SEEMA MUSTAFA

Who Killed Shujaat Bukhari? A Murder Designed to Push Kashmir Over the Edge

Who Killed Shujaat Bukhari? A Murder Designed to Push Kashmir Over the Edge

This is no ordinary killing

This is no ordinary killing. And these platitudes of “how terrible” pouring in from top politicians in Delhi and Srinagar disgust me frankly. As these are so meaningless and almost as if once the statement is issued, their responsibility is over. It is not an ordinary killing as Rising Kashmir Editor Shujaat Bukhari was not […]

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Mass Uprising in Kashmir

Mass Uprising in Kashmir

If what is happening currently in Kashmir is seen as anything short of a mass uprising then New Delhi is clearly deluding itself. The hard and angry actions by the Indian Army that has seen large scale human rights violations in the Valley has not quelled the protests but indeed intensified these. The hard state […]

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ByPolls Establish a Change of Opposition Guard For 2019: Bold and Aggressive

ByPolls Establish a Change of Opposition Guard For 2019: Bold and Aggressive

The 3 musketeers and more

NEW DELHI: It has finally happened, and without much ado. A change of guard has taken place in these byelections with the first responses to the opposition victory coming from the new leaders in the fray. Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi party the architect of opposition unity in Uttar Pradesh, Tejaswi Yadav who has taken […]

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A New Opposition Front? Yes, If the Congress Plays the Role of the Left in 2004

A New Opposition Front? Yes, If the Congress Plays the Role of the Left in 2004

Karnataka seems to be moving fast, from a BJP-mukt (BJP free) South India it is now leading the states in bringing about a major opposition unity on the lines of the erstwhile United Front. The circumstances are different as indeed are some of the players, but the oath taking of HD Kumaraswamy is fast turning […]

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1 Tourist + 36 Civilians + 24 Soldiers + 40 Militants Killed Since Jan 1 = War Zone

1 Tourist + 36 Civilians + 24 Soldiers + 40 Militants Killed Since Jan 1 = War Zone

A 22 year old tourist from Tamil Nadu was killed and his mother and another relative injured when the car in which they were travelling came under a volley of stones hurled by protestors on the Srinagar-Gulmarg highway. The tragic incident has added to the toll of lives lost in the Valley averaging to a […]

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The Story of an Innocent in Jail

The Story of an Innocent in Jail

Akhlaq, Junaid, I kept quiet and then...Then they came for him.

BY: SEEMA MUSTAFA Dr Kafeel Khan the doctor from Gorakhpur jailed by the Adityanath government for eight months without bail, has become a household name in India. The Citizen’s Seema Mustafa spoke to the doctor at some length after his release from jail to find him more confident, less fearful, more determined and pieced together […]

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When Kathua and Unnao Became Just ‘Incidents’

When Kathua and Unnao Became Just ‘Incidents’

One of the several protests in Kashmir over past 3 months

  It is not a good day for a country when its Prime Minister dismisses two heinous incidents of rape and murder as casual “incidents” being “discussed since the past two days.” The two incidents that he did not describe or directly refer to can be presumed to be that of little Asifa, abducted, raped […]

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The message from Kathua and Unnao

The message from Kathua and Unnao

What Does it Mean for Indian Democracy When the Police Has to Appoint Investigating Officers From a ‘Third’ Religion

  What does it mean for a democratic nation when rape is justified? And rapists protected, first by mobs that march in their support, and then by the administration that refuses or unable to take action? And then to cut through the absence of trust and communalisation a state police has to bring in officers […]

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The Hijab and I (And Of Course You!)

In response to Ramachandra Guha and the response to him

My grandmother (Nani) Anis Kidwai was widowed in her early 30’s. My grandfather was killed in Dehradun while trying to ensure peace in the violence of partition. She was wearing the burka then, mother to three children. Bereaved and in deep distress, she went to Gandhi for direction, for something to do. She started weeping […]