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Corporate collapses may not always make cliffhanger, but a newsman from Kashmir produces a story straight from a financial thriller by uncovering the rot deep within YES Bank’s glittering success story. As a whistler-blower reporter, Furquan Moharkan, 27, earlier covered the contemporary India’s biggest bank failure. For his The Banker Who Crushed His Diamonds, the ex-banker used his primary sources to write what many described as the failure of ‘Make in India’. The author hailing…

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…

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…