Special Report

Jowrafarm villagers

Frontier Woes

Caught in the crossfire between India and Pakistan the people of J&K living near IB and LoC are on a razor’s edge.  Meha Dixit spends a week in the frontier region to tell



Collateral Damage

Ahead of NSA level of talks between India and Pakistan, the Line of Control and parts of the International Border in Jammu & Kashmir witnessed increased reactivation and the rival armies pounded each



Corporatizing  Power

          Dr Fayyaz Ganaie Energy is the key to economic growth. No economy can thrive when it faces acute power crisis. With weak industrial base J&K could suffer huge




BEMINA For all these days, the Haj House is a colourful moasaic during mornings as hundreds of Muslims are escorted to airport for their Mecca Mukarama pilgrimage. For the families accompanying them, this



Lady Power

After unfurling Pakistani flag and later addressing a Jamat ud Dawa rally on phone, police have booked Kashmir’s ‘iron lady’. But she is not the lone lady in the separatist camp, Saima Bhat

Human Rights

Office of the J&K State Human Rights Commission

Decapitated Justice   

After its repeated calls for an independent investigation in mass graves SHRC is decapitated. Shakir Mir spends a day at the commission to see how things work without a head Last week, Abdul


Iftikhar Ahmad Lone

Kick Start

Disturbed by lack of professionalism and poor infrastructure a football enthusiast started Kashmir’s first sporting club. Zafar Aafaq reports his journey and challenges  Popularly known as Kashmir FC, Lone Star Kashmir Football Club



Unsustainable Affair

In five years, J&K government spent Rs 1204 Crore to acquire land for various infrastructure projects. But is this process sustainable for a place that has the lowest land holding per family in

Web Exclusive

JeI founder: Abul Ala Maududi

This Weekend, Jama’at will Have its New Amir

Riyaz Ul Khaliq SRINAGAR The state’s largest pan Islamist party, Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI) J&K, shall elect its new Amir (president) on Saturday, August 29. It will be its seventh Amir since its existence in



Back to Basin

Shams Irfan One of the most haunting images from September 7, 2014 floods was of new mothers carrying their just born babies on narrow wooden planks while trying to escape nature’s wrath. And



The Golden Cage

Shafinur Shafin I had heard of the fabled beauty of Kashmir as early as my childhood days. The words, Kashmir is a heaven on the earth and all beautiful people live there, reverberate

The Straight Curve

Arshid Malik

Criminally Correct

Arshid Malik A few weeks ago some people (official designates) visited our home and did a head count and noted down names, age and gender etc. of the inhabitants. We were given a

Photo Feature


August 15, 2015: Postcard Pictures

With curfew like situation, shutdown call, huge contingent of police and CRPF men on streets, August 15 function passed off peacefully. The drizzle left the ground wet and snap in lines of communication


Alon Family

Tel Aviv Outhouse

Away from the Srinagar’s politics a small tourist spot in Pahalgham is heaven for Israeli tourists. They spend their days watching ‘birds’. Suhail A Shah on his visit to Aru meets a few



Renting Rides

It took bike enthusiast Basharat Ayaz Gilkar two years to convince authorities that renting bikes is legal in Kashmir. With already 40 bikes in his kitty, Kashmir Bikers is one stop destination for



Hill Activist

Driven by the passion to fight for corruption free, hunger free and poverty free Jammu and Kashmir, Ahsan Ali from Kargil is the household name in the arid desert. Riyaz Ul Khaliq &


Khidmat Center

An Appeal to Government!

By S Shah The Common Services Centre (CSC) Scheme was approved by the Government of India in September 2006 for establishing CSCs across India. This union government sponsored project was started in the

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.



World of Possibilities…

By Muhammad Nadeem   Who understands this world? here miracles, here impossible happens! here misery satisfies the soul’s veins and pain muddles: saints into savages   When Time lies beneath the sun To

Short Story


When Two Families Die

“The two families are again together after two months, but this time for the last time; never to meet again or always to be together, here and there. Families talk about Shabir and


A view of old Baramulla Town -- Photo: Sajad Hussain

A Call for the Social Change

By: Towfeeq Wani A certain twenty-three year old boy, just out of an engineering college, wearing blue jeans and a stripped knee-length kurta, donning a white skullcap, enters our compound and rings the