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My Bombay Days: Looking For Manto In the Island of Giants

My Bombay Days: Looking For Manto In the Island of Giants

  Nostalgia Island of Giants ZGM The tinsel world of India has an intrinsic charm- a beauty that makes its distinct from any other metropolises in the sub-continent. Those, who adopt the city as their abode remotely move out of it. Those who live in it hardly forget about it. For many, like me, the city in all its shades rings like Dr. Faustus mesmerizing lines on seeing the Helen of Troy, ‘was this the face.’    Like a magnet … Read entire article »

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Autobiographical: Khawaja Ahmad Abbas and Kashmir

Autobiographical: Khawaja Ahmad Abbas and Kashmir

    Nostalgia   Meeting K. A. Abbas   ZGM      In the city of seven islands, every Sunday had its beauty for me; it always had a new thrill and excitement. To enjoy the poetic beauty of the city in all its aesthetics, I more than often boarded a red double-decked bus at the bus stand outside my home in Colaba.  Those days at the bus stands, elevators, and escalators the city was also magnificent for its discipline. … Read entire article »

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Declassify Kashmir: Let people in India Know the Whole Truth

Declassify Kashmir: Let people in India Know the Whole Truth

  PUNCHLINE Declassify Kashmir By Z. G. Muhammad     Thirty-five years back, like Banquo’s ghost, a couple of questions haunted my mind at regular intervals. Why Sheikh Abdullah, the man Friday of Jawaharlal Nehru who had greeted Indian troops on their landing at Srinagar airport on October 27, 1947, and made the “accession” of the State possible was six years later unceremoniously dismissed as Prime Minister of the State and imprisoned. Moreover, if there was something outside … Read entire article »

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Nostalgia: Our Cultural Kinship with Kashghar

Nostalgia: Our Cultural Kinship with Kashghar

    Nostalgia Abdullah Nankabab Wala ZGM Sometimes, recalling my childhood, I start believing that every one of us in our right was a Michelangelo- ‘and for us, every block of stone had a statue in it,’ and sculptor inside us always discovered it. From a small grass shoot to a tiny attractive black and purple beetle moving gracefully underneath the turf everything around stimulated our imagination and we conjured a world of our own on our ‘mental-canvas.’  … Read entire article »

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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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