Masuood Maqsood

Creating a ‘new Kashmiri’ – A strategy of fragmenting the dominant narrative

Creating a ‘new Kashmiri’ – A strategy of fragmenting the dominant narrative

History is witness to the fact that occupations do not last long without collaborationism, voluntary or involuntary. Occupational regimes from the outset used to cultivate a breed of collaborators by offering them various inducements and preferential treatment for going against their own land and people. The term collaborates, as Wikipedia says, dates from 1871, and is […]

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Shrieks heard on distant alps

Shrieks heard on distant alps

On a cold morn of 27 January, 1994. “Sheikh” opened his tea stall. The serene aura far and wide… On spur of the moment, single shot rattled calm ambiance ripened into an open-air morgue. … Frightened birds run off and scatter. Rifles emptied on innocent populace. Dead and wounded piled in heaps. 27 killed and […]

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Normalizing the Abnormal – The ugly shades of violence and occupation

Normalizing the Abnormal – The ugly shades of violence and occupation

Masuood Reshi My parents say I was born in a crackdown in a small idyllic village of picturesque Lolab, north of Kashmir. By the time I was thirteen, I already lost the count of times I had made an enforced attendance in a crackdown where we would be called to gather in a nearby meadow […]

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Junk Food… A short story

Junk Food… A short story

Waseem Makai  “They stitch the packets very tight, don’t they…? I mean do they sell gold or something?”  Kabir complained while opening the packet of tomato chips. “Well I think you should carry a scissor in your pocket….Hunh…. Give that to me”. I opened it for him and took a slice from it for my […]

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Shrieks of Handwara bloodbath

Shrieks of Handwara bloodbath

Remembering the buried faces of “Bridge of no return”. The people wailing at Handwara chowk.(25 Jan, 1990) When 21 killed and 100’s wounded in hail of bullets like culling chicken. Bodies were piling on streets and blood flowing like stream. “Mohammad Maqbool” a part of pile hot blood trickling on my face, came alive by […]

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The disgrace to our Lal Ded

The disgrace to our Lal Ded

Zakir Malik  The intense wave of frigorific air Glacial icicles witness inhuman wintry! As the hope hapless mother held in the heartless, resulted in strangling of her faith in doctorhood! From the unequipped and dilapidated institute to the multi-speciality one. with the intention to avail care, a Gujjar mother and a human set the journey. […]

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Bridge of hope crippled

Bridge of hope crippled

Chilly gusts of hot wind, roaming in search of blood. The bridge of hope crippled On the bridge of no return. And the echoed mountain rocks slide by wailing sounds. After bloodshed, hundreds laid down blood oozing wreathing in pain. Lift them to drink a single drop. Some jumped and drowned into “Chuntkul”. Thumping sound […]

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Is Shah Faesal narrative ‘old wine in new bottle’?

Is Shah Faesal narrative ‘old wine in new bottle’?

Safina Chowdhary This is truly news of an unusual surprise that Mr. Shah Faesal is joining politics. What is more flabbergasting is that according to him he is joining politics for a purpose other than those already therein in the camp. Amid these surprises one thing is for sure, Faisal is making history of his […]

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Snow will melt awhile

Snow will melt awhile

Dense pines will filter the “rays” Will not shade you… Breeze will not resuscitate you… Flowers will not adorn you… Alps will not cover you… Alpine glacier will slide …by the “rays”. Will flow swiftly …down a mountainside. And suffice water… Roaring river will not tranquil. …. Winds of Autumn blowing. Leaves falling down perpetually. […]

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Destruction of houses in the name of ‘Collateral Damage’

Destruction of houses in the name of ‘Collateral Damage’

2018 was the most deadliest year in the decade after 2009, more than 580 people were killed which included 160 civilians and 267 militants, reported by Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society. Besides, thousands were left injured. Use of force during encounters (counter insurgency operations) made thousands of people lose their homes. Homes that […]

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