Archive for August 2016

The Kashmir Upspring

Aug 31st, 2016 | By

By Sadiq Zafar A month has passed and peace seems to be an unimaginable thing in the valley of Kashmir. Burning in the political inferno, only the people of Kashmir are at the suffering end while the Indian state seems to be busy in drafting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Amendments. With hundreds of



The Forgotten War in Kashmir Is Turning Nasty

Aug 31st, 2016 | By

By Baba Umar Ever since they entered into a cease-fire agreement in the disputed Kashmir, relations between Pakistan and India never seemed to be unraveling. Over the past month and a half, however, the South Asian giants are on the brink of redefining their relationship and essentially unscrambling thanks to a full-blown pro-independence uprising in



Mapping Kashmir’s Cycle of Discontent

Aug 31st, 2016 | By

By Asma Khan Lone Kashmir has erupted once again, engulfed by yet another cycle of conflict and violence—its Sisyphean bane. The trigger this time is the killing of rebel commander, Burhan Wani, the tech-savvy poster boy of the militant organization Hizb Ul Mujahideen. His killing led to an outpour of emotions and anger on the



Kashmir: A story of defiance amid grief

Aug 31st, 2016 | By

People in Indian-administered Kashmir aim their anger at security forces as death toll and eye injuries mount.  Human rights activists say the security forces enjoy impunity from prosecution [EPA] By Elizabeth Puranam Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – For Abdul Rehman Mir, the grief over the death of his son has turned to anger. He is sitting



Kashmir, the Paradise that Breaks Your Heart

Aug 31st, 2016 | By

By Shome Basu A look at the lives of locals and those affected by pellet guns during the weeks of violence and protests in the Valley, before the curfew was finally lifted after 51 days. On August 5, Umar Yousuf, a class 11 student from Budgam, was hit by pellets in his left eye in



Re-deploying troops in Srinagar is a final blow to the hopes of peace

Aug 26th, 2016 | By

By Murtaza Shibli The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has buried all hopes of rapprochement with the besieged Kashmiris, giving a final symbolic blow to any hopes of the now-stalled ‘peace process’, its pet project that it flaunted so vigorously over the years to seek legitimacy as some sort of a champion of pro-Kashmiri sentiments.



Rajnath made a mockery of dialogue: Separatists

Aug 26th, 2016 | By

Separatists on Thursday accused Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh of “making a mockery of dialogue”, while the Congress welcomed the Centre’s move to replace pellet guns. Accusing Mr. Singh of “issuing invitations through Twitter”, incarcerated JLKF chief Yasin Malik said: “Indian leaders are making a mockery of the dialogue process and institution by saying whoever



Paralysed for nearly 50 days, Kashmir is living its worst nightmare in decades

Aug 26th, 2016 | By

By Ishfaq Ahmad Shah It is 9.30 pm on Sunday. Srinagar is tense. An 18-year-old boy has died after a teargas canister, reportedly fired by government forces, hit his chest. In the interiors of the city, some people are protesting. Pro-freedom songs are being blared through the public address systems of mosques. Night curfew is



Kashmir’s longest curfew: ‘It is painful when your baby needs milk and you’re helpless’

Aug 26th, 2016 | By

One hour 15 minutes. With Kashmir under its longest ever continuous spell of curfew, for many in Old Srinagar City their lives depend on what they can make of that time. Srinagar sees the first light of day at 5.15 am; by 6.30 police and paramilitary personnel are manning every street, lane and bylane of



The Rise of Kashmir’s Second ‘Intifada’

Aug 25th, 2016 | By

By Prem Shankar Jha For the first time since 1990, the anger in Kashmir and support for azadi from India is stretched across society in the Valley. Srinagar airport felt normal when eight of us – journalists and social activists – arrived on August 18. Planes were flying into the airport every hour from different