Top Hizbul commander arrested in Kashmir

Srinagar: A top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit has been arrested by security forces from Bandipora district of Kashmir Valley, police said Monday.  Junaid, who used aliases Manzoor and Arshad and was working with the outfit for the past 14 years, was arrested in Turkpora area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district last Wednesday, a …

This week, “KASHMIR” in ALJAZEERA, DAWN, REUTERS, WORLD BULLETIN and DECCAN CRONICLE

The dilemma of Kashmir’s half-widows Decked by thick deodar forests, terraced corn fields, apple orchards and jagged mountains, the hamlet of Dardpora tucked in the northern rim of Indian-administered Kashmir looks idyllic. But scratch a little deeper and the wounds of decades of conflict sweeping across the region open up when its 300-odd widows and …

Kashmir’s future, Fleeting chance: A brighter mood brings an opportunity. Expect India to squander it

THESE are unexpectedly happy days in conflict-torn Kashmir. Tourists flock from India’s sweaty plains to gasp the mountain air. Srinagar’s hotels, houseboats and cafés are crammed. Jetskis roar over the once-tranquil Dal lake. Hordes of Hindu pilgrims trek, unmolested, to a sacred penis-shaped lump of ice at Amarnath, a cave temple. And on roadsides Indian …

Kundan Lal Saigal (1904-1947), the great Kashmiri Singer and the first superstar of the Hindi film industry

Play Jab Dil Hi Toot Gaya  (Based on excerpts from an article by  Har Mandir Singh ‘Hamraaz’ & Harish Raghuwanshi  and writeup from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Kundan Lal Saigal was born on 11th April 1904 at Nawa Shahar in Jammu State.  His father Amar Chand Sehgal was a Tehsildar in the court of the then state …

Q&A: Kashmir Dispute

Why is Kashmir disputed? The territory of Kashmir was hotly contested even before India and Pakistan won their independence from Britain in August 1947. Under the partition plan provided by the Indian Independence Act of 1947, Kashmir was free to accede to India or Pakistan. The Maharaja, Hari Singh, wanted to stay independent but eventually …