Interview

This is a simple Q and A on issues that matter with the experts and practitioners who hold the answers. Interviews are across the various facets of life including politicians, artists, businessmen, academics and social activists.

‘India Nearly Eliminated Malaria in the 1950s, but The Success Was Mismanaged’

Srinagar-born biochemist, Dr Altaf Lal wore many hats in his career. A researcher, and a public health expert, he has been into health diplomacy, the first Kashmiri American who was posted as a diplomat...

‘I Am Trying to Unravel How Psychobiotics Communicate with the Brain and Alleviate Mental...

With three post-doctorates in three countries, microbiologist Dr Basit Yousuf has been working on bacteria for almost a decade now. Currently working at the University of Ottawa (Canada), he told Kashmir Life that he...

‘There Is No Direct Evidence of Making Humans Immortal’

Young Kashmir scientist, Dr Abdul Wajid Bhat is credited for finding the protein Kinase CK2 that regulates chromatin-modulating factors. In a conversation, he offers some ideas about how genetics is revolutionising man’s understanding of...

‘All Major Political Parties in India, Congress Included, Voted for Abrogation of Art 370’

After Congress rebel Ghulam Nabi Azad floated his Democratic Azad Party (DAP), Apni Party founder Syed Altaf Bukhari says he lacks any differences with him. In a long conversation with Yawar Hussain, he said...

‘I Wanted These Children to Have the Childhood That Was Denied to Me’

As the Kashmir situation deteriorated in the 1990s, Noor ul Owase Jeelani was flown out to London by his parents. He studied medicine and specialised in paediatric surgery. Thirty years later, Dr Jeelani is...

‘We Are Exploring Ways and Means to Generate Novel Vaccines Against Plant Diseases.’

After spending seven years at the world-famous Max Plank Institute of Biochemistry (Munich Germany) researching Rubisco, the most abundant protein on earth and deconstructing its production in plants, protein biochemist, Dr Javaid Yousuf is...

‘Western Disturbances Run Riot with Kashmir’

Predicting a serious crisis in the near future, VC IUST, Prof Shakil Ahmad Romshoo, an earth scientist, tells Humaira Nabi that a huge surge in average temperature is vanishing glaciers as Kashmir is emerging...

‘Each Cell has Its Own Autonomy, but It gets Disrupted If Other Processes Fail’

After spending many years searching for plausible explanations for the make and break within DNA, Dr Altaf Bhat, the Coordinator at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Innovations (CIRI) at the University of Kashmir,...

‘I Studied at A Jabri School Where We Had Good Teachers’

Former Director SKIMS, Dr M Sultan Khuroo is just not a successful gastroenterologist only. During the last four decades, he discovered Hepatitis-E in Kashmir, did a basic research about Budd Chiari Syndrome, and helped...

‘Leishmaniasis Is A Poor Man’s Disease So Big Co’s Merck or Pfizer Don’t Touch...

Kashmir scientist, Dr Hira Lal Nakhasi, currently a Director at US’s FDA, has worked to solve many riddles but his key contribution has been the development of a vaccine for Leishmaniasis. Currently being manufactured...

‘We Are Looking For Original, Viable Business Ideas’

The new generation in societies lacking a corporate world mostly try to find jobs in the government. With life expectancy improved, a generation of people has started their new careers post-retirement as they have...

Historian Hangloo

On the eve of the publication of his ninth major book, historian Prof Rattan Lal Hangloo spent a few days in Srinagar after a protracted absence of nine years. Living outside Kashmir since 1978,...

‘Not All State Institutions Are Seen As Equally Violent’

The daughter of an intelligence officer posted in Srinagar during the nineties studied abroad and did a book on Kashmir’s strife and psychological health. Currently an Associate Professor of anthropology at the University of...

Dubai Details

The liberal industrial policy has led to the acceptance of around Rs 50K crore investment proposals in less than a year, of which Rs 3000 crore was negotiated during the 10-days Dubai Expo. Ranjan...

‘Without Statehood Ladakhis Are Neither Safe Nor Secure’

Senior Congress leader and former minister, Asgar Ali Karblaie, who is co-chairman of a joint Leh-Kargil alliance tell Hilal Shah that the most strategic region having borders with Pakistan and China has been given...

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