Authors Posts by Shahnaz Bashir

Shahnaz Bashir


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Clouds of odorous smoke billowed out from under the two iron channels where the shutter of Ab Jaan’s waan fit. Not presuming it to be very hot, Ab Jaan singed his fingers when he touched the shutter. The paint on the signboard above the shop was blistered, the brightly lettered sign ‘GR JOO GENERAL STORE’ beginning to flake off. He slipped a giant claw hammer under the shutter to jimmy it and pry it open. The shop was full of sourly pungent smoke. The bars of soap stacked on one of the shelves had melted; the packets of salt and

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The people of Indian-controlled Kashmir remember October 27 as black day when Indian army was deployed in Srinagar to manipulate the decisive moments of history. India celebrates it as a day of getting Kashmir “legally” integrated to its territory. One therefore must, to demystify these crucial junctures, be lawyerly precise in taking into account the dates, times, places and people. In 1947, in the process of annexation, under the aegis of Jawahar Lal Nehru and Sardar Patel, Indian state had despotically begun to annex the reluctant-to-accede princely states like Hyderabad, Travancore, Junagarh and Kashmir. First of all India began to