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In the last few years, core issues that plague India have been made to cede much of the political space that they ought to rightfully occupy. That space is now occupied by the cow and commentaries about how its protection is crucial to not hurt the sentiments of the Hindu community — the majority population in the country. While issues such as inadequate health care infrastructure, poor education facilities, an ailing rural economy, farmer suicides, caste injustice, take a back seat. It is the protection of the cow that dominates political discussions and even policy, sometimes to the detriment of

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Table of contents Features “Tell Modi, he should give us freedom” By Aakash Hassan India’s youth share views about Kashmir uprising By Surbhi Gupta Will you send me photographs? By Alex George Comment Burhan Wani changes Kashmir’s politics By Fahad Shah What Khurram Parvez’s arrest says about India’s intentions By Irfan Mehraj Iron in Kashmir’s soul By Sreejith Karnaver Dispatches True freedom in Kashmir By Nayyar N. Khan How Indo-Pak conflict is now between their citizens By Haroon Khalid Interview “Rural people may vote, but want Azadi” Mirwaiz Qazi Ahmed Yasir, Interviewed by Aakash Hassan Editorial Crushing dissent to construct

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In the last more than three months we have seen the worst form of state violence against civilians in Kashmir. It is not the first time and it may not be the last time either that people of Kashmir are facing such crackdown after being killed and maimed for speaking about their rights. Dissent is everyone’s right and to express it fully is an equal right. But we are living in the times where dissenters are believed to be violent people who only want destruction and bloodbath. As much as one condemns such brutal state of affairs, it also tells

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Young and brave journalist Sumegha Gulati has passed away earlier today in Mumbai, after bravely fighting years of battle with her illness. Gulati had been a staffer at The Indian Express and was now writing reportage for publications like The Caravan, The Quint, and Scroll.in among many others. She was in love with Kashmir more than any place on earth, where she spent a few months in 2009 while interning with a local daily. Having studied journalism from Delhi University and then Asian College of Journalism, Gulati had grown into one of the talented journalists and a person deeply concerned

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Table of contents Features Vote for Azad Jammu and Kashmir or Pakistan? By Nayyar N. Khan Overview of Azad Jammu and Kashmir 2016 Elections By Maqsood Muntazer Dispatches Comrades of Gilgit-Baltistan By Husho Toussaint Why I believe all Indians should support Kashmir’s liberation By Sriram Ananth Comment Role of British Kashmiris in AJK’s politics By Shams Rehman AJK’s conflicting political identities By Shams Rehman Can new govt in AJK bring change? By Azhar Muhstaq Interview “Elections in AJK and G-B are black spot on the face of democracy” By Touqeer Gilani Review “Fascist coup of the self-proclaimed world’s largest democracy

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Table of contents Features Kashmiri Pandits: Home is a memory By Kabir Agarwal Kashmir’s Reading Room Party By Gowhar Geelani Dispatches Remembering Amanullah Khan By Shams Rehman From ‘Merci Patron’ to ‘Nuit Debout’ By Raphael Godechot Comment The Valley that stole my heart By Sriram Ananth Having bias towards Kashmir By Faizaan Bhat The Kashmir conundrum By Wasiq Abass Essays A journey to India By Lizhi He Photography Amanullah Khan’s journey By Various Fiction Answer me By Gowhar Geelani (Translator) Cover design by Muhabit ul Haq

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Table of contents Features The seditious campus By Surbhi Gupta The Valley without a Cinema Hall By Preksha Sharma & Kabir Agarwal Dispatches Rohingyas: In search of a home By Adnan Bhat Ban on books is ‘azadi’ of Azad Kashmir? By Shams Rehman Comment The JNU ‘spring’ By Gunjan Jhunjhunwala Muzamils and Kanhaiyas of modern India By Daanish Bin Nabi Political activism in democracy and occupation By Mehraj Ud Din Essays Decoding sedition By Rahella Khan Photography The JNU outrage By Tanushree Bhasin Reviews The house of Travancore By Atul K Thakur Fiction Plotistan By Tariq Mehmood Poetry Reading Lolita

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A film by Danish Renzu and Gaya Bhola In the majestic Himalayan mountain range that spans India from the North all the way to the East, we focus in on the incredibly beautiful state of Kashmir in the North, the abode of Mystics and artisans but also raked with political turmoil. The land where tourists flock for vacations and it was a sought after landscape for decades, for many Bollywood movies. Neela, a Kashmiri beauty in her mid 20’s is in the marketplace shopping for her wedding. Orphaned at a very young age she lives with her Aunt along with

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