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Let the Kashmiris decide their political future

By Sabzar Ahmad Bhat
The idea of letting “the Kashmiri people decide their future” comes from a speech, made by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1952, in which he said that he would give the Kashmiri people a chance to decide their political future. For this approach to ever become a reality, both Pakistan and India would need to significantly change their attitudes to allow Kashmiri people to play a role in resolving the Kashmir conflict.

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‘Godi Media’: Medium is the Message

By Amol Ranjan
For a healthy democracy, freedom of speech and press is non-negotiable. In India, they derive power from Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. However, today journalists are increasingly made to shut down, harassed and even killed for their critical views of the ruling government.

Jab We Lynched: From Rioters Democratic Inc.

By Asma Anjum Khan
Look, when you are trapped, do they ask you which sect you belong to while if you raise your hands up to your shoulders (or not – doing Rafiuddin) as you mischievously pray your Jumma in a park? Or do they ask if you practise the typical Islamophobic Islam that the world loves to fear or are you a teetotaler?

Short Story: The virgin whore

By Rashid Askari
Really the Hindu girls were sweeter than the Muslim ones. He claimed to be a devout Muslim. He disliked everything of other religions except for women. He loved to graze in others’ fields leaping over the fence. He became the right producer of Angurbala.

Mismanagement responsible for water scarcity

By Favas Sulaiman
This potential mismanagement of water had prompted the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) to say, “Do not waste water even if you are at a running stream.” ‘Active Organic Spring’, an Australian water company, has tagged their water bottles with the above mentioned quote (hadith) of the Prophet.

Jahiliyat (Ignorance) killed Rizwan and Atif in Kashmir

By Javid Pandith
When a society starts taking sides and stops to call a spade a spade, it opens itself to anarchy and lawlessness. Time and again we as a society have failed Kashmiriyat by being hypocrites. We claim to be champions of human rights by highlighting the human shield act of Major Gogoi and the pelleting of baby Hiba. But what is holding us back from condemning Atif Mir’s death and observing a shut down on a number of such other cases?

Causes and consequences of the self-perpetuated exclusion of Ahmadis from Pakistan politics

By Rameez Raja
As a religious community, Ahmadis should have participated in the political affairs in Pakistan. Both Zafrulla Khan and Dr. Abdus Salam were involved in the civilian affairs in the Pakistani government but they did not have any interest to form a political party in Pakistan. Albeit a minority in Pakistan, they might have supported such a political party to safeguard their rights.

Film: Half-Truths and ‘Hamid’

By Mekhala Chattopadhyay
Aijaz Khan does not forge solutions or answers to what exists, but shows what is there, as a part of the lived experience. He does not answer the question whether Hamid retains the hope card through his teenage, and beyond. The discomfort is evident, but not spoken for or against.