Special Report

Illegal structures raised at Gujraan Bhatkot village by a Sringar based doctor.
Pic: Umar Mohammad Attar

Plundering Pahalgam

Despite high court banning fresh construction in Pahalgam influential people manage to build huge structures in eco-sensitive areas. Shams Irfan reports the daylight plunder of Kashmir’s famed tourist resort A blink-and-you-will-miss hand painted


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Feeling Pain

Every time Israel launches an offensive on helpless Palestinians, Kashmiris feels the pain. Since last week’s aerial bombing of civilian areas in Gaza there were spontaneous protests witnessed across Kashmir. The part of



‘Inventing’ India 

Muhammad Tahir India’s standard official claim to Kashmir is tied to the instrument of accession signed in October 1947 by the fleeing Hindu ruler of Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh. The argument is that



Ved Prakash Vaidik

Controversies seem ceaseless for the senior Indian scribe. After creating political commotion by meeting Hafiz Saeed, Ved Prakash Vaidik has now stirrup up Kashmir controversy. Cutting from the crowd of his ilk, Vaidik,

The Straight Curve


From an Empath to Psychopath

Arshid Malik It was always hard to cope with, the incessant angst that enveloped my soul as I lurched forward in the darkness of a putrid future here in Kashmir. The angst generated




BALTAL It was just a squabble over the opportunities that the annual Hindu yatra throws up that triggered a huge crisis. A tent-owner resented a lunghar man for selling space that hell broke

News Makers


News Makers

ADMITTED: State government has admitted before the High court that some people are in possession of hundreds of kanals of land without proper allotment in the famed Ski resort of Gulmarg in north

News Notes


News Notes

Forced Vacations! As Kashmir continues to protest against Israel’s atrocities on Gaza, government saw itself in a tight position. Last Monday when Kashmir re-opened after resting for a lazy Ramadan Sunday, students across



Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad along with his workers.

Ikhwanis of the Yore?

Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad raised vigilantes “Peace Brigade” and used them to suppress pro-Abdullah and pro-Pakistan people. His workers or “Goggas” ran a parallel enforcement regime in the state. Bilal Handoo details the renegades



A Different Legacy

It was Sheikh Abdullah’s trusted man Bakshi Ghulam Ahmad who replaced him and erased his legacy, although marginally.  Hafsa Kanjwal argues that New Delhi used Bakshi to get things done in Kashmir that

Arts & Culture

Kashmir PM Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad with Indian PM Pt J L Nehru riding a decorated boat in Dal lake during Jashn-e-Kashmir celebration.

A Cultural Psy-op 

For critics Bakshi’s extravagant Jashn-e-Kashmir festival was aimed to manage public anger after Sheikh was jailed. Raashid Maqbool revisits the era to understand how the festival helped Bakshi win hearts and minds The

Photo Feature

Despite High Court ban on new construction Hotel Pine Spring has managed to construct a huge commercial building.

#Pahalgam Vandalised

Pahalgam is one of the most visited destinations in Kashmir. In last one decade, sensing opportunity in huge tourist rush, land mafia has vandalized this scenic spot by constructing huge concrete hotels in



Yatra: A Tradition Compromised

Yearly Amarnath Yatra was small, quick affair that the government would facilitate with the help of clergy. It was S K Sinha, the shrine board’s most controversial chairman who brushed aside the ecological


Female voters waiting to cast their vote while an elderily  man comes out  of  a  polling booth in last Lok Sabha Elections.
Pic: Bilal Bahadur

Batmaloo 25

Despite its pro-boycott image Batamaloo is significantly important for both NC and PDP. While NC’s Irfan Shah is riding on his father’s legacy rival PDP might miss strong man Karra’s charisma. Safwat Zargar



Palestine: In solidarity

Irtif Lone Dear Brothers and Sisters of Palestine, I am writing to you with a sense of shame.  For last week and so, I have wanted to write to you but to gather


The view of Peer ki Gali. Photo: Bilal Bahadur

History and Mystery of Peer ki Gali

Sunaina Malik The name ‘Peer ki Gali’ indicates: it has some auspicious relevance. As the word ‘peer’ means a person devoted to religion, as per Muslim faith. This holy place Peer ki Gali

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.




Abdul Ahad Vakil (August 1935 – July 2014) Senior National Conference leader from north Kashmir’s Sopore, Abdul Ahad Vakil passed away on Wednesday evening after a prolonged ailment at his Goripora residence. He


Careers after 10+2

By Saima Rashid Now that your Class 12 exams are over, what will be your next course of action? You may be finding yourself at the crossroads, with no idea on which way



Panun Kart.com

Driven by the sense of creating a niche in online shopping, an engineering graduate from NIT Srinagar has come up with an online portal. Riyaz Ul Khaliq profiles the passion behind the portal