Children are the worst sufferers of the ongoing conflict in Kashmir, advocate G.N Khan writes. The killing of an 11-year-old Owais on an election day opens up the question of how many more kids will die before Kashmir emerges out of the morass of conflict and death.
The essay by Amrita Sharma and Peerzada Raoof is a compilation of some everyday practices and thoughts that make the Kashmiri resistance today. A selection of a few encounters and events, this effort is part of an ethnographic project in progress. The essay is a product of deliberations sparked off after massive street protests by women in the valley earlier last year and the public reprimand issued to them.
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'.
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.
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.