By Aijaz Ahmad Turrey
Why are Kashmiris being asked to leave as soon as possible? Why are anti-national slogans like ‘Desh kay ghadharo ko, goli maro salun ko’ being raised against them? What is their crime? This communal and ethnicity-based violence is dividing people. They are also the citizens of the country. They also have feelings and should be treated well like they do with 10 lakh in-migrants from different parts of the country.
By Waqas Farooq Kuttay
Most of the militants active at present are around twenties; with limited experience of life they seem to operate without any code and purely out of passion on many occasions. It looks like they can kill anybody they want. The problem is that a 14-year-old, killed in an encounter at Bandipora was called a martyr, and no one dared to call him a child soldier.
By Basit farooq and Shariqa Naseer
Though the complete scrapping of the AFSPA is not possible, it is to be kept in mind that the violation of rights of citizens can be justified in no situation. The Act fails to meet the provisions of Indian constitution and also international standards. While India might be the largest democracy in the world, the scars of human rights violations make it very small in giving respect to democratic values.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Muzafar Ahmad Dar
While talking to each other, I could sense his vast knowledge related to various contemporary issues, apart from his subject of specialization. He was much worried about the present situation in Kashmir as well as the broader Shia-Sunni conflict in the Arab world.