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Ramadan is a blessed month, when people concentrate on their commitments to God and their faiths. Besides the spiritual rewards, the sacred month of fasting also has some health benefits. Ramadan offers an amazing array of physical, spiritual and mental health benefits for those fasting. “Fast...
Summer Darbar is back in valley, which’s grappling with myriad basic issues, amid the growing official apathy. To begin with, the highway hiccups are now sending home rotten eatables and thus handing unimaginable losses to the troubled traders of Kashmir. Despite being a concern, rather a crisis, it isn’t even batting...
Since Wednesday morning, a glum house at Srinagar’s Athwajan area is caught in a wave of reflections and recollections. As mourners enter and exit, they offer their heartfelt tributes to the man who changed the construction scenario in Kashmir. Recalled as a “noble philanthropist”, the departed man,...
After “foreign educated” city mayor lately belittled the significance of wetlands, the poachers have now turned Narkara wetland into a hunting heartland of Kashmir. Swooping down on their prey during midnight hours or by daybreak, the hunters freely take home the bird booty right under the nose...
Some 42 kilometers from Srinagar, a remote hill hamlet has become a major devotional attraction for people of Kashmir. Legend has it that the local crowd-pulling cave is related to Kashmir’s legendary saint. If true, it might help understand the deep-seated cave mystery in Kashmir.
Routine jibes and digs apart, the way Kashmir has fared in the election manifestos and campaigning of Indian parties apparently speak about the growing politicisation of the issue — that lately brought the two nuke-neighbours on the brink. Back home, however, regional unionists are only selling the...
When some Indian celebrities and prominent personalities began donning designer outfits with Kashmiri Aari embroidery on them, it brought to mind the unsung artisan class of the valley who since centuries has been keeping the needle art alive amid trying times. By Fahim Matoo
Even as the valley is fast losing its traditional household aesthetics to concrete structures, the resurgence of Khatamband ceilings in recent past has restored some medieval charm. Behind the design revival is the Old City’s marketplace and its master carpenters. By Touba Shaheen
“I don’t have any grudge against him, I have forgiven him and I am praying for him that God will guide him and then one day he will be a saviour,” this is how Farid replied when a correspondent asked him to comment on the arrested shooter.
When Kashmiri students were being attacked in different Indian cities after Pulwama attack, a debate began in the valley: Time to upgrade the educational infrastructure in Kashmir. Among those who batted for the idea was the well-known political commentator and active Kashmiri netizen, Mehboob Makhdoomi. Almost a month...
One of the Budshah-era heritage marvels of Kashmir is out of public reach since 2002 when competing cries for its custodianship sparked off tensions. 17 years later, locked-down Madin sahib shrine is still caught in sectarian loggerheadedness. By Sadaf Shabir, Mashkoora Khan
The Yasin Malik led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front has been banned by the Centre on Friday.
At a time when Islamophobia is shaping up into the mosque massacre, Muslim nations are still caught in their own parochial perceptions. As two opinionated Kashmiri Muslims argue in this piece, the need of an hour is to rise above the sectarian views for the larger reforms...
An alarmingly outrageous death trailed by a familiar pattern has just shaken the valley. While a prominent unionist leader sees the shades of the ‘dark past’ in Rizwan Asad’s custodial death inside Cargo, many feel the case will eventually meet the slain lecturer’s fate.
He was born blind in a family where his father trained him to face the larger indifferent world around him. Years later, this grooming would make Haneef Malik a fighter of his and that of his tribe’s rights. By Sheikh Saqib