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...

Lady Mufti

In an overwhelming situation triggered by conflict, Ms Mehbooba Mufti led a marathon campaign to make her father relevant to Kashmir, thus creating a new alternative in unionist politics. Now she is confronted with...

The ‘Peacenik’

Post-1996, Mufti Sayeed rallied behind Indo-Pak relations and eventually created a political space for unionists in militancy-hit Kashmir. Though coming at the fag end of his political career, Mufti’s soft politics made him distinct...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Last Tour

Even at the prime age of 79, late CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, worked 12 hours, met 23 delegations and toured 16 spots during his last tour of Srinagar. Saima Bhat reports On December 22, 2015...

My Dear Partymen…

 Mufti Sayeed made a brief, unscheduled public speech during his fateful city tour on December 22. Two days ahead of it, he presided over a marathon meeting of his party in Srinagar’s Banquet Hall....

A Soft Separatist?

An Indian by conviction Mufti believed in softening of boundaries to help people reconnect with each other across divided Kashmir. But for separatist camp he was just another “Delhi’s man” in Kashmir, reports Mohammad...

Deconstructing Mufti

by Masood Hussain Mufti Sayeed is one of the few Kashmir politicians who left no autobiography behind. This leaves his half-a-century of public life to be judged by the historians, apparently on basis of circumstantial...

Mufti Timeline

Born in Baba Mohalla, Bijbehara town of district Islamabad on 12th January 1936. In 1960, Mufti Sayeed became  district convenor of the Democratic National Conference, or DNC. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was elected to the Assembly from...

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...

Still Lensman

It was out of mother’s devotion that made a specially-abled boy to dream like any other normal person and help him to create a different identity through his silent life expression, reports Saima Bhat In...

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