Special Report


Ah, Set Afire

With conflict dominating the discourse, the ugly side of Kashmir’s routine is consigned to individual memory. To this was added a mother of two daughters last week, whose smouldering pyre was not extinguished



Re-Engaging Punjab

Chief Secretaries of Punjab and J&K had a detailed sitting last week. The two states are running a festering dispute over water and Punjab has throughout been using every single moment to prove



Mehbooba Mufti

Last fortnight Kashmir was denied access to online world. The Internet blockade remained enforced for over three days, cutting off valley from outer world. The Net gag came at a time when Muslim




EIDGAH Given the build-up in anticipation of Eid, even the commoners were tense. Authorities resorted to two things quite fast: massive deployments and plugging of the information highway. For three days, people had



Healing Hands

Pained by the rejection that specially-abled face in the society, a few noble souls joined together to start Shafaqat. To help them face the world again, the group now runs a special school,



Baking is In

The traditional bakery in Kashmir is going through a generational shift. The takeover is putting young and enthusiastic entrepreneurs’ raise the bar in a highly competitive market. Syed Asma reports   One fine afternoon,



Take a Final Call

Mir Liyakat Nazir Recently change of guard happened in the state’s largest pan Islamist party, Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI) J&K after its Council of Representatives elected Ghulam Muhammad Bhat as their seventh Amir. Bhat, a

The Straight Curve

Arshid Malik

A Battle Lost

Arshid Malik On the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, a woman in downtown area of Srinagar City set herself ablaze after her husband and in-laws allegedly harassed her over dowry. What kind of torture

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Muzamil Dar's Wife

‘Why They Murdered My Son?’

Sheikh Hilal SHOPIAN A day after police claimed to have killed a “militant” who turned out to be an auto driver from South Kashmir, Dar house in Shopian’s Chatripora village is under intense



My Kabul in Kashmir

Mona Hossaini ‘Araste’ I had three options to choose from to pursue my post graduation: Iran, Russia and Kashmir. And I choose the last one because of the interesting course offered: Kashmir and




Dream Chaser 

He tried his hands at teaching and then working for the government, but there was something that kept him looking for more. Saima Rashid reports the journey of a shy student who is

Photo Feature


Eid-ul-Azha: The Final Count

On the eve of Eid-ul-Azha, Srinagar’s Eidgah buzzes with trading of sacrificial animals. The preparations of this Eid was no different. Bilal Bahadur captures some shots from the busy makeshift bazaar In the run up to Eid-ul-Azha, Srinagar’s Eidgah


65 year old Ghulam Hassan Wani with Mohammad Akbar Hajam, father of Amir Akbar Hajam.

Blood on Turf

The wait is not over yet. Nine years have passed since army’s ‘bad-boy’ Rambo killed four youngsters in broad daylight. Saqib Hussain Mugloo recounts the happenings of that day and the long wait

Public Affairs


Faithful Gathering

With people flocking from different corners of Kashmir to sell their livestock, Srinagar’s Eidgah is a busy place before Eid-ul-Azha. Muhammad Raafi spends a day at Kashmir’s biggest livestock market to get the


Education Pays

Syed Asma A new school has come up in the vicinity of University of Kashmir. Having more than three dozen operative branches across globe, it is introduced as a brand. Now that it


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.


Heavenly introductions! (Courtesy: Suhail H. Naqshbandi)

Burhan, Where Have You Gone?

By Santosh Bakaya Burhan, where have you gone, You know, no birds chirp in this sad dawn. Is it true that you have died? But were you not just born? You, who had

Short Story


Restless Soul of Javaid

“My father could not trace me. My sisters could not locate me. They were only crying aloud with pitiable voices, ‘Javaid, where are you? Please come back to bid farewell to your dead


FLOOD (46)

A Search in the Times of Flood

Everyone was searching for their loved ones, perhaps reluctantly, as if heading toward a graveyard where the dead ones were calling to us pleading to be buried yet again… By Sheikh Shahid Those