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Kashmir has been under the ascendency of various rulers who have ruled the land and extended its frontiers. However, there are very few instances in the history of this country wherein a woman took charge. Kalhana, a renowned poet from the 12th century has in his work mentioned at least three queens who ruled over the country for a while; Yasovati of Gonda dynasty, Sugandha (904-906 AD) of the Utpala dynasty and Didda (1003-1320 AD)…

After Sheikh Abdullah removed him from the post-1947 Jammu rehabilitation scene, Krishan Dev Sethi—the comrade who recently passed away at the age of 93—was sent to Rajouri where his Muslim rehabilitation efforts made him a captive of games they play. Here FPK recreates one of the astounding statecraft dramas that Sethi mentioned in his book, ‘Yaad-e-Rafta’ and in his weekly ‘Jidd-o-jihad’ pieces. In Sheikh Abdullah’s “Naya Kashmir”, when a man from Tral suddenly came as…

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…