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 →

Tattoos and Commitments

Abishake Koul   I met her when she was young, She had a tattoo of a Chinar leaf, And the leaf had a bullet hole in it, Even the tattooed leaf had withered.   Her voice quivered when she spoke, Of guns brushing against her body, And then she showed … Read more →

Wait, where are all the men?

Padmashri Maddala   Wait: Where are all the men? Women, young and old Family, friends and relatives, All around her women bustle as, moist memories flood their blank eyes thin strands of old bonds cling on mutely. The jaded mirror on the wall stares back in turmoil, Can she wear … Read more →

Memoir and other poems

Minerva   MEMOIR Loving you I’ve outloved myself. How does a desperate person love? till the point of desperation and a little more. A yawn stretched to a sigh in the corner of my eye swims a black dot. A black fairy flies to the sky and smothers it black … Read more →

This Is How Kashmiri Women Are Risking Their Lives

April 6, 2017, 4:30 PM ET Republished transcript of an Interview with Arooja (name changed) a Kashmiri woman  on NPR’s All Things Considered JULIE MCCARTHY Some residents of the Indian-administered Kashmir Valley are using more aggressive tactics to thwart Indian security forces: Women are placing themselves, literally, between militants and soldiers. KELLY … Read more →

Nights and other poems

Sahana Mukherjee   Nights packed in a suitcase, your heart turns liminal like each landing of a staircase in a book each border you cross to dig out the inheritance of graves.   Bring me a stone I slipped into my pocket a maple leaf for you. It dried up … Read more →

Unheard Ordeal of a Half Widow

  Khan Ansur   life has become a dirge, torn image, I’ve become alike silence has engulfed my life so, entangled in melancholy   decade passed, as if a century I’ve gone through, with your memories, still waiting for you,   vividly I remember those days, when you used to … Read more →

What India does and what Kashmiris do?

Shafkat Raina Recently an unfortunate incident happened in Chandigarh, a union territory of India where a doctor refused to treat a Kashmiri patient citing the reason of stone pelting on Indian troops in Kashmir. In an another shocker, a threat was given to the students of Kashmir in the state … Read more →