Javaid Beigh

Time to reach out to generation next of Kashmiri Pundits

Time to reach out to generation next of Kashmiri Pundits

This year marks over three decades of the exodus of Kashmiri Pundit community from Kashmir valley. The departure of Kashmiri Pundit community was the beginning of the end of the “romance of Kashmir”. If, one was to look back and analyze what actually the people of Kashmir achieved in their political quest in all these […]

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IS THERE A POLITICAL DESPODENCY IN KASHMIR?

IS THERE A POLITICAL DESPODENCY IN KASHMIR?

Kashmir, which used to be a prominent issue on international forums just decades back, has now been pushed to the margins of burning issues in a growing chaotic world. The political uncertainty over the US presidential elections and the never-ending dramatic turn of events in Washington DC and the relentless chaos caused by Coronavirus, which […]

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HEAVY SNOWFALL IN KASHMIR: BOON OR BUST?

HEAVY SNOWFALL IN KASHMIR: BOON OR BUST?

It has been snowing heavily in Kashmir for past few days and entire stretch of plains of Kashmir valley and surrounding Zabarwan mountains are buried in deep layers of snow. While a boon for few tourists, who have dared to visit Kashmir valley in these pandemic times, the heavy snowfall has literally halted the entire […]

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A new dawn and a new Kashmir

A new dawn and a new Kashmir

Surprising it may seems but irony is that in today’s tumultuous world, when a deadly pandemic is ravaging the world, the countries too are facing some different kind of serious challenges too. There is a brewing political drama happening in the United States of America after President Trump’s loss in presidential elections and closer home, […]

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DDC Elections: My experience as a contestant

DDC Elections: My experience as a contestant

Kashmir valley has always been a very challenging place for electoral politics. For most of its historic existence, Kashmir has been governed under monarchial system led by both native and outside elite just like most parts of the world and South Asia. However, unlike other regions, the peculiar post-colonial modern history of Kashmir valley has […]

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Grassroots democracy and Kashmir’s political elite

Grassroots democracy and Kashmir’s political elite

To be fair to all players, Kashmir is one of the trickiest places in the world for political operations. Given the modern history of Kashmir and the evolution of mainstream politics in Kashmir valley, it is not easy to maneuver mainstream politics here in the wake of contradictory aspirations of the people of various constituents […]

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KASHMIRI YOUTH & DDC ELECTIONS

KASHMIRI YOUTH & DDC ELECTIONS

Kashmir valley is the most youthful administrative units of India, wherein according to the last census, 63% of population is under the age of 30 years and nearly 70% is under the age of 35 years, a staggering number, which gives a prominent role to this segment of Kashmiri society to make any dramatic changes […]

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THE ENIGMA OF GILGIT BALTISTAN

THE ENIGMA OF GILGIT BALTISTAN

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Niazi’s recent declaration of making Gilgit Baltistan as Pakistan’s “provisional” province has once again brought global attention to this mysterious region. While we Kashmiri people have detailed knowledge about Jammu region, Ladakh and Mirpur-Muzaffarabad (erstwhile constituents of the princely state of J&K), not much is known about Gilgit Baltistan in […]

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DDC ELECTIONS: A step towards grassroot democracy

DDC ELECTIONS: A step towards grassroot democracy

There is much noise emanating from Kashmir centric mainstream political parties criticizing the implementation of amended Panchayat Raj Act that is to create the third tier of grassroot governance in the form of the establishment of District Development Council (DDC) at district level for which there will be direct elections in the UT of Jammu […]

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Shattered Dreams of Sir Syed and Ataturk

Shattered Dreams of Sir Syed and Ataturk

South Asian countries recently observed birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, legendary 19th century Muslim social reformer of British India. But unfortunately, the present generation of Muslim men and women in South Asian region including Kashmir valley know little about the difficult conditions under which Sir Syed Ahmed Khan initiated his path breaking social […]

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