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Kashmiri prisoners may never return home — now not even in death

“I might not be able to see my father even in his final times. At least I got to bury my mother near our home; if my father dies of Covid-19, he will never return home.”
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‘Deaths are real’: in Kashmir, a family of COVID-19 victim warns people

When Rameez Makhdoomi reads news of recent deaths caused during the second wave of COVID-19, flashbacks come rushing. Last year a video went viral...
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Tourists and tulips bloomed in Kashmir. Then came COVID-19.

Compounded by the new variants of the coronavirus, the loosely checked inflow of the travellers and tourists has endangered the already ailing healthcare infrastructure of Kashmir. 
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India can’t breathe but Modi won’t admit to failures

“Wherever I see, I can see only people and nothing else,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised thousands of his supporters gathered on 17 April...
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Ban on live reporting is about narrative — not journalists’ safety 

On 2 April, hundreds of youth attempted to disrupt a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. As the protest spiraled out of the police’s...

‘Permission mangni thi?’: Corporal punishment stirs debate in Kashmir

If hiding behind the conflict wasn’t enough, some even went further and invoked religion to justify the teacher’s abusive behaviour.
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Naya Kashmir’s unapologetic new ‘heroes’

When Kashmiri unionists addressed an Indian audience, they often blamed Kashmir’s popular sentiment for their inability to deliver. When they spoke to Kashmiris, they...
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Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind: Kashmir’s loneliest militant group’s perpetual fights

Unlinking itself from the politics of Pakistan-backed militant groups, the AGH struck a chord with the Kashmiri youth. But the challenges for the group have widened as they fight perpetual battles of ideology, identity, and survival.
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Why night curfew won’t curb COVID-19 in Kashmir?

Despite rise in COVID-19, tourism promotion events in recent weeks witnessed a brazen violation of social distancing as large gatherings were allowed to attend the events, without masks, in Kashmir.
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Will it last? Border residents wary of LoC ceasefire 

When the two armies again announced a ceasefire last month, it renewed hopes of the border residents to live a life of peace. Even as the guns have fallen silent along the LoC, Rafiq is sceptical if the peace would last.