Articles

India’s torture methods: new claims emerge from disputed Kashmir

Sep 18th, 2019 | By

Hilal Mir and Muhammad Raafi In video recorded interviews, the victims allege that the Indian army subjected them to immense physical pain and psychological pressure. “What if they circulate the video and the video goes viral?” This fear often drives Abid Khan to suicidal thoughts, and for a month now, he has been resisting his



A voice pierces the silence imposed on Kashmir

Sep 17th, 2019 | By

India’s communications blackout ‘felt like an assault on your dignity’ Amy Kazmin When my mobile phone rang with an unknown number, I expected it to be a marketing pitch. But it wasn’t. “Amy. This is Siddiq Wahid,” a voice said, as my brain froze. It was a Harvard-educated academic from Kashmir, the volatile region of



Kashmir, from A to Z: Children’s book highlights region’s culture

Sep 16th, 2019 | By

Okus-Bokus, by two female authors, comes as fears grow over loss of identity amid perceived attempts to erase culture. By Sonia Sarkar Naen, or granny, explains Kashmiri culture to her grandchildren from A to Z in Okus-Bokus [Courtesy: Onaiza Drabu, Ghazal] Granny takes little Billa and Munni for a walk in Srinagar, and stops by the



India’s actions have made separatism in Kashmir mainstream

Sep 13th, 2019 | By

Indian aggression against Kashmiri leaders and civilians has killed any chance for a civil dialogue. By Ruwa Shah Kashmiris run for cover as Indian security forces (unseen) fire tear gas shells during clashes, in Srinagar, August 30, 2019 [Danish Ismail/Reuters] On June 11, 2010, I came face to face with the sad and violent reality



My son is one of Kashmir’s ‘disappeared’. When will India tell the truth about their fate?

Sep 13th, 2019 | By

Parveena Ahangar Kashmir is under siege. Up to 10,000 people have been victims of enforced disappearance, including my son Javaid Women protest against India’s revocation of Kashmir’s special status in Srinagar, August 2019. Photograph: Yawar Nazir/Getty Images The Eid this year was like no other. We could not even offer the obligatory sacrifice because of



Kashmir: how Modi’s aggressive ‘Hindutva’ project has brought India and Pakistan to the brink – again

Sep 6th, 2019 | By

Abdullah Yusuf   Lecturer in Politics, University of Dundee August is immensely important in the history of the Asian subcontinent, marking the month that India and Pakistan gained independence from the British in 1947. Now, in 2019, it has once again proved momentous, when, ten days before India’s Independence day celebrations, prime minister Narendra Modi’s



Pakistan’s Envoy to U.S. Says ‘World Should Take Notice’ to Avoid New Conflict with India over Kashmir

Sep 4th, 2019 | By

By Tom O’Connor Pakistan’s envoy to the U.S. warned India’s crackdown on Kashmir could destabilize the region to the point of another conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbors if left unchecked by world powers. Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. Asad Majeed Khan told Newsweek that “things are getting worse” in India-administered Kashmir as the “complete lockdown”



This Is What It’s Like Living Through Kashmir’s Communications Blackout

Sep 4th, 2019 | By

“Human rights are being snatched away as we speak.”  Pranav Dixit  Danish Ismail / Reuters For 29 days, the residents of Kashmir, the conflict-ridden state in northern India, have been living in a black hole. On midnight, Aug. 4, India’s Hindu nationalist government abruptly wiped out the legal autonomy that the disputed region has enjoyed



Kashmir seige completes 30 days despite India’s ‘normalcy’ claims

Sep 4th, 2019 | By

Tensions soared in India-administered Kashmir after New Delhi scrapped the region’s autonomy, cut phone and internet access, placed curbs on movement and arrested thousands, a move dubbed “illegal annexation” by activists and neighbouring Pakistan. A masked Kashmiri protester shouts pro-independence slogans in Srinagar, India-administered Kashmir, Friday, August 30, 2019. (AP) Tension remained high on Tuesday



Relieved but worried Canadians return home from Kashmir

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Sabia Zargar and her son Suhaan pose in their Mississauga home after returning from Kashmir, on Saturday, August 31. J.P. MOCZULSKI When Sabia Zargar travelled to Kashmir this summer, she expected to visit family and show her 10-year-old son the places her mother grew up. What she didn’t anticipate was being stuck inside her parents’