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Fahad Shah is a journalist, writer and filmmaker. He is the founder and editor of The Kashmir Walla magazine. He has written extensively on politics, culture and media in Kashmir for various national and international publications and was a Felix Scholar at SOAS, University of London. His latest book Of Occupation and Resistance is an anthology that focuses on the resistance and politics of Kashmir and directed the documentary, Bring Him Back.

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Azhar Qadri taken away by police in Srinagar. By Fahad Shah [I]n the middle of the nineteenth century, a newspaper was started in Germany. Rheinische Zeitung was launched in January 1842 and edited by the famous Karl Marx. It was during the Prussian government of which the paper was critical and the Prussian state terminated it in March 1843. Due the political line of the paper it was demanded that it should tone down its voice. This led Marx, who was a philosopher, economist, historian, journalist and a sociologist, resign as its editor on 17 March 1843. Later after two

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A report on "investigations" carried out by the Special Cell of Delhi Police. During the time when people are arrested in Kashmir, Karnataka, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and several other parts, the state comes out with its version of facts and evidences to establish the arrests. Several times a person is arrested in Delhi or Mumbai and media starts flashing the news “Mastermind held”. There are many occasions when numbers of “masterminds” are arrested for single blast! On September 18, Framed, Damned, Acquitted: Dossiers of a ‘Very’ Special Cell – a report by Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association (JTSA) will be released

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Picasso’s Guernica By Fahad Shah Pablo Picasso is not alive but his work tells us stories of his time. His art, displayed in almost every gallery of the world, uniquely depicts human relations, social dissent and sufferings. He gave the world a monumental art work which was created against the bombing of Guernica, Basque Country, by German and Italian warplanes on 26 April 1937, during the Spanish Civil War. The Spanish Republican government had commissioned him to create a large painting for the Paris International Exposition at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris. It was one of his best, titled

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A still from the film Harud               By Fahad Shah “Whatever is going on is not your fault?” tells the father, Yusuf (Reza Naji, Iranian actor) to his son, Rafiq (Shahnawaz Bhat). Harud, means autumn in Kashmiri, is a first of its kind film on Kashmir’s brutal conflict, which has been going on for decades now. The film starts with three friends going to Kupwara, a northern district close to Line-of-control, to cross over to Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) for arms training. One of them is the protagonist, Rafiq. He is a teenager, looks in his early 20s, who has this

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Policemen during an encounter in Sopore in which a local militant, Waseem Ahmad Ganai was killed. By Fahad Shah The J-K police have declined to provide information regarding the awards and promotions given to its men for anti-militancy operations since 1989 to 2012 in Jammu and Kashmir. The department’s rejection came in response to an application filed by Human Rights activist, Khurram Parvez of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS). The RTI was submitted on 26 April, 2012 to the Department of Home, J-K government, under J&K Right to Information Act, 2009. The State Home department, on June

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                  By Fahad Shah A page was started on Facebook called, Bekaar Jamaath (Idle group). It was about “fun, friends and life”. When Kashmir saw mass public protests in 2010, the page was converted into Aalaw (A Call) along with a website http://www.aalaw-kashmircalls.org. It would post about the happenings in Kashmir. In their own words “breaking the mist of bias, Indian media is covered in”. The information on the website says that the website and Facebook page is maintained, administered and run by administrators of major Pro-Kashmir pages and groups on the Facebook. It has been blocked eighteen times, so far.

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In Kashmir or other conflicts of world like Palestine, rulers have been brutal on the freedom of expression. Bans, arrests, threat continue in such a situation where people are resisting against the rule and want to register their protest. This leads to the formation of other mediums of expression, which are called “illegal or destructive”, but they find it the only way to express. One such medium is hacking groups. They hack a website and put out a message which they want world to know. A group calling itself Z Company Hacking Crew (ZHC) is an international group of hacktivists

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Army personnel taking positions during an encounter in Laribal, Handwara. By Fahad Shah In response to an appeal by a Human Rights activist, Khurram Parvez of Association of Parents of Disappeared People (APDP), under the Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Act, 2009, the J-K police have denied to give the information which relates to all the encounters from 1989 to 2012 in the state. The J-K police in a rejection order (CIV/RTI/37/2012/866), dated May 22, 2012, sent to Parvez have said that the information asked for cannot be supplied as it falls under section 8 (1) A of the

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A graveyard with unmarked graves in Bimbyar, Uri where the gravedigger Atta Mohhamad says that he buried 236 unidentified bodies. By Fahad Shah For the first time, since the unmarked graves in Jammu and Kashmir were exposed, the state police admitted the existence of 2683 First Investigation Reports (FIRs) pertaining to the death of those unidentified persons who are buried in the unmarked graves. The J-K police have admitted it in their reply to a RTI (J&K Right to Information act, 2009) submitted by the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-administered Kashmir and Association of Parents

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Vidrohi reciting his poetry for a student program in Delhi. Extolling brave warriors by singing a Veergatha in Awadhi language, he is a fifty-four year old man with pepper-salt hair, sitting on a red-stone bench at the famous hangout, Ganga Dhaba in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University. Rama Shankar Yadav, from Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, is a small man. Wearing light-brown woolen coat and black pants, Yadav is notably known as Vidrohi. His pair of sports shoes is muddy and rugged, explaining his daily journeys in the campus. The journey from a fresher student, Rama Shankar to Vidrohi, rebel, has been fatiguing

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