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Traditional sonorous symphony of Wanwun has been replaced by nuisance of mumbo jumbo musical bands and tosh singers Marriage as a concept signifies connection, harmony and mutual co-existence.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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Modi has wiped out space for dialogue with Kashmir

  The Narendra Modi government’s dialogue with Kashmir has died even before it got a chance to be born. The fault does not lie with the leaders of the Hurriyat’s unified command, who last week rejected talks with the Centre’s interlocutor, but with the government in Delhi that speaks in many voices and does not know what it wants. Hours after home minister Rajnath Singh announced his government’s decision to seek peace in Kashmir through a dialogue, Prime Minister Modi ruled out any discussion of restoration of full autonomy for…

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Robbing Kashmir’s Green Gold

As citizens we too have responsibility not to violate the scenic beauty of our forests I don’t think it is judicious to blame Gulmarg-Sonamarg development authorities or the administration alone but we must look beyond the government authorities as we being citizens are equally responsible for the deterioration of Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Baba-Reshi tourists sites. These sites have been made dumping places for heaps of garbage scattered throughout these places which welcome visitors instead of the scenic natural beauty of Kashmir. As a conscious common citizen, I would never blame…

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From Babri to Taj, Hindutva Fights History

One of the many outlandish ideas that had apparently been doing the rounds in the run up to the Partition included the demand to move the iconic Taj Mahal to the promised land of Pakistan. Thankfully, no one took that fantastic wish list seriously, not even the leaders of the Pakistan movement, and the Taj has remained the most celebrated of India’s national monuments and the symbol of its composite culture. It is not just its ethereal beauty that makes this architectural marvel, cast in sheer white marble, one of…

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Demonetisation Drive: A colossal mismanagement

The perennial question about demonetisation is whether it helped to solve the conundrum of black economy, ostensibly, the first goal-post of the unprecedented move proclaimed by the government. The rhetoric of the government boasted to break new frontiers in economic transformation but nevertheless economic indicators released recently starkly expose such extravagant demagogue. Recent slowdown in economy indicates the demonetisation policy was poorly planned and badly executed by the government. Anticipatively the government articulates that much of the censure is tendentious judgement made on the basis of selective and inaccurate reports.…

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Legacy of Jashn e Kashmir left by Late GM Bakshi inherited till date

Art and culture are interlinked. Art flows from vast ocean of culture. In a broader sense, art which forms part of culture of any society encompasses within it varied disciplines of music, dance, poetry, drama, photography, prose, painting, sculpture & suchlike. Art & culture together reflect character, and desire to preserve identity, of a community. Kashmiri community is no exception to it. Their art too stands for their unique cultural behaviour & social norm. Art gives an opportunity to a community to understand, inter alia, its past & present history,…

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Facebook journalism in Kashmir

It is total chaos. Rumors push the panic button and we end up buying these fake stories from their stores. Neither they are professional nor reasonable, yet we trust them blindly. We blame them for sprouting the seeds of rumours, equally are we responsible for sharing it too. The micro-blogging site Facebook is turning out to be the headache in Kashmir. Everyone is reporting from so called ground zero. Some report from their cozy rooms and those who really are at the right place act brutally wrong. Now-a-days Kashmir is…

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