A Phenomenal Struggle

In making individuals achieve their objectives, there are lots of people who contribute, especially in case of have-nots. But there are quite a few who remember the struggle and then credit the helpers once...

Let History Decide

by Iftikhar Gilani In early 2005, when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was at the helm of affairs, I was returning to Srinagar from apple rich city of Sopore, sitting on the front seat of a TATA...

Kitsch Karate

A decade after Guru Bazaar’s Farooq Dar aka Bita Karate walked out of his seventeen-year-long prison life, the blast from the past continues to resound his life. The man whom many Kashmiri Pandit groups...

Craft Smith

They can make a replica of any complicated foreign machine in a day’s time. The famous German Khars of old city, whose client list included erstwhile Dogra rulers, may end with this generation as...

Penman’s Peregrination

Life takes a full circle, quite literally. Syed Asma talks to noted Urdu and Kashmiri essayist Prof Mohammed Zaman Azurdah to piece together dots of his life through partition, poverty and painful memories In April...

Jailer, Class Apart

Rajni Sehgal, J&K’s most senior female jailor who once jumped to newspaper front pages for training Bangladeshi prisoners in Kashmir embroidery in Kot Bhalwal, was booked for fraud by the state police. But, R...
Sheikh Abdullah and Indira Gandhi

The Accord Cable

After G Parthasarthy and Mirza Afzal Beg signed the accord for their political masters on February 24, 1975, the then Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi gave a detailed statement in the Lok Sabha. The...

Acclaimed act

He has been a lead actor in Mahesh Bhatt’s movie Dhokha. His work won him a lot of acclaim. Muzammil Ibrahim’s road to Bollywood opened for him after winning Gladrags Manhunt Contest as Mr....

His Kashmir Rediscovery

Mufti Sayeed wore many hats, flirted with different parties and played many games in his long political career. After turmoil decimated Kashmir gave him a foothold, Mufti started his Kashmir rediscovery, built a Kashmir-centric...

Indira’s Man in Kashmir

Once the Delhi-Srinagar rapprochement sent J&K Congress to the backseat in 1975, Mufti Sayeed started experimenting with alternative ways of staying powerful. His chain of experiments continued till he ceased to be India’s Home...

Next Desk Please…

One family’s ordeal with government’s dilly-dallying while disbursing compensation post floods has left them questioning the system. Saima Bhat narrates the painful tale of Nusrat and her sisters who lost their father and their...

Enters Mufti

A law graduate’s journey from small south Kashmir town to the highest power corridors in Delhi is scripted with twists and turns. Shams Irfan reviews the forgone era to understand the initial years of...

The Last Journey

By Shakir Mir The bed-ridden J&K’s chief minister in Delhi’s AIIMS perhaps fuelled the rumour mills like never before in his political career. On Thursday, with the end of Delhi’s best bet in Kashmir, no...

Petty Thefts, Big Deal

Is it the kick that makes one steal petty things like plants, manhole covers, railings, telephone cables, flower pots etc or the money behind it. Syed Asma reports the small thefts that make big...

Workshop Wonder

The journey of an old city boy from his father’s mechanic workshop to Kashmir University’s Arabic department is pregnant with pain, passion and perseverance, reports Shakir Mir His youthful years were spent trying to mend...

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