Special Report

Given the BJP threatening to create history by emerging J&K’s largest party in elections, pressure was palpable on every MLA’s face. 
Pic: Bilal Bahadur

One Last Time

With elections round the corner, the assembly had a brief six-day autumn session. But it was unimpressive and unruly by all means, excepting that the ruling NC pushed a resolution seeking resumption of



Social Control 

We all take pride in calling ourselves Kashmiris. This is rightly so, for the place has a cultural history of more than two thousand years. An abode of knowledge and learning since ancient



Desperate Times

Tufail Mehraj It always intrigues me: why our educational institutes have failed to mitigate a mounting pessimistic outlook adorned by our student community. Mine might be a highly subjective assumption. Or, for that



Er Rashid

It was one more mention of controversial village defence communities (VDCs) in same space (JK Assembly) but in different time (2014). But one man (Er Rashid) stuck to his old guards on government

The Straight Curve


Conflicting Connections 

Arshid Malik The conflict in Kashmir while providing an excuse for people to work lazily – and I am speaking particularly in context of people employed by the government and genetically in context




JAMMU Finally, she is back to business. Rajni Sehgal, the jailer at Kotbalwal who remained suspended for 15 months after her Pakistani prisoner Sunaullah Ranjay was killed by fellow prisoner Vinod Kumar in

News Makers


News Makers

Killed Two villagers, identified as Muhammad Akram and his 13-year-old son Aslam were killed and seven people including Akram’s wife, his three children and a BSF constable were injured in heavy firing by

News Notes


News Notes

Supreme State Supreme Court might be the highest point of justice delivery in India but when it comes to Kashmir, it is the State that is supreme! That is what speaks the case


Life Story


Sheikh’s Topi Saaz

He has capped some of the famous heads in Kashmir politics including Sheikh Abdullah and G M Shah. A cap-maker by profession and NC supporter by conviction, Mohammad Sidiq Wani talks to Syed


FLOOD (42)

Horrors and Heroics

History’s unprecedented floods have not left the stories of horror alone, there are thousands of instances in which the heroics of youth created a new generation of role models. R S Gull details

Human Rights

Jan Mohammad dreams of days when he would walk.
Pic: Ahmad Mukhtiyar

A Wish to Walk Again

Circumstances forced aged father back to work as labourer when his only bread earning son was paralysed for life in a police action. Qazi Mudasir narrates the story of Khanday family who struggle

Photo Feature


10 Days After

Situation continues to be grim 10 days after the history’s worst floods washed Srinagar. Bilal Bahadur visited various spots in the still-inundated capital city to record the trail of destruction and resilience to



Flag Makers 

The flag-makers of the yore who translated emotions on cloth, irrespective of politics or ideology behind them, try to survive on the margins of modern technology. Safwat Zargar meets some of the artists



Amit Shah, Padshah!

BJP’s over-ambitious plan to emerge the single largest party in J&K is an intelligent ideation. It has unnerved both the unionists and separatists as it is convincingly doable to a good extent. But



In a fix!

Irtif Lone Last week, when the leaders from Kashmir’s separatist lobby met the Pakistan High Commissioner in context to the India-Pakistan foreign Secretaries meet. Indian Government made their point clear, “Stop taking to



The Untitled

Asma Firdous The ink is ready to dye the paper Her pen ready to obey her grip And she sits today with old missions again…! Her knowledge of language The alphabet roaming in her

Young Artist

Young Artist

Fahad Mubarak s/o Mubarak Ahmad Shah of Homshalibugh (Yaripora), Kulgama is a 4th standard student at EFF EMM School Islamabad. He drew this cartoon for Kashmir Young Life.

Arts & Culture


Cooking a Success Story

A home-maker’s passion to serve her family delicious delicacies helped her start cooking classes as a professional. A year later, Irfana Ali is teaching young girls how to cook traditional cuisine with a




 Loading Laurels

Be it sports, science, activism, photography or documentary making, a youth from South Kashmir is doing it all with style and substance. Saima Rashid & Riyaz Ul Khaliq sum up the budding spirit