Ghulam Nabi Azad

Throughout his political career that started from Sanjay Gandhi days, Azad has contested twice from J&K. In 1977, he contested from Inderwal for the state assembly and lost. The second time he contested from...

Moti of Insurance

Moti Singh was just 19, when he came to Srinagar from his village, and started working as a salesman in a shop. Today, he has emerged as an insurance agent, who has brought business...

Ghulam Ali Majboor (1952 – 2009)

by Zubair A Dar On Friday, May 15, when Ghulam Ali Majboor breathed his last, it was not the death of an artist alone, it was the end of an era. For 21 years, Majboor...

Tanvir Maqbool Dar

A medico from south Kashmir is the latest face of ‘broom campaign’ in valley. Tanvir Maqbool Dar, 38, who claims to be active on social service front for last eight years, filed his nomination...

Irfan Yasin

The Dal affairs swung Supreme Court of India back into action recently. The apex court while directing state government to restore the pristine beauty of the lake rejected the plea of state government who...

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...

Rebuilding Homes

Moving beyond rescue and relief operations, the team headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq started reconstruction of 100 houses for the “neediest of the needy” flood-hit at the time when election process sidelined the welfare...

Reclaiming Legacy

Sajjad Lone’s plunge to reclaim the legacy he inherited from his father has changed the contours of contest in border Kupwara. It is no more a bipolar contest anywhere in its five berths. Bilal Handoo tours...

The Prized Lotus

After issuing avalanche warnings in army’s meteorological centre at the outset of his career, Sonam Lotus is a celebrity in Kashmir for his apt weather predictions. On one soaked afternoon, Bilal Handoo meets the...

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...

For a greener pasture

The nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals have been migrating to greener pastures every year to rear their sheep and cattle. For centuries they have kept their occupation and their lifestyle. Aliya Bashir reports While grazing the...

Salvaging Lives

A youth from Srinagar’s Balgarden locality rescued a pregnant lady, army rescuers, paramilitary personnel; arranged relief material for hundreds inside a Batamaloo relief camp and fished out photojournalist Shafat Sidiq’s body. Bilal Handoo details the...

Yawar Masoodi

It was the first attack on mainstream politician in Kashmir ahead of parliamentary polls when militants struck the house of Youth National Conference’s (YNC) leader and organiser south Kashmir Yawar Masoodi. Yawar, 32, escaped unhurt...

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...

In love with Kashmir

Justine Hardy is a journalist, a writer and an aid worker, working in the area of  mental health in Kashmir. Aliya Bashir talks to the author whose three out of five books are on...

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