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The Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir (Reality of Kashmir) which emerged as a parallel music show to Zubin Mehta’s concert is all set to launch an album of songs on September 21 in Srinagar – the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, as a tribute to Indian parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru who was hanged in Tihar jail in February. Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir was an event, organized by some members of the civil society on September 7. Talking about the launch of the album, Khuram Parvez, member of the event’s organizing team, said that the album would be a tribute to Afzal Guru from Kashmiri nation. “We want upcoming generations

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In the Trblinka death camp during the Nazi era, new arrivals who were about to be gassed to death were presented with a deceptive scene. A ten-piece orchestra played jazz and Jewish folk tunes while the arrivals were marching into the gas chambers only to die. Shloyme Klezmer stood by the entrance of the gate and played with the orchestra as the bodies were being gassed. He saw his own son being led in and pulled him out of the line, threw the instrument and marched with his only child into the gas chamber. Brothers and sisters , on September

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People in the Haqeeqat e Kashmir event. Photograph by Shahid Tantray In a public park, cordoned by police and paramilitary forces, in the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, Kashmiris today countered the Zubin Mehta’s “peace” concert, with poetry recitations, singing, theater performances and slogans. Under the large Chinaar trees, in the Municipal Park of Srinagar, the organizers of Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir (Reality of Kashmir) came around noon to start the preparations for the cultural event. The police barricades around the venue were not allowing anyone, except the journalists, to go toward the venue. Police allowed people in afternoon, an hour before 4.30

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Haqeeqat e Kashmir Dear comrades let us do an exercise / polish this new guise, an exercise in memory / memory will set us free Let us begin, bloodied, let us bathe in memory / it is an urgent decree – before they whitewash us like frescoes of Shalimar / bury our bones under molten tar on which they make goodwill roads / that ease the flow of gun-toting hoards who fill the Rambiarah with their lies / there water with shame forever sighs Let us bloody begin now / I will show you how – I know we are

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The vehicle which was fired upon by the paramilitary forces in Kashmir. Photograph by Shahid Tantray Srinagar, Kashmir: One civilian received injuries when the paramilitary forces, deployed for the security of the high-profile Zubin Mehta concert in the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, opened fire at a car, around 10 kilometers away from the concert venue. A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel of 132 battalion opened the fire, injuring one on spot, police sources said. The heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces had restricted the people to reach to the parallel cultural event, Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir (Reality of Kashmir) – a

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Four persons were killed in Shopian town, 50 km from capital Srinagar on Saturday, after militants had ambushed the CRPF camp in the town. According to the preliminary reports, some militants stormed a CRPF camp at Gagran in Shopian district of South Kashmir at about 12.45 p.m. The attack has come just hours before the high-profile Zubin Mehta concert in Srinagar, scheduled to begin at 5 pm today and expected to be attended by over 1500-strong exclusive audience, including government ministers and diplomats. The separatist groups in Kashmir have boycotted the concert with a total shutdown in Srinagar today. A

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Policemen frisking civilians in Srinagar today. Photograph by Shahid Tantray Srinagar, Kashmir: The controversial music concert by the world famous conductor, Zubin Mehta, in the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir on September 7, has turned the region into a fortress, with sharp shooters, barricades, frisking, and at least 25 additional companies of paramilitary forces deployed in the city. The concert is organized by the German embassy in India, with the support of government of India and the Jammu and Kashmir, along with different corporate sponsoring the heavy expenditure. In the ninety-minute concert, the audience is selective, only those who are

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The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performs for a Nazi gathering. Exactly a decade ago, the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra visited the United States. The high-and-mighty audience at Washington’s Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts comprised President Bush, the first lady, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It was a desperate attempt to shore up Bush’s ratings, and to show the world that all was getting well in Iraq, a country that had just received the priceless gift of democracy from the Bush regime.The Washington Post, in its review of the concert, had this to say: “You’ve heard

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An Indian Parliamentarian and poet, Kabir Suman, opposes Zubin Mehta’s concert in the Jammu and Kashmir, scheduled on September 7. He said, in a statement, that “Kashmiris who are fighting so hard for their right to self determination, Freedom, do not need such a concert to get a notion of “peace” through music.” Suman is a Lok Sabha member from Trinamool Congress Party, and in past too has been writing about human rights violations in Kashmir in his poetry. “I am sceptical about the proposed Zubin Mehta concert at the Shalimar Garden, Srinagar. That’s the least I can say. A

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Srinagar, Kashmir: The civil society of Indian-controlled Kashmir is holding a cultural event Haqeeqat-e Kashmir (The Reality of Kashmir) on September 7, the day which coincides with Zubin Mehta concert scheduled to be organized by Germany along with 100-member orchestra team. In what can be termed as clash between culture and cultural aggression, the organisers say that this is in response to Mehta’s concert. While talking to a local news gathering agency GNS, Programme Spokesperson, Khurram Parvez said that the event is aimed at to pay tribute to Kashmiris who have sacrificed a lot during the past 23 years. “It will portray

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