Bonded labour and silent tears: memories of a crackdown

Bonded labour and silent tears: memories of a crackdown

It was the summer of 1997; another sunny day in August was coming to an end during the school break. As a thirteen-year-old who lived in a boarding school, I valued home more than anything else. I stood quietly by the...
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Was Kashmir flooding a man-made disaster?

Was Kashmir flooding a man-made disaster?

The answer to whether recent floods in the Himalayas is linked to climate change is not that simple. India-administered Kashmir, located in the Himalayas in the country’s north, has been totally devastated by floods – the worst in more than...
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India turns Kashmir flood disaster into PR stunt

India turns Kashmir flood disaster into PR stunt

Attempt by Indian authorities to take credit for relief effort has backfired by Hafsa Kanjwal Since Sept. 7, Indian-administered Kashmir has been dealing with the biggest and most ferocious floods in a century. With nearly 250 people dead and 600,000...
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Nearly 35% people speak Kashmiri in erstwhile J&K: Study

Nearly 35% people speak Kashmiri in erstwhile J&K: Study

•    Pahari has 24 %, Dogri 18 % speakers  •    Regional languages losing speakers •    ‘Kashmiri spoken across the divide, indicative of its pan-regional character’ Kashmiri language has the largest number of active speakers in the erstwhi...
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Part- time freedom fighters

M ASHRAF If one takes 1931 as the real starting year of the freedom movement in Kashmir then the struggle has been going on now for almost 83 years ! This movement has seen many ups and downs, twists and...
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Accession, not Merger Article 370 is temporary, yet cannot be abrogated, or amended

Accession, not Merger Article 370 is temporary, yet cannot be abrogated, or amended

LEGAL PERISCOPE Late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was absolutely right when he said while describing J&K’s relations with India that Jammu and Kashmir is part of India in a similar manner as a drop of oil in the bucket of water....
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Kashmir Sufi Perspective

Spiritual Hierarchy Dr Qazi HaroonKashmir from time immemorial has been an abode of mystics and saints. Godly men and women have left their imprint on its religious and social fabric. The most important reason was the geography and suitable climatic...
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Here Moves The Darbar

Here Moves The Darbar

Ours is the only piece of land in the whole world where we see a nightmare called Darbar Move DARBAR MOVE DR. SIRFARAZ AHMED DAR Darbar Move is the name given to the bi-annual exercise of shifting the secretariat and...
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‘I am sorry, O Prophet (SAW)…’

MADINAH – Former Dutch Islamophobe and a former leading member of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ party Arnoud Van Doorn visited the Prophet’s (SAW) Masjid in Madinah to pray and say sorry for becoming part of a blasphemous film.  Doorn...
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Kashmir As Safe As Any Place In This WORLD

Kashmir As Safe As Any Place In This WORLD

Those who are propagating that “Kashmir is not safe” seem to have forgotten that not a single tourist was harmed when Kashmir was simmering, writes Syed Arshid Ali Kashmir is renowned globally as heaven on earth. Every year thousands of...
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