Arrest, Bail, Rearrest: Kashmir journalists face forbidding pattern

Arrest, Bail, Rearrest: Kashmir journalists face forbidding pattern

By: Suhasini Raj After being held in jail for close to four years awaiting trial on charges of aiding militants, Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan was granted bail by the courts last week, and he thought he could finally return home to his wife and his daughter, who was just 6 months old when he was arrested. But Indian authorities did not let him go, levying similar charges under a different law, and have since moved him to a different jail. Sultan’s case is the latest instance, rights activists say, in…

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Eye Lie: Hindi films from Zanjeer to Mission Kashmir to The Kashmir Files have routinely used kohl to mark out the villainous ‘Muslim’ Man

Eye Lie: Hindi films from Zanjeer to Mission Kashmir to The Kashmir Files have routinely used kohl to mark out the villainous ‘Muslim’ Man

By: Chandrima S. Bhattacharya The best way to identify a “terrorist” in a Bollywood film is by his kohl-lined eyes. The latest example is The Kashmir Files and we will not delve into the viciousness of the rest of the film here. But a man’s kohl eyes are by themselves a phenomenon worth looking at. They are backed by a long line of tradition in popular Indian cinema which has been reinforced recently. Strictly speaking, a man wearing kohl, or surma, may be more than a “terrorist”. On-screen, a man’s kohl-lined eyes…

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AAP plans high-profile entry in J&K Politics

AAP plans high-profile entry in J&K Politics

Priortising jobs and education, the party could upset the calculations of the BJP and smaller parties From organising iftar parties in volatile and militancy-infested Pulwama to holding membership drives in National Conference (NC) bastions of north Kashmir, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is gearing up for a significant entry into the Union Territories of J&K ahead of Assembly polls likely later this year. The development is likely to unsettle smaller development-driven and not ideology-based parties in the Valley and upset the BJP more in the Jammu region. Attracting the young…

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