Let Them Sing

Is the struggle in Kashmir so fragile that a concert or music show can negate the political basis of the azadi struggle?

Happymon Jacob

There is no harm in letting Zubin Mehta and his troop perform in Kashmir. I take this principled, context-neutral, position on the issue of cultural and musical shows whosoever may be organizing them. My position comes from my conviction that while culture may indeed be deeply political and hence More

Why lose cool?

As if I was planning to kill Zubin Mehta


Yes, as if I was planning to kill Zubin Mehta, shoot his band dead, and burn the organizers at the stake, the son of a prominent mainstream politician exhausted his steam on me. A poor unconcerned lad like me caught for something what someone had written or said. Fun apart I enjoyed a suave, soft More

Tryst with Folksingers


Now, when I am in the ripe age, the ‘dissolving dawn’ often sets me thinking, if the daybreaks during my childhood were far different than they are now. Most of the times, I do feel day broke differently those days in our county. Everything around, seemed drowned in ‘noor’- it never meant just the More

Music in our backyard

There was excessive debating and discussing about the event

Syeda Afshana

Zubin Mehta was right in saying “Kashmir chose me”! Of course, pain draws artists. This is something universal. How far has this been instrumental for Zubin to be here, remains unanswered. Nevertheless, the fact remains that the bruised beauty of Kashmir has been ‘attracting’ public figures, renowned More

A day in the life of a courtesan…

It might as well be the story of that yet another accursed beauty…Kashmir!

Ajaz Baba

 In a small dingy room the courtesan dressed up in all finery tried to gently untangle her fingers from her feverish son’s grip. The child’s eyes fluttered opened, his fever-cracked lips barely moving as he pleaded, “Don’t go Mamma! Don’t leave me!” “Please darling…,” the courtesan-mother More

  • Kashmir

Illegal Occupation Of State Land: High Court seeks details

Govt asked to present detailed list of occupants by September 30


Srinagar, Sep 7: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has asked government to disclose within four weeks the names of those who have illegally occupied state land. A division bench of the court comprising More

  • Srinagar City


Admin on tips to keep canines away from VIP roads, Shalimar Bagh


Srinagar, Sep 7: Apart from other concerns surrounding the Zubin Mehta concert held Saturday evening at Shalimar Bagh, something beyond the 3-tier security arrangements gave “sleepless” nights to the authorities More

  • Jammu

JK flunks on gender gap in literacy

Against 12.71% in 1961, gap widened to 20.25% in 2011



Jammu, Sept 7: Although the overall literacy rate in Jammu and Kashmir has increased during the past five decades, the gender gap in literacy has widened over these years except for the year 2011, which More

  • News

6 killed in Muzaffarnagar violence


Muzaffarnagar, Sep 7: At least six persons, including a TV journalist, were killed and 34 injured today in fresh clashes between members of two communities in Muzaffarnagar, where indefinite curfew was More

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