Special Report


Modi-nised Kashmiris!

Modi’s campaigning blitzkrieg apart, Kashmir is sceptically weighing his possible elevation to highest seat of power in India. But there are a few for whom development is better index than human rights. Shah



Soil into Cement

In last 25 years of conflict what happened in Kashmir will always remain part of our collective history. But what everybody would like to forget is how inch by inch we vandalized our



Kashmir in Dilemma?

Mehraj ud Din My journey of identifying Kashmir as one of the biggest occupied territories in the world is not different from how others identify it. Rajbagh, one of the posh residential addresses



Yawar Masoodi

It was the first attack on mainstream politician in Kashmir ahead of parliamentary polls when militants struck the house of Youth National Conference’s (YNC) leader and organiser south Kashmir Yawar Masoodi. Yawar, 32,

The Straight Curve


A digitized version of me

Arshid Malik “You are digitally almost invisible,” a very close acquaintance of mine informed a week ago. I was absolutely startled by this promulgation of sorts. “Digitally invisible” – what on earth was




SRINAGAR Last year there were six Bollywood crews shooting in Kashmir and this summer it is expected to be more. In fact some of them are shooting in Kashmir right now. But the

News Makers


News Makers

Bereaved: Mohammad Subhan Bukhari, father of senior Journalist, Pervez Bukhari passed away late Thursday evening. He was 90. Bukhari was in the government service and has served Kashmir under Maharaja as well as

News Notes


News Notes

‘Modi-fied’ Freedom As unionist political parties are in the process of wooing voters for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in the state, on the other hand separatists have intensified the poll boycott campaign.




Reliving The Past

As one of world’s oldest reel-news agency moves its 85000 motion films from safe houses to social media for free, Kashmir gets its bit of history live. R S Gull scans the archive



An ‘Equal’ Contest

With 13 contestants in fray for south Kashmir’s Anantnag constituency it is mainly PDP versus NC. Suhail A Shah tries to gauges the public mood   At a recent public rally in South



Death at Doorstep

Rangrez family collect bits and pieces from their razed house where two militants were killed in a 22 hour long gun battle, Shams Irfan talks to the couple who spent the night amid

Photo Feature


Reporting virtual voting

 Durdana Bhat As polling on ground zero in South Kashmir reflects mixed public mood, the live streaming of 46 polling stations out of 1615 stations are showing ‘real’ public response. It is for the



‘Insufficiently’ recruited

State’s new job policy is breeding a sense of discontentment among the selected youth owing to the meagre remuneration it offers to them. Bilal Handoo details the dejected side which the policy has

Sub Regional


The Banihal Backbone

The overcrowded rail piercing through the rugged Pir Panchal has not improved accessibility only. It has helped Banihal gradually integrate with Kashmir’s socio-economics and change its profile, reports R S Gull Kachkote hamlet



Media run Elections

Irtif Lone This election like many other elections which have happened previously would elect 543 representatives of the Indian state, who for the next five years to come would become the law makers




Sareen Yaqoob Slowly stealthily She grew along, Passing through woods She learnt to crawl. Whispering reeds Breaking glass, All she did Has gone to past.   Now she is a mother, A daughter

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.


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Mother, I don’t need their scholarship!

Muntaha Amin A treacherous journey had ended. I was finally home along with mates. They had shown us door—as we cheered for greens! We were told: cheering for greens is sedition. They left



Kicking a Passion

More than cricket it was football that once ruled hearts in Kashmir. Safwat Zargar meets one such enthusiast who runs a football club in Ganderbal from his own pocket to keep the passion



J&K’s Chequered Democratic History

Christopher Snedden  Since 1947, disputed Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has had a chequered democratic history. The table below provides details about elections conducted since 1947. Many of these have been heavily controlled, or