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Crisis in Kashmir Construction: A Case of ‘Rs 1000 Crore’ Bill

Crisis in Kashmir Construction: A Case of ‘Rs 1000 Crore’ Bill

As the two-day downpour coinciding the sixth anniversary of the September floods has already created fresh concerns in the valley, Kashmir’s contractor community continues to await the flood repairing and rehabilitation bill since that devastating fall of 2014.

In the Heartland of Dardistan

In the Heartland of Dardistan

‘After our two-day stay in Gurez, we braced up to return to the monotony of our lives. On returning, I alighted on Razdan Pass. While taking a deep breath of fresh air in the mountains, I roved around amidst the click-clanking of camera shutters.’

How Omission of Commission Left Kashmiri Women in Lurch  ?

How Omission of Commission Left Kashmiri Women in Lurch ?

After the abrogation of Article 370 last summer and the subsequent passing of the J&K Reorganisation Act 2019, seven important commissions in the erstwhile state were dissolved. Among them was the State Commission for Protection of Women and Child Rights—serving the interests of the marginalised gender. Its dismissal has left several Kashmiri women in a lurch.

The Life and Times of Agha Ashraf Ali

The Life and Times of Agha Ashraf Ali

I first met Agha, as he is widely known, on a July visit to his cozy Rajbagh home. The octogenarian educator was in high spirits and rare form: accusing me, the imperialist American, of most if not all of the world’s problems; brushing aside challengers for talking “rot;” and jovially lording over his kingdom like a knighted duke.

Hoping Against Hope: Half Widows of Kashmir in Lockdown

Hoping Against Hope: Half Widows of Kashmir in Lockdown

At a time when a new book titled ‘Can You Hear Kashmiri Women Speak’ is presenting female voices of the valley, many strife-battered women are silently braving the everyday lockdown trauma in Kashmir. Among them are half widows whose endless wait is escalating due to existential crisis created by lockdowns

15 Years Later, Low-Intensity Tremors Testing Kashmir’s Shaky Ground

15 Years Later, Low-Intensity Tremors Testing Kashmir’s Shaky Ground

The picturesque landscape shaken by the 2005 earthquake has already witnessed around 40 low-intensity tremors since the start of the catastrophic year of 2020. The recurrent yet unruffled rattles are forcing experts to reveal that Kashmir Valley with petrified past isn’t ready to face any major shake at the present

Madhosh Balhami: ‘A Chronicler of Collective Pain’

Madhosh Balhami: ‘A Chronicler of Collective Pain’

From his folk-singing days to a poetic prison period, a quintessential bard from Balhom Srinagar cemented his place as Kashmir’s unconventional couplet-maker over the years. But after losing his treasure-trove to a firefight in 2018, the poet turned platonic and began writing eulogies

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