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

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.

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.



Journalist turned politician, Tahir Syed with his new chief Mehbooba Mufti

‘Paper’ Tigers!

Is journalism a launching pad for politicians? Or are the two professions embedded eternally? As election fever grips valley, Bilal Handoo takes a look at some of the recent switchovers and the buzz that



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

As per Sonum Lotus,  weather is likely to improve from Tuesday.

Downpour Dangers

The incessant rains had a momentarily hiatus on Monday in some parts of valley but streets and roads in summer capital have been left water-logged. The fresh rainfall has triggered landslides in many



‘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



Time to choose the trailblazer!

Rakshanda Ali What is the cost after all? The fluctuating finance markets—that determine: who is, to live, by the ‘aid’? And live, only to repay IMF’s loan, as former Zamibian President once put

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

Life Story


Love of Music

For over three decades Nisar Ahmad Dar enthralled audiences with western musical in one of radio Kashmir’s most loved programme. An ardent music lover he is all set to launch his first solo