Special Report

Retarded Recruitments

With the unemployment being officially considered a major factor responsible for most of the ills in Kashmir, why are official recruiting systems exhibiting a sub-average pace, Saima Bhat asks Mohammad Altaf was one


The Apple Cart Push

Six months after a vast high-density apple orchard was axed by angry protesters in south Kashmir, government has launched a major initiative to plant imported varieties on 50 hectors in 2017. Aimed at


Beware of Synthetic Milk

DR ZUBAIR AHMAD WAR Srinagar: Milk is the physiological secretion produced by the mammalian animals.  Mammals have specialised organs called mammary glands to produce milk to feed their young ones. Species like cows,


Forgotten Shab Daig

The wazwaan country has literally forgotten a winter specialty that once ruled the elite Kashmir kitchens, perhaps more often than Harisa, laments Tasavur Mushtaq Intense cold, heavy snowfall and massive load shedding this


Sub Regional

My Friend Aatir

They lived in the same locality and shared the school, the playground and the mounting concerns in the streets. Then the fate separated them. Now, Jibran Nazir is the only one of the

Human Rights

Stones bleed

Pellets, bullets apart, while stones lead to injuries, there were some killings too, reports Saima Bhat Stones were portrayed as the weapon of the weak. While it is clear that the stone pelting


J&K’s ‘Alienated Borderlands’

A general perception that unlike Kashmir, Jammu has survived unscathed by the overall instability and security situation of the state is incorrect. This write-up prefacing a study Border And People: An Interface by

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A long story

by Shah Faesal One day I came across a teacher who had never taught in a school during past twenty years of his service. I was told that this person never attends his


Sozni Daughters

Mechanization of handicrafts apart, hundreds of youngsters, mostly girls, in Kashmir’s periphery are using the art as a decisive tool to help their families come out of social stress and poverty, reports Saima


Hari Singh’s legacy

by A G Noorani It is appropriate that Kashmir’s last Dogra ruler, Hari Singh, should be restored to favour by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. Her record would have endeared her to him. On


Judo Foursome

As sportspersons bag medals, coaches wear the stars. But it gets them into a thrill when the winning disciples are special, deaf and dumb. Aakash Hassan meets a coach who specializes in creating

Photo Feature

A somber Friday funeral

Tasavur Mushtaq At the crack of dawn on Friday, Ghulam Mohammad Rather was awake along with his family, relatives and neighbours. He had spent the sleepless night wandering around and asking people “what


Harsh Consequences

By Khursheed Wani During the early years of militancy in Kashmir, a security officer waylaid a senior journalist in Lal Chowk area and slapped him without any provocation. In response, the poor scribe

Life Story

In Dignity of Labour

A lonely greying man who lives by selling cardboard scrap, has performed Haj, plans a second Mecca pilgrimage and is already a respected inspiration, reports Jibran Nazir At the crack of dawn, shortly


The mountain Stone Horse

By Shah Faesal On February 16, morning I started off from Baglihar with my team of engineers to take stock of pre-construction works of one of the most ambitious hydropower-projects of J&K –


Why blame Religion

By Zaira Ashraf Khan Religion, due to its overwhelming adherence and devotion has been a subject of debate, not just among the theists but also the atheists (obviously for more of a critical


Lost Again

Fourteen years after people normally move out of jail but Muzzafar Rather could go to gallows in West Bengal in absence of good defence, Aakash Hassan reports the cycle of hope and despair


Baffling Reshuffle

As Chief Minister availed her rights to reshuffle some of her ministers, crevices hidden under winter adhesives gave up revealing that power is not being handled by the people presumed to be powerful,



DELHI Filmmaker Sanjay Kak lined up with nine Kashmiri photo-journalists to tell the visual story of Kashmir. With 200 photographs taken from 1986 to 2016, The Witness is perhaps the first photo book