Sheen is to winter what politics is to Kashmir. There is no winter if there is no snow; similarly there is no life if there is no politics. You can have a life without politics, but it will be a winter without snow. Sheen is the commentary section of Wande Magazine. Sheen section will cover essays, critical commentary and opinion pieces on Kashmir.
Who says snow is not political? A snowman is always a militant. The unending carpet spread over gaam-o-shehar is a slogan in itself. Sheeni jung is a net practice for stone throwing. In our national consciousness, snow is as sacred as what brings it, Wande.
In this essay Muhammad Tahir evokes Roland Barthes famous definition of myth to describe the symbolic appeal of numbers – and the power they hold – in the nationalistic and counter-nationalistic projects all over the world, including in Kashmiri struggle.