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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 […]

 Haseeb Abdullah

Geelani’s resignation from APHC-G: not an aberration but a part of Hurriyat Culture

Geelani’s resignation from APHC-G: not an aberration but a part of Hurriyat Culture

Since 1987, the pro resistance leadership has formed numerous amalgams to jointly struggle for the political cause but the inherent fissures have always resulted in disintegration. Haseeb Abdullah writes about these events and concludes Syed Ali Geelani has emerged with more popularity after each controversial disintegration of any amalgam.

In a recent development, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the nonagenarian resistance leader in Kashmir resigned from his post as chief of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC). In his two page letter, he informed the member constituents of APHC-G that he is resigning from the lifetime chairmanship of the amalgam. He complained about the leaders who […]

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INVEST IN CHILDREN – The Message on the “World Day Against Child Labour”

INVEST IN CHILDREN – The Message on the “World Day Against Child Labour”

An interview with Dr Javaid Rashid, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Kashmir, Srinagar

When we think about any vulnerable population (s), locally as well as globally, women; old-aged persons; and children are seen atop. This is because of the various issues they get exposed to on a continuous basis. Despite having laws, policies and programmes related to the aforementioned vulnerable populations, there seems no proper enforcement as well […]

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Women and Masājid

Women and Masājid

Since the balkanization of the Muslim world into nation-states the mosques have been reduced to mere praying places and in the subcontinent are exclusively for men. In this write-up, Faizan Akbar takes us back to the golden era of Islam when mosques were the learning centers of socio-politico-economic affairs for men as well as women. In order to restore the lost glory of mosques, the author suggests the measures to be taken which include opening the doors for the other half of the population.

Faizan Akbar The debates concerning the permissibility and the practice of Muslim women attending congregational prayers, and partaking in other activities at the masājid  (sing. Masjid) are not new to the Islamic legal discourses. These debates date back to the Prophetic generation itself, which is indicated by the presence of several Prophetic narrations found in […]

 Sameem Javeed Wani

Two ‘Ghazals’

Two ‘Ghazals’

Traditionally invoking melancholy, love, longing, and metaphysical questions, introduction of Ghazal form of verse in English poetry is popularly ascribed to Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali. Working on the same themes, Sameem  Javeed Wani here presents two ghazals invoking the grief and longing in a place that in itself has become a metaphor of grief […]

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Curfewed In

Curfewed In

When the death had been curfewed in

Raafi Ul Islam Something had set in and the whole town seemed to be a reflection of an old house under a spell, with the only exception that no doors creaked and no shadows haunted. But with time that too happened. A stillness that surrounds an ice block surrounded this town. Such suspension however, could […]

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Death of a COVID-19 patient in JLNM Hospital, Srinagar

Death of a COVID-19 patient in JLNM Hospital, Srinagar

With the death of a 70-year-old in JLNM Hospital, the death toll due to COVID-19 reached 33 in Kashmir Valley. While the patients blame the doctors of negligence and absence from the spot, the medical officer denies any such allegations leveled by patients

Srinagar: Heartbreaking stories continue to pour in as COVID-19 pandemic crosses stage 3 in Kashmir, with 38 deaths so far in Jammu and Kashmir, 33 of which have taken place in Kashmir valley. While the pandemic has left the whole world crippled and clueless, the official apathy and negligence have only proven disastrous for patients […]

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Lost Nest

Lost Nest

Umair Rashid  Birds woken by a scary sound Nests brought down to ground. Debris of misery scattered around Leaving forever a deep wound. My abode that predators raided From rain and pain it had shaded, In ashes everything faded With crumbling dreams that had made it. All memories and dreams went down the drain Leaving […]

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Mumbai based ‘social media platform’ raises 23 lakh for Kashmiri man jailed for 23 years

Mumbai based ‘social media platform’ raises 23 lakh for Kashmiri man jailed for 23 years

‘23 years, 23 lakh and 23 hours, a story of Kashmiri man’

Irfan Yattoo Srinagar, May 30: Mumbai based ‘social media platform’ has raised 23 lakh rupees for a Kashmiri man jailed for 23 years who was convicted in the Lajpat Nagar blast case and was released last year. On Saturday, a Mumbai based ‘social media platform ‘Humans of Bombay’ announced that they have raised 23 lakh […]

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