Wedding receptions cancelled in Kashmir Valley

By Ruwa Shah

Srinagar : The weddings are still taking place, albeit quietly, in the Kashmir Valley. But invitations to wedding receptions have been cancelled en masse amid violence, curfews and shutdowns.

The valley, Srinagar included, has been virtually shuttered since the Friday killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani triggered street protests leaving over 30 people dead and hundreds injured.

The violent explosion took place when the valley was about to witness the beginning of marriage season after a month of Ramadan fasting.

My thoughts on Zakir Naik

By Kashif-ul-Huda,

Yesterday, I recorded a Periscope video on my thoughts on Zakir Naik. While Dr. Naik can be criticized for style and content of his speeches but there is no evidence to show that he supports terrorism. In fact, there are videos of him condemning terrorism and terrorist organizations.

Why the drama of denial in case of Kashmir?

By Maariyah Siddique and Ieshan Wani for

As tension escalates for the fourth day in the Valley, the death toll in Kashmir has officially reached 30. Adil Ahmad Mattoo, who was injured in police firing at Bijbehara in South Kashmir, succumbed to injuries last night at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital in Srinagar.

As a journalist, our job is to inform. We will be very direct and personal while informing the readers for their right to be informed.

Understanding the 'Burhan phenomenon'


By Arshi Javaid for,

As death toll rises in Kashmir, reports of security forces attacking hospitals, ambulances

By Amit Kumar and Raqib Hameed Naik,

Srinagar: Roll back to the summer of 2010. Six years ago, the Kashmir Valley witnessed the death of 120 innocents at the hands of security forces. At that time, Omar Abdullah was the Chief Minster of Jammu and Kashmir, and Mehbooba Mufti was in opposition. Like any other opposition leader, she did her best to gain maximum political mileage out of the situation and acted like if she came to power, no innocent's blood would ever be spilled on the streets of Kashmir.

Why you need to support Dr. Zakir Naik

By Dr Muhammad Ajmal for,

There is no need for an introduction on Zakir Naik, everyone knows him - he is a well-known Islamic public speaker who was recently awarded King Faisal award, the most prestigious award for Islamic activities globally. He is a very known personality in the world, being recognized and rewarded not as a terrorist or a terrorist supporter but as a Muslim intellectual.

Markandey Katju: A perilous manipulator or a doltish sympathizer?

By Sayed Abdullah Sadat for,

Book review: Jihadi Jane, the Women who ‘love’ ISIS

By Parvin Sultana for,

Author: Tabish Khair

The holy month of Ramadan was marked by frequent attacks by ISIS in different parts of the world. From Iraq to Bangladesh to the graveside of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), ISIS managed to unleash its brutality. Among many other things the incidents especially the Dhaka killings have again brought forth some problematic issues – a prominent one being why affluent young men would go and join ISIS.

Attack on Asoka’s legacy another attempt to distort history

By Ram Puniyani,

Past is used by communal politics for their present political agenda. In India on one hand we have the use of medieval history where the Muslim Kings are presented as ‘aggressors due to whom Hindu society had to suffer’, on the other now we are witnessing the distortion of ancient history being marshaled to undermine Buddhism vis a vis Brahmanism.

For Modi, its 'Focus Uttar Pradesh'

By Amulya Ganguli

A day before Ram Shankar Katheria was sacked the Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD), he had said that there was nothing wrong with the saffronization of education.

He was articulating the long-standing agenda of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which the Hindu patriarchs have been peddling ever since Murli Manohar Joshi was the HRD minister in Atal Behari Vajpayee's government.