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Khawar Khan Achakzai 

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Faiz Ahmad Faiz was one of the greatest poets of Urdu language. He had a rare distinction of being an equally renowned political activist, a revolutionary and an outspoken orator who would portray political themes in his poetry in arduous ways. He was jailed multiple times for his left wing politics and what was often deemed as his castigation of established politcal system in Pakistan, as he would lament in his poem Subh-e-Azadi, “hame intizar…

The histories are of marked by men or women who become the epicentres of debate for generations to come. Kashmir history in particular, being an intersection of so many faiths and cultures, has given rise to legends, allegories and realities which have set dais for discussions from time immemorial. Virtue or Vice, the history needs to be presented the way it was and that sets history apart from folk-lore and fiction. Queen Didda is one…

In this article, the author tries to go beyond the traditionally accepted etymologies behind the origin of the word Kashmir According to Auriel Stein, in his translation of Rajtaranghani, name ‘Kashmir’ is ancient and linguistic sciences can furnish no clue to its origin nor to analyse its formation. The ‘mystical’ legend that has been popular for years is that the region was a mythological lake called ‘Satisar’ which was drained by meditation of a sage…