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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 … 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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Srinagar is Not ‘Ghetto People’: Story of Collective Punishment of Downtown

Srinagar is Not ‘Ghetto People’: Story of Collective Punishment of Downtown

  Punchline They Are Not ‘Ghetto People’ Z.G.Muhammad Honestly, they ‘have been more sinned against than sinning.’ Distraught at the plight of a million people with bright minds and deft hands this   Shakespearean quote knocked my mind while walking through the streets, lanes, and bylanes of the heart of Srinagar city. None but the people they catapulted to power after big struggle and sacrifices have betrayed them and made them powerless.  Their collective story is akin to … Read entire article »

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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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