Shawl making in Kashmir

Shawl making in Kashmir

The arts and crafts of Kashmir have enjoyed a well-earned fame for centuries. The pre-eminence of the decorative art can be attributed to historical conditions that shaped the cultural development of the Kashmiri people. The people of the Valley have...
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Spring of Kashmir

Spring of Kashmir

The word spring comes from the German word springer, which refers to “leaping from the ground”. Without going much in scientific definitions, in simple terms it is any natural situation where water flows to the surface of the earth from...
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The time when Hindi Journalism turned into ‘Hindu’ Journalism

The time when Hindi Journalism turned into ‘Hindu’ Journalism

The period of the VHP’s belligerent build-up to the Babri Masjid destruction saw the rise of a mainstream ‘kar sevak’ media which destroyed the very fundamentals of journalism. Twenty five years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, The Wire, throug...
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Radical land reforms were key to Sheikh Abdullah’s towering influence on Kashmir

Radical land reforms were key to Sheikh Abdullah’s towering influence on Kashmir

Within the Valley, the reforms caused a social transformation that has few parallels. It is relatively well-known that many Kashmiris almost worshipped the ground on which Sheikh Abdullah walked. Seventeen persons were killed in stampedes at his funeral. Howev...
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Why Muslims are on downslide?

Why Muslims are on downslide?

Evolutionary process never stops. World progresses while evolution goes on. Actions keeping pace with evolution have made great progress and reached even the moon and the Mars. People died of diseases they never knew. Modern medical science has brought and...
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The untold story of how the rama idol surfaced inside Babri Masjid

The untold story of how the rama idol surfaced inside Babri Masjid

An excerpt from Krishna Jha and Dhirendra K. Jha’s Ayodhya – The Dark Night that uncovers the story of how the mosque had turned into a temple overnight. Twenty five years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, The Wire, through a series of artic...
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Food Wastage: A global problem

Food Wastage: A global problem

Food loss is defined as the decrease in quantity or quality of food products intended for human consumption that are ultimately not eaten by people or that have incurred a reduction in quality reflected in their nutritional value, economic value...
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Why deaths no more depress Kashmir’s Gravediggers

Why deaths no more depress Kashmir’s Gravediggers

Death can never be a cause for jubilation, but for a community living in Kashmir, death is not depressing either. In fact, death keeps them alive. They are the Malkhaish or Kabr-e-Mali’e, the professional gravediggers who earn their bread by...
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Majid and Mugees: A tale of two rebels

Majid and Mugees: A tale of two rebels

Kashmir has more than a single reality and this was demonstrated by the examples set by two young men recently. Both of them made news but for different reasons. The charming footballer from South Kashmir, Majid Khan, decided to return...
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Marriages in Kashmir

Marriages in Kashmir

Traditional sonorous symphony of Wanwun has been replaced by nuisance of mumbo jumbo musical bands and tosh singers   Marriage as a concept signifies connection, harmony and mutual co-existence. Though, it is a spiritual union of two souls but in...
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