Special Report

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Understanding Electors

As 28 of Kashmir’s 46 assembly seats improve their participation in the elections, academics and politicians interpret it differently. R S Gull analyses the trend that many think is a new to Kashmir’s



Killing Humanity

On December 16, 2014, seven terrorists belonging to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) barged into Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan and started firing indiscriminately at the students. The mad orgy of killing continued for



Deconstructing Vote

Gulzar Wani After hit by the disastrous floods, Kashmir was left in lurch soon after Jhelum receded. The commercial establishments got a jolt and income dipped drastically. Almost everyone got affected directly or



MUMBAI For Bollywood, Kashmir has always been beyond the sets. So last fortnight when Rekha and Katrina Kaif were here, they had, perhaps their first, protracted interaction. The two reel life heroines representing

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Emerging Scenarios

With fifth and final phase of state assembly elections over in Jammu and Kashmir the race to interpret the numbers and trends has already begun. Shah Abbas analysis the possible scenarios emerging from the just

The Straight Curve


What’s the rush?

Arshid Malik What’s the rush? This is one question that always jumps to my mind whenever I see an impatient person driving a vehicle trying to push ahead even while he or she

Sub Regional

A scene of Jamia Masjid in Rajouri district.

Fight for Panjal

With BJP wave fizzling out in first four phases of the five phased state assembly elections, all eyes are set on Hindu majority Jammu belt. Safwat Zargar talks to people in Rajouri to


Amit Shah with Jitendra Singh during poll campaigning in Jammu.

The Final Franchise

With total 213 candidates in the fray for the fifth and the final phase of polling in 20 Assembly seats of Jammu and Kashmir on December 20, Jammu region is likely to witness




Separated Apart

With election process in Kashmir concluding rather peacefully local security apparatus and New Delhi are upbeat to claim a victory over separatists. But separatist cry foul blaming peace and participation was achieved by


A house turned into slush in floods.

Next Desk Please…

One family’s ordeal with government’s dilly-dallying while disbursing compensation post floods has left them questioning the system. Saima Bhat narrates the painful tale of Nusrat and her sisters who lost their father and

Public Affairs


Symbolic Significance

To sweep the ballot, many political parties decorate bazaars with their banners and buntings marked with different party symbols. But what appears simple symbols carry deeper meanings into party insights and significance, argues

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Heed Reading

World Human Rights Day: Amid ballot, the suffering continues…

Many observers describe 2014 as a horrific year for human rights violations. In Kashmir, however, the day witnessed another sit-in by the relatives of disappeared persons inside Srinagar’s Pratap Park. Durdana Bhat captures cries, tears, slogans,


People queue  to cast their ballot in 2014 assembly polls.
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One house, many flags

Seeking political presence in all formations has led single families fan out across ideologies and parties. Syed Asma reports the political cocktails that make Kashmir’s politics an interesting melange Bearing the expense of


Evening view of Dal Lake. Pic courtesy: Internet

One Evening

Altaf Bashir Last year. On the cold evening of November. I had a very strange adventure. All that day, I had been walking about the Srinagar downtown trying to find new lodging for


A house devastated by September floods in Khadermoh village of Pulwama.

Khadermoh: A Forgettable Village

With a history of floods dating back to half a century villagers in Khadermoh hoped that water will not get beyond their plinth levels. But they were wrong like many others who miscalculated


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Let me speak

By Asma Firdous Drug me let me drown in those deadly flavours that they call haraam!   Fill the glass with toxic formulas and leave no drop behind…   Let my words flutter

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.



Soft Targets  

With no educational infrastructure available back home students from Kashmir end up becoming victims of anti-Muslim and anti-Kashmiri rhetoric in mainland India. Saima Bhat talks to one of the eight students who was



Kandizal: A Vicious Web

The official blame game after recent floods has once again brought this godforsaken village called Kandizal into focus. But is Kandizal really worth all the blame, Safwat Zargar finds out    No people


A poll scene in Maisuam

Blood, Ballot and Boycott

Javaid Ahmad Mir It is for the fermentation of this magical word “azaadi” that has spilled the streams of blood down the terrains of a valley. Then the wolves of this valley sail