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The State of Estrangement

Muddasir Ramzan
The individuality or the identity of Kashmir – as the paradise on earth, the most militarised area, the alcove of saints, the flashpoint between India and Pakistan etc. – is now receding and shifting into a distinctiveness where ...

The Past That Claims the Future

Muddasir Ramzan
These days, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade, I have had an opportunity to explore the wealth of our heritage. Kashmir, besides being known as a war-torn territory shrouded in the magnificence of nature, is also renowned as ...

My Kind of Snowflake by Muddasir Ramzan

This winter’s snowfall has given us hope that climate change is not yet terminal. In previous years we had dry winters, which greatly disrupted the seasons. It was after so many years that Chillai Kalan, a forty day period of harsh weather ...

Kashmir on Film by Muddasir Ramzan

A writer friend recently asked me what I thought about the movie Kaafiron Ki Namaaz, and I confessed I hadn’t even heard of it. Early this week, while travelling back from Srinagar in a train, which had many of its windows broken, probably ...

A Different City by Muddasir Ramzan

We are closely related to the Punjab culturally, ethnically, and linguistically. The noise of Punjabi music reverberates at high volumes here, whether it is in buses, festivals, weddings and the like. The region is predominantly Hindu although ...

Impending Negotiations by Muddasir Ramzan

The strike has entered its fourth month and the shadow of war between two postcolonial nations, namely India and Pakistan, continues to overshadow the struggle of Kashmiris for their long pending resolution. The growing hatred between the two ...

Kashmir - the living dystopia by Muddasir Ramzan

The ongoing unrest has now entered its third month, plunging Kashmir into an unending dystopia. Even if it eventually ends it will inevitably re-ignite with as much, if not more intensity until there is a permanent solution to this dispute. The ...

Of Promise and Denial by Muddasir Ramzan

Among many things that have become apparent during the ongoing crisis in Kashmir is the resentment of both India and Pakistan over their hankering for the land of Kashmir. The failure of the government of Kashmir, whose power struggles and ...

Devastating Violence Engulfs Kashmir by Muddasir Ramzan

On the eve of Eid, Tuesday, 5th July, everyone was waiting for the announcement – whether the Hilal committee had sighted the moon or not – glued to their TVs and radios. Confirmation was taking a while and it was time for Tarawiah, ...

Kashmiri Pandits Long for Home by Muddasir Ramzan

There was a time when the fruits of harmony, in its entirety, were savoured in the Valley. Muslims did not consider their Hindu brothers as minorities. Rather they were revered as educated and intelligent members of society, members of the ...