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Zishan Amiri

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Coming from a place where Saadut Hasan Manto bled his pen dog in the hinterland games of the two hostile neighbours, one of the ‘inmates’ of Kashmir deplored colony decries the social stigma associated with leprosy despite the disease being controlled and effectively curable. Engrossed in storytelling, Parvez Alam used his bare fingers to level the hot embers in Kangri, a traditional firepot to battle Kashmir’s harsh winter. Matter of fact, he did not even…

Months after three civilians were branded as ‘hardcore terrorists’ and killed in a fake military operation in Shopian, J&K police’s fact-finding has dragged erring Indian army men in the dock in yet another gruesome addition to the dark underbelly of thirty-year-old armed impunity.   Early this year in March, Imtiyaz Hussain had earned applauds from an Indian Army officer whose unit had organised a running event in Jammu’s Rajouri district. He had come first in the…

The anti-BJP narrative served PAGD just right; in fact, it is the only thing that makes the regional parties “relevant” in the current times. The last time I visited the valley’s unsettled unionist camp was back in June 2019. My editor wanted me to report on the ‘alienated’ local outfits – the feeling of ‘betrayal’ had left New Delhi’s ‘old-loyalists’ in Kashmir, hurt and embarrassed. One such unionist I had met was a close aide…

Dal Lake might have played a spoilsport in their “Jashne democracy” ride, but the ruling party and its alleged proxy are making desperate inroads through the ongoing DDC polls to ‘normalize’ the August 5, 2019 verdict. “Auzibillahi Minashaitan Nirajeem Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim” [I seek refuge in Allah from the outcast Satan, in the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful] Reciting the holy verses, this Personal Security Officer (PSO) loaded his rifle. Seated…

In the fray for the ongoing DDC polls are the free-floating electrons whose tribe expectedly grows during election season in Kashmir. In this first story of the three-part series on the ‘development’ polls in J&K, Free Press Kashmir takes a tour into the captive and curious world of not-so-independent candidates of the valley.  In a taciturn twilight in Kashmir’s withering fall—faintly echoing with poll-fest bugle—I received an unexpected call. “I have a story that will…

The relation shared between the three fallen Kulgam youth is a mystery. How they got into one car – families claim to be completely unaware of. For police, the same is a matter of investigation. It was Zara’s first birth anniversary on Thursday, October 29. But celebrations soon transpired into mourning as her father, Fida Hussain Itoo, instead of coming home with the birthday cake, returned dead. At YK Pora village of Kulgam, Thursday evening…