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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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Interviewed by Fahad Shah The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has its one legislative representation in Jammu and Kashmir state legislature. Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami, from the Kulgam constituency of South Kashmir, won the seat bagging 81, 000 votes (34 percent), defeating 17 other candidates. He supports maximum autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir and regional autonomy for the region. He believes that the ongoing protests in Valley resulted from a deep alienation caused by the erosion of special constitutional guarantees for the state. Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami How did you land in politics? I am from a village Tarigam, in Kulgam (South

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By Fahad Shah Ten-year-old Hafiz Parvez  wants to attend school but deems the freedom struggle even important. “I want to see Independent Kashmir then I will go school. Yeman bicharen lagevikh gool (they fired on these innocent fellows),” he said after his three neighbors were shot at by security forces. The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been convulsed by a wave of protests since June this year, triggered by the death of a school student at the hands of police. Protests have been largely peaceful but their characteristic is stone-throwing. Protesting youth take to streets and cast stones on

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By Fahad Shah “Did you see my beloved anywhere?” holding tears at the ends of her eye lids a forlorn mother asked in a dimly lit room with red curtains and black blankets on the floor. In her fifties, Zamrooda Shah, mother of Peerzada Arshid Ahmed Shah who was killed on Monday afternoon in Qamarwari chowk shootout entered the room. Wearing silver coated embroidered Pheran (long coat) and a head scarf she sat on my right side. Resting herself against a cushion, she looked here and there, searching for something invisible. ”]Nineteen-year-old Arshid was from Alsafa colony, Sopore, 55 kilometers

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By Fahad Shah A chemical compound, Tear Gas, formally known as a lachrymatory agent or lachrymator, stimulates the corneal nerves in the eyes to cause tearing, pain, and even blindness. This is what info-bank Wikipedia informs us about this gas, which in Kashmir has taken many lives when fired by Indian paramilitary forces during clashes with civilians. Adding to this are newly introduced Pellet guns which barrage 150-200 pellets at a trigger and can cause severe damage, that often leads to death. Civilians in large numbers pouring in the hospital emergency wards with tear gas injuries is common since the

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Panelists keenly listening to Syed Ali Shah Geelani at LTG auditorium, New Delhi. Photo: Yasir Iqbal By Fahad Shah Sitting in an auditorium on a clammy afternoon of end-October, an enthusiastic audience chanting pro-freedom slogans after each praises to the speakers was the scene in New Delhi on Thursday. Little Theatre Group auditorium in central city, just three kilometers away walking distance from the higher house of Indian government, Parliament house was like a human-hive. It was six-hour long organized convention on the ongoing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Azadi: The only way by Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners

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By Fahad Shah “A young boy has died in hospital. He was arrested by police on Friday,” a friend told me when I was leaving from my home. He said the boy was beaten up and arrested during Friday protests, now he has succumbed to his injuries. I ran back to my home to get my camera and notebook. From home, I went straight to the Main road were the procession along with the boy’s body was heading towards Buchpora. In a sea of people, I could see faces of my neighbors, my friends raising slogans and wailing. Red, blue,

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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing people before Eid prayers at Eidgah ground. (Photo: Fahad Shah) By Fahad Shah After seven days of strict curfew in the Kashmir Valley state authorities gave some respite to the inhabitants of Srinagar city by lifting curfew for some hours in the late afternoon. People flocked towards shops to buy essential commodities as most of them are in difficult conditions like shortage of food items. Speech of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Eid During this relaxation no untoward incident was reported. One of the customers at a grocery shop in Soura, a young boy told Kashmirwalla India

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By Fahad Shah For an auto rickshaw driver hailing from the pro-freedom area of downtown city where curfew restrictions have become habit for inhabitants for last one month, the prevailing situation in the valley  is routine now, he lives it as any other normal days. Thirty eight year old, Muzaffar Ahmad Sofi of Nowhatta drives an auto rickshaw on city roads since the year 1994 when he bought it during the tense days of Kashmir politics. He says he has a loss of more than 2000 rupees in this prevailing unrest. “After remaining at home for five days I am

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By Fahad Shah The Omar Abdullah-led government’s decision to ban the Short Messaging Service hasn’t gone down well with the youngsters in Valley as they have been deprived of exchanging their feelings through the popular service. The SMS ban came after the state government said the service was being used to spread “rumors and cause chaos” in wake of the ongoing situation in the Valley. Saqib(name changed), who is working as a photo journalist in a UK based agency at Delhi is livid with the ban like hundreds of young boys and girls. Being in Delhi, far away from his

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By Fahad Shah Change is the only constant. The struggle of Kashmir for independence from Indian rule is also changing as people shift their platform for protest as new media are made available. The internet has become the podium for the new generation to express their support. It was not so popular earlier in the valley; today most of the people who don’t come on to the street to protest have taken the protests in everyone’s heart to social networking sites like Facebook and video bank YouTube. The current movement of spontaneous protests in the last two months is led

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