Shergari Palace, the first centre of power of J&K state since 1846, was home to a number of commissions which have ceased to exist now. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

A State In Transition

After almost three months of lockdown, the state of Jammu and Kashmir finally was re-organised into a federally-ruled Union Territory. To be ruled by a Lt Governor, the process of giving it a new structure has already begun. This report details the historic…


Breaking A Silence

Barely four days ahead of the platinum jubilee of the communication lockdown, when the phones returned to life, not every…


Election On Kashmir

Kashmir may not have any election anytime soon. But BJP made the abrogation of Article 370 and Kashmir such a…

EPFO - employees Provident Fund Story

The Sweat Money

Managers of the Rs 4300 crore Provident Fund of the workers in Jammu and Kashmir’s private and public sector were…


Briefing (November 03-09, 2019)

Britain’s Kashmir Politics LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reiterated UK’s age-old Kashmir policy as a bilateral issue between…

Books A photograph of 1920 shows the Kashmiri professionals taking the tourists to Gulmarg in palkis.
1853: A Tourist On Foot

An unknown Englishman has penned in his peculiar language his long trek from Shimla to Srinagar via Tibet on foot…


M S Dhoni

After team India’s World Cup 2019 journey ended at the semi-final level, speculations were ripe that Mahender Singh Dhoni, the…

An aerial view of Royal Golf Course, Srinagar.

Golf Monopoly Ends

Over the years, Jammu and Kashmir has invested huge money in a network of golf, a luxury sport, but the…

Clock Tower (Ghanta Ghar ) (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Bad Times?

In the last 40 years, the Kashmir government changed three sets of clocks on Srinagar’s landmark Ghanta Ghar, but none…


Grounded On Water

The abrupt August 4, order asking tourists and pilgrims to leave Kashmir marked the end of a busy tourist season.…

Human Rights

Costly Acquittals

In the 1996 Rajasthan bus-blast case, police booked, among others, four Kashmiris – arrested from Kathmandu and Gujarat. A trial…

The spot in Kulgam where 5 non-locals were recently killed. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

A Bloody Migration

Desperate apple growers and the manufactures invested lot of time and resource to get the workforce back to work. Then…


BJP’s New Tensions

Though the elections for the local bodies and Panchayats were considered a hugely partial exercise, at least in Kashmir, the…


Hanging An Imposter

In 1859, the East India Company hanged a Jammu Faqeer in Sialkot for claiming to be a prophet. Its details…


Science Behind Ramadan Fasting

by Dr Zeenat Farooq Apart from the spiritual experience that a person undergoes during Ramadan fasting, there are tremendous scientific…

EU delegation enjoying a boat ride in Dal Lake Srinagar. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Daring Diplomacy?

Two non-descript NGOs run by shady managers flew 27 far-right European MPs to Delhi for what experts say, “controlling to…

Zeeshan Wani’s Artwork Zeeshan Wani

3D Artist

A young boy draws jaw-dropping works without ever been part of an art class, reports Umar Mukhtar It takes degrees and…

Haj pilgrims bidding adieu. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The Haj Economy

Almost every year, more than 30,000 Muslims go on Haj and Umrah pilgrimages from Jammu and Kashmir and spend more…

A group of girls on a trip to Harmukh. Image: Shefali Gautam

Female Hikers

Boys have all the fun everywhere, especially in conservative societies. A group is trying to help girls to go on…


Deconstructing Modi 2.0

by Masood Hussain Narendra Modi’s victory in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections is not an ordinary one. It is a…