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Parveena Jan’s life was one of middle class comfort in a suburb of Batpora, Hazratbal in Kashmir. There were pomegranate and apple trees on her lawn and a crystal clear lake just a few kilometers away to spend time with school friends during vacations. Jan’s seemingly normal life was shared with a caring father who sold jewelry in a small shop in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, a region disputed between India and Pakistan since 1947. One morning in 1990, a year after the armed rebellion against New Delhi’s rule over the region had broken out in

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By Fahad Shah Every war or revolution has repercussions. When a thirty-year-old rule crumbled in ashes, world conflicts found a ray of inspiration and hope flooded people’s hearts. In Kashmir, a 63-year-old conflict, some people find inspiration in Egypt’s revolution and the other mass movements in the Middle East while some believe Kashmir is an entirely different case. Does Tahrir Square in Egypt resemble Red Square (Lal Chowk) in Kashmir: certainly not in architectural design. But the protesting masses are there. Last summer, on a sunny day, thousands of people from all the corners of the Indian-administered Kashmir valley marched

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By Tariq Waleed Army’s public relations campaign today went awry after police baton charged college and school children at a prize distribution ceremony resulting in injuries to an unknown number of students including six girls in this south Kashmir district. Among the injured girls four were identified as Bintul, Sheema, Umaira and Ruqaya from Goodwill school of Balapora in Shopian district. Two girls were lying unconscious in the ground and one girl had suffered injury in the ankle after policemen baton charged college and school children who were present at the prize distribution function of the Half-Marathon organised jointly by

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Murtaza Manzoor was arrested on 21 January by police in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. He was arrested in relation to a case from June 2010 on allegations of attempted murder, assault and rioting. According to the police, he is an “incorrigible antisocial element” who was leading a protest march that resulted in protestors pelting police with stones. On 8 February the police decided to hold Murtaza Manzoor, under the Public Safety Act, as they feared that he would be released on bail in the criminal case against him. Police documents relating to his arrest and detention give

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By Fahad Shah Every year after Holi —a Hindu festival, he visits Kashmir to earn his living, five hundred rupees per day. He sells fruit juice on a pushcart in Batmaloo near Police Control Room. Pradeep Yadav, 25, of Debgarh, Jharkhand makes five hundred rupees every day. He is a medium height, dark complexion man with shiny white teeth. Wearing a chequered shirt over blue pants talks with ease. A pushcart made of wood on four wheels with red colour Rexine spread over, is a mobile fruit juice shop. It has two juice squeezing machines on it. Bunches of Pineapples

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz is amongst the most famous poets of last century. Once, during the dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq in Pakistan, he was arrested and taken to the police station in front of the public. In this context, he wrote ‘Aaj Bazar mein’. The tearful eye, the noisy spirit is not enough, my friends, the accusation of love is not enough, my friends, let’s go today to the bazaar in chains’ let’s go with hands waving, intoxicated, dancing, let’s go with dust on our heads, blood on our sleeves, let’s go to the city where our love lives, everyone is

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A film on Ashfaq Majeed Wani. Ashfaq Majeed Wani was 23, and Jammu Kashmir Libertion Front, Commander-in-chief, when he was shot dead in an encounter with Indian forces on March, 30, 1990. Part I Part II

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Andy McCord responding to a question at the Faiz panel. Photo: Beena Sarwar By Beena Sarwar I am no great expert on Faiz but his poetry speaks to me, touches my heart just as much as it does every other liberal, progressive, secular-minded person I know. Perhaps his poetry, with its universal messages about truth and justice, sorrows and joys that are just simply human messages, also touches some hearts that are not progressive and secular. There’s also a personal connection that was put in context last weekend at a discussion on Faiz at panel organised at the Left Forum

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  By Adnan Majeed India take on Pakistan in their own backyard as a place in the finals is up for grab. India beat Australia at Ahmadabad by five wickets to book their ticket for the semi-final clash against arch rivals Pakistan at Mohali on March 30. The match would be a spectacle, given the past history between the two teams. Also the fact is that the match itself will be played in India, spicing things up. Both countries have fanatic cricket followers who would want their team to come out victorious from this epic battle. In the Kashmir Valley

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By Iqbal Sonaullah You are pleasure. You are confession. You are beauty. You are a war. But most of the times, you are just my reflection. You are, for me, at some terrible level the closest feeling I ever had. For all your chic thinness, your touchy warmth and your candor, you are like an attractive meadow that absorbs at the first look. You are a piece of architecture that looks much attractive when it is naked. In the loneliness of the night, when the day’s restlessness and chaos recaps itself within my memory, with its utmost gravity – the