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Pandit oligarchy and Occupation: A historical perspective

Pandit oligarchy and Occupation: A historical perspective

Khan Khawar Achakzai The Pandits acted as the grinding slabs for the Dogras. The subjugation was so pronounced that word pandit became synonymous with ‘Maharaj’ (Mahra). The Kashmiri Brahmins (also known as Pandits) are known to have enjoyed favours and patronage of every ruler in Kashmir, native or foreign. The Pandit oligarchy was considered sharp […]

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‘Kus Bani Koshur Crorepati’: using entertainment as soft power

‘Kus Bani Koshur Crorepati’: using entertainment as soft power

Basharat Islam Industrial Capitalism, two world wars, and the economic depression had devastated everything in the world, principally peace and mental steadiness. Horror engrossed every human soul and nothing looked beautiful. The world populace required something to sooth them, which could bring them out of the psychological trauma, that the combats, bereavements, and destruction had […]

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Reimagining and revisiting the history of Kashmiris

Reimagining and revisiting the history of Kashmiris

Syed Suhail Yaqoob It was a routine discussion on sociology. Within the time it converged to political discussion. Kashmiri’s restrained discussions often converge to politics and we have become habitual to it. It is our oppressed history that has converted us habitual to politics. We have seen worst kinds of abuses; both physical and psychological. […]

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Injured by India, embraced by Kashmir

Injured by India, embraced by Kashmir

Malik Fiza While Kashmiris were facing problems in the mainland India, the Dalits of Rajasthan found in Kashmir a real paradise on earth. Soon after the harsh winter was over I went for a long ride. It was on my return from the saffron valley of Pampore that my eyes landed on two tiny hands […]

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Red Paradise

Red Paradise

Zahid Mantoo and Ather Mantoo In winter, the silent night, the “flurry” snow of “white paradise” and a sigh of peace. At dawn, the “blizzard” with blowing snow from “Pir Panjal”. …limbs rive in the orchards of paradise. It is not the chlamydomonas nivalis(algae) Growing in the orchard’s of paradise that turns white into red… […]

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What prevents India from ratifying Convention against Torture (CAT)?

What prevents India from ratifying Convention against Torture (CAT)?

Nasir Qadri Rizwan Asad Pandit, a 28-year-old school principal, was last year detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) -detention without trial- for having affiliation with socio-religious-organization Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI) in Jammu and Kashmir, claims family.¹ His detention was rendered illegal by the state High Court and directed his immediate release. Instead of releasing him, Zulkarnain, his […]

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The Lost Heaven

The Lost Heaven

Hurmat Altaf Beauty is everywhere, heavenly one was here. Mountains are all around, echoing voices used to go round and round. Lakes and rivers were the allure of this heaven, like that of the beauty of Helen. Tulips of this heaven used to bloom, until they met those who began to revulsion. Birds like dove, […]

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‘Squeezing’ Information of Interest

‘Squeezing’ Information of Interest

Zahid Mushtaq & Adil Altaf “Torture is used as a matter of policy by the Indian State in Jammu and Kashmir in a systematic and institutional manner, as all the institutions of the State, be it a legislature, executive, judiciary and armed forces form a part” Who’d want himself to be shot at, in the […]

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Internationalisation of Kashmir issue

Internationalisation of Kashmir issue

Umair Pervez Khan Pulwama attack on 14th February of this year brought Pakistan and India, two nuclear states on the brink of war. LOC faced high tension for at least two weeks and civilians on both sides were the main victims of the skirmishes between two nuclear states. India didn’t only violate LOC but also […]

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Is Ramadan women friendly?

Is Ramadan women friendly?

Faizan Wani  The month of Ramadan is going in full swing. Besides the long Taraweeh prayers and reciting the Qur’an at lengths, varieties of delicacies are being served every day in every house. Preparation of an elaborate dastarkhwaan for iftaars is a routine. Eating tasty foods and meticulously prepared dishes is a norm for almost all the Muslims […]

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