Special Report

“ No right-minded Kashmiri will oppose the return of Kashmiri Pandits,” opposition leader Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter.
Pic: Bilal Bahadur

Settling Controversy

As the government plans creating ‘composite’ townships for getting migrant Kashmiri Pandits back home, it has triggered lot of heat and dust with people protesting the ‘exclusive’ enclosures. Given the fact that managing



Choked Lives!

The fabled Jhelum is breathing its last. And we are sitting on the dykes, with our hands folded leisurely, watching it die every day. Unfortunately we are part of the generation that has



Ghetto This Land

Riyaz Rashid For a long time now, Kashmiris have been crying at top of their voices that their holy land is being turned into a laboratory for emulating models that find their origin




SRINAGAR Contrary to the massive reportage that Ms Mehbooba Mufti would replace Ms Najma Haptullah in Modi Government in Delhi; sources in ruling PDP rule it out. While a section believes they were


Arts & Culture


A Colourful Urn

Inspired by the likes of Van Gogh and Rembrandt,  a Kashmiri landscape artist’s work reflects the changing mood of a place and its people. Nuzhat Mushtaq profiles his life story Sixty-nine-year old Mohammad


A tourist riding a double humped camel in Nubra valley, Ladakh.

Long Live The Fossil

Interventions in conserving the near extinct double humped camel in remote Ladakh have helped the animal increase its population but trickling of funds is proving a stumbling block, reports R S Gull Double



Shopian’s Sqay Boys

A tailor in Shopian is doing his bit to revive Kashmir’s indigenous martial art Sqay. After a rollercoaster ride that saw four local boys winning gold at international event Sqay is back in


Gulzar Peer’s supporters protesting against his arrest.
Pic: Bilal Bahadur

Judging the Victims!

Gulzar Peer’s acquittal shocked everybody including police. With fake Peer back behind bars and case listed in the High Court, Saima Bhat takes a look at the controversial judgment that bailed Peer out 


Demarcated area in Dal Lake used for the cultivation of Lotus stem - Nadru.

Floating Hope

Floating vegetable markets in Dal interiors, no more sound buzzing as flood waters and subsequent rains wreaked havoc on the floating vegetable gardens of the lake. With government apathy, the people associated with

The Straight Curve


Return of the natives

Arshid Malik Flood. The term “flood” sounded so archival till the September 2014 floods woke us up to the resounding fact that nature once tempered with can hit you right in the face

News Notes


News Notes

Wamiq’s Justice Parents of Wamiq Farooq, a teenager who was killed in 2010 mass unrest in Kashmir, still wait for justice after a gap of four years. In the recent judgement passed by

Photo Feature

Meanwhile at his home, mourning was getting intense.

Killing by Numbers

It was supposed to be a usual day of shutdown before forces shot dead a Class 10 student in city outskirts and triggered unabated ire among youth. Soon screams, stones and smoke filled streets. In between,

Short Story


Shrine of a Modern Majnoo

By Umair Gul I woke up. I was awake all the while. The chemicals in brain jumped up again. I saw future. I saw grave of a modern Romeo in uptown Srinagar. It



Nothing More to Lose

By: Najwan Darwish   Lay your head on my chest and listen to the layers of ruins behind the madrasah of Saladin hear the houses sliced open in the village of Lifta hear



Nourooz in Persia

By: Syed Iliyas Ali Rizvi With the rebirth of nature, indeed across the world, Nourooz is celebrated with rich cultural traditions. With distinct variation across different countries, Nourooz is a time to come



‘Fairer’ Feelings

  by Durdana Bhat     Some feelings, since very long, are stirring up a storm in me. I am the part of society where woman seems to have a squeezed space. And

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.



A man stands   near the collapsed house in Budgam’s Ladden village.
Pics: Bilal Bahadur

A Tragedy & Heroic Tale

In the wake of tragedy, a JCB driver kept his nerves intact to excavate 15 bodies from the fateful Laden house. Saima Bhat reports the heroics of Rasik Ahmad Magrey who trekked through



Woman Matters

By Rameez Bhat If you observe and think about different kinds of things around you, you will eventually come across the reality: Almighty Allah has created everything with a purpose. Each and every