Special Report


Modi Myths

Amid BJPs media blitzkrieg that it would change history by attempting 44 seats in state assembly, required to form the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi graced Ladakh, only to devour the party’s chances



Patch Work

There seems to be something wrong in our system that keeps us at ease all the time, even if it is a pressing situation and demands action. We work at our own pace



Rethinking Knowledge

Mehraj-u-Din Knowledge is undeniably one of the most important constituents in civilizations whether it is Greek or Islamic and Confucian or Western.  Looking through the prism of civilizational discourse, knowledge has been given



Omar Abdullah

Some call it “Gunnysacking” on part of Omar Abdullah when he lashed out at Hurriyat leadership on Kousar Nag yatra issue. The state executive chose India’s 68 Independence Day for venting out his

The Straight Curve



Arshid Malik Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. – Viktor E. Frankl




Bakhshi Stadium Even at the peak of militancy, Mufti Sayeed had maintained the tradition that he would essentially attend the August 15 and January 26 functions in Srinagar. There were a few instances

News Makers


News Makers

BOOKED: Police have booked three whatsapp group admins, Javed Ahmad, Syed Tahir Bukhari and Raja Hilal from Budgam, Baramulla and Pulwama respectively, for allegedly airing rumours and fabricated information to the people. Police

News Notes


News Notes

‘Calm’ LoC After guns refused to calm down on Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir for some days with India and Pakistan accusing each other of violating ceasefire, Indian Independence Day


Life Story


A Militant’s Widow

Driven by the thrill of marrying one of the most wanted guerrillas of 90s, young Zubaida was widowed at an age of 17. As her hero was gone, Zubaida was abandoned by the


Omkar Nath Bhat outside his home in Haal Shopian.
Pic: Bilal Bahadur

‘Haal’ of Fame

As one by one his pandit brethren deserted his neighbourhood in Haal Pulwama, it was a Muslim boy-turned-militant who helped Omkar Nath Bhat to stay put among the ghostly lanes of this village.


A scenic view of  Kousar Nag lake cuddled among snowcapped mountains.
Pic: Umar Asif

Right to Vandalize

With people trying to shadow environmental concerns by invoking religion the controversy surrounding Kousar Nag yatra refuses to die down. Shah Abbas tries to understand the perils of fiddling with nature by analysis

Photo Feature

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LADAKH- The Last Shangrila!

Ladakh, the land of mystic beauty is traveller’s heaven.  The idea of crossing Zojil La – one of the most precarious mountain passes in the world – in order to reach Ladakh, adds

Arts & Culture


Cooking a Success Story

A home-maker’s passion to serve her family delicious delicacies helped her start cooking classes as a professional. A year later, Irfana Ali is teaching young girls how to cook traditional cuisine with a


People in a queue waiting for their turn to cast their vote. 
Pic: Bilal Bahadur

Homeshalibugh 39

While PDP’s Sofi eyes a hat-trick NC again failed to find a local representative for HS Bugh. Shah Abbas visits the place to see how ‘selective development’ and lack of basic facilities hardly



Unfurling Freedom

Irtif Lone On 15th of August, like on any other day, Kashmir seeks Independence.  Some 68 years before, after decades of being a British colony and its continuous struggle to achieve independence, India



The Untitled

Asma Firdous The ink is ready to dye the paper Her pen ready to obey her grip And she sits today with old missions again…! Her knowledge of language The alphabet roaming in her

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.



Dear Faithful Mutton Eater

Assalam-u-Alikum, After fasting for 15 hours a day in humid July’s scorching heat, everyone of us in Kashmir is genuinely busy managing the best feast on Tuesday, this Eid. It is a divine


Representational Photo. Pic by Bilal Bahadur

Doomed Daughter!

Bilal Handoo It is one of those medieval houses in old Srinagar that stirred up nostalgia. On its first floor, a traditional Kashmiri window is covered with perforated polythene sheet. Behind two holes



 Loading Laurels

Be it sports, science, activism, photography or documentary making, a youth from South Kashmir is doing it all with style and substance. Saima Rashid & Riyaz Ul Khaliq sum up the budding spirit