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This is the first part of a daily series - Kashmir Diary, written by Kabir Agarwal over the next few days of his stay in Kashmir.

On 5 October, when I mentioned to my maternal grandmother that I might be going to Kashmir soon, she told me, “Please take me with you.” I explained to her that even I’m myself undecided about going, as I was yet to convince any editor to publish my stories. She was born in a Kashmiri Pandit family, but never actually lived in the Valley. She would often visit the Valley for long periods, stay with people previously unknown to her and come back having formed close friendships. She would write letters to them regularly, knit sweaters for them and send,

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Cartoon by Mir Suhail (Kashmir Observer) Transparency has to be the essence of any democracy and India claims to be the world’s largest. The previous Congress-led government takes credit for bringing transparency in governance. The party face Rahul Gandhi couldn’t speak of anything other than the ‘Right to Information’ that the Congress government made possible. However, the times have changed now, the values have changed, and the idea of transparency has reached a higher level. It’s perhaps the first time in the history of independent India when policies of defence, foreign relations, border security and military plans are no more

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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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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (file photo by Shahid Tantray) The Srinagar based head priest Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who heads a faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), said on Friday that “Kashmir’s clergy has a vital role vis-à-vis the politically disputed nature of Kashmir” and that “it [the clergy] can’t remain a silent spectator on serious political issues”. This the Mirwaiz said in response to the recent contentious remarks that “the clergy is selectively raking up controversial issues on Article 370 in mosques” made by Jammu and Kashmir’s first woman Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in the legislative assembly on June

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For me every day is a Father’s Day, especially since he left for heavenly abode. Like other parents, my father would always advise me about life, education, health, society and so on. Whenever he felt that I was not concentrating on my studies, he would tell me beta (son) there are two things that nobody can steal from you—Knowledge and Skills. Such was his desire for my higher studies that he told my brother to encourage me to fly to China and complete my academic degree. During this he was admitted in SKIMS hospital, where he was treated for the last

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If the coalition government headed by Ms Mehbooba Mufti continues to take refuge in ambiguity over sensitive issues, the civil society will keep asking the hard questions, especially in the context of the claims made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it believes in the idea of democracy and favours the “battle of ideas”. Another matter that Yasin Malik has been booked under a nearly three-decade old case, Syed Ali Geelani continues to remain under house arrest and the Mirwaiz barred from his routine socio-political and religious activities. Do Maliks, Geelanis and the Mirwaizes represent a political view and

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Young Talat Bhat (fifth from right) protesting with fellow workers. After working on Kashmir conflict for years, filmmaker and activist Talat Bhat, is now turning his focus on Sweden through his own struggle against injustices and oppression in his upcoming documentary Rocking the Birger Jarl. Earlier Bhat has been the producer of Bring Him Back – a documentary that depicts the story of a Kashmiri freedom fighter Maqbool Bhat’s mother. Maqbool was hanged to death in 1984 and secretly buried by the Indian authorities. His mother has been struggling to regain her son’s remains. Talat left Kashmir for Sweden in

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Dear Editor, I’m a human rights lawyer, who has been living and working in Srinagar, for the last three years. I believe in the Human Right of people’s to Self-Determination and strongly support the cause of plebiscite and Kashmiri freedom from an Indian military occupation. As an Indian, whose government brutalizes Kashmiri people in my name, I believe it is my responsibility to understand and document the forms of exploitation deployed, and to oppose such actions, in whatever way I can. In this context, some questions, occurred to me when I read your recent editorial  “Our dirty dark underbelly” in

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The original headline in the newspaper. This morning when I read the headline “Prepare for earthquake 8.0 & above”, my whole life flashed in front of my eyes. I cherished the things I have done and regretted the things I am yet to do, the places I want to visit, the books I want to read, the food I want to eat and so on. Life is so deceiving, I thought. The next thing that flashed before my eyes was the earthquake scenario, where would I be when it strikes, how will I run out, how will I make sure

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Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo. Champions League Final, 2014 Moments before the final whistle, Sergio Ramos powered a header in to the back of the net and Real Madrid equalised. The expression on the face of their manager, Carlo Ancelotti, was one of relief. It was always going to go downhill from there for their city rivals, Atletico, who having scored the opening goal through Diego Godin in the 36th minute, sat back to defend their slender lead. After scoring the equaliser, the momentum was very much with Real Madrid going into extra time and they capitalised, achieving the much

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