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Reviving Kashmiri language
Abid Ahmad
Recently Kashmir observed the death anniversary of Akhtar Mohi-ud- Din, the legendary writer of Kashmiri language and literature, who elevated Kashmiri to a higher pedestal in the body of world literature through his writings. Akhtar earned name and fame for himself and for his language by writing on topics which had so far been delineated in major languages of the world only. He showed to the world that Kashmiri language has the potential to internalize even the most excruciating experiences of the modern life like angst, ennui, alienation and fragmentation. His short stories still emit the fragrance that both refreshes as well as disturbs. He asks the ultimate questions of life the way they should be. Some of his short stories include Tchass (shock), Dand wazun (imbroglio) Daryayi heund Yazar (the branded trousers). Amin Kamil along with Akhter Mohi-ud-Din contributed to the Kashmiri language what it was lacking at i.e., prose and short fiction. The best way to pay homage to this luminary is to answer certain fundamental questions about the Kashmiri language.

Existential crisis
In the process of emerging as a genuine alternative to the National Conference (NC) in the state politics,
A Gatsby killed Romana
Riyaz Masroor
Romana’s murder highlights the core of our societal malaise. Let’s look at the issue beyond the clich?d generalizations such as “social waywardness” and “social evils”.
The fresh spurt in crime rate in Kashmir appears to have two interrelated prongs: the state and the people. As for the state in Kashmir, it lacks popular sanctity for which a host of reasons could be cited. On the other hand, people are suffering from financial insecurity, which is part genuine part self-imposed.
The state here tends to tackle the issue of legitimacy through slogans rather than performance. For example, the slogan of progress, prosperity and development has induced among the masses a wild competition for financial uplift.

Ballot in India – a platter-full of lies
Arshad Malik
India is hot these days, with mercury jumping degrees with every passing day and the heat of the ongoing elections further firing up the emotional thermodynamics of the nation. In India, like elsewhere in democracies, “election” or the exercise of the right to vote is the highest and most extensive form of civilizational discourse that majorly alters the contours of the nation society. But over the decades, long since India gained independence from the British, elections in this country have attained the character of a gambit, where the initiative of the common man – the citizenry – to exercise the ballot power least attributes to the whole process of electing the so-called “representatives of the masses”. Nowadays, it is more about personal vendettas of political parties who have locked horns over power and less about the pure practice of electing a representative government to power.

Birth pangs
In a civil society that has an extraordinarily high sense of ethnic, class and nationality issues,
Women in cross fire
In a seminar on Women’s day at Gandhi Bhawan in Kashmir University, I got the opportunity to examine the problems of the women from the perspective of patriarchy and gender bias as built in the idea of nation when some women activists working at grassroots level shared their experiences in the one day seminar.

Aid its prevention
Much has been written on AIDS as a disease; its life threatening nature, its transmission and its spread.
India’s choices

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Honouring post date

Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain Legally Aligarh Muslin University is supposed to work for advancement of educational and cultural needs of…

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