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

Kashmir and Palestine: The story of two occupations

Aug 25th, 2016 | By

By Goldie Osuri Goldie Osuri is the author of Religious Freedom in India: Sovereignty and (Anti) Conversion. The growing pockets of solidarity expressed for Kashmiris are heartening, as is the solidarity for Palestinian struggle. The India and Israel alliance has been described as a full-blown romance, but the ongoing siege of Kashmir makes this a

Return of the cow

Aug 23rd, 2016 | By

By Ashutosh Varshney A few years ago, I met someone whose organisation rescues animals forsaken on Indian streets and provides them shelter. “Which animals needed most help”, I asked. Stray dogs would have been my best guess. But I learnt that cows far outnumbered dogs in his nationwide shelters. “We Hindus are supposed to protect

Wajahat Habibullah: A season of loss in Kashmir

Aug 9th, 2016 | By

For days after the killing of Burhan Wani, every TV channel rang with acrimonious debate. Wani was described by India as a terrorist and by Pakistan as a martyr. The media resounded to argument and indignation. The number of dead and injured continued to rise relentlessly. Among the earliest to be killed was Yasmina of

Kashmir In Grief

Aug 9th, 2016 | By

By Amitava Kar The turbulence following the July 8 killing of Burhan Wani by Indian security forces is a blow to peace in the long-troubled region claimed by both India and Pakistan, where an insurgency movement peaked in the 1990s, then dwindled, but never completely melted away. Can deep loss, once it finds utterance, be

In Solidarity With Kashmir and Kashmiris

Jul 29th, 2016 | By

We the undersigned, in United Kingdom and internationally are deeply concerned about the armed violence perpetrated by the Indian state through its 700,000 strong army on civilians in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir since the 8th of July 2016. More than 47 people have been killed on the pretext of crowd control since then. More

Repealing AFSPA Only won’t Make Much Difference in Kashmir

Jul 27th, 2016 | By

By Ishaal Zehra While it’s been four years that the United Nations has asked India to repeal the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, the Indian Army has continued with its horrendous practice of killing innocent, un-armed Kashmiris taking the death toll to 64 in a recent strife that hit the valley of Kashmir after

Kashmir Case: A Story of Letters and Telegrams

Jul 27th, 2016 | By

Kashmir Case: A Story of Letters and Telegrams By Sohail Parwaz The miseries and sacrifices of Kashmiris have different angles. It has been covered by the writers, researchers and the historians in different ways. Thousands of books and papers have been written about the gruesome tales. Amongst them few have taken pain to cover and

Kashmir Has Its Own Identity

Jul 27th, 2016 | By

Kashmir Has Its Own Identity To the Editor: The headline from your July 22 editorial, “Kashmir in Crisis” could not sum up the situation in Kashmir better. You noted that “The unrest is a major setback for peace in the long-troubled region claimed by both India and Pakistan.” We would like to stress that the

Kashmir, and the Inheritance of Loss

Jul 26th, 2016 | By

By Basharat Peer SRINAGAR, Kashmir — On July 8, Burhan Wani, a 22-year-old rebel, was shot dead by Indian soldiers and police officers in a small village in the central part of Indian-controlled Kashmir. News of his killing spread as fast as the bullets that had hit him. Cellphones, emails, social media went wild: “They’ve