Special Report

Those harrowing days.

Cometh Crackdown

A series of crackdowns starting from old Baramulla coupled with valley-wide whip on dissenters stirred up the haunting memories of those harrowing days in Kashmir when such exercises would force civilian population tremble


Agha Shahid Ali.

The Bridge Builder Poet

Poet Agha Shahid Ali (February 4, 1949 to December 8, 2001) eventually became Kashmir’s identity in the English literature. On his fifteenth death anniversary, Prof G R Malik, the former head of English


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Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah and Ghulam Mohammed Bakshi with Mrs. Iswari Devi Maini and Mrs. Rajender Singh, women-members of the Kashmir Constituent Assembly. Photograph taken beofre the inauguration of the Assembly in Srinagar on October 31, 1951.

Sheikh Abdullah, A CIA Profile

April 8, 1964 J&K state government released Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah after withdrawing the Kashmir conspiracy case. It was a major development that was written about in most of the world simply because of


Dilip Padgaonkar.

Interned Interlocution

Appointed to lead a team of interlocutors after the conclusion of the 2010 unrest, journalist Dileep Padgaonker died when Kashmir was in much ferocious unrest in 2016. Since his employers skipped picking up



Zufa Iqbal displaying Namda to President Pranab Mukherji

Saving Namda

An 18-year-old girl’s invention helped save the centuries old art of Namda making. A sports and science fiction buff, she already has her kitty full with offers from top world universities. Heena Muzzafar

Human Rights

Pellet hit trio.

Pellet Ruined Plans

Waiting outside SMHS’ ophthalmology ward pellet hit Shabroza Akhtar blames herself for turning her sister’s upcoming wedding into mourning, reports Jibran Nazir Shabroza Akhtar, 16, the Pulwama girl whose pellet ridden face broke almost


Tajamul Islam.

A Kicking Champ

It was like a rollercoaster ride for this 8-year-old Bandipora girl when she won world title in kickboxing. Zubair Sofi spends a day with little champ Tajamul Islam after her arrival from Italy.

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Rep Image.

Death of 14 Crows in ‘Democracy’

by Jamsheed Rasool In the movie The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock scared the whole world by projecting birds—with all their claw-jabbing and beak-pecking—as a threat to the survival of the human race. The 1963



Currency Chaos

As Prime Minister Modi shocked India by reducing twin currency notes to mere pieces of paper, Tasavur Mushtaq details the turns and twists of the policy shift at Kashmir’s ground zero Hajra Bano,


Photo Feature


Winter in Kashmir

Winter being the harshest three-month period in Kashmir triggers a glaring change in food, clothing and overall life style across valley. With snow yet to drape Kashmir white, Bilal Bahadur travels across the valley



Near Death Experience

by Tariq A Rather It started with swelling in my left leg calf muscle area around first week of September, 2016. I showed it to my journalist friend, who advised me to start


Samad Shah

Shahabad’s Samud Shah

Godfrey Thomas Vigne (1801-63) was a British barrister who played first class cricket 11 times between 1819 and 1845. The first Englishman who has visited Kabul, Vigne had a long visit of Kashmir



Strike a balance

by Masood Hussain Not in public knowledge, there were a few strong voices in the famous “stakeholders” conference in Hyderpora supporting the ongoing strike, now approaching its fifth month. With four full working



Yowling Wounded Valley

by Mohammad Anas My words anguished; I grieve, and bleed. The innocent screams beneath the earth buried   A tragedy— making humanity shiver— has transformed the charming valley into blood river   They


Kashmiri angry youth  throwing stones at Paramilitary soldiers  after Eid-ul-Azha at Batmaloo area of Srinagar. (Photo: Bilal Bahadur/KL)

The Curfewed Eid

by Humaira Maqbool This past Eid was quite different. It was a curfewed Eid—first time, since 1947. For someone who grew up amid crackdowns, encounters, killings, curfews, the experience was nothing new—but, indeed,




by Humaira Maqbool Why is vibrancy missing in Kashmir? Why streets produce a deserted look? Why are the village boys disappearing each day? Why, and what for, are the educated lots on roads,

Stand Point

This boy was hit in the face by a pellet gunshot.  (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Eye Protest

With over a hundred pellet eye injuries in five days, it is all dark in Srinagar’s ophthalmology ward of SMHS. Shams Irfan spends two days at the hospital to understand the level of