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After you left

After you left

Omair Bhat 1) it’s this grief of your leaving that has frozen the frost in light it scratches the surface of sky’s glass from beneath with the knife edge of snow’s sorrow on a full moon night a spur of wind escapes earth to adjust the white handkerchief on your face in the grave the […]

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Kashmir: Linguistic Crisis at The Doorstep

Kashmir: Linguistic Crisis at The Doorstep

With the abrogation of article 370, the Muslim population of Jammu and Kashmir feels their identity under threat. Language is one of the factors which comprise an identity of an individual or a nation. Manzoor Ahmad Rather writes a detailed piece about the existential threat to the Kashmiri language.

Manzoor Ahmad Rather Chronologically, on December 3, 2018, the Ministry of HRD officially tweeted that the Kashmiri language on the Bhasha Sangam program is removed in response to the raised sentiments with respect to Religion-based Version of language by Kashmiri Hindus, which had isolated the Kashmiri language at national level till today. By revoking Article […]

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Three Poems

Three Poems

Syed Aamir Sharief Qadri In Kashmir, where violence and death act as a daily reminder of oppression, the traditional symbols of love, beauty and comfort too seem to represent an unconventional reality. Colours, flowers, home- all in one way or another have come to symbolize killings, loss, longing, commemoration and mourning, collectively making it an […]

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Manchaly ka Sauda

Manchaly ka Sauda

Manchaly ka Sauda is a masterpiece Serial written by Ashfaq Ahmed, which was aired by PTV in the early 1990s. It is a story of a spiritual journey of Irshad, a multi-millionaire divorcee, who looks for the truth about his life and its spiritual essence.

Faheem Ahmad Manchaly ka Sauda is a masterpiece Serial written by Ashfaq Ahmed, which was aired by PTV in the early 1990s. It is a story of a spiritual journey of Irshad, a multi-millionaire divorcee, who looks for the truth about his life and its spiritual essence. As he embraces the spiritual journey of life, […]

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I do a crime, I wear a smile

I do a crime, I wear a smile

Naveed Jeelani Khan  You wake me up with the roaring guns Fill my sense with cutthroat calculations I break my fast with your brazen feasts Tear shells, bullets and other iron beasts In the valley torn down I do a crime, I wear a smile My grave! an exhibition of your nationalism Pierced eyes! a […]

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Lullaby

Lullaby

Hurmat Altaf My land is in need of a lullaby, A lullaby that may soothe it’s torn heart. From thousands of nights, My land hasn’t slept well. A perpetual nightmare haunts it, Like a beast haunts a deer. The nightmare of the shrieks of the innocent The nightmare of a mother’s sigh, The nightmare of […]

 Sameem Javeed Wani

Confessions from a murderer

Confessions from a murderer

I set the trap; tricked him into a catacomb of words; rhymes and allusion got him all dizzy; my naked words as they danced aroused him, somewhere in between the line breaks I caught hold of him; took out my metaphors sharpened on the whetstone of time; I confess! I confess! I gorged his eyes […]

 Sheikh Javaid Ayub

When The Eggs Hatch: On Consciousness and Existence

When The Eggs Hatch: On Consciousness and Existence

In this write-up, Sheikh Javaid Ayub deduces the philosophy of life by drawing the analogy of egg and hatching with human life and education.

When the eggs hatch, life is born. The birth of life has never been an easy task, but a difficult journey indeed. Life, in order to exist, has to break the chains that keep it submissive, subdued, confined, fossilised and hence dead. These shells have always been the guardians of the status quo. Birth cannot […]

 Mugees Ul Kaiser

Muslim Modernism, Traditionalism and Liberalism: Putting things in perspective

Muslim Modernism, Traditionalism and Liberalism: Putting things in perspective

In the postmodern world where some of the Muslims accept and follow religion only when in conformity with the western 'isms', Mugees Ul Kaiser writes how these 'isms' fail because of the 'liquid modernity' and how religion stands tall above all for its basis on what he calls 'metaphysical intellect which is trans-temporal and trans-historical'.

Modernist Muslims, who cut themselves off from tradition under the influence of evolutionism and progressivism, thinking that they develop a better understanding of things with the passage of time, are putting themselves in a quite vulnerable position. They seem to suggest that modernity and post-modernity are closer in conformity to the truth than Prophet Muhammad […]

 Khubaib Mujtaba

A Long Awaited Freedom

A Long Awaited Freedom

Khubaib Mujtaba Let’s march, break free from the chains of curfew, till every blood drop falls onto the bloodied streets, till each breath ceases and Heaven wakes up to our call.   In the crowded lanes of Delhi I hear the unsung melodies of emancipation, Koyal adds to the music of Freedom, the deadly silence […]

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