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The land of saints and Sufis, Kashmir, or how we Kashmiris dub it, ‘Peer Waer’, Adobe of Saints, has not only impressed the world with its eternal scenic beauty but has employed many who would contribute to its poetry and songs, creating melodies, and therefore adding an air to the lives of people. One known name in this sphere that we come across, is Rasul Mir. He is one of the celebrated poets of Kashmir,…

Ather Zia’s book “Resisting Disappearance: Military Occupation and Women’s Activism in Kashmir” has won the Public Anthropologist Award 2021. Public Anthropologist Award is given to an anthropologist who has published an outstanding contribution that follows these topics: violence, war, poverty, social movements, freedom, aid, rights, injustice, inequality, social exclusion, racism, health, and environmental challenges. Ather Zia is a poet, short fiction writer, and columnist. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and…

Faiz Ahmad Faiz was one of the greatest poets of Urdu language. He had a rare distinction of being an equally renowned political activist, a revolutionary and an outspoken orator who would portray political themes in his poetry in arduous ways. He was jailed multiple times for his left wing politics and what was often deemed as his castigation of established politcal system in Pakistan, as he would lament in his poem Subh-e-Azadi, “hame intizar…