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The Kashmir Walla

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History, they say, always repeats itself. In my homeland, helplessness repeats itself. Our pangs never settle into grief, or mourning or bereavement. A fresh shot of agony injected shamelessly to scour our wounds. This time again they eyed him in the crowd And shot him in the head. I’m not fond of national pride But I stand in awe of the patience, the tolerance of my people, in this great democracy where our blood is disposable. What have you given to our homeland? Barbed wires and shattered windows, agonised orphans and wailing widows. Soldiers who don’t know why they are

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In the Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir, despite the fact there is no legal basis and neither the public or religious scholars have elected him, “Grand Mufti” Bashir-ud-Din has been running a self-styled parallel judicial system, calling it the “Supreme Court of Islamic Shariet (Central Dar ul Futwa).” In mid 70s, Bashir-ud-din, with a post graduate degree in Arabic from the Aligarh Muslim University, was appointed “Grand Mufti” by late Bakshi Ghulam Mohammed, the state’s last Prime Minister in 1960 but recently the government mildly denied Bashir-ud-Din having any alliance with the government. For decades he has been giving diktats from

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I didn’t go to school today. My uncle says I am happy being home. Father, too, thinks I am happy. But I am sad and mother knows it. I didn’t tell her. She looks at me and smiles a little bit and then looks at my face as if looking for something.  She knows I don’t cry in the day, in public; but when I go to bed, she gently rubs the tears off my eyes. She says everything will be alright, she repeats each night. And I feel better when she says this- I feel warm sunlight on my

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By Nida Sayed A splendid beauty from the skies descends Embracing the Earth quenches its long thirst Down hilltops, meadows and rivers it sends Its stroke and shine in watery outburst   Children dance and sing with joyous glee Utter utterance cannot illustrate the marvel Snooping beneath the shade of tremendous trees Bare feet caress the blanket of mushy moss   The carpet of green grass seduces smoothly And the swish-swoosh of the breezes toss As the sky shoves silver slings keenly And drippy droplets of water tumble   Bursting bubbles bloom in the pond And Fidgety Froggies croak relentlessly

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  This large landscape welcomes you to Bungus Valley. Bungus is a bowl shaped valley, situated in the northern border district of Kashmir, Kupwara in Handwara area at 10,000 feet above sea level. A 300 Sq. Kms valley, Bungus can be a developed as a tourist place in Kashmir, but it lacks the concern of the administration. No road connectivity. Army restricted zone. Photos and text by Muhabit-ul-Haq.   The road to Radha. To reach Bungus you have to go to Radha through any vehicle which is 40 Kms from main town Handwara. After Radha there is no road to

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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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This photo feature has some of the snow-capped moments of Gulmarg Snow Festival 2011 frozen by freelance photo-journalist, Muhabit-ul-Haq. The two day snow festival was organized by the Department of Tourism, Jammu and Kashmir. Several teams and individuals participated in snow base-ball, snow rugby, snow cycling, ice-skating, skiing and snowboarding. Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) is a town, a hill station and a notified area committee in Baramula district in the Indian side of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located 52 kilometers from Srinagar. It has been a resort for the kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir who would visit

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