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Srinagar: It was around 7 in the evening of March 20, when 17-year-old Saima (name changed) was returning home from pastures of Samba to feed her livestock. She was accompanied by her father, mother and her elder brother. The family was enjoying the evening ride along with their livestock until Saima was stopped by three unknown people who allegedly molested her and used racial slurs against her. After the intervention of her father and brother,…

Visuals of pregnant women taken out on wooden stretchers from the tribal belts of the valley resurfaced on social media this winter. Behind the petrifying picture is the futile and equally fatal healthcare infrastructure of Kashmir’s countryside.  Caressing her baby bump and cherishing her impending motherhood turned dark for Afroza on a cold December night in 2020, when a sudden shooting labour pain ended her sleep. In a painful state, the 25-year-old realized that it…

New Delhi: Hindu mythologies Ramayana and Mahabharat have been introduced into the curriculum for 100 madrassas by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). The moves comes as part of teaching ancient Indian knowledge and heritage, according to the National Education Policy. The NIOS plans to extend the same curriculum to 500 more madrassas in the near future. NIOS has prepared 15 courses on the ‘Bharatiya Jnana Parampa’ (Indian knowledge tradition) that includes veda, yoga,…

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday accused the Indian government of adopting laws and policies that “systematically discriminate against Muslims and stigmatize critics of the government.” HRW’s report came days ahead 23rd of February, which marks the first anniversary of the violence in New Delhi, where 53 people were killed, 40 of them were Muslims. “Instead of conducting a credible and impartial investigation, including into allegations that [ruling Bharatiya Janata Party] BJP leaders incited violence…

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 protesting Pandits say that the government has been providing jobs and opportunities to migrant Pandits, but they have been left to fend for themselves The Pandits have sat on a ‘fast-unto-death’ strike untill their demands are fulfilled Srinagar: As the sun sets in Haba Kadal, Vasundhara, a 26-year-old non-migrant Kashmiri Pandit packs her bag at Ganesh Mandir and leaves for her home, only to return again the morning, to join the Fast-Unto-Death. Vasundhara, along…