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 use of force against Azadi-seekers resulted in 96 civilian deaths and an epidemic of dead eyes, a ghastly phenomenon which will come to More...

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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...

By S Muzamil On Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
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Hard Times

Cover story April 2016 issue The bloodbath in Kupwara has sparked protests across Kashmir, shadowing the ‘honeymoon’ of the newly elected government that was already struggling to come out of NIT crisis. More...

By Kashmir Scan On Friday, April 29th, 2016
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Vohra’s Healing Touch

  With Raj Bhavan in firm control of affairs in J&K, the smooth sailing on administrative and governance matters has come as a relief for people. As hopes for redress are pinned on Governor Vohra now, the More...

By Ajaz Rashid On Thursday, March 17th, 2016
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The Chill at Gupkar

The reluctance of the PDP President Mehbooba Mufti to take over as the J&K’s chief minister is a reflection of her agitation at the BJP and its proxies’ ‘overt and covert’ attempts to More...

By Ajaz Rashid On Saturday, February 6th, 2016
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The Peacemaker 

An astute leader who knew the art of political maneuvering, a peacemaker who wanted to repair his people’s psyche bruised by decades of political unrest and a staunch believer in democratic polity, the country More...

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