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In the heart of Srinagar, a three-day art show called “Confluence” featuring some of the most important emerging and senior artists in Kashmir today exhibited the artworks in the form of paintings, photography, drawing, sculptures, digital media, sound, video and more. It had more than 130 original artworks by 34 Kashmiri artists, becoming part of the 7th Annual Contemporary Art show of Kashmir Art Quest, and hosted by ZMK Collective. The three-day exhibition, curated by Syed Mujtaba Rizvi of KAQ and hosted by Zoya Khan and Zahaan Khan of ZMKC, not only witnessed high footfall by people from different walks

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Ramzan is the ninth month of Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims across the world are fasting from sunrise to sunset. In Kashmir, like any other Muslims region, is a month of prayers, food and cultural bonds. Syed Shahriyar brings some of the pictures of Kashmiri Muslims offering prayers, reciting the Holy Quran and Iftar (breaking of fast at sunset).

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The prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi has dominated most prime time space on news channels for the past few weeks ever since three of the University’s students, the Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested on charges of sedition for organizing an event remembering Afzal Guru on the campus, that saw several people raising pro-Kashmir azadi and anti-India slogans. Guru was convicted in the 2001 Parliament attack case and secretly hanged on 9 February 2013 in Tihar prison. While the debate has turned into larger question of what is nationalism and who defines

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The political instability has plagued Nepal since the end of the civil war in 2006. Longstanding problems of discrimination and social exclusion affects large segments of the Nepali society. Continuing aftershocks and landslides make it clear that the earthquake in April was not a single disaster, posing serious challenges for the people of Nepal. Women, Dalits, Indigenous Peoples or people with disabilities, are the ones facing increased challenges when accessing urgently needed relief material and psychological support but are also facing human rights challenges . Every year, thousands of child and women are trafficked into neighbouring country India sold into

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In the backwaters of Srinagar’s Dal Lake, a floating vegetable market adds to the pristine beauty of this city. Several boats, locally called as Shikaras, are filled with different kinds of vegetables, grown by the residents of these areas. They float at morning to sell their produce. But it doesn’t only remain a market, like any other, it also adds color and music to this otherwise quiet lake. Shahid Tantray brings these images from one such morning.

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  The devastating floods in Kashmir last month has left the children from affected areas in a state of longing – longing for their toys, books, home, and schools that were either swept by the floodwater or submerged. As Kashmir is gradually picking up towards recovery and getting back life together, The Kashmir Walla sent photographer, Muhabit ul Haq, to find out children from these affected villages and towns in Srinagar, Kulgam, Islamabad, and Bandipora districts of the region. The expressions and the locations in these pictures give a detailed account of how life has changed for them.  

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When the devastating floods hit Kashmir region earlier last month, most of the journalists were either stuck at their houses or offices. No one could go out when even the Srinagar city was submerged. But as one could go out later with some kind of small help to float over floodwaters, journalists too went out to – report and rescue people. One of the photojournalists died while he was out clicking pictures of the floods. In this whole time, a Kashmiri journalist, Imran Shah, was covering floods with his camera for the channel he works at. Along with that he

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  In the continuous exchange of fire and mortar shells at the disputed international border and Line of Control between India and Pakistan the people living in the border villages have been facing hardships. Both the countries are caught in the battle – both politically and militarily, since October 3 this year. The latest escalation in the ceasefire violations at the 192-kilometer border stretch has killed 19 people, including 11 from Pakistan, hundreds have been injured and more than 30,000 people displaced. The latest violation, “worst in a decade” hasn’t come to end yet. The Kashmir Walla recently visited the

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Every summer, Ghulam Mohiudeen Sheikh finds himself in the middle of a war zone. Mortar explosions announce the mornings, and his modest house wobbles with every blast. For half a century now, the people of Sitaharan, Mohideen’s idyllic village, and almost 20 adjoining villages in the Indian held Kashmir have dreaded summers. Summer, the villagers say, means war, a war that has killed dozens of people and left hundreds disabled and maimed. Spread at the foothills of Himalayas, the villages lie just below one of Kashmir’s largest meadows, Tosa Maidan, which the Indian Army has used as a firing range

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