By Mahima Raina: I don’t know where Jammu is when we talk about Jammu and Kashmir. When that happens, it makes me very sad and I wonder, is it no more ? I spend a considerable time in making this point to people I meet outside of my state: I belong to Jammu, not Kashmir! To them […]

By Karmanye Thadani: I had visited Egypt in 2008 with my parents, basically for an international conference on cyber law in Cairo where I was presenting a research paper on cyber terrorism, and an Arab gentleman presenting a paper on the same theme made it a point to condemn any killing of innocent civilians as being […]
Photos of protest against J & K interlocutor report at Kanakapura District.

By Swathi Anantha: Dear Neglectful Nationalist You blame America for trying to be the big brother for the rest of the world and here you are trying to play big brother to J&K. Who are you or the Pakistanis to be playing tug of war with the fate of these citizens? You are interfering with […]

By Raju Moza: Recently one incident took place in the campus of Kashmir University, in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, which neither was covered in mainstream media nor on new media .Typically most of the events happening in Kashmir are vociferously discussed on social media. If the incident involves the state machinery or security […]

By Sukrati Rastogi: The great Mughal emperor Jehangir had fondly repeated what Amir Khusro had said – if there is heaven on earth it is here in Kashmir. Its beauty has the power to mesmerize anyone but there is something truly unique that adds to the enigma of Kashmir. I am talking about its exotic […]

By Karmanye Thadani: This brings us to the moderate Hurriyat leader Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat’s statement that the implementation of UN resolutions mandating a plebiscite is no longer practical, and that the separatists must modify their plank by accepting India as their country and should contest elections for the good of Kashmir, and even though […]

By Karmanye Thadani: In the previous article in this series, we dealt with the non-separatist Kashmiri Muslim writer Sualeh Keen’s piece endorsing Manu Joseph’s stand about normalcy having returned to Kashmir. So, what do those having a problem with Manu’s article have to say? Let’s see what Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal, an Indian writer supportive of the […]
War till victory

By Karmanye Thadani: In the previous article in this series, I have mentioned that Sualeh Keen, a Kashmiri Muslim writer, has endorsed Manu Joseph’s stand. In an article titled The Unhappiness Factory of Kashmir, he has written- “When Manu Joseph wrote these words in the Open Magazine article ‘Sorry, Kashmir Is Happy’, it was but […]

By Karmanye Thadani: Manu Joseph started his article by throwing light on the attack on Prashant Bhushan and how the people of the valley were awaiting Anna Hazare’s response, since Anna had suggested a referendum across India on the question of a Lokpal Bill and so, he may perhaps back the idea of fulfilling Jawaharlal Nehru’s […]

By Karmanye Thadani: The word ‘Kashmir’ first reminded people of natural beauty, then it came to epitomize terrorism and now, it has come to mean controversy with the mainstream narrative of the problems in the valley revolving around the misuse of special anti-terror legislations and more importantly, the question of the legitimacy of Indian rule. […]

By Anavil Jaiswal: A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another […]

By Karmanye Thadani: We have impartially examined the history of the Kashmir issue in brief as also the narratives on all sides — Indian, Pakistani and separatist. Without the faintest trace of nationalist bias, let us examine the issue from the perspective of the Kashmiri people on the Indian side. Their anger at the brutality […]

By Niyati Bhat: When it comes to Kashmir, there is something that wipes out my mind clean. Almost every Kashmiri writer I know is writing about Kashmir, about their memories, the agonies, the good and the bad phases, the ruins of their homes. I can’t. I was born 2 years after the migration. The rage […]

By Karmanye Thadani: Keeping in mind my appeal to read this series without a nationalist bias, if we were to trace the history of the conflict, back in the 1930s, when the Dogra monarchs, who were Hindus, ruled Jammu and Kashmir (which comprised Hindu-majority Jammu, Buddhist-majority Ladakh and Muslim-majority Kashmir and was Muslim-majority overall), the […]

By Karmanye Thadani: The recent protests erupting in the valley owing to a Kashmiri boy being run over by an Indian military vehicle, the controversy surrounding the screening of Sanjay Kak’s documentary Jashn-e-Azadi in Symbiosis University, Pune, and the anti-Pakistan remarks made by Mumtaz Khan, hailing from POK, in an international conference in Delhi organized […]

By Manisha Chachra: Kashmir — a jewel in the Indian crown, whose position even after 64 years of India’s independence remains an ever-disputable issue. The conflict-ridden situation in Kashmir isn’t merely a coincidence but a product of episodes happened in the past. The territorial clash between India —Pakistan can be traced back to pre-independence era. […]

By Shubhodeep Datta: A sudden splurge of sunlight disturbs me and for the first time I take my eyes off the in-flight travel journal to get the first look of the imposing Himalayas. The aircraft was literally amidst the mountains. The mountains felt deliriously close, almost as if you could reach out and touch them. […]

By Tanima Banerjee: Kashmir has always been eyed with a lot of pride by every Indian. This beautiful valley is popularly called ‘The Paradise on Earth’, and rightly so. Those who have lived or visited this divinely created world of lush green meadows, the tall surmounting chinar and pine trees, the sparkling snow clad mountains […]

By Prateek Asnani: The raindrops fell, creating ripples in the serene lake. As the shikara moved at a leisurely pace amidst the lofty Himalayas, I felt a sense of inner peace. Ironically, I was situated in the middle of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, a state that has been […]
Dal lake Kashmir

By Pratik Goyal: If there is heaven on earth, then that place is Kashmir. Kashmir is without a doubt the crown jewel on the face of the earth, always exquisitely beautiful, the most picturesque state in India. Located in the lap of the Great Himalayan range and covered in south by Pir Panjal range, Kashmir […]
indian crowd

By Sakshi Abrol: The nation-state of India has quite a few things to flaunt and be proud of – its rich legacy of democracy being one of them. India has been regarded as the largest functioning democracy in the world and has made itself felt strongly in the global economic arena as well. David Cameroon, […]

By Amar Tejaswi: A problem is like a banyan tree. Allowed to grow unabated, it spawns a multitude of sub-problems. The older the tree gets, the wider its implications. Trimming the banyan in search of a solution is an inane exercise performed often but futilely. To actually put a permanent end to the recurrence of […]

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