Contesting Narratives

Despite visible improvement in situation, the heavy slant of violence in Kashmir reportage by Indian news channels diverted tourists to other locales this year, thus trampling on the livelihood of over two million people associated with the industry. Kashmir is set to lose another tourism season. Could it have been prevented?   On a sunny May afternoon, More...

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By Ajaz Rashid On Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
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April Clouds

April is a season of hope when trees blossom, flowers adorn our gardens and farmers look forward to a fulfilling year. The polling day on April 9 charred all the vestiges of hope as democracy played an ugly dance More...

By Ajaz Rashid On Friday, April 7th, 2017
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Boiling Cauldron

As protesters continue to put themselves in the line of fire to rescue militants, New Delhi’s historical rigidity is making matters worse in Kashmir, even for the state government! Amid simmering tensions, upcoming More...

By Ajaz Rashid On Friday, March 3rd, 2017
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Celebrating a Despot

The resolution in J&K Legislature on Hari Singh’s birthday as a holiday reflects the Hindu right-wing’s growing assertion in the state’s affairs, inflicting a blow on PDP’s credibility in the Valley More...

By Ajaz Rashid On Monday, February 6th, 2017
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2016: A Year Of Turmoil

Post Burhan’s killing, the political discourse against ‘Hindutva machinations’ to ‘alter J&K’s special status’ boiled down to demands of ‘Azadi’. The unprecedented More...

By Ajaz Rashid On Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
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State’s War

  Promulgated by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1978 to curb illicit timber smuggling, the Public Safety Act soon turned into a tool for rulers in Kashmir to silence differing voices. From elderly men to minor More...

By Ajaz Rashid On Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
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Burhan: Conflict Folklore’s New Icon

The architect of ‘new insurgency’, Hizb commander Burhan Wani’s psychological warfare against security forces has turned him into a legendary figure in the conflict folklore. As Kashmir simmers, More...

By Irfan Bashir On Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
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‘Yi Chu Zulum’

  Kashmir Scan met the family of a youngster allegedly killed in cold-blood by J&K Police personnel. This is a detailed account of horror that unfolded on the fateful evening of July 7 at a house on the More...

By S Muzamil On Friday, August 5th, 2016
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Losing the Narrative

Cover story, June 2016 issue The broad daylight killings of policemen in Srinagar has evoked fears of ‘new age militancy’ expanding its wings to hitherto unchartered terrains of Kashmir Valley. While More...

By S Muzamil On Monday, June 20th, 2016
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Fall of Wakf

Set up to help poor and needy in the Muslim majority J&K and to contribute towards institution building, the Wakf Board has miserably failed its mandate as the state government continues to overlook political More...

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