Posts Tagged ‘ Kashmir ’

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.



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



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



Right to self-determination only solution to Kashmir dispute: APHC

Aug 23rd, 2016 | By

In occupied Kashmir, APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani and other Hurriyet leaders have rejected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertions in which he called for dialogue on Kashmir within the Indian Constitution. They said solution to the Kashmir dispute lies in granting right to self-determination to Kashmiris in accordance with the UN resolutions. APHC Chairman,



India to reject UN team’s request to visit Kashmir

Aug 15th, 2016 | By

India is set to reject a UNHRC move to send a team to Jammu and Kashmir, pointing out that the domestic human rights panel was already at work while other institutions like Parliament and the Supreme Court had also discussed the situation in the state. A carefully worded response, while noting that a visit by



In South Kashmir, a month of curfew is taking a psychological toll

Aug 9th, 2016 | By

Apart from causing anxiety and depression, the enforced lockdown has made people angrier, say residents. By Rayan Naqash and Ipsita Chakravarty On July 8, Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, bringing a new regime of curfews to the Valley. As protests against Wani’s



Restrictions continue in Kashmir; heavy security deployed

Aug 9th, 2016 | By

Authorities on Tuesday continued restrictions in south Kashmir while heavy deployment of security forces was made at other places to maintain law and order in the Valley. “Restrictions shall remain in force in Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama towns,” a senior police officer told IANS. “Heavy deployment of security forces has been made in Srinagar



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