Fire that Charred and Changed Chrar

Qadri Inzamam On a bright Spring Day in the Shrine of Nund Reshi (R.A) at Chrar, a devotee of the Saint becomes my time-traveler and takes me two decades back. Year 1995 The snow has melted but the air is still cold. It is the period when the winter has almost set and spring is …

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Two Empty Graves, Two Martyrs

Qadri Inzamam On the last row of the Srinagar’s Martyr’s graveyard, two graves- adjacent to each other- await the mortal remains of two Kashmiri men who were hanged in India’s Tihar Jail and buried within the jail premises. One grave awaits since 1984 while the other, since 2013. On one epitaph the inscription in archaic …

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Beyond the Figures of Sopore Carnage

From the rubble resurrects the resistance. Qadri Inzamam Fifty Seven people killed. More than 350 structures gutted in Sopore. The figures. The data. The numbers. The bloody statistics that conceal the untold, heart-wrenching and horrendous tales of catastrophe which humans inflict on humans. A three-year old child, who clenches with his small, tender and soft …

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January in Kashmir: Snow and Massacres

Qadri Inzamam January in Kashmir is reminiscent of snow clad mountains, frozen Dal, people sitting in small groups – gossiping – with their Kangris tucked between their legs, and a flow of tourists in Gulmarg and much more. While the white snow and cold breeze may bring with them pleasant reveries for many of you, …

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Kashmir Police’s Culture of Impunity and Incentives

Qadri Inzamam For Ghulam Nabi Dar hope for Justice dwindled when he learnt about the promotion of the police official accused in his son’s custodial death. Justice, he says, can only come from God. He has lost faith in everything that promises him justice now. Ghulam Nabi Bhat received a promotion recently despite being accused …

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Kashmir Family Blames Top Cop for Kins’ Disappearance, Killing

Qadri Inzamam When the armed struggle in Kashmir was in its early and violent stage, a group of Indian forces headed by the then DSP Uri, S.M. Sahai and Assistant Commandant, Pandey, 46th Battalion Central Reserve Force (CRPF), arrested three persons from Boniyar Baramulla. One of them died in police custody and another was disappeared; …

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