Touseef Raina

The Night of Broken Glass

The Night of Broken Glass

The day when original residents of Kashmir left in droves to safeguard their lives and honour, humanity stood defeated yet again. The exodus of Kashmiri Pandits tattered the social fabric of Kashmir, otherwise, the land of saints and sages.

Kashmiri Pandits accounted for around 4% of the population in Kashmir when militancy erupted in the Himalayan region. Pandits and Muslims were living a simple but safe life. Kashmir had earned respect and a name for its rich syncretic culture. And then, someone casted a spell that cursed the land of the Sufis.  Gun culture […]

 Touseef Raina

The new kind of leadership for the Valley

The new kind of leadership for the Valley

The new kind of leadership should stand for social justice in the development narrative while being sensitive to preserving the rights of the marginalized sections.

Leadership is perhaps one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented concepts in Kashmir for decades now. Leadership over the previous regimes was about conquests by the sword and ideological dominance aided by religion. Military skills, strategy, a deft understanding of alliances, and contesting claims to popular support informed much of the grooming of the leaders […]