Niloofar Qureshi

Violence will lead Kashmir nowhere

Violence will lead Kashmir nowhere

When the Kalashnikov first made its appearance in Kashmir more than three decades ago, it was widely believed that it would finally get us ‘azadi’ (freedom) and so,the peace-loving people of Kashmir cannot be blamed for having enthusiastically welcomed the gun. Being simple and susceptible, they were beguiled by the extraordinary hype created about “azadi […]

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‘Disposable’ Kashmiris

‘Disposable’ Kashmiris

Now it’s absolutely clear that Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s “complete parting away from All Parties Hurriyat Conference Jammu and Kashmir” wasn’t a voluntary decision. And since it was a forced pronouncement arising out of an ugly situation that was choreographed by the separatist conglomerate’s Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) chapter, this development calls for serious reflection, […]

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On Geelani Sahib’s Resignation

On Geelani Sahib’s Resignation

While former Hurriyat (G) chairman SAS Geelani’s decision to quit Hurriyat may have come as a big surprise, but for him to do so “in view of the current state of the Hurriyat Conference” certainly isn’t exactly a bolt from the blue. After all, for how can the leader of an organisation making tall claims […]

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Sectarian Amity: Killing the Factional ‘Beast’

Sectarian Amity: Killing the Factional ‘Beast’

With three arson attempts on religious places in Srinagar during the last one month, it is clear that these aren’t random attacks. And since all these attacks have been directed against the religious places of one community only, it’s also evident that that the same have been carried out with the specific intention of creating […]

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Abrogation of Article 370 and Islamabad: lessons not learnt

Abrogation of Article 370 and Islamabad: lessons not learnt

After Islamabad’s contention that since J&K is “disputed territory,” New Delhi’s decision to abrogate Article 370 of its constitution that provided ‘special status’ to citizens of J&K was “Illegal” didn’t find favour with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), one had thought that Pakistanwould reorient it’s diplomatic approach on the ‘K’ issue. However, the Foreign […]

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Responsibilities during Covid-19 lockdown

Responsibilities during Covid-19 lockdown

Given that there’s no vaccination against Covid-19, the only way of stopping this human-borne dangerous pandemic from spreading is to insulate the people from coming in contact with those infected by this virus. Thus, the government decision to extend the lockdown upto May 03 was more or less expected. The lack of opposition to this […]

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Covid 19: Violating social distancing is asking for trouble!

Covid 19: Violating social distancing is asking for trouble!

With Covid19 having claimed more than one lakh lives across the globe and infected more ten times this number, it’s time that we take this pandemic, which is spreading across the world like a wildfire, very seriously. In Kashmir itself, we have at least 207 Covid19 positive cases and four people have already succumbed to […]

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Coronavirus and Quarantine

Coronavirus and Quarantine

Returning after a trip, everyone wants to reach home the earliest so that they can meet family members, relatives and friends. However, due to the requirement of staying in quarantine to prevent coronavirus from spreading, a traveler today has wait for at least two weeks before he/she can go home. This delay in meeting near […]

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When Rumours Rule the Roost, it’s the People Who Suffer!

When Rumours Rule the Roost, it’s the People Who Suffer!

Uncertainty irks the human mind and the voracious urge to reinforce our premonitions gives rise to rumours. And when rumours assuage our curiosity, we start believing them even if they are illogical or lack any substance. Thus, to those who point out that Kashmiris are particularly vulnerable when it comes to believing rumours, I would […]

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Kashmir: Tough Times Ahead!

Kashmir: Tough Times Ahead!

For the last three decades, living in Kashmir hasn’t been easy because ‘azadi’ (independence),which we were told is “just around the corner” would be achieved soon through what was called ‘armed struggle’. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen and this struggle is going on even today. And just when the people had learnt how to live in […]

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