Speaking walls

Prashasti Awasthi decodes the graphics on walls in Kashmir and what the writing on the wall means for the government. “The walls have ears, ears that hear each little sound you make every-time,” Elvis Presley advises staying...

Khayam Cinema and Ikhwan Hotel: The many tragedies of Kashmir

Once famed places of entertainment and hospitality have now turned into living memories of the pain and agony suffered by people at the hands of security forces over the last three decades of turmoil,...

It’s not cricket, Mr Dhoni

  By having the former Team India captain visit Kashmir in military fatigues, Indian Army has turned the most popular sports in the subcontinent into yet another military exercise. The militarisation of sports is a...

SMC’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’

In his widely broadcast programme, ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on its move to nominate 18-year-old youth from Ganderbal’s Mansbal area as its brand ambassador for ‘Swachata...

Rescue Squads

No sooner does the news of encounters spreads than an army of young boys, and even girls, attempt to break the siege by resorting to violence and help the trapped militants to escape. Sheikh Mudasir...

Paying the Cost

Diverse groups of students, entrepreneurs, small businesses and even the government functionaries suffer due to the often-invoked ban on the internet, which seems to be an act of collective punishment for entire Kashmir against...

Langate Left Outs

In the age of Information Technology and Digital India, schools in the picturesque Langate region are craving for basic necessities like potable water, washrooms and sports equipment, leaving students at the mercy of nature...

Unsocial Contracts

The practice of hiring contractual lecturers in J&K's School Education department on petty wages victimises the bright appointees who not only have to work for peanuts but are often posted in far-flung areas where...

Angry Weather Gods

With avalanches emerging as a new threat to the civilian population and soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir, PA Mushtaq delves deep into the surface to understand the shaky ground beneath us. The death of 20...

Reliving the horrors

As a reflection of its disputed history, Kashmir again witnessed another bloodied year of 2016 in which over 371 people including civilian, militants and security personal died. The year also witnessed the longest ever...

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