Special Issue articles

Letter From The Editor

I am pleased to bring our readers the third consecutive Year-End issue of Kashmir Life. Our theme this time identifies individuals and institutions that made exceptional contributions to the society this past year.

Eye On Wars And Life

He once struggled to buy a camera for himself, and today he is in the league of the world’s best photojournalists. Tasavur Mushtaq reports on Altaf Qadri’s remarkable journey of capturing moments of

2011: Year of Peace?

Unlike previous three years, this remained relatively peaceful. It was a year when major issues like the official acknowledgement of the existence of unmarked and mass graves and the debate around proposed partial

The Transformer

He always dreamed of having his own independent business. Today, Nisar Baba’s manufacturing unit has developed into an award-winning company with uncompromising quality. Shams Irfan reports. After graduating with a degree in commerce

Tsunami Software

A major disaster prompted a Kashmiri entrepreneur to involve himself in developing a unique software, one that aims to improve tsunami detection and management. Tasavur Mushtaq reports on a man who refused to

The Dead Meeting The Disappeared

For the families of the disappeared there can be nothing more cruel and inhuman than to be waiting for the missing one. Sameer Yasir looks at the tragedy through a mother who died

A Mother’s Love

They are women who have taken up a unique role—caring for and nurturing orphaned children. Saima Bhat reports on two women, who hope their selfless acts of love, will help create a secure

Making A Mark Online

Kashmiris are going online to express and establish themselves. Syed Asma surveys some Kashmiri websites that emerged in 2011. Amidst the bans and restrictions on mainstream media in Kashmir, youth in the valley

Community First

Baramulla’s unique charitable organization has made a name for itself. Inam Ul Haq reports on the men behind the mission. On a chilly afternoon in 1999, perhaps around the beginning of Chilaikalaan, a

Fiddling With Faith

An unregistered tour operator duping a large number of Haj aspirants should force the government to monitor the sector and liberalize systems. Actors in the travel sector believe Haj and Umrah can sustain