Kashmir: Will we ever regain Paradise?

Published: July 13, 2016 - 19:30 Updated: July 14, 2016 - 13:36

The extrajudicial killing of Burhan Wani has brought Kashmir to boiling point yet again. The youth are taking to the streets in large numbers, security forces are clamping down with a vengeance, and casualties are amassing on both sides. It is heartbreaking to see history repeat itself in this manner. What is needed is dialogue, a historical understanding of the situation and for political parties to come together in a sincere effort to bring peace to the valley.

Hardnews has been reporting on the crucial issues that lie at the core of the Kashmir question for years. From the archives:

Why Kashmir Burns

It's our inability to talk about Kashmir outside the framework set by popular media, government propaganda and the rhetoric of nationalism, that fails us in the eyes of Kashmir today
Smita Singh Bangalore/ Srinagar  (August 2010)


Her LoC

The idea of rape is implicit in ideologies of nationalism and community. This becomes explicit in rapes that occur during communal riots, or in ethnic conflicts, where rape plays the same role as mutilation of the soldiers’ bodies at the LoC
Karen Gabriel Delhi (February 2013)


Azadi Redefined

For many, the demilitarisation of Kashmir means freedom
Meha Dixit Srinagar (January 2011)


Conflict of Nowhere people

In India, citizens do not have the liberty of being protected if their area gets caught in a conflict. Reason: Though India is a signatory of the Geneva conventions but as India does not declare zones of violence as conflict zones, it is difficult for the Geneva conventions to be triggered off
Sumiran Preet Kaur Delhi (July 2015)


Shangri-La beneath the summer moon

Even as the beauty of flowers blooms in the picture postcard valley and honeymooners from the heartland click their memories, there is a lingering sense of foreboding in the crisp, cool air

Sanjay Kapoor Srinagar (July 2013)


At the centre of it all was Kashmir

With JNU striking a complex chord in the Valley, Kashmir today appears to be at the crossroads once again. There is a deepening disillusionment with the Indian State, its policies and political discourse
Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal Srinagar (March 2016)


Chaos in Kashmir

Something sinister is happening in J&K. Who is behind this? And why?

Sanjay Kapoor ( August 2008)


Kashmiriat and the illusion of Kashmiri independence

Jammu-based Krishen Dev Sethi, one of the founders of the communist movement in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), is a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist). In conversation with Yoginder Sikand (September 2006)


Conflict: Rich Kashmiri boys take to guns and the deep woods

The new tide of militancy is attributable to the absent India-Pakistan dialogue process and is also a fallout of the 2010 civil uprising
Asem Mohiuddin Srinagar


Kashmiri Pandits: Will their scars ever heal?

Their relatively small numbers coupled with a tradition of non-violent protest have made the Kashmiri Pandits irrelevant in the political discourse"
Anuja Khushu Jammu (March 2009)


A little peace of Kashmir
There are eleven possible solutions to J&K, but which is the best?
Iftikhar Gilani Srinagar (February 2006)


Kashmir: Rolling Stones tell all the Stories

A place caught in a deadly ‘game of death’ can neither breathe as a better society nor as a collective nation. Today, I am neither a stone thrower, nor do I belong to any sect
Fahad Shah Srinagar (September 2012)


Kashmir: Estranged by their khakis

What is it like to be a policeman in Kashmir today?
Wasim Khalid Srinagar (April 2012)


No Justice for Juveniles in Kashmir

A new report says how the juvenile justice system is defunct in J&K and needs immediate attention
Hardnews Bureau Delhi (November 2011)



Face to face: Syed Ata Hasnain, Former Lieutenant General
Sadiq Naqvi Delhi ( June 2014)


‘Separatists are active at the behest of an entity that has occupied part of Kashmir’s territory’

Jammu Kashmir Democratic Liberation Party (JKDLP) Chairman Hashim Qureshi is infamous for the 1971 Ganga hijacking — just 17 years old then, he took over an Indian Airlines flight bound for Jammu and forced the crew to land in Lahore instead. But even though he is still under trial for that, the separatist is looking forward rather than back. He spoke with Aditya Rangroo about the ideological bankruptcy of the present leaders of the separatist movement (May 2015)


Kashmir: A seditious alphabet

Where a mere illustration in a textbook makes the State paranoid, is it possible for academics to remain aloof from politics?
Wasim Khalid Srinagar (March 2012)


‘Indian people are now visibly less apologetic while talking about sexual offences by the army in Kashmir’

The Justice JS Verma Committee, appointed by the central government in December 2012 following widespread protests against the gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in Delhi, made public its recommendations on January 23, 2013. One of the key recommendations of the Verma Committee report has been that sexual offences by armed forces personnel be brought under ordinary criminal law. While the report has been seen as a major breakthrough by most women’s groups across India, with eminent human rights lawyer Vrinda Grover calling it “a major paradigm shift in the understanding of violence against women in the country”, things continue to be different in Jammu & Kashmir. (March 2013)


Hardnews has been reporting on the crucial issues that lie at the core of the Kashmir question for years. From the archives:

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