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Darkness Again?

Muddasir Ramzan
The implementation of GST (Goods and Service Tax), a new taxation reform launched in mainland India on 1st July, has already triggered protests by opposition and trade bodies in Jammu and Kashmir. In addition, this week marks the one-year ...

An Age of Rage

Muddasir Ramzan
I noticed on Facebook that some of my friends in London had marked themselves safe. Baffled, I checked the news and read that there was an attack in London, a city that attracts me for its intellectual freedom. I contacted a few people I know ...

Of Nations and Freedom

Muddasir Ramzan
Devotion to religion and country are perhaps two basic motivations that can persuade humans to do anything, for which some are even prepared to kill or die. These are universal ideologies, but in war zones they play a distinct role. The ...

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 Nature ...

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 ...