Special Report

City centre Lal Chowk. Photo: Bilal Bahadur

City, one week after

One week after the worst flood hit the summer capital, scenes around the city were both relieved as well as remorseful. Bilal Handoo narrates certain scenes after Jhelum calmed down and let people



Social Control 

We all take pride in calling ourselves Kashmiris. This is rightly so, for the place has a cultural history of more than two thousand years. An abode of knowledge and learning since ancient



Desperate Times

Tufail Mehraj It always intrigues me: why our educational institutes have failed to mitigate a mounting pessimistic outlook adorned by our student community. Mine might be a highly subjective assumption. Or, for that



Er Rashid

It was one more mention of controversial village defence communities (VDCs) in same space (JK Assembly) but in different time (2014). But one man (Er Rashid) stuck to his old guards on government


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The Sheltering Shrine

With ferocious Jhelum inundating the habitations on its banks, displacing populations and destroying properties, thousands of people trekked to the foothills housing the shrine Makhdoom Sahab in Shehr-e-Khas. From the most revered shrine,




JAMMU Finally, she is back to business. Rajni Sehgal, the jailer at Kotbalwal who remained suspended for 15 months after her Pakistani prisoner Sunaullah Ranjay was killed by fellow prisoner Vinod Kumar in

News Makers


News Makers

Killed Two villagers, identified as Muhammad Akram and his 13-year-old son Aslam were killed and seven people including Akram’s wife, his three children and a BSF constable were injured in heavy firing by

News Notes


News Notes

Supreme State Supreme Court might be the highest point of justice delivery in India but when it comes to Kashmir, it is the State that is supreme! That is what speaks the case


Life Story

A woman near Sonwar is about to hug a man who has reportedly rescued hundreds of flood affected persons including her. Photo: Bilal Bahadur

Unsung Marines

As the floods posed threat to thousands of stranded persons around Srinagar city, many young brave-hearts plunged into troubled waters to rescue the lives held hostage by the threatening deluge. Safwat Zargar highlights


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Horrors and Heroics

History’s unprecedented floods have not left the stories of horror alone, there are thousands of instances in which the heroics of youth created a new generation of role models. R S Gull details

Human Rights

Jan Mohammad dreams of days when he would walk.
Pic: Ahmad Mukhtiyar

A Wish to Walk Again

Circumstances forced aged father back to work as labourer when his only bread earning son was paralysed for life in a police action. Qazi Mudasir narrates the story of Khanday family who struggle

Photo Feature

These women are emptying home from dirt.

Back Home in Maisuma

The post-flood picture of Srinagar city continues to be grim. At a stone’s throw from city centre Lal Chowk, Maisuma remains severely flood-hit. With locals clearing their homes and neighbourhood from muck left



Flag Makers 

The flag-makers of the yore who translated emotions on cloth, irrespective of politics or ideology behind them, try to survive on the margins of modern technology. Safwat Zargar meets some of the artists



Amit Shah, Padshah!

BJP’s over-ambitious plan to emerge the single largest party in J&K is an intelligent ideation. It has unnerved both the unionists and separatists as it is convincingly doable to a good extent. But



In a fix!

Irtif Lone Last week, when the leaders from Kashmir’s separatist lobby met the Pakistan High Commissioner in context to the India-Pakistan foreign Secretaries meet. Indian Government made their point clear, “Stop taking to



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.

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




 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