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Women as Barkat. Insights from Kashmiri tradition.

Shah Faesal As a child I do not remember my mother ever passing on a glass of water to me with her left hand, be that at the Dastarkhan or when I returned home after a tiring day at school. Even if she was in middle of something, she would either use both hands, or a bit of left while ... Read More »

MOVIES Review: In ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,’ Tina Fey as a Wisecracking War Reporter

By NICOLAS RAPOLD Based on Kim Barker’s memoir, “The Taliban Shuffle,” “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” contains the fondly, proudly recalled details of battle-tested experience. Kim — last name “Baker” in the film — goes from typing TV news in an office to a tour of duty as a journalist in war-ravaged Afghanistan. She dashes into a shootout to get video, parries ... Read More »

My Father, the Editor, Under Fire

Tahmima Anam I scrolled through a series of videos and images. The first one was titled “Confession,” and featured a newspaper editor being harangued by a talk-show host. Further down, I saw a photograph of a crowd burning an effigy of this man. There was another, a Photoshopped image of the man with devil’s horns affixed to his head. Then ... Read More »

An agenda for humanity

We face the worst humanitarian crisis since WW II and the largest funding crisis. Ban Ki Moon More people desperately need humanitarian assistance than at any time since the founding of the United Nations. More warring parties are brazenly violating international humanitarian law. More resources than ever are needed to meet sharply escalating humanitarian needs. Yet we face the largest-ever ... Read More »

Getting Kashmir’s Priorities to the Table

 Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai With India and Pakistan engaging in small talk, holding hands and contemplating (maybe) a discussion of their differences over Kashmir, there is an exigent need for Kashmiris to weigh in carefully and review again any opportunities to participate in such discussions as proprietors of their own nation. Most importantly, who will represent them at the negotiating ... Read More »

Gandhi, Nehru witness to my father’s killing

Nishrin Jafri Hussain Witnesses to my Abba, Ahsan Jafris killings were Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Narayan Desai, Anne Frank, Karl Marx, Dostoyevsky, A. M Zaidi, Oscar Wilde, Zafar Iqbal and many more. Yes, fourteen years ago they watched in silence from the book shelves of his library when he and his fellow Muslim neighbors were being butchered on February 28th, ... Read More »

Book Review: Burns Within

Book: Burns within Author: B.S. Gautam Anurag Hardcover:    73 pages Publisher:     Sanjeev Prakashan Price:                  Rs 200 Review by:         Mansha Ashraf The translation of thirty Hindi poetic collection of B.S.Gautam Anurag’s into English by Dr. Abnish Singh Chauhan under the title “Burns Within” deserves praise and requires much work to attain excellence. The poet expresses his view that we ... Read More »

No Consistency in Delhi’s Approach to Kashmir: A.S. Dulat  

  Kashmir remains India’s unsolved puzzle for over six decades. Its history has thrown up strange paradoxes and challenges for policy makers in New Delhi. In his book, Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years, Amarjit Singh Dulat, who headed India’s external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), between 1999 and 2000, and was Special Advisor on Kashmir to Prime Minister Atal ... Read More »

My name is Umar Khalid, certainly, but I am not a terrorist’

 Here is a rough translation of full speech of Umar Khalid that he made at JNU. My name is Umar Khalid, certainly, but I am not a terrorist. First of all, today, at this time, for the last many days, students who have been on the roads, inside and outside the campus, and all those faculty members – all the ... Read More »

Political Discourse on Gender Hits an All-Time Low

GENDER AND ELECTIONS Kavita Krishnan  The political discourse and debate on gender has hit an all-time low in this election campaign, observes Kavita Krishnan, who says that it is chilling to observe the way in which politicians invoke women’s safety as a pretext to justify communal and caste violence. With the 2014 Lok Sabha election in India being held a ... Read More »