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Rounak Bhat

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Cups of Nun Chai (2020), published by Yarbal Books, is an archive of stories that give a glance into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people affected by the Kashmir conflict. Led by the 2010 civilian uprising in the valley post the killing of 17 year-old-boy Tufail Mattoo, the book attests to the loss of lives, power dynamics in politics, influence of the nation-state on the commonfolk, leaping into the normalization of political violence and death…

Amit Shah’s parliament speech about KPs draws sharp criticism from Kashmiri Pandits groups ‘Pandit Exodus did not happen under congress, happened in VP Singh’s govt which was supported by BJP’ ‘Eyewash and hoodwinking’: Congress provided jobs, not BJP Indian Home Minister Amit Shah’s speech made in the parliament about Jammu and Kashmir elicited a negative response from Kashmiri Pandit organisations, dubbing the alleged factual inaccuracies as ‘shameful’, and ‘opportunistic’. In a video statement, Dr Agnishekhar,…

The purpose of upgrading Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) was not achieved as all the Super Specialties had not been fully established. And the same fact proved costly for Jammu and Kashmir during the COVID year. When Ayushman Koul’s grandfather developed respiratory issues on November 27, 2020, his family immediately called a compounder from a nearby healthcare facility for a quick checkup. After his blood pressure and other parameters were examined, it was found the condition…

At a time when a colossal chunk of literature about the prevalent political plight in Kashmir centres chiefly around its geopolitical climate and the implications of it internationally, an acutely visible dearth of writing that sheds light on the not-so-ordinary lives of the ordinary people in the valley – and in particular the human toll the conflict bears on the children and the women, becomes the elephant in the room. In an academic ethnographic exploration…