The State of Domesticity

Mudasir Ali Lone Domestic abuse is a universal phenomenon and Kashmir is no different. I believe if we have to understand any particular society and how it functions we should take a look at their day-to-day language, the way they converse about various things, the terms, words, and phrases they use. … Read more →

Sindbad Machama

Revisiting the Legendary Radio Serial Fareeha Farheen Qureshi Radio Kashmir Srinagar’s famous Kashmiri drama that came up in the late 1960s “Sindbad Machama” has been so popular among masses that people still remember Srinagar’s “Zoon Dab”, “Sindbad Machama” was one of its kinds to initiate the entertainment programs via the … Read more →

Jammu & Kashmir’s National Song

Syed Junaid Hashmi Did the constituent assembly declare the poem written by Maulana Masoodi and recited by Sheikh Mohammed Akbar at the request of the president of the assembly Ghulam Mohammed Sadiq in the year 1952, the National Song of the state? Historical records and research studies conducted by various … Read more →

Traveling to be a Stranger

Bhavana Nissima I wanted to write on this topic. That it was about me. And how I travel. But I forgot to write. And then I wrote. Maybe because I recently discovered how to enjoy the 15 minute-navigation through heavy traffic and three signals to reach the park that is … Read more →

Kashmir: A look at the Kunan Poshpora rapes

by Urvashi Sarkar Twenty-five years have passed since the 1991 incident in which Indian army soldiers allegedly raped between 23 and 100 women in Kashmir’s Kunan and Poshpora villages during a search operation. The Indian army has denied the accusations and a delayed investigation of the incident concluded that the allegations … Read more →

Kashmir’s Women Scientists

Majid Maqbool   Hina Fayaz Bhat, 31, is currently an assistant professor and junior scientist in the biotechnology division, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST), Srinagar. In 2013, she was the first woman scientist from the state to qualify for the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) INSPIRE faculty award … Read more →

Refugee by Manisha Manhas

1. when the worm- bitten memories; decided to consume us We offered them a part of our hearts. And took a flight over a river.   To reach a land called Home.   Steeped in the memory of a lane- the silence of a town. A market of corpses,   … Read more →

Two Poems by Arnab Chakraborty

1 Today, like most days There were a lot of people in the market Of poetry. The highest were of course Like finest chinaware Created with love devotion and sacrifice, And like all great things in the market Received little attention And littler reward. The 200 rupee poems were being … Read more →

Incipience and other poems

Taseer Gujral ~ incipience ~   the place i come from does not exist anymore it was a soluble continent a filigree of gold and green fed by a maze of five rivers it survived the wounds of a land divided and a savage holocaust only to hear the sufi … Read more →

A Former Police Officer Remembers Jagmohan Days

Masood Hussain writes about a “witness to the goriest 1990s, former police officer Israr Khan was part of the set-up that escorted Kashmiri Pandits, out of Kashmir, on Jagmohan’s directions. His clan served the Dogra army for decades but was hit by the division of India to the extent that … Read more →

India Weaponizing Spiritual Tourism

Pilgrims headed to the divided region of Kashmir get armed guards and national encouragement — if they’re Hindu. By Raksha Kumar This article was first published in Foreign Policy   SRINAGAR, INDIA: An Indian Hindu pilgrim begins his trek to one of the holiest Hindu shrines at the Amarath cave … Read more →