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Conflict kills a friend, friendship survives

Conflict kills a friend, friendship survives

Saqib Mugloo It’s been six months since Talib Laway’s death, but his 18-year-old best friend Shahid Iqbal is still meeting him. Amid the cloud of sadness, and longing for Mr. Iqbal, as he says, after 40 days of Mr. Laway’s burial, “One day he walked into my house and I hugged him tightly,” said Mr. […]

Welcome, O! Month of Ramadan! Welcome, O! Month of Seeking God!

Welcome, O! Month of Ramadan! Welcome, O! Month of Seeking God!

Fasting is one of the five fundamental pillars in Islam. It is a universal institution because all other religions in the world also adopted fasting in some forms as the most important method of controlling and killing passions. In this month the Qur’an was revealed as guidance for humanity, as a clear proof of that […]

WHERE DOES 3RD OPTION EXIST IN JAMMU & KASHMIR?

WHERE DOES 3RD OPTION EXIST IN JAMMU & KASHMIR?

Lubna Haroon An ‘independent state’ is a rising phenomenon in either side of Jammu and Kashmir which gradually evolved as a result of the impasse on the Kashmir dispute, generally known as ‘Third Option’. Several politicians are the advocates of ‘third option’ popular names among those are Maqbool Butt, Amanullah Khan, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and […]

The Difficult Task Of Translating Aspects Of The Indian Ethos

The Difficult Task Of Translating Aspects Of The Indian Ethos

Mini Krishnan It’s almost impossible to translate many Indian experiences and similes In the opening paragraph of his booklet, India Writes, Udaya Narayana Singh describes an email he received from Germany. The sender declared that he knew friends who had studied Korean and Chinese, but that he himself would like to study Indian. Could Udaya […]

Want to cross the highway, look for a magistrate first!

Want to cross the highway, look for a magistrate first!

Nisar Dharma Srinagar: A man required an approval from a magistrateto simply cross the road in Sangam, a settlement in south Kashmir’s Anantnagdistrict, on Wednesday, the second day of the two-day-a-week ban authoritieslast week imposed on civilian movement on Srinagar-Jammu highway. The photo of the civilian’s right-hand palm carrying the stamp,signature and Wednesday’s date with […]

‘Resistance’ by J-K’s Unionists: Electoral gimmick or new shift?

‘Resistance’ by J-K’s Unionists: Electoral gimmick or new shift?

Gowhar Geelani Omar Abdullah, former Chief Minister (CM) of Jammu and Kashmir, stirred a political hornet’s nest, saying, ‘turn the clock backward to 1953’, in a political rally on 1 April, renewing the demand to take back J-K to times when it enjoyed substantial autonomy; hence, leaving New Delhi with control only over defence, currency […]

“As if they’ll shoot at me,” says 13-yr-old; returns dead

“As if they’ll shoot at me,” says 13-yr-old; returns dead

Kaisar Andrabi On Sunday morning, his cousin sister saw him running down the stairs in the double-storey house, and asked, “Where are you going?” Even a few moments before, he had tried to escape, but the attempt was foiled by his cousin. But it was only after his friend and classmate, Raqib Ahmad, came running […]

Bloody Sunday in Kashmir- “He was Sent inside the house by Army, Then Shot from Behind”

Bloody Sunday in Kashmir- “He was Sent inside the house by Army, Then Shot from Behind”

Qazi Shibli Srinagar: Thousands of people including women gathered early morning on Sunday to bid farewell to the ‘martyr’ at his funeral. Women later marched towards his house singing songs of bravery, “Qoum Ke Shaheedo, Goor Goor Karyo” (Farewell oh martyr of the motherland). The Kashmir valley witnessed a bloody Sunday on 01 April when […]

If Article 35A is expended it will impinge on basic tenets of constitutional interpretation

If Article 35A is expended it will impinge on basic tenets of constitutional interpretation

When the minions of the BJP promise abolition of Article 370 or Article 35A, especially prior to the elections, it is not to be taken seriously. In fact, the response, if any, should be to dare them to do it. Indeed, I had done so in 2014 in response to a rant by Jitendra Singh, […]

Jacinda Ardern – A Ray of Hope

Jacinda Ardern – A Ray of Hope

The exhibition of cowardice and brutality in two Mosques at Christchurch New Zealand on the 15th of this month has proven the fact that terrorism knows no faith and religion. Those who attribute it to any particular religion or faith, are biased towards the religion. Though the attack on innocent worshippers has sent shockwaves among […]

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Conflict kills a friend, friendship survives

Saqib Mugloo It’s been six months since Talib Laway’s death, but his 18-year-old best friend Shahid Iqbal is still meeting him. Amid the cloud of sadness, and longing for Mr. Iqbal, as he says, after 40 days of Mr. Laway’s burial, “One day he walked into my house and I hugged him tightly,” said Mr. […]