It has a history. Sixty-five years long history, dating back to first Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.  Notwithstanding, my disbelief, I see a recently held one day women convention at Kashmir University by a New Delhi based senior journalist Seema Mustafa as worth noticing. In a way, it … Read entire article »

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I am Proud! I am a Srinagar Downtown Boy

The Downtown Boy  Everyone in Kashmir has a story to tell.   The octogenarian has a tale to tell- he has seen towering South Asian leaders at best of their eloquence addressing hundreds of thousands in the Muslim Park and in our own Red Square.  The septuagenarian has his stories to tell about the royal river procession and Russian Communist leaders in majestic boats rowed through the Jhelum. And their rehashing the ‘dominant discourse’ and giving it proletarian flavor.    That born ‘at the stroke of midnight hour, when world was sleeping and India awoke to freedom’ and when  South-Asian Muslims after gusty storms like  weaverbirds were dexterously making a home out of straw, has his narrative to share. Moreover, the Young man bubbling with fervor and boiling with fury has his own … Read entire article »

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A tribute to the city through fond memories of its glorious past.

A tribute to the city through fond memories of its glorious past.

By Shujaat Bukhari     Being the capital of the politically sensitive State of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar has always attracted the attention of writers and researchers, both Indian and foreign. Hundreds of books have been written on Kashmir, its politics, landscape and cultural and religious heritage. Srinagar, with its rich ethos and culture, has been in the centre of the multidimensional debates on the State. The glorious past of this ancient city, which was once known for its … Read entire article »

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