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Of NC, Farooq Abdullah and the Politics of Appropriation

By Mohammad Ashraf Khwaja
To be precise, Farooq Abdullah’s latest attribution of hypocrisy to Kashmiris is a flagrant display of chutzpah and shamelessness. Or, he has a poor sense of history.

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Music in Conflict Areas: Protest Rap in Kashmir and Palestine

By Najrin Islam
In the music video titled Like a Sufi, MC Kash draws on traditional iconographic images of Kashmir (evoked by the staple metonyms of the Dal Lake and picturesque snow-covered mountains, for instance) to counter them with the lived reality of its constituent people, which is revealed in the content of his lyrics.

Away from Kashmir, scattered Kashmiri diaspora comes together

By Majid Maqbool
Kashmiris in North America are a thriving community of diaspora who live in the United States and Canada as their adopted home. Unlike many other immigrant communities, a significantly large number of Kashmiris are professionals, including doctors, engineers, scientists, professors, entrepreneurs, technology consultants, and business leaders.

The UN Report on Kashmir

By Syed Mujtaba Hussain
Where India had reacted sharply to the UN report, at the same time Pakistan accepted the report and officially announced that it was ready to facilitate the Commission of Inquiry as proposed in a recent UN report to Pakistan-administered Kashmir if India gives a similar access to the UN team to Jammu and Kashmir.

Many Shujaats Will Be Born

By Rameez Raja
Bukhari’s only fault was his attempt for a peaceful settlement of the unresolved Kashmir dispute. Additionally, he never hesitated to speak against the wrong policies and double-standards of the government in the valley. While he might not have won the hearts of the haters of peace, he is now a role model for the new faces of the Kashmiri people, who believe that pen is mightier than the gun.

Why Sehmat’s story needed to be told

By Sohini Chatterjee
Buried in the depths of forgotten history, lost amidst dehumanizing, fractious wars and decades of unrelenting, deranged enmity, fueled by nationalisms built on delusions of grandeur suffered by both India and Pakistan, Sehmat’s story needed to be excavated and narrated to the world, especially to the two neighbouring states in South Asia that are as insolent as they are belligerent, who operate in wanton disregard for human life, in an effort to sustain their exalted opinions of themselves, their amour propre.

Farooq Ahmad Dar, the human shield who can’t sleep

By Inamul Haq
After being used as a human shield by the Indian army and then labelled a stone-pelter, Dar is now a shunned man. Ever since, he has been struggling to rebuild his life; he suffers from insomnia and depression. The 28-year-old Dar has been unable to find a job and is still fighting for justice. Incidentally, his tormentor, Major Gogoi, has been recently honoured by the Indian Army.

Short Story: A Hit Film

By Dev Chaudhry
The producer’s words broke his tandra, the reverie. In hard crisp and distant voice, he was saying, “Cut the girl from the story”. Without fully listening and comprehending what the producer had said, Bhudho said, “What? Remove the girl from the story? The girl is at the centre of the story. If we remove the girl, then what will be the centre of the story?”