By Suaid Rather, Mohammad Umar, and Sobia Bhat
Why are Kashmiris attacked though? Why is that every time a Kashmiri is seen amongst Indians, s/he is seen as the other, an enemy, a terrorist or at least a supporter of some supposed terrorist outfit, thereby blurring the line demarking a civilian and a musketeer?
By Mansoor Ahmad
Religion is the opium of the masses; this is probably the best-known quotation by Karl Marx, the German economist and Communist political philosopher. In this context, I take it to mean that without doing anything concrete to solve the Kashmir conflict, people are hoping (religious hope) that everything will be fine by the grace of Allah or hoping that Allah will take our revenge against those who are oppressing us.
By Mir Suheel Rasool
This historical vexation of Kashmiris is always met by the state’s barbaric acts and forces. India always keeps its masses ignorant about Kashmir, whose struggle for a political solution remains bewildering till another cycle of protests and killings return.
By Arif Khan
The use of pellet guns is among the most contentious issues in Kashmir today. We didn’t witness the use of pellet guns during the Jat agitation in Haryana, the Cauvery agitation in Karnataka, the Patel agitation in Gujarat or any other agitation anywhere else in India for that matter.
By Arif Khan
The problem gets compounded when educated youth from the Valley join militant ranks. This is something over which the government needs to think. The PDP-BJP govt has miserably failed to bring “peace” in the Valley. Instead, the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti reiterated her view that the violence is the handiwork of “5%” of the people.
By Adil Bhat
In building the narrative around Noor’s character, Mir opens up the window to his mind and thoughts that is both narrow and has complete disregard for the life of a Kashmiri, which appears simplistic from the outside, but is otherwise dense and located in politics. A subjective account of a protracted conflict, Khalid’s book lacks nuance and depth.
By Inamul Haque
Those who are aware of Kashmir history would know that violence in the Kashmir valley has increased a lot since 1989. As Hanna Ardent had perceptively argued, violence becomes a tool and technique of social control among the modern nation states.
By Irfan Mir
On the main road outside Mohammad Yousuf Bhat’s house, a young boy buys a pack of cigarettes from a shop. He is joined by a few more young men and they settle down to talk. At the end of the road, half a dozen men come out of a mosque after saying their prayers. People of the village, it seems, have returned to their lives and have excised Rasiq from their collective memories.