Tag: Kashmir

Several Captors Hold Kashmir Captive

“Gloom is writ large on the faces of young professionals, students, and lay people. A lack of purposefulness; a paralyzing atmosphere of fear and paranoia; a suffering populace whose voice is stifled by those who claim to be ideologically motivated and fighting for a “just” cause; the complicity of state-sponsored agencies with self-proclaimed guardians of…

The Ambiguous Identity of a Kashmiri

The ambiguous identity of a Kashmiri is one that some of us have had to live with for a while now. Indian nationalists are quick to claim their intractable hold on Kashmiris; Pakistani nationalists are just as quick to claim to speak for Kashmiris. Kashmir, despite having a real internal history and a place in…

Akbar Jehan: An Intimate History of Kashmir

Khan, Nyla Ali. The Life of a Kashmiri Woman: Dialectic of Resistance and Accommodation. New York: Palgrave Pivot.Hardcover: $70.00. Ebook: S49.99 Many of us in the Sub-continent who grew up with an awareness of the history of Kashmir do not usually realize that the histories we receive are highly motivated and are presented to us…

Modern Day Colony in South Asia

India and Pakistan have a choice of accepting international intervention or come to a practical solution of the Kashmir dispute through a mutually negotiated agreement that also involves Kashmiris. Very few people know that there is a modern-day colony occupied by three nuclear powers right there in our neck of the woods. Not only the…

South Asia Democracy Watch Criticizes Attempts to Derail Democracy in Pakistan

South Asia Democracy Watch (SADeW)     South Asia Democracy Watch Criticizes Attempts to Derail Democracy in Pakistan   Suggests Strong Measures to Normalize India-Pakistan Relations   The influential pressure group in the U.S., South Asia Democracy Watch (SADeW), has severely criticized recent attempts to weaken the democratic process through pseudo marches and fake resistance…

When Manmohan Singh comes to Islamabad

(Published: April 15, 2012: http://tribune.com.pk/story/365139/when-manmohan-singh-comes-to-islamabad/) The coincidence between President Asif Ali Zardari’s sprint to Delhi last week, and the $10 million head-money on Hafiz Saeed announced by the US could be purely accidental. But this action certainly refocused Indian attention on the alleged Mumbai attack planner, who heads the pantheon of jihadi “heroes” that now…

Peace activist who looks like a Sufi: An Interview with Sandeep Pandey

Militancy is a dangerous thing. What is more dangerous is that they feed on each other and it becomes a vicious cycle. Islamic terrorism provokes Hindutva terrorism and vice versa. Only strong democratic governments backed by solid mandate of people can curb the rise of fundamentalist forces. Besides Anna Hazare, who has received media attention…

Interview: Martial PTV plays indirectly boosted jihadist mentality

Media instead of providing active criticism became an extension of the will of the state and secondly, indirectly, by latching on to a militaristic, masculinist narrative the media became instrumental in defining a kind of national identity that suited the hegemonic project of the military. Masood Ashraf Raja teaches postcolonial literature and theory at University…

Raja Jahangir Akhtar: Hunger Strike, Part 2

ISLAMABAD: Raja Jahangir Akhtar, a renowned   political and social worker, who has announced to go on hunger strike unto death to press for acceptance of his demands, has written an open letter to all political leaders of Pakistan. Some of his main demands include: All headquarters of defense forces situated in civilian areas may be…