Books

Kashmir has been written about for centuries. Off late, owing to the peculiar situation Kashmir is in, almost every south Asian scholar has written a book on Kashmir. This section offers detailed reviews of the Jammu and Kashmir related books, interviews and profiles of the authors, besides, vital excerpts from the books written recently and in past.

Fresh Narrative

by Shujaat Bukhari Christopher Snedden’s latest book Kashmir: The Unwritten History not only gives a twist to the cause of the division of Jammu and...

The Bridge Builder Poet

Poet Agha Shahid Ali (February 4, 1949 to December 8, 2001) eventually became Kashmir’s identity in the English literature. On his fifteenth death anniversary,...

Communalism A Chronology

The Hindu Right has evolved its own distinction in narrating and understanding history, especially of Kashmir. In the last of the two parts series...

Words On Paper

Australian artist Alana Hunt was moved by the ban on pre-paid cellphone and text messaging in Kashmir. She created paper text messages, a few...

Writing For The Divided People

Pushed to the sidelines, the history of the erstwhile principality of Poonch has been largely ignored in understanding the Kashmir conflict. While the region...

“In 90’s young Kashmiris were angry but scared and now they are angry and...

Former BBC journalist Andrew Whitehead covered Kashmir conflict extensively during troubled 90’s. On his recent visit to Srinagar, Saima Rashid talks to him about...

Ghazal and Agha Shahid

Poet Agha Shahid Ali (February 4, 1949 to December 8, 2001) eventually became Kashmir’s identity in the English literature.  Prof G R Malik, the...

Green Is The Colour Of Memory

In a serious attempt to deconstruct the Green and Memory of the poet Huzaifa Pandit, Shabir Mir discovers a stylish poet’s ornate craftsmanship of...

‘Peace Follows Justice And Truth’

Farah Bashir, author of Rumours of Spring: A Girlhood in Kashmir that Harper Collins published this spring explains why she is restless and anxious...

Burhan, Islamabad and Gwadar

Delhi manipulated post-1965 support in Kashmir by permitting a minority political class to grow gradually and dominate the scene. Strategic affairs specialists Pravin Sawhney...

Forgotten Dispatches

France’s ‘botanical romantic’ Victor Vincelas Jacquemont (1801-1832) spent 1831 summer in Kashmir at the peak of exploitative Sikh misrule. Letters, he sent home from...

Women In Kashmir Tehreek

After centuries of suppression when Kashmir launched its struggle to regain the life of dignity and honour, it was not a male-only battle. Dr...

Explosion After A Royal Visit

Written on August 2, 1870, this piece offers details about the ‘pride of possession’ when Britons came visiting Kashmir. Shedding light about the court...

Obama On India

The former US President Barack Obama’s book ‘A Promised Land’ has made a special mention of his first India tour and in between, he...
Photograph of a Buddhist stupa mound near Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir, taken by John Burke in 1868. Buddhism was established in Kashmir from the third century BC but declined by the 8th century AD, eclipsed by Hindu Vaishnavism and Shaivism. Two of the most important sites for Buddhist remains in the Kashmir valley are Harwan near Srinagar and Ushkur near Baramulla.

Medieval Kashmir’s Historians

Kashmir boasts of more than a millennium of recorded history. In every era, somebody was writing about the individuals and the institutions of power...

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