Ghazal: A Shriek About Kashmir

Ghazal: A Shriek About Kashmir

To Abir Bazaz, Javaid Iqbal Bhat, Hamzah, and all my Kashmiri brothers How do I see, think, dream, or speak about Kashmir? One more ghazal shall I tweak about Kashmir? Another bloody summer looms over the Dal, Wani’s died and been deified this week, about Kashmir. Vani is also "voice" in Hindi and Sanskrit, There’s…

Poem: Time in Kashmir 

Poem: Time in Kashmir 

  "It's late, it's always late, in history it is always night, always the wrong time." — Octavio Paz, "Although it is Night"   What time is it in Kashmir? Time's a curse, time, accursed tongues Split into stones, mothers hurl curses, curses sit Lighter on their tongues than prayers reeling from gunshots When mothers give…

Kashmir: Cry, my Beloved Country

Kashmir: Cry, my Beloved Country

Gautam Navlakha Max Ernst, ‘Flowers of Seashells’ / WikiArt Burhan Muzaffar Wani and his comrades were born and died in the phase of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir that symbolises a watershed in politics in the state, before and after 1989-1990. Unlike in the past, indigenous militants now neither travel to Pakistan for guns or…

Video: Burhan Wani’s Funeral in Tral

Video: Burhan Wani’s Funeral in Tral

The powerful spontaneous response from Kashmiris, especially the youth, to the killing of Burhan Wani raises several urgent questions. These need to be addressed by the Indian state, the army and security apparatus, and a variety of leaders and parties. Most of all, these questions and their context need to be understood, and the ways…