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All about dependence - When will Kashmir be financially independent

[Also published on The Comment Factory, Editor's Pick]

[Also Published on Perspective, Greater Kashmir]
[Also published on Opinion, Rising Kashmir]

Indian policies never allowed Kashmir to be a major player in infrastructure planning and liberalization. Skilled workers are the most gifted asset to any emerging super-economy, but for their development, education in finance, economics, technocracy, politics is needed so that our natives get training imparted with adequate skills. Until now, our modest and beautiful valley has been deprived of any major intellectual or economic revolution.
Article 370 in the Indian constitution, which grants autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, has been the biggest flaw and impediment in bringing any social and ec…

A Good Friday Agreement for Kashmir

[Also published on Open Democracy, London]
[Also published on The Muslim Institute, London]
[Also published on Counter Currents]

"The prospect for peace in Kashmir lies, according to Naveed Qazi, in an adaptation of an arrangement similar to the one that brought peace to North Ireland."

Fatalities in Kashmir are fast reaching a six-digit figure, yet the levels of fatalities do not seem to stimulate desire for a genuine peace process on the part of both hostile neighbours. In spite of this unfortunate fact, the world has seen civilized solutions to conflict and one of the prime examples is vested in the Good Friday Agreement. It has been held up as good practice in resolving the Kashmir dispute, principally by Sumantra Bose, not least because the arrangement respects the variance of overall sentiment. The Good Fri…

A Month Of Melancholy

(Picture taken from Outlook Magazine)

[Also published on south Indian journal, Counter Currents]
[Also published on The Muslim Institute London]

It has been more than a month’s restriction in Kashmir. I’m writing in the morning, whilst birds chirping that melodic twitter, sedating tranquility. The frogs have stopped croaking. There is a flash of white on the grass. The sky is painted morning blue, and I can feel a cool breeze piercing my window, as I try to jot through my faculty of thinking.
About nineteen natives have been killed since the past month. It included young children and youth. It also included women and men, who were the lynchpins of their family. For us, life would move on, but for their sorrowing families, the struggle has just started. Kashmiri mornings are full of causerie, but will their mornings be peaceful? It would start with a suffocating silence which woul…

Solution is possible

[Also Published on Oped, Greater Kashmir, 3rd July, 2010]

The fatalities in Kashmir are fast reaching a six digit figure. Yet the levels of fatalities do not seem to stimulate a genuine peace process for both hostile neighbors. The history of Kashmir has not facilitated a resolution in the past and given the situation, is unlikely going to do so in future as well.
Without signing the ‘written affidavit’ of allegiance to both countries, no political institution is allowed to represent the aspirations of the people, which has been already eroded time and time again, due to lack of genuine representation. The present spatial attributes of resolution are clear- a relationship should continue to be based on centralized power structures from New Delhi and Islamabad. The current arrangement directly or indirectly predetermines the accession to Pakistan and India respectively. Several international independent analysts and agencies have stated that elections have never been held freely. 
At the …

At war, I craved ice-cream

[Picture taken from Kashmir Life]

Tuesday was hot and stuffy. I was at home, where you find the simple, ingenuous feeling of happiness. The happiness of being close to the native soil, of inner freedom and sweet contemplation. However, this happiness was only confined to my house-lane. Kashmir was churning protests and curfew was imposed once again.
In utmost restrictions, I badly craved ice-cream. My free-will wanted to defy curfew. The decision was made. I slipped into the long, deserted street. Every shop was shuttered and every house in the vicinity didn't seem like a home. It was dead quiet. I saw a police van hovering and one person at his entrance, muttering in confusion. The whole scene didn't seem like a wicked fantasy, it was a reality, nevertheless. Kashmir seemed like a prison to me. I felt myself as a convict. I failed to shop and went back inside in gloom.

At night, I saw houses lit up, in dead silence and light flickered. A buddy had told me that it was not safe t…

Kashmir Through History

[Also published on Oped Page, Greater Kashmir, 12th June, 2010]

[Also published on Op-ed, Rising Kashmir, 12th June, 2011]

[Also published on Political Theatrics, 2nd August,2010 ]
[Also published on Counter Currents, 2nd August, 2010]
The IK Group

Our land, Kashmir, has been suffering in its darkest periods, since the last 400 years. Still, people fail to write a literal sentence on Kashmir because they are choked by inarticulate remembering, failure in resourcing valid history and lack of true belongingness.
Bookstalls have given me a feeling of disgust. Not many have written about us. People from every conflict zone have written their stories but there is lack of profoundity in our own telling because very few have passionately written about it. As a Kashmiri, it is a pain for me, as much as an absence of a belov…