Special Report


Market Massacre

Zainakadal in Srinagar’s downtown has witnessed and withstood brutalities, massacres, regime changes, kings and occupiers, without losing its essence. But that was before the dawn of 90s. Shakir Mir revisits Gaade Koche massacre



Resume Talks

Every time the governments in India and Pakistan resume diplomacy and wish to move forward on issues of mutual interest, non-state actors get it and push situations back to square one. This has


Siachen Snow Storm


SIACHEN Ten more soldiers were buried alive in Siachen, the world’s highest battlefield that many suggested should be converted into a peace park. Fighting each other since 1984, armies of nuclear India and



KV Krishna Rao

Days before VP Singh government would install Jagmohan as an iron-fist ruler in Kashmir, the outgoing governor was up to something. He was frequenting 7, Race Course Road pleading to turn valley into


Shams Irfan at Pakistani side of Wagha border.

Pakistan, You don’t Know

Shams Irfan Carrying a thousand Salams (greeting) for the Pak Watan (Sacred nation) – from friends, relatives, neighbours, acquaintances, people I know and I don’t know – along with twenty boxes of Kashmiri


Abdul Rashid Hafiz receiving award from President, Pranab Mukherjee.

Hafiz’s Journey

He refused to be just another skilled labourer working his eyesight out in penury in Srinagar’s downtown. His calling was music. Saima Bhat talks to Rashid Hafiz, the singer who kept traditional Kashmiri



Rememberance is Resistance

Mehrajdin Resistance acts as a lynchpin in understanding the struggle of human existence and liberating it from its radicalized “parochial political connotations” will help us to contextualize and trans—historicize its role in civilizational


Civil Secretariat Jammu.


With Governor N N Vohra literally tightening strings around otherwise at-ease government officials, the craving for a formal government is visible on their faces. Tasavur Mushtaq reports the mood from Civil Secretariat Jammu

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Shakoor Parray. Photo courtesy: FB

Of Police Deserters, And AK-47

Mohammad Raafi SRINAGAR It has happened four times since last March. And every time, it apparently alarmed, if not unnerved, police rank and file. The latest came from Old Srinagar, where disgruntled SPO



Roasting a Living

Abandoned by their families these widows survive by roasting hooves in an overwhelmingly dangerous setting filled with smoke. Saima Bashir writes about their struggle for survival For Maimoona, 35, her world is confined


Shahid Afridi wearing a Pathani Shalwar-Kameez.

Couture Pakistan

Anything with made in Pakistan tag sells like hot-cakes in Kashmir. Reason: The cultural, geographical, and religious affinity that valley shares with the people across the border. Mohammad Raafi reports the method behind


Prof Bhim Singh

Devil’s Advocate

As a proud Dogra from Jammu’s backward village, Bhim Singh rose to become a prominent political, legal personality of J&K and managed to set hundreds of jail birds free. But the man who

Photo Feature

A female police contingent march during 67th Republic Day Parade at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar on Tuesday 26, January 2015.

K-Frames on Jan 26

Second successive January 26 under Governor’s in Kashmir triggered a traditional dual response: calmness amid clampdown. While roads gave a ghostly look in Srinagar and elsewhere, almost all state machinery was inside Bakshi



He’s Lovin’ It

After deserted by his father, the old Srinagar boy acted on his mother’s advice to script an inspiring overseas trade success for himself. Now, one of biggies in McDonald’s India operations, the man



Benazir Bhutto in Mehbooba Mufti

By Nayeem Showkat Khan On the other side of the border, General Zia-ul-Haq hanged Quaid-i-Awam, Zulifakar Ali Bhutto on 4th April, 1979. This news spread like wild fire across the globe. The assassination



Islam’s Kashmir Story

For nearly 300 years, Muslim conquerors from Baghdad and Turkey tried to overtake Kashmir, then a strong Hindu kingdom. Kashmir’s Hindu lords once defeated Caliph’s Sindh general and weather prevented Mehmud Gaznavi from


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.



Moments of Loss, Despair

By Hirra Sultan The light of soul may dim sometimes And the situation be all bleak The darkness slowly creeps in Aura turning all blue!   Eyes blinded by floods, Not a soul

Short Story


The ‘Possessed’ Friend

By Nadeem Shah Standing outside the black-painted gate of this three-storey house in Srinagar’s volatile Maisuma locality, Junaid moves his hand towards the doorbell. He is perspiring and nervous – a bit frightened,



Walnut Woes

By Amit Koul The most pathetic activity of civilized society isn’t only to look into the personal affairs—but equally not to anticipate the dark future of natural resources. A few of them help