Reclaiming a Kashmiri Life

Bill K Koul has written an honest and very personal account in his memoir, 22 YEARS. As he says in the sub-title to his book, ‘one lakh Pandit families may have one lakh stories’ Koul recounts the fear and anguish he went through before fleeing Kashmir in the anti-Pandit pogrom in 1989. He writes candidly of the mistaken belief of the community elders that the initial episodes of hostility and violence against the Pandits would pass and had to...

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All their stories knit into a Garhwal tapestry

Ganesh Saili’s writing is like a flowing river, at times turbulent, at times serene, at times it serenades people, at other times it sings hymns to Nature. This book can simply be called an awesome description of the beginning of the mighty Himalaya range, stretching from west...

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India in first strike mode

The Modi governemnt has made marked departures from the past, regarding India’s foreign and security policies. This has attracted attention worldwide to a confident and assured Indian government which has largely shed its apprehensions to take risky decisions. ‘Surgical strike’ remains last year’s most discussed and analysed term. So much so, that a plethora of articles and academic debates were held on the topic!...

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Weaving a Kashmir in our imagination

The Kashmir conflict has a thousand narratives as perhaps any other conflict has elsewhere. There is the narrative of the Indian state, a Pakistani narrative, a narrative each of Kashmiri Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits. Then there is the narrative of armed forces fighting a neverending insurgency and,off course the narrative of the militants waging war against the state in pursuit of an azadi. But beyond all these narratives lies the common man who bears the brunt...

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It’s all about killing consumer health

Did you know that, across the world, more people are now obese than underweight? These obese are also malnourished, eating food high on calories and low on nutrients. When most of us think of malnourished people, the image we conjure is usually not of someone who is obese But that is precisely the problem! The image of malnourishment today differs markedly from media images of skinny-legged, sunk-eyed, gaunt-faced ‘barely alive’ people scavenging for food. Today, large segments of the malnourished population are both overweight and undernourished. Some estimate...

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