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If I had no children, I would have killed myself long ago. Whenever I think of doing so, it comes to my mind that what will happen to my son and daughters when they would need clothes and food. Who would take care of them?
The Kashmir conflict has shaped the unconscious psychology of the entire Indian-administered-Kashmiri population. It imposes an important question of how the current political situation in the valley has and is psychologically affecting the youth, causing many mental health problems.
After spending three years in jail, he still says “Yes, I’m a stone thrower.” Born on the11th of February 1991, Aarif Baba* has two historical events associated with his birth date. 11th February is the day Mohammad Maqbool Butt, considered one of the founders of Kashmir’s freedom movement, was hanged and 1991 is the peak year of resistance in Kashmir.
During the recent uprisings in the valley of Kashmir, one of the major tools used by the Jammu and Kashmir police and the Indian Paramilitary forces has been the tear gas shell. The tear gas shell is not an alien instrument: it has been used freely on peaceful protesters as well as stone throwers. There have been a large number of civilian killings, mostly teenagers, due to the tear gas shells. More than often, it causes serious injuries, leaves victims bed ridden for years, and results in loss of eyesight.
By Saba Firdous Despite living under hardships in Kashmir- which is engulfed in the conflict for decades now, women have made their name in the radio. Initially, it was difficult for any girl or woman to enter any media channel. They were looked down upon as inferiors due to which very few females came forward [...]
By News Desk | Photographs by Shahid Tantray On February 9, 2013, at 8 am, accused for the attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001, Mohammad Afzal Guru was hanged. It has been a month since his hanging and the Kashmir valley has only seen a few days of normalcy. As per the reports published [...]
By Sheikh Usman | Srinagar, Indian-Controlled Kashmir “For us, Azadi (independence) means not just getting rid of foreign occupation of our beloved motherland but also to remove hunger, poverty, ignorance and disease and to overcome economic and social deprivation. One day, we shall achieve that Azadi.” The man, who quoted this statement, worked and lived [...]
By Muheet ul Islam Kashmiri cultural life exhibits a unique intermingling of traditions from the age of Buddha to the Mughal dynasty. In an age where nothing ever remained the same, the Mughals came to the valley and started spreading their religion, culture and trade. This included their art and craft, which consisted of paper mache, [...]
By Mukhtiyar Ahmad Seventy-year-old, Ghulam Mohammed, wears a customary shabby blue cap with white colour lining. His green eyes seem to be searching for someone…someone who would be his respite, at last. He wears a traditional pheranwith one side folded on his shoulder that makes his body look slightly bent, one hand in the pocket [...]
Angels by Agha Shahid Ali In this video, poet Kerry O’Keefe gives an exquisite reading of Angels- a ghazal written by Kashmiri-American poet, Agha Shahid Ali. She is reading at Ali’s gravesite, in Northampton, MA. [Uploaded by Walter Skold on Vimeo.] Snowmen by Agha Shahid Ali This is an animated poem read by Carl [...]
By Syed Aqeel hen the air carries smokes of gunpowder filled with the rattling of gun fire, eyes sometimes seek the coolness of beauty and the depths of human emotions. The burden of carrying the weapon of death sometimes is interrupted by the ecstasy of loneliness. That in return seeks refuge in the eyes [...]
By Saba Firdous What is it that I am unable to forget despite the passage of years? What is it that makes me insecure when I step out of my house or even when I am in the safe comfort of my home? What is it that is still a nightmare for me? It is [...]