It has been 29 years since Kashmir's indigenous Hindu community of Pandits left Kashmir on a painful journey to Jammu and other parts of India; leaving behind houses and hearth. For this photo essay, Mudabbir Ahmad traveled to Haal to capture the fading images of abandoned Pandit houses.
The battle over the issues of political significance such as Article 370 and Article 35A has once again become a cause of contention between Srinagar and New-Delhi but such battles have to be fought with facts rooted in historical accuracy, argue the authors.
The resignation of a celebrated bureaucrat Shah Faesal created a social media storm in Kashmir, with many welcoming his decision and many others questioning the politics and timing of it. Shah Faesal has left the world of bureaucracy to enter 'electoral politics'. In this timely essay, Ashfaq Saraf lays bare the functioning and purpose of bureaucracy in a militarized context of Kashmir and offers valuable insights into its 'false power and charm'.
Zahir ud Din’s book empowers by offering a history of these ignored men and women, whose legacy – in one way or the other we have inherited. In order to move forward, we need to embed these narratives of brave and courageous people into our present and infuse it with confidence.
In this photo-essay, Bilal Ahmad captures the remains of the decimated homes of civilians which are burnt and destroyed by explosives by armed forces following encounters with Indian armed forces and militants in the valley.