The time when Hindi Journalism turned into ‘Hindu’ Journalism

The period of the VHP’s belligerent build-up to the Babri Masjid destruction saw the rise of a mainstream ‘kar sevak’ media which destroyed the very fundamentals of journalism. Twenty five years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, The Wire, through a series of articles and videos captures how the act of destruction changed India forever. I seek your indulgence for starting with a personal anecdote. It can only be described as an unhappy conjuncture of events in the ninth decade of the century gone by that, just when the Vishwa Hindu Parishad…

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Radical land reforms were key to Sheikh Abdullah’s towering influence on Kashmir

Within the Valley, the reforms caused a social transformation that has few parallels. It is relatively well-known that many Kashmiris almost worshipped the ground on which Sheikh Abdullah walked. Seventeen persons were killed in stampedes at his funeral. However, the roots for his iconic popularity are rarely discussed. It is well worth recalling on his 112th birth anniversary that the most vital reason for his popularity was land reforms, which most Kashmiris identify through the slogan, ‘land to the tiller’. The land reforms in Kashmir, which were among the first…

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Why Muslims are on downslide?

Evolutionary process never stops. World progresses while evolution goes on. Actions keeping pace with evolution have made great progress and reached even the moon and the Mars. People died of diseases they never knew. Modern medical science has brought and saved life from being destroyed by curable diseases. Even body parts can be replaced/ People after going cardiac surgery survive 50 and 60 years. God has gifted man with knowledge and man used this gift for the welfare of mankind. Look at marvels like electricity, aircraft, automatic instruments, astronomy and…

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The untold story of how the rama idol surfaced inside Babri Masjid

An excerpt from Krishna Jha and Dhirendra K. Jha’s Ayodhya – The Dark Night that uncovers the story of how the mosque had turned into a temple overnight. Twenty five years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, The Wire, through a series of articles and videos captures how the act of destruction changed India forever. The night was almost over. Ayodhya was still numb with sleep. Piercing through the quiet, a young sadhu, drenched in sweat, came scampering from Hanumangarhi, a fortress-like Hindu religious establishment housing over five hundred sadhus in Ayodhya. He had been sent…

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Food Wastage: A global problem

Food loss is defined as the decrease in quantity or quality of food products intended for human consumption that are ultimately not eaten by people or that have incurred a reduction in quality reflected in their nutritional value, economic value or food safety. Food wastage refers to any food lost by deterioration or waste, thus the term wastage encompasses both food loss and food waste. Food waste is expected to constitute a growing problem in developing countries given the changes that food systems in these countries are undergoing because of…

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Why deaths no more depress Kashmir’s Gravediggers

Death can never be a cause for jubilation, but for a community living in Kashmir, death is not depressing either. In fact, death keeps them alive. They are the Malkhaish or Kabr-e-Mali’e, the professional gravediggers who earn their bread by digging graves for the dead. Showkat Ahmad Hafiz, is busy in sharpening a set of digging tools at his Srinagar home. For last one week, he hasn’t dug any grave which is his only source of sustenance. “Digging graves keeps us going,” the pale looking Showkat, who is in his…

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Majid and Mugees: A tale of two rebels

Kashmir has more than a single reality and this was demonstrated by the examples set by two young men recently. Both of them made news but for different reasons. The charming footballer from South Kashmir, Majid Khan, decided to return home by cutting short his new-found love with AK-47. Young Mugees returned home dead. He was killed in a shootout in the outskirts of Srinagar. A little towards the side track, there is the account of another young man, a police sub-inspector from Udhampur, Imran Tak, who was also killed…

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Marriages in Kashmir

Traditional sonorous symphony of Wanwun has been replaced by nuisance of mumbo jumbo musical bands and tosh singers Marriage as a concept signifies connection, harmony and mutual co-existence. Though, it is a spiritual union of two souls but in the larger perspective, its celebration as an event involves the whole society which determines its real cultural value. In Kashmir, marriage celebration had always been a focal point with regard to its importance for and relation to the society. Its celebration was one of the important instruments which ensured the stability,…

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VoxPop – What changed after Darbar Move?

Secretariat and most of the government offices moved to Jammu and Kashmir’s winter capital, Jammu, this month. This reporter spoke to people in Srinagar to know if they noticed any change after the Darbar Move. “Darbar move has left an impact on many things in the city. There are heavy power cuts in many areas and no one [in the government] is concerned about the problems faced by people; it makes the general public suffer.” Abdul Majeed Dar “In summers our ministers raise slogans that we will get our power…

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Autumn – the season of colours

Birchbark was used as paper by humans thousands years back and it now needs our protection. With the onset of autumn most of the greenery turns into golden in Kashmir valley. The leaves of Chinar turn red in this season. Similarly, before fall, the leaves of other common trees too change colors, giving amazing look in the cities and countryside. Like Chinar, the Canadian and Japanese maple trees, planted in some public gardens and private parkland here, also change their colors.Like other seasons autumn brings joy to the nature lovers.…

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