Why are Sikhs of Kashmir angry?

Why are Sikhs of Kashmir angry

By Javed Beigh Kashmir has historically been a multi-religious society, where Kashmiri Muslims, Kashmiri Hindu Pandits, and Kashmiri Sikhs have lived with each other for centuries maintaining the cordial, harmonious, and brotherly relationship. Sikhs of Kashmir, who actually are not historically from Punjab but are believed to be Brahmin and Rajput converts from the neighboring Jammu region and even Kashmir valley are very much an integral part of Kashmiri society. After the exodus of the Kashmiri Hindu Pandits, the Sikhs of Kashmir are now the largest religious minority of Kashmir…

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Why did India open a backchannel to the Taliban?

Why did India open a backchannel to the Taliban

Recent developments in the region forced India to rethink its approach to the armed group. Abdul Basit In a crucial policy shift, India recently acknowledged that it entered into backchannel communications with the Taliban in Afghanistan. In early June, the Indian media reported that New Delhi has started talking to certain factions and leaders of the armed group against the backdrop of the withdrawal of the United States forces from Afghanistan. A few days later, India’s Ministry of External Affairs all but confirmed these reports, stating that “we are in…

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Doctor; A Savior Or An Executioner

Doctor; A Savior Or An Executioner

Medicines cure diseases but only Doctors Can Cure Patients -Karl Jung Aubaid Ahmed Akhoon To start from the word “doctor”, so he’s a person who can bring smiles on the faces of suffering humanity, and as such the medical profession is an utterly respected profession. During this pandemic, the doctors have played heroic roles and have done a remarkable and outstanding job. We owe them big time and it’s pretty necessary to appreciate their work. As it is mentioned in our authentic books of ahadees as well Narrated Abu Hurairah:…

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Of innocent prisoners, lynching incidents, and Kashmir

Of innocent prisoners, lynching incidents, and Kashmir

Though Kashmiris opined that their elected leaders should attend the talks with the Centre, they were also rather certain that nothing really would emerge from those talks Humra Quraishi For the last few hours, I have been reading this latest book on the situation of the prisoners. In fact, the very title of this book – ‘Innocent Prisoners. Begunah Qaidi. Stories of Muslim Youth Falsely Implicated In The 7/11 Train Blasts and Other Terror Cases’ – relays the stark reality of those sitting implicated and imprisoned. This book has been…

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How Delhi got its way in the J&K All-Party Meet

How Delhi got its way in the J&K All Party Meet

Valley leadership would do well to ponder some questions, rather than seek answers and reassurances from the Centre. By – Haseeb A Drabu Even though convening the J&K All-Party Meet (APM) was a climbdown for the BJP and a compulsion of the Union government, it was conducted and concluded exactly the way they wanted it. It is a lesson in the realpolitik of how a tactical move — meeting leaders including former chief ministers and deputy chief ministers and prospective chief ministers — has been converted into a strategic initiative…

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‘Gupkar Gang’ to UP’s ‘Conversion Jihadis’, Featured news found new ‘Villain’ variants

Shailaja Bajpai From ‘Pakistan Prem’ on Aaj Tak and India TV, and ‘Jihad zeher’ on Zee Hindustan, to India Today’s ‘Modi Hate Club’ and Republic TV’s ‘Toolkit Fake News’, there was no dearth of villains on TV news this week. Speaking of villains, can Rahul Gandhi ever be far behind? He added himself to the cast with his ‘political jabs on vaccination drive’ (CNN News18) and questions about the gap between vaccine doses, which so incensed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that its spokesperson Sambit Patra took a jibe at…

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COVID Criticism and Our Responsibilities

COVID Criticism and Our Responsibilities

By -Aubaid Ahmed Akhoon ‘The healthcare is in shambles, ‘the country is going through the worst health crisis and the pandemic’, ‘Covid-19 has exposed our ‘below average’ health sector’, ‘the government is doing the best it can and yet the scenario demands more and refuses to get any better- these and many more reflections are being shared widely on social media platforms and in the media these days. Since the pandemic is so widespread and the country is too vast to be monitored perfectly, one can assume that the criticism…

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Kashmir Dispute: A chain of broken promises

Kashmir Dispute: A chain of broken promises

By Ghulam Nabi Fai Kashmir has always been a conflict zone. Amid the interests of politicians and countries intervening in the region, it has always been Kashmiris who have suffered If promises are made to be broken, then Kashmir may be summoned to prove the treacherous proposition. Broken promises haunt Kashmir’s history and explain its tragedy. I will confine myself to the last century as a concession to the shortness of life. Under the 1846 Treaty of Amritsar, Great Britain sold Kashmir and its then 2 million people to a…

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The Reminiscence, Blessings & Bitter Verity Of The River ‘Jhelum’

The Reminiscence, Blessings & Bitter Verity Of The River 'Jhelum'

Be a Part Of The solution, Not Part Of The pollution, Nature Never Did Betray The Heart That Loved Her By -Aubaid Ahmed Akhoon The land of Kashmir has been blessed by the Lord of the worlds. There is no precedent for the beauty of Kashmir. Here on keen observation, one can come across the presence of Allah which is quite evident from everything seen here. One of these most beautiful evidences is “The river Jhelum” which has a unique place in refining and adding to the beauty of Kashmir.…

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‘Situation is Distressing, Pathetic’: Kashmir in grip of suicides

‘Situation is Distressing, Pathetic’ - Kashmir in grip of suicides

By Farheen Qureshi Back-to-back lockdowns have not only affected Kashmir’s people economically but psychologically too, resulting in more deaths by suicide. A transient thaw and the despairing dozens were back on a bridge pleading a diver to rescue a sinking woman. Between the fatal action of the woman and the fraught reaction of masses, the valley in the second viral wave only witnessed another addition in the surging suicides. The distrait woman had appeared on one of the seven bridges of Old Srinagar, on a balmy summer day, and jumped…

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