The last ten nights of Ramadan and Laylatul-Qadr

The last ten nights of Ramadan and Laylatul-Qadr

Haroon Rashid Islam declared certain occasions and places the most sacred and significant. Laylatul-Qadr is one such occasion that is considered as the Holiest Night in the Islamic Calendar. This particular night is also known as the night of power or the night of decree. This night occurs during the final ten days of Ramadan, and although the exact date is unclear, it is generally assumed to be the 27th day of the Holy month. This is a night of great remembrance and worship to Allah (SWT) and ranks higher…

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‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid catastrophe

It’s hard to convey the full depth and range of the trauma, the chaos and the indignity that people are being subjected to. Meanwhile, Modi and his allies are telling us not to complainby Arundhati Roy During a particularly polarising election campaign in the state of Uttar Pradesh in 2017, India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, waded into the fray to stir things up even further. From a public podium, he accused the state government – which was led by an opposition party – of pandering to the Muslim community by…

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Neck and Net

During the last one year of lockdown and introduction of online classes there has been an epidemic of neck pain among the students. God has given us a neck which connects the head with the body. It supports the head and acts as a conduit for transmission of many vital structures from head to body and vice versa. Neck has a column of seven bones supported by discs, ligaments and muscles. Neck also contains food-pipe(esophagus), wind-pipe(trachea) and many vital blood vessels. The cervical spine has a normal C shaped curve…

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Aharbal – Kashmir’s own Niagara Falls

About 70 kilometres distance from summer capital Srinagar, Aharbal waterfall comes under the jurisdiction of south Kashmir district Kulgam. This hill station in the south-western part of the valley has a mesmerizing beauty, having the potential to lure the visitor’s attention. The spot is suitable for trekking, vlogging, photography, fishing and expeditions as well. Those fond of fishing often visit this place on Sunday’s to enjoy the fish catching. Like other tourist destinations of Kashmir, Aharbal possesses the mesmerizing look of meadows, pine and fir tree forests, the abutting snow-clad…

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Backstory: The Kashmir Model to Discipline Indian Media

“If democracy is to be replenished in the coming decades, it is up to us to rekindle the sense of outrage and loss over what is being taken from us…What is at stake here is the human expectation of sovereignty over one’s own life and authorship of one’s own experience.”~ Shoshana Zuboff, The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism The Wire’s public editor What is striking about recent developments in India is the manner in which the media, both legacy and social, have become entangled with the politics of the day. In fact,…

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Kashmir fast turning into drug addiction hotspot

Data available on drug abuse in Kashmir is ‘tip of a very large iceberg, say experts By – Haroon Reshi Drug menace is fast emerging as the most daunting challenge, for the society and for the administrative apparatus, to be tackled in Kashmir as it continues to spread like wild fire with each passing day. Even if there is no statistical data available to show the exact number of drug addicts in the Valley, there is, however, enough obtainable and circumstantial evidence to confirm the huge surge in it over…

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Houseboats the Kashmir’s floating heritage

By: Irfan A Mir Floating houses popularly known as ‘houseboats’ on the waters of Dal Lake have a unique history. It is said that the native kings had prohibited foreign visitors, especially the British from constructing houses in the region which gave rise to the concept of the houseboat. Though some believe that there have been houseboats on the waters of Dal, Nigeen, and in adjoining water bodies since 1800 but many contests this version, saying the floating houses came into being in the late 19th century by the boat-dwelling…

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Kashmir’s struggle did not start in 1947 and will neither end today

India’s decision to revoke Article 370 is just another chapter in Kashmir’s long history of imperial oppression. Tamoghna Halder On August 5, India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government issued a surprise executive decree stripping away the autonomy that the state of Jammu and Kashmir was granted in exchange for joining the Indian union after independence in 1947. Since the decree, Indian authorities also imposed an unprecedented lockdown in the region, cutting off all communication lines, restricting movement and putting prominent Kashmiri politicians under house arrest. The government’s decision…

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Syed Ali Shah Geelani: A life dedicated to Kashmir and its people

By Ruwa Shah It was a frosty February afternoon in the Turkish city of Kayseri. I had just finished my exams, and was hoping to have a rare moment of respite after submitting all my assignments. But before I could heave a sigh of relief and relax, I got a text: “Just heard about your grandfather. I am so sorry.” My grandfather, my “Aba”, is Syed Ali Shah Geelani, one of the most prominent figures in the Kashmiri resistance movement and the leader of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. He is 91 years old,…

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Eviction of native Gujjar, Bakerwals from forests is illegal as per Indian and International law

As the administration in Jammu and Kashmir starts its eviction drives to push the Gujjar and Bakwerwals out of their traditional homes, local and international law binds the government against it. But what is the way forward for these communities? Muzamil Jaleel The Forest Rights Act of 2006 recognises the rights of Forest Dwelling Scheduled Tribes (FDST), and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (OTFD), to forest lands and produce except timber. The law is informed by the understanding that FDST and OTFD are “integral to the very survival and sustainability of…

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