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“For us, Azadi (independence) means not just getting rid of foreign occupation of our beloved motherland but also to remove hunger, poverty, ignorance and disease and to overcome economic and social deprivation. One day, we shall achieve that Azadi.” The man, who quoted this statement, worked and lived for it his whole life and on February 11 1984, that man was hanged at Tihar Jail leaving his countrymen to work for the same. 29 years since the hanging of Maqbool Butt, Kashmir’s are still deprived of Azadi and continue to be ignorant, face economic and social prejudice and still have

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On July, 1, 2006, mourners carrying body of Inayat Ullah Bhat during a protest demonstration against CRPF troopers who shot dead Bhat on late evening of June 30. Photograph: Habib Naqash/GK Tutaq tutaq totiyan hai jawano, Tutaq tutaq totiyan hai jawano [T]he audience at the farewell party of the Kamla Nehru School, Srinagar were mesmerised by the above song sung by a young talented musician of class 9. This song was the first on stage performance of the talented youngster- Inayat Ullah Bhat. Since then there was no looking back as if music ran through his veins. An ardent lover of

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By Sheikh Usman Have you ever wanted to see an entire old city or downtown? If yes then the only place which can grant you your wish is the Hari Parbat Fort. The fort is situated on the hills of the Hari Parbat. Hari Parbat or Koh-e-Maran or Predemna Peet is a hill situated on the outskirts of the old city giving one the panoramic view of the entire down town or Shahr-e-khass. The first fortifications of the site were constructed by the Mughal emperor, Akbar, in 1590. He built an outer wall for the fort, and planned a new

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, at the Indian Independence day parade in Srinagar. By Sheikh Usman Kashmiri’s have a different way of celebrating India’s Independence Day. This way has changed from time to time and generation to generation. But one thing has always remained common, that is, to observe this day as Black Day in Kashmir with a strike call from the separatist groups for decades. Modes of protest and showing resentment toward India’s independence has somewhat changed. From militant strikes in 90s to online activism in present times, Kashmir’s have always been upfront to make sure that

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By Sheikh Mohammad Usman As I sit here and write this article, a deep sense of regrets fills me. Another infant somewhere, everywhere in Kashmir will be lamenting for better healthcare while I just sit here.  Life is already difficult for the youth in this valley with no employment and its allies of depression, agony and misery. But now our infants, who do not even know the word Kashmir or its history, are paying the price of being Kashmiri.  We cannot challenge the authority of God regarding death or birth but here we are in a deep crisis – fingers

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