Rebel transgender Javaid Ahmad who coined Ragda in 2008

In 2008, when the first of a hat-trick of summer uprisings broke out leaving more than 60 dead and over a 100 injured, the resistance vocabulary of Kashmiris got richer by one more word: ragda. Ragda went on to become the Kashmiri equivalent to the Palestinian intifada and has made its way into many news stories, articles and opinion pieces on Kashmir carried by various newspapers and periodicals ever since.  A rebel transgender behind the epic coinage and a series of slogans has been the mascot of resistance in and…

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1947 Jammu Genocide Unfolded

On the 70th anniversary of the organised and officially patronised Jammu massacre, almost nothing has been written by India’s mainstream media, keeping alive the tradition of sweeping this enormous human tragedy under the carpet. We pieces together a series of events that turned various areas of Jammu into killing fields. At a time when trainloads of Hindus and Sikhs were coming to Hindustan, leaving the newly-formed nation state of Pakistan behind, and tens of thousands of Muslims were boarding the trains to Pakistan from Delhi, something terrible was happening in…

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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq among top five influential persons in subcontinent

Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has for the fifth consecutive year been chosen among the 500 most influential Muslim personalities across the globe by Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISISC) Jordan and one among the five top influential persons in the sub-continent. “Dr Farooq inherited the title of the 14th Mirwaiz, (traditional preacher of Muslims in Kashmir) in 1990 after the martyrdom of his father. At the young age of twenty, he became the chairman and founder of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a grassroots coalition of pro-freedom parties in…

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Football makes a come back in Kashmir, Real Kashmir’s made maiden appearance

After a dream debut in I-League, the highest division of league football, Real Kashmir FC’s maiden appearance on home turf on Tuesday united fans from different walks of life as it rekindled the Valley’s love for football. Though the match against Churchill Brothers Sports Club ended goalless, excitement was palpable at the packed TRC Stadium where fans, right from schoolchildren to former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, came to root for the home side. “The atmosphere was reminiscent of pre-militancy days when even local matches used to draw huge crowds. There…

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MeT forecast another spell of Rains and Snow from Nov 12 to 14 across Kashmir Valley

There is possibility of scattered to fairly widespread rain or snowfall in Kashmir Valley from November 12 to 14, weatherman forecast even as Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort , on Wednesday recorded its coldest night in six years and this summer capital of the state, recorded season’s coldest night,. A meteorological department official said while Srinagar had minimum of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius, the day temperature settled at 13.4 degrees Celsius. The night temperature plunged to minus 6.6 degree Celsius in Gulmarg , marking it the coldest night in…

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Fresh thinking is needed to cut the Gordian knot in Kashmir

“The best way to solve any problem is to remove its cause.” Dr. Martin Luther King The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) [Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik] in Kashmir has shown willingness to talk provided the Government of Indiaclarifies the parameters of talks. In an interview with The Indian Express, (June 5, 2018) Dineshwar Sharma, Indian Government’s Interlocutor said, “When I talk to the younger generation there (Kashmir), often they confront me with so many questions and even talk about Azaadi… Any rational discussion will be possible when we are able…

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Farooq Abdullah urges India, Pakistan to start sustained dialogue to resolve Kashmir Issue, advocates for Ireland type Kashmir settlement

National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah Sunday urged governments of India and Pakistan to start a sustained dialogue process and advocated an Ireland-type settlement model to resolve the procrastinated Kashmir issue. The three-time chief minister while addressing a public gathering at Uri said a day would come when the people of Jammu Kashmir will breathe in a peaceful atmosphere shorn of any insecurity. “We shouldn’t feel disheartened. The current situation is grave but we have witnessed even worst throughout the history. At one time in our history, people would not…

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16 Mentally challenged persons, including 2 women killed by forces outside camps in 15 years

Government forces operating in Kashmir Tuesday said that they would perhaps have to modify their standard operating procedure (SOP) to minimise killings of mentally-challenged persons who wander around security camps during late hours. The tacit admission by the forces that there is no specific mechanism to deal with mentally-challenged persons near the camps comes barely two days after Rayees Ahmad Wani, a mentally challenged person was shot dead outside an army camp in Shopian. Rayees was not the first person to be killed in such a manner. In February this…

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Apple production may fall in coming years

Apple production in Kashmir may be adversely hit in coming years in the wake of damage to fruit-bearing trees following recent snowfall in the Valley, officials said on Wednesday. Director horticulture department Kashmir Manzoor Ahmad Qadri said orchards across the Valley have suffered damage due to last week’s snowfall. “It will take us a week’s time to come up with exact quantum of damage and losses,” Qadri told Kashmir Post. But, he said, it is for sure that our production of apples will be “adversely hit” in coming years “due…

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Cold wave tightens grip, Srinagar records coldest night of season

Srinagar witnessed the coldest night of the season on Wednesday with the mercury settling below the freezing point for the first time, even as the weatherman forecast a spell of wet weather this weekend. The minimum temperature in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir settled at a low of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius, an official of the Meteorological Department here said. He said the night temperature in Srinagar was nearly five degrees below normal for this time of the season. The minimum temperature at other places across Kashmir Valley…

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