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Narendra Modi during Jammu rally.   “You may write me down in history with your bitter twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still like dust, I’ll rise.” – Maya Angelou There has been a lot of debate in recent times on the article 370 of the Indian constitution. The Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP, Narendra Modi, was seen calling for its complete revocation and redress from the state of Jammu and Kashmir during his recent Jammu rally – Lalkar. He argued that this article stands in between the complete integration of the state of Jammu

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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at an interaction with youth and women in Budgam on November 7, along with Indian Union Minister for Rural Affairs Jairam Ramesh. Photograph by Nissar Ahmad/The Hindu Politics in a democratic country is supposed to be a collective execution of the policies by the representatives of the people so that it would fit in the definition of the democratic fundamentals of – “of the people, by the people and for the people”. As long as the selected or elected representatives genuinely and unequivocally push for the mandate that

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The night’s ghosts came prowling down All geared in a khaki gown Wielded upon by a ghost with a frown   Walloped and whacked my door that midnight O horrible! My heart drubbed in fear At the ghost’s monstrous eyes   Fear I had, for my family that was. My only son- the crown of my head, The moon in my dreams!   The khaki ghost saw its prize Pushing, pulling and dragging While I kept trying, begging and beseeching.   Whilst I, a hole in my heart now Days to months; and months to years Nothing sufficed the khaki

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Sahr Khan, the drum beater during Ramadan. [R]uben, an Australian Christian/atheist became Abu Bakr after he converted to Islam. Whilst researching about different religions what struck his mind and heart when he first visited a Mosque was a huge congregation of people of different races and colours, praying in unison to one God, hearts and bodies in oblivion to the differences that exist. Such grand is the religion of Islam; he thought and converted to Islam. Later he came to know that it was the first night of Ramadan. Ramadan, a holy month in the Islamic calendar witnesses a huge

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The passage of time changes the perspectives of societies, driven by the gaining of knowledge, it takes them out of the caliginous dark into illuminating light. Time, however, can also change an opulent and prosperous society into a corrupt and despicable slum when core values of morality and conscientiousness are relinquished, leaving that society in the depths of nothingness. I fear that our society, the society of the Grand Saints, is following this latter order of time. With the sudden influx of money and with it, technology, our society, particularly our youth have failed to sensibly utilize this technology. They

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By Ikram Ullah Kashmir needs no introduction to the people on watch for the Human Rights violations in the conflicts around the world. They must have heard, researched and reported on the killings, desaparecidos, unmarked graves, fake encounters, custodial killings, illegitimate arrests, rapes and the worst of crimes against humanity that turn people immune to the emotions or inculcate in them the ability to control their emotions when common people breakdown,  the same way most doctors turn immune to emotions for the  patients. But go the village called Kunan Poshpora, located in the Kupwara district of Northern part of Kashmir

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Prisoners inside the Guantanamo Bay. It became the unfortunate home for the refugees from Cuba and Haiti caught in the International waters during 1970s and continued the monomania through the half of 1990s when the last Haitian refugee was released in 1995 after being declared unlawful by Sterling Johnson Jr., a United States District Court Judge. The Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba turned into a flagrant rough-house of boisterous abuse and victimization after its initiation in 2002 as the detainment facility for the suspects caught during the United States’ so-called “War on Terror’. During the past 11 years of its existence as a notorious prison facility for counter terrorism

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I was born when Kashmir’s struggle took a new direction, when the conscience of people of Kashmir told them that “enough is enough”. Enough of suppression and enough of deluding talkative measures to settle the Kashmir conflict, and instead, people choose to make the world to listen to them. Yes, it was the same year when the Kashmiris took to gun that I was born in down-town Srinagar. The neo-resistance movement that began in the Valley had set the alarm bells ringing in Delhi and the response to that message was clear: crush it hard, so it can’t stand. And

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By Ikram Ullah I belong to a valley grand Himalayas the Pir Panchal Jehlum’s mystifying tranquility Lidder’s restlessness I belong to a valley forlorn a Stalingrad The Red Square without a Kremlin Wall imperialistic want I belong to a valley so bereft traitors sit on res publica thrones My valley echoes Shurkhs of Nund Reshi Waakhs of Lal Ded hundreds of years later I belong to a valley dreary Khazr thinking his fate still on the shores of Lake Walur perplexed at posts without post offices— Agha is no more seeing it at Midnight from Delhi I belong to a

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Jihad Masharawi weeps while he holds the body of his 11-month old son Ahmad, at Shifa hospital following an Israeli air strike on their family house, in Gaza City, on Nov. 14. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari, marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. Photograph by Majed Hamdan / AP By Ikram Ullah, Columnist | Srinagar, Kashmir [M]edia is a very potent and efficacious tool of information. Be it in its print or digital form, it has always proven to be successful in achieving desired or intended results upon masses. Take for instance,

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