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A Letter to the “Race Puritans” of Great Britain

Dear Race Puritans I was born and raised in England. I do not know of any culture except the one I live and breathe every day. One of its seeds may lie deep in the foreign wilderness of my ancestor's "homeland" but its flowers continue...

The Immigrant Conundrum; Race Relations in the UK

If you buy into far-right rhetoric, British-born children of immigrants, two, three and even four generations removed, are not really British. Outside this nativism - something that is at stark odds with mainstream beliefs, Britain does have a problem with race - just speak...

Protected: Contextualising prejudice within its social and political settings; the phenomenon of “othering”

The following post was updated 30 October 2020 https://youtu.be/97IES3jFOg0 There comes a point for members of a community to stand up and be heard. And that time has now come for members of our community, the British-Pahari community, otherwise less popularly known as the 'Azad' Kashmiris, but...

Understanding Disinformation and Propaganda on “Kashmir”

Those who argue that 'Kashmir' is really the Valley of Kashmir and that 'Kashmiris' are really the ethnic Kashmiris of the Valley are engaged in deliberate disinformation. They want you to think that they are making ethno-linguistic claims about the people we call "Kashmiris"...

Reconciliation for divided Jammu & Kashmir; working towards peace

At some point in the not too distant future, Commander Farooq of Mong and Dr Karan Singh, son of the last Dogra Jamwal Rajput ruler of Jammu & Kashmir, could (and should) meet in Mong, auspices of the people of “Azad” Jammu & Kashmir. This...

You don’t have to disown friends and family to get ahead in life

The ambition to succeed should never be at the cost of hiding your past, upbringing and locality; be proud of where you come from. Why do some of us lose our tongues in the face of social class anxieties, or political injustice? This isn't about...

Are Azad Kashmiris the same people as Valley Kashmiris?

Competing ‘State Identities’ & Ethnic Ambiguities In the absence of a genuine Pakistani state or nation-state identity what are Azad Kashmiris? It is at this point that we enter the quagmire of the Kashmiri identity dialectic which in the UK some pro-independence actors from our region...

Whose group identity is it anyway? Getting in line and singing the anthem of belonging!

Having been born and raised in the UK, whilst being ascribed an ethnic minority status from birth, I came to the realisation that identities are complicated things. Being ascribed a group identity is one thing, but not feeling part of it is another thing...

The Birth of ‘A’JK Public Agency

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This is our first attempt at making a documentary in 'A'JK with 'bells and whistles'. Many thanks to all my co-citizens for taking part. Some of the background music was borrowed from Shigeru Umebayashi: Yumeji's Theme (In The Mood for Love) Courtesy of Emotion...

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