India’s Decision to Split Kashmir Met With Protests

Aug 8th, 2019 | By

India’s surprise move to carve out the sparsely populated region of Ladakh from the state of Jammu and Kashmir and make it into a territory directly controlled by New Delhi has been met with protests in Kargil, a Muslim-majority border city in Ladakh that identifies culturally with Kashmir, suggesting that the Hindu nationalist-led government’s plan

India Annexes Kashmir and Brings Us Back to Partition

Aug 8th, 2019 | By

Subjugating an entire people wasn’t enough for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pakistani kids are taught in and out of school that Kashmir is our “shah rug” (jugular vein). Indians believe that Kashmir is their “atoot ang” (indispensable body part). Urdu and Persian poetry is full of paeans to the beauty of Kashmir. If there is

Only free media can counter saffronisation: Saeed Naqvi

Aug 8th, 2019 | By

‘Current situation is a very sad indictment of the entire profession of journalism’ The surge of the right wing can be stopped only by regaining control and independence of the media, veteran journalist Saeed Naqvi has said. He was delivering the 18th Narendran Memorial Lecture on ‘Saffron surge: can it be stopped?’ at the Press

Kashmiri families in Pakistan fear for relatives across border

Aug 8th, 2019 | By

Refugees in Pakistan-administered Kashmir have voiced fears for relatives on the other side of the disputed Himalayan border after India revoked the Muslim-majority region’s special autonomy, raising fears of fresh violence. On Monday, the Indian government rushed through a presidential decree abolishing Article 370 of the constitution that gave a measure of autonomy to Indian-administered

Thousands protest in Kashmir over rape of three-year-old

May 14th, 2019 | By

Police said the girl was hospitalised in critical condition on May 8 but her condition has stabilised. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Indian-administered Kashmir, angered by the alleged rape of a three-year-old girl by a neighbour who lured her to a school bathroom, which escalated into intense clashes between protesters and

Kashmir Again at Crossroads

Apr 29th, 2019 | By

What Future Holds for Kashmir if BJP Wins Indian Elections 2019? Ishaal Zehra General elections are underway in India, and in next four weeks, 900 million people there will be eligible to cast a vote to choose their next Prime Minister. Polls predictions so far suggests the potential re-election of BJP with Modi in power

From scholars into militants: Educated Kashmiri youths are joining an anti-India insurgency

Apr 17th, 2019 | By

By Joanna Slater SRINAGAR, India — He was the kind of professor students adored, always ready to help with books, advice or small loans. His colleagues in the sociology department found him reliable and ambitious, a scholar whose research on consumerism might propel him to a post elsewhere in India. So it was out of

‘Living here is expensive. Dying here is extremely cheap’: Kashmiri voters speak out

Apr 17th, 2019 | By

By Sugam Pokharel and Nikhil Kumar, CNN Kashmir resident Gulam Rasul has seen it all: Two wars between India and Pakistan which were sparked by the disputed region as well as dozens of other armed conflicts. Over the years, he’s given up dreaming for peace. “If you can’t give us peace, give us the bunkers

Kashmir – An 18-Month-Old Victim in a Very Old Fight

Jan 21st, 2019 | By

Renewed conflict in Kashmir is killing and blinding the young as politicians remain unwilling to find a just resolution to the old dispute. By Malik Sajad Mr. Sajad is a graphic novelist from Kashmir. = Malik Sajad, a writer and visual artist, is the author of the graphic novel, “Munnu: A Boy from Kashmir.”

In pictures: Funeral of martyred youth, civilian killed in Shopian area

Nov 5th, 2018 | By

By Vikar Syed Braving chilling cold thousands participated in the funeral procession of a local martyred youth Irfan Ahmad Bhat in Shopian. Photograph by Vikar Syed for The Kashmir Walla Thousands of people on Sunday attended funeral procession of slain youth killed in an encounter at Khudpora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district. Braving chilling cold,