The MeToo movement in Kashmir has lost its way, argues Natasha Rather. The movement whose aim was to initiate debate around the rampant sexual abuse prevalent in our times has been reduced to vulgar name-calling and settling of personal scores. A course corrective is needed if the movement is reach any respectable goals.
On Sunday 21 October, Indian armed personal killed three local rebels in an encounter in Kulgam. Seven civilians were killed due to a blast near the encounter site, and close to fifty people were injured. Grisly scenes of the injured, captured in photographs and videos, have since flooded the internet. In this short piece, Basharat Ali presents a commentary of photographs and videos available on social media from the Kulgam killings.
The scholar-turned-armed-rebel Mannan Wani seemed to have so much to say. His life as an armed rebel ended this Thursday in the wee hours of the day when he was gunned down in a joint operation by the Indian armed forces and Jammu and Kashmir police in Handwara district of Kashmir. What does his killing now mean for the ideas he espoused and the armed struggle he waged, Suvaid Yaseen contemplates.
In the second and the last part of the essay, the author takes a road to the North of Srinagar (to Baramulla) and in doing so connects the past with the present. The author observes some stark similarities between "Operation Bhoot" and the recent "Braid chopping" incidents in Kashmir.
The author of this piece takes the reader on a journey into the everydayness of Kashmiri life. It goes through the blood-stained hospital corridors, walks through the expanse of paddy fields, and emerges out walking somewhere in a snow desert. The piece is not one coherent travelogue but an assortment of bits of memories and images.