Caught in the storm

Beaten first by rough weather, the year has been tough for Gujjar nomads, with the long shutdown adding to their woes. Ikhlaq Qadri reports. Herding their flocks in the mountains far away from plains, Gujjar...

After The Dark Night

In an August night of 1990 BSF personnel barged into homes of Mashali Mohalla residents killing nine people. Mehbooba lost half of her family, and her home too. Shazia Yousuf narrates the story of...

AGENT OF CHANGE

In the five years at helm, Haseeb Drabu has brought up J&K Bank’s credit base in the state, brought down expenses and expanded the scope of banking. Besides, the state of J&K has benefited...

A Woman’s Ode

Naseem Shafaie, is the first Kashmiri poetess to win the Tagore Literary award. She has published two collections of her poems, which mostly reflect what a woman in a conflict zone, feels. Shazia Yousuf...

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....

Behind the Tiger

He donned a fake pistol and gave a blow to liquor trade and cinemas in Kashmir, a jolt from which these never recovered. He is also the lone eye witness in Soura triple murder...

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...

A thorny profession

The chestnuts they collect are more visible than the lives they lead. Haroon Mirani narrates the story of chestnut collectors, tucked around the fringes of mighty Wullar Lake where they lead an unnoticed life...

More than a commissioner

Wajahat Habibullah is ready to take over as J&K first CIC, but his understanding of Kashmir coupled with his unhindered access to 10 Janpath makes him what some describe as the super governor. A...

Home at last

Bashir Ahmad Balla crossed the line of control in 1990. A crippling accident left him with only one wish – returning home. Majid Maqbool meets the man after his wish was granted Lying close to...

Beyond Gobar Gas

At the fag end of his political career, Kashmir’s three-time Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah finally landed as head of one of India’s “insignificant” ministries. Peoples crack jokes about the ‘gobar gas’ ministry that,...

Akhtar Mohi-ud-Din: Courage till last

by Majid Maqbool In a seminal essay written as early as 1950, Akhtar Mohi-ud-Din urged writers to side with majority of people, not power, if they have to produce genuine art. “I feel a writer...

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...

A Spark of Genius

Young people in Kashmir are putting their creative genius to use and innovating products to mechanise day to day activities. Hamidullah Dar narrates the story of some of these innovators. Imtiyaz Ahmad wears an ordinary...

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