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Marila Latif

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After a nightmarish November that shell-slaughtered six of their clan members including a seven-year-old boy, distraught denizens of militarized towns and hamlets of Uri now fear the numbing winter.  Lapping her seventeen-day-old daughter Areeba inside a mournful home in Uri’s Sultan Deki, Shazia looks as deserted as death. The 28-year-old mother’s dirges in the forlorn, foggy, frosty heights of war-torn Line of Control (LOC) hamlet make a howling sound. This frontline grieving makes her tribe…

In the searing summer of 2018 when the “unholy alliance” disintegrated and ushered in an era of New Delhi’s direct control in Jammu and Kashmir, a 12-year-old arrived in Srinagar’s Press Colony with a poetic campaign for her captive father. Her wait ended when Sarjan Barkati, the ‘Azadi Chacha’ and ‘pied piper’ of 2016 civilian protests recently returned home after four years of incarceration. Beaming over the festive footfall in her tiny home—a dusky dwelling…