Sack Him: Journalists Flay BJP MLA for Incitement to Violence

Sack Him: Journalists Flay BJP MLA for Incitement to Violence

On June 22 while addressing a gathering of journalists from Jammu, Lal Singh, the former Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology for Jammu and Kashmir in the PDP-BJP coalition government, stated, that the journalists of Kashmir, had created a wrong “mahaul,” environment. He further added, “I would, now, like to ask journalists from Kashmir, to…

Should Supreme Court Interfere in Investigation of Army Action in Kashmir?

Should Supreme Court Interfere in Investigation of Army Action in Kashmir?

In case of civilian deaths due to army action, registration of an FIR is legal even in areas under Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act (AFSPA). Then why is the ruling BJP opposing any investigation so vehemently?  Parvez Imroz, internationally recognised lawyer-activist and founder of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), talked to Newsclick…

Evidence Against Journalist in Kashmir Terror Funding Case Weak, NIA Says Accused Not Real Journalist

Evidence Against Journalist in Kashmir Terror Funding Case Weak, NIA Says Accused Not Real Journalist

  Kamran Yusuf, a Kashmiri photojournalist, was arrested by NIA in September last year on charges of stone-pelting and instigating violence. Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Saharawat heard Yusuf’s bail application in the NIA Special Court in Delhi on Thursday. While the NIA has been delaying presenting the defence lawyers with crucial evidence they are citing…

A Wait Without an End

A Wait Without an End

Parveena Ahangar, and her Association of Parents of Disappeared (APDP) Kashmir, organised a sit in protest in Srinagar as part of the international Day of the Disappeared. An annual event, the meet draws tears as parents gather to remember their young wards who “disappeared” without a trace all across the Valley, with no end in…

Apples of Kashmir

Apples of Kashmir

Calm down, Kashmir, sit for a while by the Dal tucked aside like a cold meal by a captive; look at us, we the forbidden fruits, scored with ash, grime and gore, sweet anyways, if not alluring; come, pluck us, sin! The half-burnt chipmunk caking beneath the chinar, we know, is your wrath; the skeleton peering…

Freedom, Justice & Resistance in Kashmir

Freedom, Justice & Resistance in Kashmir

  In a conversation with the Indian Cultural Forum, Sahba Husain, activist and researcher, and Gautam Navlakha, human rights activist, talk about why Kashmir is seen as integral to the Indian psyche, the role of the state in the militarisation in Kashmir, the language used when talking about resistance in Kashmir, and how impunity for the…

A Ghazal for Gaza

A Ghazal for Gaza

  In response to a video of the celebratory chants in Hebrew by some Israelis following the bombings in Gaza, which translate as: “No children are left there, Olé, Olé”.   Four young footballers were playing on the beach, When men went coursing, preying on the beach. They built castles high up into the skies,…

A Nation Filled with Anti-Nationals!

A Nation Filled with Anti-Nationals!

I thought the Muslims were the only anti-nationals in this country. But I was mistaken. Earlier, thousands of people including even women and children who were questioning the Koodankulam nuclear plant were declared as anti-nationals. They are not the only ones outside the community of Muslims, though. Over 11,000 NGOs in India are restricted from the…

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…

Book Extract: Do You Remember Kunan Poshpora?

Book Extract: Do You Remember Kunan Poshpora?

We present here an extract from Do You Remember Kunan Poshpora?, a collection of perspectives on the horrific night of February 23, 1991, when members of the 4 Rajputana Rifles regiment of the Indian Army gangraped women from the villages of Kunan and Poshpora in Indian Kashmir. The book includes survivor testimonies, medical records, accounts…

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…

JNU and Its Tradition(s) of Dissent

JNU and Its Tradition(s) of Dissent

Café Dissensus, Issue 24 Photo courtesy Haneefa Muhammed, via Café Dissensus Linked below are the contents of an issue of Café Dissensus from 2016, on the culture of dissent and protest politics in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Guest-Editorial: JNU and Its Traditions of Dissent by Malavika Binny Sedition in a Democracy by Meera Gopakumar Capitalising…

What Time Will Tell

What Time Will Tell

Ananya S. Guha  ©  Mir Suhail Qadri / via hystericalfeminisms.com I have never felt so lacerated inside — torn, guilty, angry, and hurt all within. But I know life will, or must continue; writers will write poems or stories and rave and rant at governments and people. What does Kashmir mean to me? Just a…

Poems on Kashmir

Poems on Kashmir

Ajmal Khan A T © Rollie Mukherjee, 'Porous Walls' / via maryscullyreports.com My Name is Kashmir My name is Kashmir  My name is not India  My name is not Pakistan too My name is Kashmir  and my name is Maqbool Butt My name is Afzal Guru  My name is Syed Abdul Rahman Geelani My name is Burhan…

In the Dark

In the Dark

K. Satchidanandan Insha Malik, 14, on July 14 in Srinagar / AFP via Hindustan Times   (For the maimed and blinded children of Kashmir)   The sun was falling into the lake like the red leaf of a chinar tree. She walked, head bent, holding her grandpa’s arms, jingling her bangles to tickle her doll…

Poems for Kashmir

Poems for Kashmir

Ankita Anand Bird and fruits, 12th c. / Khanhhoathuynga   1. Cartographers Such a pretty map we have Some want to change that Irritants. But it's ok, it's all under control now We have foiled the attempts at redrawing Some collateral happened. They get really dark lead from somewhere, bonded too 2B or not, who…

Statement on Kashmir from Academics, Writers, Artists and Filmmakers

Statement on Kashmir from Academics, Writers, Artists and Filmmakers

Image courtesy Vishwajyoti Ghosh & Niha Masih We the undersigned, express our grave concern regarding the current state of affairs in Kashmir. The disproportionate use of state violence on unarmed protesters in Kashmir reflects severe human rights violations. Setting aside the paramount concerns in terms of continuous interventions in the normal lives of the people,…

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…

Also in the News: Kashmiri Student

Also in the News: Kashmiri Student

Basharat Ali Mark Rothko / Artsy.net A Kashmiri student studying in India finds a mention in the news these days. For raising slogans, for cheering for his favourite cricket team, for not cooking beef, or, for simply being a Kashmiri student in India, anywhere in India. This Kashmiri student is not one individual but numbers…